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Posted in: Palestinians rally in Tokyo to mark 76 years of displacement See in context

That is the point. That Jewish settlers didn’t “steal” the majority of land they were using when they originally moved over

Your original point was that the Palestinians rejected the partition plan of 1947.

At that time 6.6% of the land was Jewish owned, less than 30% of the population was Jewish, 77% of which were newly arrived European immigrants who arrived less than a generation ago.

The partition plan offered the Jews 56% of the land. Do you think any sane, rational individual would accept such a proposal? Why should such an act be demonized?

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Posted in: Palestinians rally in Tokyo to mark 76 years of displacement See in context

Theres no “semantic gymnastics” just because you can’t understand the post. If you want to talk about overall land ownership of the area we can but that’s not what my point was addressing

So WHAT is the purpose of pointing out that the 6.6% of the land they actually owned wasn't stolen?

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Posted in: Palestinians rally in Tokyo to mark 76 years of displacement See in context

No, you’re reading my post incorrectly. I said The majority of land owned by the original Jewish settlers wasn’t stolen, it was purchased after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, legally.

Sorry, I'm not following. So you're saying a majority of the 6.6% of the land owned by Jews in 1947 was bought and not stolen? That's still 6.6%. Semantic gymnastics don'r alter it.

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Posted in: Palestinians rally in Tokyo to mark 76 years of displacement See in context

The majority of land owned by the original Jewish settlers wasn’t stolen, it was purchased after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, legally.

6.6% according to historical records.

The proposed state would have given Arabs and Jews equal rights

Which state proposal are we talking about? The 1947 UN partition plan (Resolution 181) proposed 2 states. As far as I'm aware Israel has never proposed a single state solution with full equal rights.

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Posted in: Palestinians rally in Tokyo to mark 76 years of displacement See in context

No, their relatives rejected the creation of a country on land that is now Israel's but instead, they received a country in the name of Jordan, so what's the problem?

Some people believe in the in inalienable rights of self determination and governance. The indigenous population of the region rejected having their land stolen and being made 2nd class in a Jewish state. They also rejected being absorbed by the Jordanian regent.

What's the problem? Human rights, demography and self determination are Israel's problem.

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Posted in: Putin removes defense minister Shoigu See in context

Explaining the timing of the decision, the Kremlin on Sunday said it needed the defense ministry to stay "innovative".

By perhaps replacing it with an attack ministry?

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Posted in: Netanyahu on U.S. threat to withhold arms: Israel will fight with its 'fingernails' if needed See in context

If we need to, we will fight with our fingernails. But we have much more than fingernails.”

4 billion in military aid annually from the U.S. to be precise.

“The army has munitions for the missions it plans, and for the missions in Rafah, too -- we have what we need,” he said in response to a question at a news conference.

Sounds like you're good then. No need to send anything more.

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Posted in: Pentagon chief confirms U.S. has paused bomb shipment to Israel to signal concerns over Rafah invasion See in context

Yes, it’s an awful situation with terrible pain felt on all sides. Ideally, Hamas would release all of the hostages and the IDF would withdraw and the two warring sides would sit down and talk. - stormcrow

Then we can look at the West Bank as an exemplary case of what that would look like. No Hamas, no hostages, no rockets fired into Israel. An obedient population of Palestinians who non the less are having their land stolen from under their feet and with no talks or even the slightest hint that Israel intends to end its occupation.

What incentive do they have to "dial it down"? In fact, it creates the opposite incentive. "Dial it up" or else you'll be forgotten and ignored and the occupation will continue unabated.

The bleak precedents Hamas' terrorist attack on Oct 7th sets is that atrocities will get people to take notice and disrupt the status quo that allows their continues occupation.

Hamas have already won regardless of if Netanyahu things he can defeat them with military brute force.

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Posted in: Pentagon chief confirms U.S. has paused bomb shipment to Israel to signal concerns over Rafah invasion See in context

Seek and destroy as many Hamas members as you like, just dial it down to avoid killing too many women and children in the process. - stormcrow

If you'd had your own wife, children or family members killed by Israeli forces I don't think you'd be asking them to "dial it down". We're not talking about a noisy neighbour's TV set here.

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Posted in: Israel says it reopened key Gaza crossing after rocket attack but U.N. says no aid has entered See in context

What’s JSIP?

Why did this get downvoted I actually don’t know what it means and couldn’t find anything on Google. - JboneInTheZone

I've been following the conflict for decades and I'm as clueless as you are.

