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Hamas frees 24 hostages in exchange for 39 Palestinian prisoners as part of cease-fire swap

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I hope all hostages held on both sides will be released to their Families without harm.

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Calling the Palestinians held by Israel "prisoners" gives the impression they committed a crime and deserved to be there. Most of the thousands held by Israel committed no crime; they are just as guilty as the "hostages" held by Hamas.

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Wick's pencilToday  08:09 am JST

Calling the Palestinians held by Israel "prisoners" gives the impression they committed a crime and deserved to be there. Most of the thousands held by Israel committed no crime; they are just as guilty as the "hostages" held by Hamas.

The only Gazans who are guilty of crimes is Hamas itself, not the civilians stuck in the midst of it all. And Nutty Yahoo is using this unprovoked war as a leverage and excuse to obtain the absolute political control over Israel that he wants.

Gazan, Palestinian, Israeli - nobody wins.

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prisoners as part of cease-fire swap

Some people might think those prisoners might be dangerous. In fact in some incidents children who really just throwing a rocks to military bulldozer that demolish their houses and neighborhood so Israel settlers can get more lands At the end those kids will be jailed.

https://www.vox.com/world/2019/4/27/18511367/palestinian-children-arrested-throwing-rocks-israeli-military

Even having association with those children, classmate or schoolmate can get those kids being jailed too.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/4/24/rise-in-palestinian-children-held-by-israel-alarming

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None of the young women who were purportedly gang raped were released. They’re probably the most traumatized of all the hostages. I hope they’re released soon. However, Hamas certainly doesn’t want them and their shocking stories out in public, so they’ll be last or will have disappeared before this is over.

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And Nutty Yahoo is using this unprovoked war as a leverage and excuse to obtain the absolute political control over Israel that he wants.

Unprovoked? Really? Hamas was not provoked into attacking Israel? Really?

Hamas are the only ones that did anything to try to help the Palestinians. Billionaire Abbas (Fatah) is extremely corrupt and totally useless.

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Hamas are the only ones that did anything to try to help the Palestinians. 

They have done such a wonderful job of it, too. To Hamas, Palesinians are cannon fodder for the goals of their glorious leaders in Tehran.

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The Arabs got a bad deal from the Jews on this hostage exchange of 13:8 whereas a ball park killing ratio of Palestinians to Israelis must be around 25:1 (and rising).

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Not a win for Hamas considering they caused 13k deaths on their own side and are going to be all dead soon.

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Calling the Palestinians held by Israel "prisoners" gives the impression they committed a crime and deserved to be there. Most of the thousands held by Israel committed no crime; they are just as guilty as the "hostages" held by Hamas."

Indeed, the skewed reporting by our mass media that dehumanizes Palestinians and tries to downplay their plight while blatantly favoring the other side is being called outmore and more of the media outlets employees alarmed by the double standards and hypocricy. Latest is the BBC.

As Israel pounds Gaza, BBC journalists accuse broadcaster of bias - ****In the latest newsroom fallout over the war, BBC journalists say the corporation is failing to humanise Palestinians.

** *London, United Kingdom – The BBC has been accused by its journalists of failing to tell the story of the Israel-Palestine conflict accurately, investing greater effort in humanising Israeli victims compared with Palestinians, and omitting key historical context in coverage.In a 2,300-word letter written to Al Jazeera by eight UK-based journalists employed by the corporation, the BBC is also said to be guilty of a “double standard in how civilians are seen”, given that it is “unflinching” in its reporting of alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine.Fearing reprisal, the journalists requested anonymity." *

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/11/23/as-israel-pounds-gaza-bbc-journalists-accuse-broadcaster-of-bias

Still , today is a good day for all those involved in the hostage exchange, lets hope the madness and slaughter will subside now.

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Given the utter savagery of the Hamas terrorists, it is not surprise that they are not releasing any of their gang rape victims.

The Palestinians being released are by and large violent offenders. People who attacked Israeli soldiers, etc. Hardly a comparison to the innocent people kidnapped and brutalized by Hamas.

