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Greatest rise in anti-Muslim hate in UK since Hamas’s attack on 7 October | UK News

Greatest rise in anti-Muslim hate in UK since Hamas’s attack on 7 October | UK News

A 335% increase in anti-Muslim hate cases in the UK has been recorded since Hamas’s attack on Israel on 7 October. In the four months since some 1,200 Israelis were killed and around 250 taken hostage by Hamas from southern Israel, 2,010 cases of online and offline abuse have been recorded by Tell MAMA, a national project which logs and measures anti-Muslim incidents in the UK. This is the largest recorded number of cases in four months since Tell MAMA started in 2011. The organisation said the latest data is in stark contrast to a year before, when between 7 October 2022 and 7 February 2023, 310 offline cases and 290 online cases were recorded. It follows more than 4,000 antisemitic incidents recorded in the UK in 2023 by a Jewish charity, with the all-time high attributed to the “sheer volume” which took place after the 7 October attacks. Read the latest from Sky News’ Middle-East live blog The Community Security Trust (CST), a charity which provides protection for British Jews against antisemitic attacks, said …

Netanyahu rejects Gaza ceasefire and hostage deal, calls Hamas’s demands ‘delusional’

Netanyahu rejects Gaza ceasefire and hostage deal, calls Hamas’s demands ‘delusional’

During a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, February 3, 2024. SUSANA VERA / REUTERS As the war in Gaza enters its fifth month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected, on Wednesday, February 7, a ceasefire and hostage release deal set out by the Islamic resistance movement. The previous day, Hamas had set out its conditions for a proposed framework agreement put forward by Israel. “Continuing pressure, military pressure, is a necessary condition. Surrendering to Hamas’s delusional demands will only ask for another disaster for the state of Israel, another massacre,” following the attack carried out by the Islamic movement on October 7, 2023, which killed nearly 1,200 Israeli civilians and soldiers. Netanyahu instead promised nothing less than a “complete victory,” which he considered to be within the army’s grasp in a few “months.” The Israeli army believes it has permanently weakened Hamas by dismantling 18 of its 24 battalions. But it has not struck the movement’s main leaders, and Hamas’s ability to influence the post-war period is still immense thanks …

Israel says it is studying Hamas’s response to proposed Gaza truce deal

Israel says it is studying Hamas’s response to proposed Gaza truce deal

Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, the largest in the enclave, receives data from every hospital in the strip. Hospital administrators say they keep records of every wounded person occupying a bed and every body arriving at a morgue. The ministry also collects from other sources including the Palestinian Red Crescent. The health ministry does not report how Palestinians were killed, whether from Israeli airstrikes and artillery barrages or errant Palestinian rocket fire. It describes all casualties as victims of “Israeli aggression”. The ministry also does not distinguish between civilians and combatants.  Throughout four wars and numerous skirmishes between Israel and Hamas, UN agencies have cited the Hamas-run health ministry’s death tolls in regular reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross and Palestinian Red Crescent also use the numbers. In the aftermath of war, the UN humanitarian office has published final death tolls based on its own research into medical records. The UN’s counts have largely been consistent with the Gaza health ministry’s, with small discrepancies.  For more on the Gaza health ministry’s tolls, click …

Israel and Hamas’s Cease-Fire and Hostage Deal Proposals: What to Know

Israel and Hamas’s Cease-Fire and Hostage Deal Proposals: What to Know

Israel and Hamas continued indirect talks on a cease-fire on Wednesday, but the gap between the sides remained wide, especially on two issues: the length of any pause in fighting, and the fate of Hamas leaders in Gaza, according to officials briefed on the talks. How are the negotiations going? A weeklong truce in November allowed the release of more than 100 of the hostages abducted in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel; 240 Palestinian prisoners were released as part of that deal. Since then, both sides have staked out seemingly intractable positions for another such agreement. The talks have advanced in fits and starts, with the leader of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency meeting Qatari officials in both Qatar and Europe. Many of Hamas’s political leaders are based in Qatar. Egypt, which borders the Gaza Strip, has also played a key role. The mediators have put forward multiple plans over the past several weeks, thus far with little evident progress. The duration for a proposed cease-fire have ranged from weeks to months. Reports of some …

Saleh al-Arouri: assassinated leader was Hamas’s link to Iran and Hezbollah | Hamas