Jewish Supremacist. . . Something Something? Dunno, that's the best I've got.

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Posted in: Pentagon chief confirms U.S. has paused bomb shipment to Israel to signal concerns over Rafah invasion See in context

Yes, no more precision guided weapons, so then that means more conventional weapons, more inaccurate casualties, then so be it. That will not deter Israel or their mission. - bass4funk

Did you read the article? They are holding shipments of 2,000 pound bombs for that very reason.

Israel has been showering a region the size of the city of Philadelphia and the most densely populated space on the entire planet with bombs that create craters 50ft wide and 35ft deep. How else do you think Israel has managed to kill over 34,000 people with over 2/3 of them being civilians.

You can't threaten what Israel has already been doing continuously for the past 7 months.

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Posted in: Pentagon chief confirms U.S. has paused bomb shipment to Israel to signal concerns over Rafah invasion See in context

Never retreat, never surrender. - bass4funk

Inspiring words for the perpetrator of a decades long illegal occupation and land grab.

Let us hope Israel never returns to its internationally recognized borders or returns any of the land it has stolen. Viva la ethnic cleansing!

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Posted in: Should married couples in Japan be allowed to have different family names? Survey investigates See in context

Meanwhile, there was a pronounced dip in support for the idea among survey respondents in their 70s, out of whom only 48 percent are in favor of it. That’s still, thogh, a larger group than the 40 percent of respondents age 70 to 79 who said they’re opposed to giving married couples that option, and in every other age group “in favor of” beat out “opposed to” by a much larger margin.

This is Japanese politics in a microcosm. According to the ministry of Justice, Japan is the only country in the world that doesn't allow separate surnames.

The government pandas to the will of the elderly demographic. There are more of them (Around 30% of the country is over 65.) they vote in higher numbers and perhaps most importantly their votes count for almost double or triple due to the vote-value disparity that has been deemed unconstitutional by Japanese courts on numerous occasions.

The de-population of rural areas caused by young people who prefer to live in large urban cities means that their votes count for far less. The LDP has been ordered to fix the disparity but is unwilling to surrender its advantage. And so the LDP political monopoly continues.

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Posted in: Violence flares at UCLA as police end protests at New York's Columbia University See in context

More indication that this is nothing like previous protest movements: there is no clear right or wrong side here. - TaiwanIsNotChina

In the portion of the article you quoted. "Mounting tensions on U.S. campuses boiled over on Wednesday when pro-Israel supporters attacked an encampment of pro-Palestinian protesters at UCLA,"

A violent attack on a disruptive but non-violent, peaceful group of protesters. The rights and wrongs seem fairly unanbiguous. But why are these protests any different from other protest movements? What makes them different from anti-Vietnam war or racial segregation protests?

No arrests of the Jewish mob who attacked the peaceful protest with batons and clubs??? Shame on you ! - Sanjinosebleed

What's to indicate that they were Jewish? Plenty of Jews on the pri-Palestinian side if the protest too.

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Posted in: Cool Biz campaign begins across Japan See in context

Shinichi Tanabe, a professor of structural engineering at Waseda University's graduate school of engineering, observed that the temperature of 28 degrees came about through a sanitary law for buildings that was passed in 1970.

"It's believed that the original environmental sanitary standards were meant to cover a temperature range from 17 to 28 degrees," Tanabe explains. "In other words, 28 degrees is the maximum figure stipulated by the law, and not the recommended temperature setting by any means."

From a previous JT article.

Perhaps a "Warm Biz" campaign would be more effective. Promote double glazing and proper insulation in housing. Maybe suggest that in late April when the temperature is over 20 degrees you don't need the heating turned on in shops and trains.

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Posted in: Netanyahu vows to invade Rafah 'with or without a deal' as cease-fire talks with Hamas continue See in context

Blinken. . .urged Hamas on Monday to accept the latest proposal, calling it “extraordinarily generous” on Israel’s part.

Netanyahu said Israel would enter Rafah, which Israel says is Hamas' last stronghold, regardless of whether a truce-for-hostages deal is struck.

Netanyahu's government calls for "total annihilation" and the U.S. government call it "extraordinarily generous".

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Posted in: U.S. military ships working to build pier for Gaza aid at cost of at least $320 million See in context

If the U.S. wasn't giving Israel over $17,000,000,000 (billion) in military aid to Israel they wouldn't need to build a $230,000,000 (million) on a pier to help reduce the number of aid workers Israel is killing.

