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Well, if a Japanese student is calling for an end to violence I'm sure that the Zionists will end their genocide soon.

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Fingers crossed that the Dems adhere to their activist base and say no to these bombs and missiles being sent to Gaza

Send them to Urkaine, where they can be used against the Russians to good measure.

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"Japan, a country with a history of inflicting violence on its neighbors...."

If one of those "neighbors" parachuted in a group of commandos in Japan who proceeded to kill and kidnap many civilians, and then Japan responded by dispatching its own commandos to hunt them down and free the hostages in the neighboring country, there might be an equivalency. Otherwise, what is the point of this statement?

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If you want weapons for Zelensky, you have to agree to send weapons to Netenyahu as well.

Nah, just Zelensky.

How about no to both?

Or yes to Zelensky.

Or are Dems ready to sacrifice their principles just to get scratch that gnawing Russia itch that they've had since 2016.

Russia attacked a sovereign nation and started executing it's citizens. In a world of greys, this one is all black and white. Even Russia knows they're in the wrong, they just pretend otherwise.

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A Japanese graduate student at Yale University is calling for Israel to end its protracted military campaign in Gaza

I'll ignore this person's opinion.

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Good description on the extent and power of the Jewish/Israel lobby and the tactics they use...like ""doxing "

Yet in Australia, the same groups call for an outlawing of ""doxing ".

This is hypocrisy.

And good on this student for raising her voice.

Non native English speaker rising to graduate from a world first University...what an achievement !

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Criticising Israel is not anti-Semitism. Israel is just another nation state. When we find out how many of the Palestinian dead are women and children, Israel's reputation may sink as low as that of Hamas.

The longer this goes on, the more it will risk becoming Biden's Vietnam. Netanyahu may yet influence the US election way more than Putin or social media posts.

Universities should not suppress free speech.

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Good, standing by her moral convictions. Much better than Kishida.

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On Oct. 7, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing some 1,200 people and taking hundreds of hostages. The Jewish state launched hostage-rescue efforts as well as sustained bombardment of the Gaza enclave in response, leaving nearly 30,000 Palestinians dead.

Enough with the half truths! This conflict started long before Oct 7! The Palestinians have been treated like animals by the Zionists, so it's not really a surprise that they fought back!

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Criticising Israel is not anti-Semitism.

It depends. What is being criticized?

Many people apply double standards of behavior not expected or demanded by other democratic countries. Others make comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany.

Those types of criticism are anti-semitism.

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She is a genius super girl, her actions are especially significant considering the fact that we are living in a brain dead era with a lot of barbarism around the world.

It’s good to see some people can still distinguish the truth from the none sense propaganda in international media, and also can distinguish the right and wrong.

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Although she has been doxxed multiple times online 

If she is a lawyer or is going to be a lawyer her information would be public.

"Japanese people have historically seen violence, they have seen the horrors of World War II. But also, Japan has a history of colonialism and perpetuating violence as well," Kimura said.

Well, Kimura makes a basic irrelevant statement about colonialism, because the creation of the Palestine Mandate is a result of British colonial policy. So, nothing to do with Israel, as alluding to Israel as a colonial power is historically and factually wrong.

I wonder how she got into Yale , , , hmmm.

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Enough with the half truths! This conflict started long before Oct 7! The Palestinians have been treated like animals by the Zionists, so it's not really a surprise that they fought back!

If targeting civilians constitutes as “fighting back” in your personal opinion, why are you in every thread decrying the killings of Palestinian civilians? Doesn’t that constitute ‘fighting back’ in your eyes or does it only count when Palestinians are the ones killing civilians?

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Hamas broke the last ceasefire why would Israel trust them with another?

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"Japanese people have historically seen violence, they have seen the horrors of World War II.

Japanese military killed babies, murdered families together, and raped girls in China in World War II, a tactic Hamas copied in their burning and beheading of babies and raping girls in Israel.

Typical denial by someone like Kimura.

