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The World’s Lies About Israel Encourage Worse Conduct by Other Countries

Members of the United Nations Security Council meet on the day of a vote on a Gaza resolution that demands an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan leading to a permanent ceasefire, and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, at UN headquarters in New York City, US, March 25, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

In six months of fighting in Gaza, Israel has produced the lowest civilian to combatant casualty ratio in history.

Nonetheless, the Jewish State has found itself subject to accusations ranging from being overly aggressive to outright genocide — accusations that are flatly contradicted by well established data. To accuse a country that is being so incredibly careful sends a dangerous message to the world: that being careful doesn’t matter, and that terrorism works.

A case-in-point is the recent statement by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) spokesman Tarek Abu Shaluf, who admitted that terror groups (such as PIJ and Hamas) have taken over all of the hospitals in Gaza, and are using the medical facilities to hide military activities and launch attacks.

Shaluf was speaking while under interrogation by Israeli intelligence, a situation that public audiences typically find non-credible. However, in this case, Shaluf’s statement coincides with multiple international intelligence findings, including by the United States and Europe, not to mention a mountain of specific evidence publicly disclosed by Israel.

Nonetheless, Israel has garnered a general and baseless reputation for being overly aggressive and even malicious. Last week, for example, senior Democrat, and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, signed a letter calling on President Biden to withhold arms sales from Israel. This move is especially notable because Pelosi does not represent a niche faction of the party, but is considered to be a senior and mainstream leader within the US political establishment.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board said that Democrats were “play[ing] into Hamas’s hands,” and that, “Cutting off weapons to an ally in wartime would be the definition of betrayal.” There is also opposition to supporting Israel on the political right, though it has yet to reach levels that are quite as senior and mainstream as those represented by last week’s letter.

Internationally, Israel is fighting accusations of genocide in the International Court of Justice at the Hague. Meanwhile, Nicaragua — which for years has been closely tied to both Iran and Hezbollah — brought a similar suit last week against Germany based on the country’s support for Israel. The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire, and the United States, in a notable shift of policy, did not exercise its veto power to prevent it.

Notwithstanding the accusations against Israel, which are often dramatic and deeply emotional, the numbers tell a different story.

Currently Hamas claims a total of some 33,000 casualties.  It is well established that Hamas’ casualty figures are wildly inaccurate, including such faults as counting combatants and also counting civilians that Hamas itself has killed.

The IDF states a combatant casualty count of some 14,000, putting the civilian to combatant casualty ratio at slightly over 1:1, even if one accepts Hamas’ figures. This 1:1 ratio is nine times lower than the UN published global average, and 4 to 5 times lower than numbers produced by the US and its allies (such as in Iraq and Afghanistan).

In fact, the figure is lower than any urban warfare scenario that has ever been recorded in history. Even now, conflicts are raging in places like Syria and Yemen with death tolls in the hundreds of thousands, with abysmal civilian to combatant ratios, and yet they are receiving precious little global attention.

On the humanitarian aid front, Israel has facilitated the transport of more than a quarter million tons of food and over three million cubic meters of clean water into Gaza since October 7. Hamas habitually steals this aid to supply its military machine at the expense of Gaza’s civilians, a leading factor behind much of the food insecurity in the region. However, Hamas’ food theft has gone mostly unnoticed by international critics.

The global publicity campaign against Israel is no accident: Hamas has little chance of defeating Israel militarily, and their leadership is well aware of this reality. The terror organization has therefore publicly stated that it intends to use public pressure to stop Israel’s military campaign prematurely, and thus achieve an overall victory even despite losing every physical battle. Such tactics are nothing new, but if recent changes in American policy are any measure, it seems that this time, the tactic may actually stand a chance of working.

Israel has lost more than 600 soldiers since October 7, many of whom fell precisely because of Israel’s historic caution in protecting civilians, and the world is watching.

On the one hand, world leaders see the price Israel is paying to protect civilians and they see that this sacrifice goes unacknowledged. On the other hand, terror groups are also watching: they see that hiding behind civilians works, that placing military bases inside hospitals works, and that a campaign of global defamation works as well. If we publicly malign the very caution we wish to see in the world by Israel, if we permit the very abuse of civilians we wish to prevent, then we build the very kind of future we should rationally wish to avoid.

Daniel Pomerantz is an expert in international law, an adjunct professor at Reichman and Bar Ilan Universities in Israel, and the CEO of RealityCheck, an nonprofit NGO dedicated to clarifying global conversations with verifiable data. Daniel lives in Tel Aviv, Israel and can be found on Instagram at @realitycheckresearch or at

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Assault charge laid, arrest made related to incident near the University of Toronto encampment—while its president speaks in Ottawa on antisemitism, and the school seeks a removal injunction

Toronto Police have arrested and charged a man for assault over an incident May 9 near the protest encampment at the University of Toronto’s King’s College Circle on its downtown campus.  Toronto Police Services (TPS) say they responded at 3:45 p.m. that day to a call for assault in the area of the road around […]

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‘Any Chance the Media Would Cover This?’ New Video Shows Terrorists in Gaza Using Humanitarian Aid to Help Prepare Rockets

Terrorists in Gaza using humanitarian aid bags to prop up rockets. Photo: Screenshot

Terrorists in Gaza have been using humanitarian aid bags to prop up rockets they were preparing to shoot at Israelis, new video circulating on social media reveals, underscoring the challenges of delivering aid to Palestinian civilians in the Hamas-ruled enclave without it being stolen.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade — which is the armed wing of Fatah, the political party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbasused bags from Turkey and UNRWA — the UN agency responsible for the Palestinians — to prop up the rockets, according to the video.

