• Deceptichum
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      The thing is you also have to admit the power imbalance at play here.

      Both sides suck, but one side has the power to stop making the situation worse and stop abusing millions as they colonise their land.

      This can never end or start to heal until the fucked up treatment of Palestinians stops. All they are doing is breeding tomorrow’s fighters.

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          I think an apt comparison is Russia and Ukraine right now. I fully support Ukraine in this war, and part of that is not just because they’re the underdog who got unjustifiably invaded, but because they take care to avoid targetting innocent civilians. For example, when they strike Sevastopol, they strike military facilities, never residential areas. Whereas Russia intentionally terrorizes the Ukrainian people, kidnaps Ukrainian children, targets residential areas, and commits so frickin many war crimes.

          If the attack by Hamas were against legitimate military targets, I don’t think there would be many people out here questioning it. But they didn’t. They are a fundamentalist religious group that wishes to commit genocide, and they intentionally targeted and mass-murdered civilians. Beyond that, by attacking a music festival, they targeted people who were statistically more likely to be sympathetic to their cause. Clearly their goal is not simply self defense, but genocide.

          Also a good comparison is the PLO in West Bank, as they aren’t Hamas and had no hand in this attack. In fact, they and Hamas hate each other. And as far as I’m aware, PLO just wants the two-state solution and haven’t officially sanctioned terrorist attacks in ages. Unfortunately, Hamas has likely managed to discredit the PLO cause, despite them not having any guilt in this.

          • @pingveno@lemmy.ml
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            And as far as I’m aware, PLO just wants the two-state solution and haven’t officially sanctioned terrorist attacks in ages.

            That’s… complicated. There is a fund that the PA pays the PLO to administer called the Palestinian Authority Martyrs Fund. It pays out stipends to the family of Palestinians who have been killed, imprisoned, or hurt while attacking Israel. This has been a point of contention for a long time, but it’s apparently very popular among Palestinians so politicians are loath to touch it.

        • @atomkarinca@lemmygrad.ml
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          how are they similar atrocities?

          did hamas lock 2.5 million people in the worlds most dense open air prison?

          did hamas systematically crushed their buildings and not let concrete inside?

          did hamas shoot little kids just for throwing rocks?

          did hamas systematically murdered press, medics on the field?

          did hamas control israelis food intake?

          did hamas very deliberately snipe the knees of people peacefully protesting?

          did hamas cut electricity, water, food?

          did hamas bombed places that palestinian prisoners stayed?

          did hamas tell people to leave the city and bomb the only way out?

          what did hamas do? the only thing left to do when you do all of those things to a people.

                • @Fried_out_Kombi@lemmy.world
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                  Exactly. It’s not a choice between “murder innocent civilians” and “do nothing”; it’s a choice between “murder innocent civilians” and “target legitimate targets such as the military apparatus that actually murders Palestinians regularly or the right-wing political apparatus that pursues a policy of military hyper-aggressiom, apartheid, and settler colonialism”.

                  If they chose to do the latter, I doubt nearly as many people would take issue with them, they’d receive vastly more sympathy, and they could finally end the systemic murder and oppression of Palestinians faster.

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                Are you saying the only options are handing out collective punishment or accepting death?

                First, that’s doubtable. But if so, I’d indeed accept death. I’m not killing innocents.

                I’d rather die than become a living monster.

                • @atomkarinca@lemmygrad.ml
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                  no im not saying that, youre saying that. you are equating what israel has done for 75 years to mere reaction to that. you may not believe that hamas is not killing civilians on purpose and i cannot change that, but that does not change reality.

                  we have seen just war crimes over war crimes from israel just for the past few days. this is on top of decades of apartheid.

                  i could accept death for myself, too. but not for my daughter.

        • Deceptichum
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          Yes both sides are targeting innocent civilians, and this is not cool.

          But only one side is colonising a people’s land, imprisoning them in ghettos, and destroying their future.

          Hence why criticism of Israel should always be greater

          • devz0r
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            Hamas knows this. And they knew that Israel would respond with disproportionate force. They only care about destroying Israel and the Jews, per their charter, and they aren’t afraid to sacrifice as many Palestinian lives as it takes.