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Challenging sometime heated debate civic, political participation in campus societies has been a mainstay at colleges and Universities for centuries. And are encouraged

(Un)Resolved: An Informal Debate about Current Events

https://www.lse.ac.uk/international-relations/current-students/student-engagement/unresolved

This devastating war in Gaza has provided student activism an opportunity to stage and voice open opposition to such brutal devastating destruction, on a scale unseen in modern day broadcast media, its 24/7....

However it is naïve and foolish not to fully recognise and accept that on many occasions antisemitism has crossed a line,,,,,

Jewish students sue Harvard over charges of antisemitism

Plaintiffs accuse the university of tolerating harassment, assault and intimidation of Jewish students

Several Jewish students have filed a lawsuit against Harvard University, accusing it of becoming “a bastion of rampant anti-Jewish hatred and harassment”.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2024/jan/12/harvard-lawsuit-jewish-students-antisemitism

Chisato Kimura should be encouraged to protest and debate the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

However at the same time understand fully not to let strong emotions to become a breeding ground for hate, blame harass physically attack Jewish students for Israel/IDF Hamas bloody confrontations.

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Here's my advice: If you don't want your US visa status revoked, my advice is to keep your political opinions to yourself. (Japan has a similar policy of dealing with noisy foreigners whose political stance is at odds with the government's.)

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A Yale law student who can't comprehend the definition of genocide. How sad, but not surprising.

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I went to a northeast university in the 90's and free speech was already dead. Had to be careful about any comments that might rile any minority or feminist. Part of the reason I studied science to avoid that crap.

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Well done Kimura san!

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saying campuses had become unsafe for Jewish students.

So some perceived "danger" to Jewish students should be the main concern rather than the slaughter of 30,000 Gazans? Typical self centred viewpoint of the Zionist lobby.

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alluding to Israel as a colonial power is historically and factually wrong.

Building "settlements" for Jewish families on occupied Arab lands displacing the original Arab owners of the land in the process and then forcing these same Arabs to live as second class citizens in the West Bank is exactly colonialism.

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@USNinJapan2 define genocide

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sure, Gaza need ceasefire, when the terrorist safely return all the hostages, when the terrorist pay their price for slaughtering the innocent people in concert, and when Israel make sure the terrorist have not ability to stand up again, then the ceasefire is much need and welcomed. World peace!

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Big GAZA Genocide dissent vote yesterday in Michigan Primary, especially areas with college youth, Muslim and Arab citizens, etc.+100k out of 760k voting in democratic primary, +13% uncommitted, as a Biden protest vote.

US votes against UN GAZA ceasefires highly troubling.

College campuses all around US correctly protesting US Govt. sponsored and supported Gaza Genocide.

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If she is really down with the cause, she needs to hop on a plane, go the Gaza and literally fight for a ceasefire. Until then, it’s just words, just speeches.

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If you want weapons for Zelensky, you have to agree to send weapons to Netenyahu as well.

Ukraine is smaller than Russia, Gaza is smaller than Israel.

This should read, "If you want weapons for Zelensky, you have to agree to send weapons to Gaza as well."

Sending weapons to Israel is more like sending weapons to Russia to help them against Ukraine. Israel is using F35s to attack a place with no air force.

Israel is also regulary attacking and kidnapping people from the rest of Palestine and has been doing so for years.

The US does not send weapons to Russia, so why send weapons to Israel?

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release the tortured and raped hostages, then talk about cease fire. the war is not against palestinians, it's against the most evil horrific despicable humans ever to exist: hamas

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@gaijintraveller

You forgot the part about who declared war to who.

Gaza declared war to Israel (again). They attacked it and specifically targeted civilian for daring to exist no matter their gender, age, physical abilities, nationality, faith, political opinion ... and Israel accepted a full scale one.

And for people with short memory, from the creation of Israel, it was, along with Palestine targeted by Arab. The extermination of Israel and its people (and as proved recently anybody just happening to be there) is unfortunately the obsession of a bunch of people.

People should not throw the word "genocide" as they see fit. Not all war crime are genocide and the situation as to be taken in account : the independently elected government of de facto independent Gaza failed to improve its relationship with its neighbor and worst purposely blur the difference between its armed force and civilian, creating a situation where - opposed to any other conflict - the civilian can just not run to safety in a neighbor country.