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Israel — wrenched by the abduction of nearly 240 people in Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack that triggered the war — cheered as 13 Israeli women and children emerged free from Gaza. Most were in their 70s or 80s, and the youngest was a 2-year-old. Also released were 10 people from Thailand and one from the Philippines

When terrorists Hamas took these hostages, is it any wonder what would follow??

Hamas condemned Gaza into the bombed out dust bowl, it is or about to become.

The Palestinian people, to a hell hole existence, shrouded in a pall of death

Release all the hostages, save what little remains of Gaza.

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The Palestinian people, to a hell hole existence, shrouded in a pall of death

Basically what they had before Oct 7.

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Wick, it is a funny kind of hell hole, Gaza. A hell hole with KFC, 3 star hotels, nice beach, etc. An 'open air prison' that people visit for weddings and holidays with their families.

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Wick's pencil, the war has left Northern Gaza infostructure devastated, its schools its hospitals, water, sanitation, power, the cost in lives of between 13000/17000  Palestinians.

When this so called ceasefire ends, what will remain of the south?

What endgame do you envisage?

For any conceivable future for Gaza, will take decades to realize. If at all.

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Biden: “I cannot prove what I’m about to say,” but Hamas attacked Israel because I was very close to bringing peace to the region.

yeah that’s exactly what was going on right before the attack /s

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Given the utter savagery of the Hamas terrorists, it is not surprise that they are not releasing any of their gang rape victims.

We have no idea what really happened on Oct 7, yet for seven weeks armchair critics who know zilch have been talking non-stop about Hamas savagery. Give it a break until we know the truth. Suspicions are getting stronger from evidence leaking out that the IDF caused the high death toll among Israelis. Why would this surprise given the overwhelmingly powerful armaments the Israelis always employ?

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The irony of this is that the "man" who planned and orchestrated the October 7 atrocities was himself a prisoner in Israel. And was released in a prisoner swap 10 years ago.

End game for Gaza? Hamas dies. Their overseas supporters and financiers die. And Gaza is rebuilt with aid money that is NOT stolen by terrorists. The people are de-programmed from the brainwashing that UNRWA and Hamas have been doing to them for 15 years. Then Gaza can bloom. But first, the people must accept that they will live beside a Jewish state. If they cannot make that one concession, they are doomed to fail.

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Good that children old women and Thai foreigners were released.

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“So Israel had to submit to Joe Biden’s demands to pause their efforts of finding the Hamas terrorists who raped and killed innocent people and took 200+ hostages - and the Hamas terrorists in turn released no Americans and just 5% of the hostages.

Joe Biden is in Nantucket and says he has no idea when the Americans will be returned.

31 Americans were killed by Hamas on October 7.

Biden is a disaster.

A total disaster. “

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itsonlyrocknrollToday  11:29 am JST

Wick's pencil, the war has left Northern Gaza infostructure devastated, its schools its hospitals, water, sanitation, power, the cost in lives of between 13000/17000 Palestinians.

When this so called ceasefire ends, what will remain of the south?

What endgame do you envisage?

For any conceivable future for Gaza, will take decades to realize. If at all.

Like I mentioned before, Gazans who have no affiliation with Hamas or any other thug groups are caught in the crossfire. And they're suffering from this the most.

There's no 'winners' here, no matter how it pans out. Everyone loses.

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The older ladies being released are lucky survivors, if you can belueve it. In many cases, the Hamas animals decided to simply kill older women as they were not rapable.

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The names of less than half of the "hostages" were released by Israel, starting with the old ladies...

Why not inform the world of all their names? Well, because they are serving military members.

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There approx. 5,000 Palestinian hostages..........whoops, sorry, prisoners, held in Israeli prisons for having committed no crimes whatever, this includes children. And there is another 1,000 held by the IDF illegally, so dog knows what their fate will be. But this is normal for Palestinians, to be dragged into prisons for no reason, it has been happening for decades.

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