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Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a parliamentary democracy in the Middle East, on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan and the West Bank in the east, Egypt and the Gaza Strip on the southwest, and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south. In its Basic Laws Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic State.

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Did smiling, female Israeli soldiers pose with "We kill Children" placards during Gaza War?

This image is widely shared on social media. Did they really do that? The photo seems real because there is what appears to be Hebrew letters in the background and the uniforms look right.
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Did Jews "take over" 73% of their land from Palestinians?

I found an article by Matt Giwer saying that the cause of the Israeli-Arab war is that The Jews, [...] did in fact steal the land from the Palestinians. They actually bought and paid for at most 9% ...
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Is this map of Israel-occupied territory accurate?

There's an image going around Facebook, showing Israel's occupied territory over the last few decades: I have seen at least two people (both Christian Zionists) criticize this map as "very biased" ...
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Did Netanyahu express support of Hamas in 2019?

When discussing the ongoing Israel/Hamas war, the following quotes occasionally come up. Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and ...
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Do Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian kids? [closed]

My Arabian friend showed me a video of a child getting shot. He also gave me some links after a quick search: The Independent: I watched an Israeli soldier shoot dead my two little girls Just Read ...
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Are Hamas' Qassam rockets not very destructive?

Recently there was this answer on Politics.SE, which quotes extensively from Norman Finkelstein's book, Gaza: An Inquest Into its Martyrdom. In particular, there was deep disagreement from this quote ...
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Did the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army say this about human trafficking?

Did General Yair Golan, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army say this? General Golan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, on Holocaust Memorial Day, said: “If there is ...
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Did Ben Gurion say this about conquering Palestinian land?

I'm watching a video about the Israel/Palestine situation (supposedly from a reputable source), yet the video so far seem filled with inaccuracies and bias. For the record I'm not a member of either ...
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Did Netanyahu say "We will turn Gaza into a deserted island" in early October 2023?

According to a October 7, 2023 Al-Jazeera article, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We will take mighty vengeance for this black day,” the Israeli leader said in a televised address. “...
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Did Snowden reveal that ISIS is a USA-Israel tactic?

This reports claims regarding ISIS which evolved since 2003 assuming erstwhile names like ISI,ISIS and now IS: The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed ...
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Were babies found with their heads decapitated in Israel after the Hamas attack?

According to this tweet by CNN, The Israel Prime Minister spokesman just confirmed babies and toddlers were found with their "heads decapitated" in Kfar Aza in southern Israel after Hamas ...
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Did UNESCO pass 46 resolutions against Israel and 1 against any other country in one period?

From Hillel Neuer (in a recent Twitter Moment): In 2009-2014, UNESCO adopted: 46 resolutions against Israel 1 on Syria 0 on Iran, North Korea, Sudan or any other country in the world Is this ...
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Has Israel used banned weapons against the population of Palestine?

According to this graphic from the Facebook group zionistlies, The Israeli army uses 3 internationally banned weapons in its military aggression against the unarmed civilian population of Palestine. ...
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Is there "video evidence that [Palestinians] deliberately avoided targeting women and children" during the Oct 7 attacks on Israel? [closed]

Forward, an American Jewish newspaper, reports that Queens College, City of New York University had a Muslim student group posting Instagram stories defending Palestinian/Hamas attacks on Israel on ...
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Did a lawyer representing the Charlottesville flamethrower man say to kill little babies?

According the article Black nationalist lawyer accused of anti-Semitic remarks to investigate response to rally: In addition to the allegations of promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, the ...
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Is Israel the only "Free and Democratic" country in the Middle East?

I read a lot about the State of Israel being the only Free and Democratic country in the Middle East: John McCain: This is really the worst situation by far that any of us have seen as far as U.S.-...
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Did Hitler support zionism?

According to Ken Livingstone (UK Labour politician, former Mayor of London), Hitler supported Zionism: Evening Standard: Mr Livingstone told BBC Radio London he had never heard anyone in the party ...
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Does Israel have nuclear weapons?