            • @hemmes@lemmy.world
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              Maybe Russia got Iran to get Hamas to attack Israel knowing that Israel would go full scale, knowing that the USA is all in on Israeli support, thus reducing their aid to Ukraine?

        • @LoveSausage@lemmygrad.ml
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          Ok then let’s send better weapons to Hamas. I am sure they will be happy to precise target and hit all military installations. It’s kind of sad to see privileged people pointing out how someone else is supposed to fight the boot on their throat.

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        Yup. The meme and simple “everyone is bad” explanation doesn’t touch on the fact that this is an asymmetrical war.

    • @arymandias@feddit.de
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      But one side lives in suburbs and the other in an open-air prison, without medical supplies, under permanent drone surveillance, oh and every 5 years all the buildings get flattened.

    • YeetPics
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      I don’t know what’s so hard about admitting that both sides are indeed at fault here.

      Well that perspective disagrees with both flavors of propaganda. It’s fucking true but nobody with a horse in the race will agree with you ever.

        • @prettybunnys@sh.itjust.works
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          It’s understandable too, how do you convince someone to stop fighting back so their enemy will stop punching them?

          Like, remember when your parents told you that the best way to stop arguing with someone was to just stop arguing?

          This is the same situation but instead of just arguing they’re literally committing war crimes and terrorist acts against each other.

          Hard to say who started it in the moment when both are acting, and when everyone is acting in it frankly the who started it becomes irrelevant when there is only one good solution, for everyone to stop.

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            how do you convince someone to stop fighting back so their enemy will stop punching them?

            Heck, part of it is you have to convince people to stop treating others as a monolith. Even the language of “their enemy will stop punching them” implies the entire populace of Israel is one monolith united in oppressing the Palestinians and that the entire population of Palestine is one monolith united in actively fighting Israel.

            People need to be able to take a step back and recognize that their enemies are not the common folk, the innocent civilians. Most people just want to live their lives. Only a small minority is ever actually actively engaged in the fighting, or the political decisions to continue fighting.

            Israelis (at least those that support Netanyahu and the apartheid state) need to collectively realize that having an apartheid state is not “fighting back”; it’s just punishing 99% innocents. Likewise, Hamas needs to realize that mass murdering civilians is not “fighting back”; it’s just punishing 99% innocents. True fighting back requires actually finding the people responsible for harming you, not ascribing blame to rando civilians just because they happen to have been born on the same side of the border as your true enemies.

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            …and you’re treated as culturally insensitive if you point out that it’s partially motivated because of two bullshit ass religions, and the reason they won’t stop is because they’ve each just got to prove their God has the bigger dick, even though they’re technically the same God.

          • NoIWontPickaName
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            When two children are arguing an adult steps in and separates them each into their own timeout corner.

            That’s what needs to be done, but good fucking luck with that.

    • @SparkyLight@lemmy.world
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      slight difference here, while Hama’s goal is singular, to kill as many civilians as possible, israels goal is to abolish the hostile militia on it’s border, the civilians killed are a casualty of war, and not the target, once said militia uses civilians as human shields and commits all of these atrocities, you just can’t submit to their shields…

    • CyclohexaneM
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      Because they aren’t.

      Israel is genociding Palestinians, and Hamas is resisting them.

      If innocents are caught in the crossfire of Hamas resisting, then Israel is to blame, not Hamas. Israel targets civilians, Hamas was targeting the military.

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          You mean the dance rave held at the gates of a concentration camp and active war zone? The one with many Israeli soldiers positioned and decided to skirmish the Palestinian resistance, and put the ravers in crossfire?

          Arab Israeli population went from 1.5M to 2M since 2006

          That’s because of their high birth rate. 45% of Palestinians are under the age of 15. The genocide numbers are very well documented, but I admire your bravery with genocide denial despite mountains of evidence.

  • @JusticeForPorygon
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    It’s crazy how people seem to think they have to take sides in an argument. It’s okay to say both sides are fucked up. There’s plenty of videos showing Israeli kids talking about how they want to kill the Arabs, and there was that whole ass Disney/sesame street knock-off in Palistine that sang about AK-47s.

