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More Israeli hostages freed by Hamas as truce in Gaza lasts another day

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By WAFAA SHURAFA, JACK JEFFERY and MELANIE LIDMAN

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Still not a single military member released... What will their price be?

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Every released Israeli hostage has new stories of horror and torture at the hands of Hamas. Lovely people, aren't they? No wonder nobody in the Arab world wants to help (other than Iran, AQ and ISIS) them or see them anywhere near their borders.

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Hostages and their family not interested to be another PR campaign, because they violence of their govt.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/family-of-freed-hostage-reportedly-rejects-netanyahus-request-to-meet/

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No wonder nobody in the Arab world wants to help (other than Iran, AQ and ISIS) them or see them anywhere near their borders.

100% agreed.

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There are 33 countries with Palestinians including 10,000 here in Japan. It is estimated that more than 6 million Palestinians live in a global diaspora.

Jordan 3,240,000. Lebanon 402,582. Saudi Arabia 280,245. Egypt 270,245. Qatar 100,000. Kuwait 80,000. Libya 44,000.

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Antony Blinken on Thursday told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel's military operations in southern Gaza must not repeat the massive loss of civilian life and displacement seen during its offensive in the north.

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Every released Israeli hostage has new stories of horror and torture at the hands of Hamas. Lovely people, aren't they? 

Yes, like fearing for their lives under the constant bombardment of Israeli missile strikes.

No wonder nobody in the Arab world wants to help (other than Iran, AQ and ISIS) them or see them anywhere near their borders.

What kind of help? Gaza has been blockaded for decades, and The West Bank has strict restrictions as to what kind of support can be provided. Or do you mean military aid? Not sure the Western Alliance would look too fondly on that. Or are you talking about taking refugees? Palestines Arab neighbours arent like the affluent counties in Western Europe or North America, we are talking about Jordan and Lebanon, which have already been forced to take thousands upon thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq (Palestines other neighbouring Arab nations), and struggle with high levels of unemployment, poverty, and inflation. As for Egypt, they fear another rise in insurgency in the Sinai Peninsular. Egypt does not support Hamas, and they dont want Hamas militants operating out of Egypt. So where should they go? Iran? How do the logistics of that work? Are the millions of displaced Palestinians expected to walk across the desert, or is someone going to pay for them all to fly?

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There are 33 countries with Palestinians including 10,000 here in Japan. 

10,000 in Japan?? Are you sure about that? Wiki is certainly not gospel at all but it indicates that Japan has only ~80 Palestinians as at 2022.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabs_in_Japan

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Forgot to mention Egypt already houses around half a million refugees from Sudan, Syria, Iran, as well as other nationalities. There are only so many refugees any nation can afford to support.

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Have you seen how much the hostages are smiling, high-fiving, hugging Hamas on their way out? Amazing scenes.

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https://twitter.com/Kahlissee/status/1730016102078369834

Looks like they fell in love with their captors.

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stormcrowToday  07:28 am JST

Every released Israeli hostage has new stories of horror and torture at the hands of Hamas.

No they don't and I am sure you have no evidence of it either...

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No they don't and I am sure you have no evidence of it either...

Exactly. The twitter link I posted above shows a very different story. Zionists are kvetchin'!

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A number of the women were detained for pro-Palestinian social media posts that Israeli authorities said constituted incitement of violence.

Yeh this looks like a legitimate arrest and unlimited detention crime...NOT! At least Japanese media reports these truths about the war criminals in Israel! You would never see these kind of truths in western msm!

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Stormcrow.....

No wonder nobody in the Arab world wants to help (other than Iran, AQ and ISIS) them or see them anywhere near their borders.

You need to widen your media.... Hamas are absolute heroes in the Middle East, Malaysia, Indonesia and much of the non US/Israel/ aligned world.

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It's a positive outcome that the world is seeing the depth of depravities committed by Hamas. At the same time, Israel's right to defend itself and its commitment to international law is increasing appreciation for the country that only has wanted peace since its establishment, so there is little sorrow for the minimal losses incurred by the Arabs.