I often got the feeling of some muslim entity, while believing in their own superiority thus entitlement, have been able to use other people racism, self loathed and/or latent antisemitism to serve their interest.

How many people remember how strong a colonial power muslim dynasty were ? Several european countries (partly or fully) were also occupied by different muslim dynasty. How many people just bring UK colonial empire even thought Israel was actually a colony of the ottoman one ? How many people do not differentiate between The West Bank and Gaza ?

Hamas people are not some kind of more instinctive, less educated, less civilized, ... or whatever make you feel superior. They know right and wrong, they can scheme (and sometimes mess up), ... and for years, they did not hesitate to arm anybody, including whose they should be representing, in order to serve their interest (and their far right view).

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You forgot the part about who declared war to who.

Gaza declared war to Israel (again).

Flute, it is you who forget who declared war. Gaza was being held in a seige on October 7th. October 7th was a reaction against a long seige. I am not condoning it or supporting that attack. Gaza was surrounded.

Both Gaza and that part of Palestine nominally under control of the Palestinian Authority, including the part often referred to as the Occupied West Bank, have been under attack by Israel for years.

There was a distinct possibility of Israel and Palestine accepting each other's existence and living in peace. Unfortunately Rabin, the Israeli peacemaker, was assasinated not by Hamas, not by an Arab, but by a Zionist. Netanyahu denies one of his speeches incited the violence that led to that assasination.

Each time Netanyahu has been Prime Minister Israel-Palestine relation have worsened, construction of illegal settlements has increased.

In addition to enforcing a long seige of Gaza, the Israeli forces killed 492 Palestinians in 2023 acording to the UN. That is more than twice the number killed in any year since the UN was taking records of such killings.

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If her parents were murdered by the Islamist death cult, she would not be demanding a ceasefire!

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If her parents were murdered by the Islamist death cult, she would not be demanding a ceasefire!

If the US had occupied Japan for 57 years after the conclusion of WWII forcing Japanese off their land so Americans could take their land and build homes on it, the Japanese would have done exactly as the Palestinians have done. I'm a land owner. If some government came along and told me that since I was of the wrong religion I had to surrender my land and my home to someone else I would take up arms and fight too, and I would not fight fair either. You take my land and anything that happens as a result is on you. Respect the property of the Arab families who have lived there a lot longer than the immigrants coming to Israel to take their land.

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Desert Tortoise

You take my land and anything that happens as a result is on you.

You're actually legitimizing, even one iota, the atrocities Hamas' committed on 7 October? Because that's what this statement does.

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30,000 Dead. A Stampede of the Starving. Hostages Dying. The War in Gaza Has to End。

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You're actually legitimizing, even one iota, the atrocities Hamas' committed on 7 October? Because that's what this statement does.

I openly sympathize with the Palestinians. None of this should surprise anyone. The anger and frustration have been building for four decades. Anyone who has been paying attention knew something was going to happen and soon after the brutal way Israeli police and military forces busted head inside Al Aqsa Mosque, and the expulsion of Muslims from the mosque so Jews could enter and hold Jewish religious services inside. Imagine the anger if Muslims in the US forces, oh lets say Catholics out of one of their Cathedrals at gunpoint then held their Friday prayers there. It's the same thing. Right wing governments in Israel have been grinding the Palestinians under their army boots for five and a half decades. The government of Israel back in 1948 signed an agreement with the UN guaranteeing the right of Palestinians expelled in 1948 to return to Israel. But rather than adhere to that agreement successive Israeli governments have taken more and more land from Palestinian Arabs, dividing up their remaining land into little isolated pockets separated from each other by highways that only the Jewish may legally drive on and by big walls. And when the anger finally boils over into violence some here act indignant and blame the victims. Yeah, it makes me angry. Israel needs a good hard butt kicking to learn some humility.

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If the US had occupied Japan for 57 years after the conclusion of WWII forcing Japanese off their land so Americans could take their land and build homes on it, the Japanese would have done exactly as the Palestinians have done.