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Posted in: U.S. opposes ICC probe as Israel fears arrest warrants See in context

The reports of potential ICC arrest warrants are connected with investigations into Israel's 2014 Protective Edge operation. A previous Netanyahu military campaign that killed around 1,500 Gazan civlians. It'll be a long time before the ICJ and ICC catch up to the current Israeli campaign that has so far killed at least 20,000 civilians, aid workers and journalists.

I'm ambivalent about aiding Israel but this really is over the top. The US should be facilitating Netanyahu's arrest not the opposite. - TaiwanIsNotChina

The whole problem with U.S. support for Israel is that at every turn it blocks Israel's accountability. Countless U.N. ICC, ICJ, and Human Rights Watch resolutions and investigations have been blocked by the U.S.

It also doesn't condition its military support on Israeli actions.

The unconditional support of the U.S. Is what leads to Israel acting with such impunity and belligerence. Spoil the child and this is the consequence.

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Posted in: Arrests roil U.S. campuses nationwide ahead of graduation as protesters demand Israel ties be cut See in context

The elections were declared free and a fair by many international observers - Capuchin

Hmmm... - bass4funk

Yes, despite Israel's mass arrests of Hamas candidates in the run up to the election.

"The Quartet consulted today on the Palestinian Legislative Council elections. It congratulates President Abbas and the Palestinian people on an electoral process that was free, fair and secure. The Quartet calls on all parties to respect the results of the election and the outcome of the Palestinian constitutional process so that it may unfold"

https://press.un.org/en/2006/sg2103.doc.htm

Care to offer any evidenced, factual counterpoints to substantiate your groan?

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Posted in: Arrests roil U.S. campuses nationwide ahead of graduation as protesters demand Israel ties be cut See in context

Then why did Hamas attack Israel? Some people even say that Netanyahu helped plan the attack. Why would a friend attack another friend. It doesn't make sense. - nishikat

You seem to have a rather simplistic way of looking at the world. Exploiting circumstances to further your own ideological and political goals has nothing to do with friendship. In much the same way that Hamas gain support and legitimacy through Netanyahu's actions. 2 sides of the same coin.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-years-netanyahu-propped-up-hamas-now-its-blown-up-in-our-faces/

Of course, claims that Netanyahu helped plan the Oct 7th attack are nonsense conspiracy theories. But that's not to say Netanyahu hasn't exploited the atrocity for his own ends. He was probably quite pleased with the events and the opportunities it gave him. In much the same way that some part of Hamas must relish in the atrocities now being visited upon Gaza.

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Posted in: Arrests roil U.S. campuses nationwide ahead of graduation as protesters demand Israel ties be cut See in context

Palestine hasn't been "occupied" for decades now. What the Palestinians are reaping now are the product of their self-rule and choice of Hamas to govern them. - USNinJapan2

I assume you're referring to the 2005 disengagement from Gaza? The illegal occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank is still ongoing.

Israel withdrew from Gaza to avoid having to negotiate with the Palestinians which would necessitate giving up illegally aquired land and to instead bolster the illegal settlements in the West Bank. As stated by Ariel Sharon himself.

Israel dismantled the illegal settlements in Gaza and withdrew its military but still controls Gaza's skies, seas, borders, all movement of people and goods in and out of the country, and prior to Oct 7th would carry out regular military incursions and arrests on Gazan territory as well as constant surveillance. That ticks just about every box on the occupation check list. But what do you suppose we call it if not occupation?

It's known that Netanyahu and Israel have long supported Hamas to sew division in Palestinian unity and delegitimise Palestinian nationalism. In the 2006 elections Hamas altered their charter and moderated their political platform in order to participate in the elections. This could have been an opportunity to move Hamas away from political extremism and towards political action rather than violence.

The elections were declared free and a fair by many international observers but the outcome was rejected by Fatah and they colluded with the U.S. and Israel to push them out of the West Bank. The Palestinians voted against the corruption and ineffectual rule of Fatah rather than for Hamas' political platform.

Those are the events that led to the past 17 years of Hamas rule and Israeli occupation in Gaza.

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Posted in: Arrests roil U.S. campuses nationwide ahead of graduation as protesters demand Israel ties be cut See in context

Why are these protestors pro Hamas? Personally I'd rather live under Israel than Hamas. I don't understand their fixation and their love for Hamas. It's like being pro alqueda in Afghanistan. - nishikat

Nowhere is it being reported that there are pro-Hamas protests happening. I haven't seen or heard a single pro-Hamas sign or chant. You must be observing a different reality.