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zibala

Today 10:02 am JST

At the same time, Israel's right to defend itself and its commitment to international law is increasing appreciation for the country that only has wanted peace since its establishment, so there is little sorrow for the minimal losses incurred by the Arabs

Ummm yeh sure...what alternate reality are you from??? Where is blowing up hospitals and schools and slaughtering thousands of children showing a commitment to international law???

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Every released Israeli hostage has new stories of horror and torture at the hands of Hamas. Lovely people, aren't they? No wonder nobody in the Arab world wants to help (other than Iran, AQ and ISIS) them or see them anywhere near their borders.

Wasn't there just a video released of a bunch of hostages happily heading back home in vans after high-fiving Hamas members and even having short chats with them before leaving? They were also given water bottles to take home despite how scarce of a resource it is in Gaza. They didn't seem very distraught or horrified to me.

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Wasn't there just a video released of a bunch of hostages happily heading back home in vans after high-fiving Hamas members and even having short chats with them before leaving? They were also given water bottles to take home despite how scarce of a resource it is in Gaza. They didn't seem very distraught or horrified to me.

Yes, but seething Israeli-sympathizers live in a delusional reality. They act ignorant to the results of their poisonous sting. Always been that way.

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 the world is seeing the depth of depravities committed by Hamas

Like forcing Gazan medical staff to evacuate a hospital, leaving the premature babies in the ICU with no electricity to literally rot to death? Who could do something so horrific?

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Looks like they fell in love with their captors.

Wow a completely out of context 3 second clip. That definitely proves all Israeli hostages actually like Hamas

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A Thai foreign worker who was released from Hamas captivity in recent days has testified that Israeli hostages with whom he was held were beaten by their captors, including with cables.

Wow these Hamas guys sound really friendly…

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Bet the Palestinian hostages didn't get the same fair treatment that the Israelis did!

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The released Arab prisoners complained about being beaten and the guards using dogs to attack them. Israel should allow an international inspection team into the 19 prisons holding Arabs.

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Hamas has released a few corpses of the hostages. Hopefully that’s it.

Hamas claimed they were killed by Israeli air strikes, but who knows?

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stormcrowToday  11:20 am JST

Hamas has released a few corpses of the hostages. Hopefully that’s it.

Hamas claimed they were killed by Israeli air strikes, but who knows?

Anyone who has seen the devastation visited upon Gaza by the war criminals in the IDF

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Where is blowing up hospitals and schools and slaughtering thousands of children showing a commitment to international law???

International law prohibits using hospitals and schools as places top launch attacks, which Hamas is doing, so there is nothing wrong with Israel bombing those terrorist sites. And international law prohibits using civilians as human shields so the hundred or so children who might have been injured by Israeli self-defense efforts are the responsibility of Hamas. That is international law. The actual reality.

Anyone who doesn't like it is free to write their local Hamas representative and tell them to stop targeting and intentionally killing Israeli civilians.

 Israel should allow an international inspection team into the 19 prisons holding Arabs.

No they shouldn't.

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Why doesn’t Hamas just surrender? The devastation to Gaza would stop tomorrow

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Good to see the ceasefire extended, but if the fighting doesn't end soon, it will spill into a regional conflict. If that happens it will turn into a war of attrition and I don't think Israel will come out of it good if that happens. Lets just hope the ceasefire can be maintained.

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International law prohibits using hospitals and schools as places top launch attacks, which Hamas is doing, so there is nothing wrong with Israel bombing those terrorist sites

There is no such clause in the Geneva Conventions. This is something that Israel has made up to justify their targeting of what should be considered untouchable targets. Even if there was a clause the IDF still has to prove that these hospitals and schools were used as Hamas headquarters and the base of terrorist operations against Israel, which so far they have failed to do. Even if they did, measures taken would have to be proportionate to the immediate threat posed by the militants inside.

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Hamas claimed they were killed by Israeli air strikes, but who knows?

Why would Hamas kill their captives? How would that benefit Hamas in any way? And when you look at the state of the captives they have released alive, they could look a hell of a lot worse.

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Every released Israeli hostage has new stories of horror and torture at the hands of Hamas. Lovely people, aren't they?

I think you're mixing up the stories, the Palestinian hostages talked about years of abuse and torture. I've seen the opposite form the israeli hostages, with one woman actually writing a letter to thank their captures for the treatment they received.