At least three of the bags say they contain “wheat flour,” and the bag from Turkey specifically says it is supposed to go “to the Palestinian people.” It is unclear whether the bags had previously been opened to extract the food and then refilled with sand, for example, or if it still contained the food that was intended to feed Palestinian civilians.

“Any chance the media would cover this, yet another violation of international humanitarian law?” pro-Israel commentator Hen Mazzig wrote on X/Twitter while sharing the video.

Rafah, Gaza: Hamas is using UN humanitarian aid bags as rocket launchers today.

Any chance the media would cover this, yet another, violation of International Humanitarian Law?

— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) May 29, 2024

Almost every day for the past seven months, Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist organizations have been shooting rockets into Israel from civilian areas, which is a war crime. Tens of thousands of Israelis are internally displaced and unable to return to their homes as a result.

There is mounting evidence that Hamas has also operated in civilian clothing and in civilian infrastructure such as hospitals. However, these violations of international law are rarely noted by much of the media.

The latest video of terrorists using humanitarian aid for military purposes underscores the issue of making sure such aid gets to Palestinian civilians. 

The US built a pier to deliver 2,000,000 meals daily to Palestinian civilians, but after a few weeks of operation, the Pentagon said none of the aid unloaded from the pier had made it to those who needed it. On one occasion, about 70 percent of the aid has been stolen while en route to a UN warehouse. In other cases, it just never showed up.

Israeli estimates suggest approximately 60 percent of the aid that has gone into Gaza has been stolen — either by Hamas or other groups and individuals. Oftentimes, that aid is then sold to the population at high prices, making it difficult to impossible for most Gazans to gain access to it. 

According to Ehud Yaari, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Hamas has made more than $500 million in profit from selling humanitarian aid since Oct. 7.

The terror group began the war last October by massacring 1,200 people in Israel and taking more than 250 people hostage, about half of whom have still not been released.

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Columbia University Anti-Zionist Group Endorses Hamas

Demonstrators take part in an anti-Israel demonstration at the Columbia University campus, in New York City, US, Feb. 2, 2024. REUTERS/David Dee Delgado

Columbia University’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has endorsed Hamas, a US-designated terrorist organization, the latest sign of its growing extremism and willingness to embrace antisemitic violence.

“The Palestinian resistance is the only force materially fighting back against isr*el [sic],” the group said in a series of posts shared by Documenting Jew Hatred on Campus, a social media account which exposes antisemitism on college campuses. “There is no way to eliminate the resistance without ending the occupation. When you see a video of a young palestinian [sic] boy traumatized in a hospital talking about how iof [the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF] shot his pregnant mother in cold blood in front of his own eyes, do not question how he chooses to resist years later.”

.@Columbia and @BarnardCollege, @ColumbiaSJP is actively promoting terrorism and anti-Israel rhetoric on their social media channels. They are sounding more and more like Hamas spokespeople every day. When is the university going to permanently ban this “student group”?

— Documenting Jew Hatred on Campus (@CampusJewHate) May 26, 2024

Campus Reform, a higher education watchdog which first reported Documenting Jew Hatred on Campus’ posts, noted that Columbia SJP has added an “inverted red triangle” to its social media biography, further indicating its support for Hamas. The Palestinian terrorist group has used an inverted red triangle in its propaganda videos to indicate an Israeli target about to be attacked, and anti-Israel protesters on university campuses have been using the symbol in their demonstrations.

Columbia SJP, a group that has reformed under multiple organizations since being suspended by school administrators during the fall semester, has been central in staging a slew of riotous demonstrations in which anti-Zionist activists verbally assaulted Jewish students with antisemitic epithets, clamorously expressed support for terrorism and Hamas, and caused thousands of dollars in damages to school property.

The group’s behavior after Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the StandWithUs Center for League Justice (SCLJ).

The complaint alleges that after bullying Jewish students and rubbing their noses in the carnage Hamas wrought on their people, the pro-Hamas students were still unsatisfied and resulted to violence. They beat up five Jewish students in Columbia’s Butler Library, according to the lawsuit. Another attacked a Jewish students with a stick, lacerating his head and breaking his finger, after being asked to return missing persons posters she had stolen.

Following the incidents, pleas for help allegedly went unanswered and administrators told Jewish students they could not guarantee their safety while SJP held its demonstrations. The school’s apparent powerlessness to prevent anti-Jewish violence was cited as the reason why Students Supporting Israel (SSI), a recognized school club, was denied permission to hold an event on self-defense. Events with “buzzwords” such as “Israel” and “Palestine” were forbidden, administrators allegedly said, but SJP continued to host events while no one explained the inconsistency.

The explosion of end-of-year protests held by the group forced Columbia officials to shutter the campus in April and institute virtual learning. Later, the group occupied Hamilton Hall, forcing President Minouche Shafik to call on the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for help, a decision she hesitated to make. According to The Columbia Spectator, over 108 arrests were made.

“Yes, we’re all Hamas, pig!” one protester was filmed screaming during the fracas, which saw some verbal skirmishes between pro-Zionist and anti-Zionist partisans. “Long live Hamas!” said others who filmed themselves dancing and praising the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas terrorist organization. “Kill another solider!”

Amid the chaos, a prominent rabbi at the school urged Jewish students to leave the campus for the sake of their safety. Ultimately, the university cancelled its main commencement ceremony.

Follow Dion J. Pierre @DionJPierre.

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