Being against Israel's actions doesn't mean you're in any way a supporter of Hamas. Your flimsy and worn-out attempt to deligitemize the protests doesn't stand up to much scrutiny.

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Posted in: Arrests roil U.S. campuses nationwide ahead of graduation as protesters demand Israel ties be cut See in context

Attitudes in the younger generation have changed. They're much more critical and reflective about the history of Western imperialism, colonialism and mistreatment of indigenous peoples. Many believe that if they were alive in those times they would have opposed the obvious injustices. Israel is such an injustice manifest in modern times.

The fact that Israel's decades long occupation of the Palestinian people and endless list of atrocities it is currently committing in Gaza is facilitated by American military aid means they are impelled to speak out.

If the current tragedy in Gaza has any silver lining it's that the tide of opinion is shifting against Israel and many people are able to see it for what it is. Ending impunity is the only way to bring Israel back from the brink.

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Posted in: Israeli strike kills Lebanese militants in Beqaa area See in context

Ben Gvir car caused and accident and crashed then flipped over after crossing a red traffic light, according to many news outlets he never stops at red lights.

A real Lawless Minister of Interior and the head of the police. - WoodyLee

Sadly not stopping for red lights is about the least disconcerting thing about Itmar Ben-Gvir. He's been arrested multiple tines on terrorist charges, has a frames picture of Jewish terrorist Baruch Goldstein hanging in his living room and loves nothing more than handing weapons to extremist settlers to terrorize Palestinians with.

Smotrich is another nasty peace of work with quite the resumé.

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Posted in: Japanese city loses residents’ personal data, which was on paper being transported on a windy day See in context

Perish the thought that a mere open window could bring Japan's entire bearacratic edifice to its very knees.

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Posted in: Israeli strike kills Lebanese militants in Beqaa area See in context

and who just want to live peacefully on their lands in Israel, Judea and Samaria, and Gaza. - zibala

The issue being that 'Judea', 'Samaria' and Gaza aren't 'their lands'.

Of course, If Israel was willing to accept the population of those regions and grant them full citizenship. rights and political representation under a single state then we could potentially see a resolution to the conflict.

That however is not what Israel wants. Israel wants the land but not the people. And so the ethnic cleansing continues.

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Posted in: Israel says Rafah assault looms; massive Gaza airstrikes end weeks of relative calm See in context

You’re leaving out a big chunk: when the Palestinians rejected the partition plan and immediately started attacking Israel in 1948. They started it. -JboneInTheZone

According to the Ottoman Census of 1878 3% of Palestine was Jewish. In the 1947 partition plan 55% of the land was offered to Israel. Jews in 1947 only privately owned around 7% of the land.

You'd have to be totally irrational to accept such an agreement and totally disingenuous to try and demonize a group of people for not agreeing to such an obvious injustice.

Also, Palestine has never had a standing army. Unlike Israel in 1948.

Again, chicken and egg. Unless you want to start talking about the bronze age.

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Posted in: Germany signals it will resume funding U.N. agency for Palestinians See in context

The review said Israel had yet to provide evidence to support accusations made on the basis of an UNRWA staff list given to it in March that a significant number of UNRWA staff were members of what it called Gaza terrorist groups.

A number of countries ended their vital funding of UNRWA based on unevidenced accusations by Israel. There's also no mention of the fact that 168 UNRWA workers have been killed by Israel since Oct 7th.

Israel is truly the king of being able to invert justice and reality.

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Posted in: Israel says Rafah assault looms; massive Gaza airstrikes end weeks of relative calm See in context

hamas needs to learn to learn to live side by side in this world peacefully with israel and the uk and the us etc., or they’ll very shortly be living peacefully in the next world. it’s easy. surrender and join the modern age - Tom Selleck

Israel is engaged in the longest ongoing occupation in modern history. Over half a century and counting. Maybe Israel needs to join the modern age.

In the great game of chicken or egg which came first? The brutal occupation of Palestine or the formation of Hamas? The answer is the occupation. By several decades. Extremism is the obvious consequence of generations of brutality and suppression.

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Posted in: Rafah evacuations not 'possible' under current conditions: Red Cross See in context

This story wasn't covered by Japan Today but the Colonna report into Israeli claims of UNRWA involvement of the Oct 7th terrorist attack found that Israel has still yet to present any evidence for its claims.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/22/israel-unrwa-staff-terrorist-links-yet-to-provide-evidence-colonna-report#cobssid=s

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