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by dimochka
Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 481752

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Palestinian is an ethnicity in some ways. There are divides in the Arab world along many lines, but the most relevant in this case are Egyptians and Bedouins compared to "other" Arabs in the region between them. Palestinian may be vague, but it does have some specific meaning beyond geogr...
by dimochka
Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel
Replies: 207
Views: 13958

Re: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel

In a poll conducted jointly by the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research 32% of the 1,270 Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem who were asked backed the terror attack last month that killed 5 members of a Jewish family in Itamar, including tw...
by dimochka
Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel
Replies: 207
Views: 13958

Re: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel

Saying, "we want a cease-fire" is a positive thing... Meh -- Hamas saying 'we want a cease-fire' is a positive thing only in that it mostly means the IDF has been effective enough to make Hamas feel like they can't (or shouldn't, for damage control,) keep fighting at the moment. I wouldn'...
by dimochka
Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel
Replies: 207
Views: 13958

Re: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel

It means not taking measures to avoid civilian casualties that inhibit Israel's ability to effectively target Hamas. See, that's the thing. We have an ethical obligation to minimize civilian casualties. And you think that encouraging Hamas to use civilians as human shields is a good way to do this,...
by dimochka
Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel
Replies: 207
Views: 13958

Re: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel

It means not taking measures to avoid civilian casualties that inhibit Israel's ability to effectively target Hamas. See, that's the thing. We have an ethical obligation to minimize civilian casualties. We also have a legal responsibility to do so under the Geneva Conventions. Choosing to ignore th...
by dimochka
Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel
Replies: 207
Views: 13958

Re: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel

I've been reading XKCD for a long while, and began spending some time on the forums recently, but this discussion actually convinced me to join the conversation. For starters, let me say that I am not as well versed as some of the people here in all things Israel / Hamas. I also may have a somewhat ...

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