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Why doesn’t Hamas just surrender? The devastation to Gaza would stop tomorrow

Israel would just accept that those who had surrendered accounted for every member of Hamas? Sure.

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There is no such clause in the Geneva Conventions.

Actually you’re completely wrong. Article 19 of the 1949 4th Geneva Convention states: “The protection to which civilian hospitals are entitled shall not cease unless they are used to commit, outside their humanitarian duties, acts harmful to the enemy”

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Israel would just accept that those who had surrendered accounted for every member of Hamas?

Uh, yes? Israel knows who the leadership is and a surrender of said leadership would result in a cessation of mass offensives. Just look at every other conflict which had a surrendering government in modern conflicts

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Note that using civilians as a human shield is itself illegal under international law. In the case of a missile launcher emplaced on a hospital roof, it’s not the people bombing the hospital who commit a war crime, it’s the people who put the missile launcher there. They endangered the civilians by making the hospital into a legitimate target.

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This is something that Israel has made up to justify their targeting of what should be considered untouchable targets. 

lol, nothing is 'untouchable', otherwise that is precisely where the enemy will be shooting from.

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"On Wednesday, Israeli troops killed two Palestinian boys during a raid in Jenin, according to Palestinian health officials. "

Al Jazeera - The UN Human Rights Office said the eight-year-old and 15-year-old Palestinian boys shot and killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday in Jenin in the occupied West Bank did not pose any “threat to the Israeli forces when shot”.

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@Sanjinosebleed

Who knows? Anyone who has seen the devastation visited upon Israel by the butchers out of Gaza.

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stormcrow

Today 12:11 pm JST

@Sanjinosebleed

Who knows? Anyone who has seen the devastation visited upon Israel by the butchers out of Gaza

Umm reality check....Latest figure 1200 Israeli death vs 24000 Palestinians along with 30000 wounded...hmmmm who to believe....

Butchers in the IDF

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here are 33 countries with Palestinians including 10,000 here in Japan.  - 10,000 in Japan?? Are you sure about that? Wiki is certainly not gospel at all but it indicates that Japan has only ~80 Palestinians as at 2022.

Agree...10,000 Palestinians in Japan seems quite unrealistic.

"This is something that Israel has made up to justify their targeting of what should be considered untouchable targets.  - lol, nothing is 'untouchable', otherwise that is precisely where the enemy will be shooting from."

Really, and yet somehow mysteriously that very same logic doesn't apply in Ukraine, only in Gaza ? Hmm, those good old double standards once again.

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@Sanjinosebleed

Saw an amusing caricature of a Hamas terrorist with several Palestinian women and children strapped tightly to him saying, "How dare Israel attack civilians!"

It's impossible for the IDF to attack Hamas without hitting civilians because of the way they're used as human shields by Hamas That's not Israel's fault, which leads one to question why the civilians of Gaza are attacking the vans containing Israeli hostages.

Also (and this is important) who is the guilty party for starting the slaughter on October 7th? Most countries would've responded in a similar manner, so Israel's response to the massacre of October 7th is not all that surprising, especially when you're on the receiving end.

Blame the victim or blame the attacker.

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There is no such clause in the Geneva Conventions.

There absolutely is.

This is something that Israel has made up to justify their targeting of what should be considered untouchable targets.

Israel didn't draft the Geneva Conventions

Even if there was a clause the IDF still has to prove that these hospitals and schools were used as Hamas headquarters and the base of terrorist operations against Israel, which so far they have failed to do. 

As above, there is such clause. It doesn't say the IDF has to prove anything though.

It's impossible for the IDF to attack Hamas without hitting civilians because of the way they're used as human shields by Hamas

Right. Hamas intentionally targeted civilians. Israel intentionally tries not to include Arab civilians in its defense strategy, and as a result there have been only a few hundred casualties.

That's not Israel's fault, which leads one to question why the civilians of Gaza are attacking the vans containing Israeli hostages.

The reality is, the Gaza Arabs, whether they are Hamas terrorists or supporters, mostly also engage in attacks against Israel, thereby making them legitimate targets.

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The fighting has resumed apparently.

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