The killing of Saleh al-Arouri in Beirut is the first strike in a campaign of assassinations overseas promised by Israeli officials for several months. The target was carefully chosen – one of the most senior Hamas leaders and the organisation’s main link to both Iran and the Lebanon-based militia Hezbollah. Arouri was also influential in the occupied West Bank, where he was born and where violence has soared in recent months. Some Israeli officials also believe that the 57-year-old may have known in advance about the plan to launch bloody attacks into Israel before the assault on 7 October, which killed more than 1,100 Israelis, mainly civilians. Arouri became involved in Islamist activism when a student at Hebron university in the mid-1980s, a time when such ideologies were surging across the Middle East. He joined Hamas soon after its foundation in the immediate aftermath of the first intifada and helped create Hamas’ military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassem brigades. Jailed by Israel in 1992, Arouri spent almost all the next 18 years in prison. In …

Hamas’s web of allies in the October 7 attacks makes ending the conflict much harder for Israel

Hamas’s web of allies in the October 7 attacks makes ending the conflict much harder for Israel

There have been reports that Hamas cooperated with a number of other armed groups to stage the October 7 attacks. If correct, this indicates substantial challenges for Israel – especially when it comes to ending the current conflict. The BBC detailed how five armed groups joined with Hamas for the attacks which resulted in the deaths of 1,200 people and the kidnapping of a further 240. These were the Ali Abu Mustafa brigades, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs brigades, the Omar al-Qasim forces, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and the Mujahideen brigades. The report said these groups had trained together for an attack like this since at least 2020 – which helps explain why the assault was so lethal. Decades of research on cooperation among militant organisations, including my own book and articles, suggests that relationships among armed groups can make them more violent and more effective, as they share resources and teach each other new tactics. It can enable them to survive longer, leading to serious complications with peace processes. It is noteworthy that Hamas is working …

After Hamas’s Attack, Parents Search for Their Son

After Hamas’s Attack, Parents Search for Their Son

On the night of Friday, October 6, Jon Polin and Rachel Goldberg laid their hands on the head of their 23-year-old son, Hersh, so that they could bless him, a ritual of the Sabbath. They recited in Hebrew: May you feel God’s presence within you always, and may you find peace. It was an exquisitely temperate Jerusalem evening, and the Goldberg-Polin family made the most of it, dining al fresco at a long table of friends. Hersh’s presence was an unexpected blessing. He had only recently returned from several months of traveling across Europe by himself, occasionally meeting up with his boyhood friends. Earlier in the week, Hersch had told his mother that he would be away for the weekend, attending a music festival in the north. But that festival’s organizers had neglected to obtain the necessary permits, and the event ended prematurely. As Rachel stared at her son from across the table, she marveled at his hard-earned sense of ease. When the Goldberg-Polin family emigrated from Richmond, Virginia, in 2008, when Hersh was 7, …

The Theory of Hamas’s Catastrophic Success

The Theory of Hamas’s Catastrophic Success

Three days after Hamas’s attack on Israel, I called the operation a “catastrophic success.” Now Hamas itself is saying something similar. A strange report in Middle East Eye (a publication funded by Hamas-friendly Qatar) quotes Hamas leaders admitting that they intended to commit heinous war crimes, but not at this scale. Hamas “had in mind to take between 20 and 30 hostages,” a source told the reporter. “They had not bargained on the collapse of [Israel’s] Gaza Division. This produced a much bigger result.” By “bigger result,” the source presumably meant the murder, torture, and dismemberment of more than 1,400 Israelis, Thais, Nepalis, and others. Another bigger-than-anticipated result might be the invasion of Gaza. Had the dead and kidnapped numbered in the dozens, Israel would have had to consider its options. Once Hamas broke the three- and then four-digit barriers, Israel’s commitment to destroy Hamas completely became inevitable. Hamas’s main military benefactor, Iran, tends to mount attacks just under the threshold of causing all-out war. That pattern keeps the geopolitical consequences manageable. Hamas’s attack crossed …

Canada: Calling out university professors for statements supporting Hamas’s invasion of Israel

Canada: Calling out university professors for statements supporting Hamas’s invasion of Israel

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) just released a statement condemning those who criticized University professors who recently came out in support of Hamas terrorists, the Toronto Sun reports. Apparently, Jill Dunlop, the minister in charge of the province of Ontario’s colleges and universities not only listed the names of these professors but even read their outrageous statements in the Ontario legislature. Then the minister decided to call a duck, a duck and called them antisemitic. The CAUT was outraged that university professors should be held accountable for what they said. “Seems like Canada’s university professors want the freedom to make outrageous statements on social media but don’t want to be called out for those statements,” wrote Brian Lilley in his article for the Toronto Sun. In her statement in the Ontario legislature, Dunlop added: “These individuals thought they could hide behind the ivory tower. Well, it’s time for them to touch grass.” “These are the individuals who teach our students. They hold significant authority over the students they teach. How are our students …