  • Franzia
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    Listen fam I know we need to condemn the war crimes and violence of both sides. But a message we can rally behind was taught to me by The Kavernacle.

    Hamas is, like the IRA, an extreme and desperate response to dehumanizing conditions laid out by Israel. Israel has put these people into worse than third world conditions. They use Hamas as a wedge to treat all Gazans worse. Israel has the power in this situation.

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    Decades of settler colonial genocide: “This is normal”

    The colonized fight back one time: “Both sides are equally bad!!”

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    Hamas targeted military facilities and personnel, and civilians were caught in the crossfire when Israel fired at them.

    Israel specifically targets civilians and massacres them. Even children. They burn them alive and torture them. Hamas is the last group left putting up a fight against this genocide. Hamas is not even a fraction of the concern that Israel is.

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        You’re surprised that a dance rave that was held 10 minutes outside the border of a concentration camp and active war zone got caught in the cross fire?

        It was held in Re’im kibbutz, which is right next to the the Re’im Israeli military base.

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          And pretty much indistinguishable. All those ravers, how could anyone differentiate them from military personnel???

          your logic doesn’t make sense to anyone who is not caught in ideological hatred.

          No wait, I’m calling it lies. Not logic. Lies.

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            The onus of responsibility lies on Israeli’s leadership and all that support the kinds of rulings and actions that have blurred the lines between combatant and non combatant.

            Compulsory military service needs to go. Willing or unwilling, every citizen is forced into this conflict because they are required by law to do what their leadership asks them to, even if it means continuing the cycle of oppression. As we have seen with the Nuremberg trials, “Just following orders” is not an excuse.

            There have also been numerous cases of the Israeli military protecting settlers in plains clothes as they commit terrorist acts against the indigenous populations. Doing so allows Israel to further its goal while officially creating plausible deniability for numerous humans rights violations.

            These two factors alone heavily blur the lines between combatant and noncombatant, guilty and innocent, and fascist and non-fascist. It is very possible that this was done by design to force every Israeli citizen to have a stake in the conflict regardless of whether they want to. Israel knows Hamas does not have the luxury nor the technology to sift through potential targets to identify the legitimate ones. In a sense, the Zionist leadership is using the entirety of its population as a human-shield, and this placement of a civilian festivity near a military facility in a hot zone was a strategic one, such that when the legitimate target is attacked, others are caught in the cross-fire, and Israel can then use this to justify collective punishment against innocent civilians.

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              Just as the reactionary Republicans who accuse the democrats of all sorts of foul play that’s in their playbook, this whole comment looks to me like projection.

              Using the population as shields, by hiding weapons and militants in hospitals and schools is what the Palestinian combatants have done for years decades. Etc

              You have a few points, the Israeli government has long been gone across any reasonable state of mind.

              But the whole mindset you describe did not originate in Israel. This whole situation is waaay less one sided than you make it appear. And it changed significantly last weekend, initiated with a terror attack of unprecedented scale by the Hamas.

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            The rave had many Israeli military soldiers positioned, and they fired at the Palestinian resistance forces heading to Re’im base and skirmished with them, putting the ravers in the crossfire.

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              Eye witness report “ Gunmen chased fleeing revellers across the desert, shooting and snatching people.”

              And many very similar stories, including brutal rape and beheadings.

              I continue calling your words lies.

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                Gunmen chased fleeing revellers across the desert, shooting and snatching people

                They moved people off the battle field and kept them hostage, yes. They did not target and shoot civilians, the IDF put the ravers in crossfire when they engaged the Palestinian resistance. There’s plenty of footage of the incident online, and none of it shows that. I’d be happy to be proven wrong; show me evidence. If all you have is “trust me bro” from the Israeli government and media, who have a proven track record of lying (and already admitted that they lied about this latest Hamas operation), then your claims are to be ignored.

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              The person I saw desperately hiding behind their car and shot and killed from three feet away by a Hamas fighter did not look to me to be an IDF soldier. They were deliberately targeted, not “caught in a crossfire”. Videos don’t lie.