Japan was and is a country. There never was or is a "Palestine" country.

Jordan occupied land for almost 20 years the Palestinian Arabs claim as theirs, and so did Egypt. But the Palestinian Arabs didn't do to those countries what they did to Israel.

And not one Israeli has been living in or occupying Gaza for more than 15 years.

And Judea and Samaria are Israeli lands.

Finally, you forgot to mention that over the past 75 years, 11 different Arab countries have attacked Israel; yet Israel made peace with some of those countries, and even though Israel could have wiped them off the map, Israel, being a decent, democratic country in which millions of Arabs live happily, does not take vengeance on those countries, and instead just builds up its defenses in hopes it will be left alone.

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GBR48

Criticising Israel is not anti-Semitism. Israel is just another nation state. When we find out how many of the Palestinian dead are women and children, Israel's reputation may sink as low as that of Hamas.

Well, I wish we would find out. According to the Gaza (aka Hamas) health ministry, Israels bombs only kill little babies and cute puppies, but never ever a Hamas terrorist. Even if we take those figures at face value, it is an almost incredible skill. How in the world can the IDF avoid killing an occasional Hamas fighter, even by accident?

Plus what this Japanese student seems to be unaware of is that Hamas can end this war any time by surrendering and releasing the hostages.

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Kabukilover

30,000 Dead. A Stampede of the Starving. Hostages Dying. The War in Gaza Has to End。

Surrender and release the hostages, and the war ends. How did WW1 and 2 end? When enough Germans and Japanese were killed, or when the governments surrendered?

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Desert Tortoise

I openly sympathize with the Palestinians. None of this should surprise anyone. The anger and frustration have been building for four decades. Anyone who has been paying attention knew something was going to happen and soon after the brutal way Israeli police and military forces busted head inside Al Aqsa Mosque, and the expulsion of Muslims from the mosque so Jews could enter and hold Jewish religious services inside. Imagine the anger if Muslims in the US forces, oh lets say Catholics out of one of their Cathedrals at gunpoint then held their Friday prayers there. It's the same thing. Right wing governments in Israel have been grinding the Palestinians under their army boots for five and a half decades. The government of Israel back in 1948 signed an agreement with the UN guaranteeing the right of Palestinians expelled in 1948 to return to Israel. But rather than adhere to that agreement successive Israeli governments have taken more and more land from Palestinian Arabs, dividing up their remaining land into little isolated pockets separated from each other by highways that only the Jewish may legally drive on and by big walls. And when the anger finally boils over into violence some here act indignant and blame the victims. Yeah, it makes me angry. Israel needs a good hard butt kicking to learn some humility.

You used 224 words to justify terrorism, and you never mentioned Hamas. Not even once. Amazing.

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Desert TortoiseToday 12:41 pm JST

Imagine the anger if Muslims in the US forces, oh lets say Catholics out of one of their Cathedrals at gunpoint then held their Friday prayers there.

I would hope US Catholics would just reconsecrate the building and get on with life.

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The Mosque is built over (what is for Jews) the holiest place in the universe. Muslims will not let us re-consecrate the site.

A ceasefire cannot be one-sided. Hamas, even now, will not agree to an unconditional ceasefire. What students are demanding is for Israel to stop fighting and start sending food, medical supplies, and materials that can be used as munitions while Hamas uses them for target practice. That is stupid.

In 1945, before the US knew that the a-bombs would make Japan surrender, the expection was that 1 million Japanese would die before the Emporer surrendered. That was 1/70th of the population of Japan. (Also that 1 million Allied soldiers would die). From what I undertand, the people believed that they had a divine oligation to fight and die for the Emporer. (If I am wrong, please tell me.)

Hamas claims that 30,000 people have died in Gaza. That also is 1/70th of the population of Gaza. But they haven't stopped fighting. They too believe that they havea divine obligation to fight and die to keep Jew out of Israel. The term "from the river to the sea" refers to the land from the Jordan river to the Mediterranean sea which includes all of Israel. The Palestinians will have to have a culture change similar to what the Japanese went through.

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