According to Wikipedia's page on Israel and weapons of mass destructioni: Israel is widely believed to possess weapons of mass destruction, and to be one of four nuclear-armed countries not ...
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Did early Hamas receive some support from Israel?

I often encounter the claim that in its early years, Hamas received some support from Israel (Mossad, Shin Bet, or some other part of the Israeli state), supposedly to prop up a competitor to Fatah ...
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Can Israeli settlers shoot Palestinians with impunity?

According to one prolific contributor to Yahoo Answers: So-called "Israeli settlers" can shoot Palestinians at will without fear of prosecution so you do want a lot of doctors,and although it ...
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Did David Attenborough say that Israelis are more cruel than any animal?

Did Sir David Attenborough say the following about Israelis? From Israel has lost both the battle and the war (Wikipedia article on Arab News), but the quote has been circulating elsewhere as well: ...
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Did Golda Meir make this quote about curfews for women?

From Why We Can’t Stay Silent on Germany’s Mass Sex Assaults Former Israeli prime minster Golda Meir may have done and said many things people disagree with, but one of her stances is difficult ...
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Does this clip show Israeli Apache helicopters shooting their own citizens on Oct 7?

A Tweet in French with some 200K+ views (and some thousands of likes/retweets) claims Des images inédites ont fuité où ont voit des hélicoptères israéliens Apache bombarder ces propres concitoyens ...
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Did Nelson Mandela directly compare or accuse Israel of apartheid?

The question can be split into 2 parts: Did he compare Israel to apartheid as an analogy? Did he directly accuse Israel of the crime of apartheid? Currently, the only mention of "Nelson Mandela&...
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Was the Jewish flag one of only two flags allowed in Nazi Germany?

Former London Mayor, Ken Livingstone was quoted in this tweet as saying: in 1935 Hitler passed a law that said that only two flags could be flown in Germany: the swastika and the Zionist banner. ...
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Is the the "civilian casualty ratio" in modern day warfare about 3-4:1?

This site claims that, in modern warfare, about 3 civilians are killed for every combatant killed. This concept can be scientifically proven by understand (sic) the basic concept of “civilian ...
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Does Hamas prevent construction material from reaching Palestinians?

Recently, with the situation in Gaza worsening again and many buildings being destroyed, the lack of construction material to aid in rebuilding has been brought up again. The IDF claims, on their ...
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In 2015, did the Israeli Defence Force execute an elderly Palestinian woman, Ghalia Abu Reida, after taking a picture with her?

[Warning: The links below contain distressing images of the result of violence.] X/Twitter account @HoyPalestina posted a tweet on 15 November 2023, claiming: In 2015, Israeli army spokesman Avichai ...
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Is this footage of pro-Palestinian protesters in Algeria recent?

The Persian-language newspaper, Ettelat published a story a few days ago claiming the Algerian parliament has ratified a bill to allow the president to use military action against Israel. This appears ...
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Did Netanyahu say (apparently in 2001) "I actually stopped the Oslo Accords"?

There are a few sources claiming he said this ("I actually stopped the Oslo Accords"), but all of those I found are rather left-wing. E.g. a 2012 opinion piece in Haaretz or a piece in ...
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Are the British to blame for Israel's stray cat problem? [closed]

Stray cats are extremely common in Israel and there is a common urban legend that they were imported by the British during the mandate period to combat a rat problem. For example, you can see this ...
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Did Hamas kill Israeli babies during the October 7 2023 attacks on Israel?

In another question, the topic of whether babies were beheaded in the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel is addressed. Putting aside the specific claims of beheadings, allegedly some accounts are ...
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Are Indians immune to Israeli stink bombs?

Russian Television network, RT report that: An Israeli crowd control stink bomb known as the Skunk, which smells like raw sewage and rotting bodies, destined for employment in the restive region of ...
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Are Pathans the lost tribe of the Israel?

The Pathan people (also known as the Pasthun) is an ethnic group of around 50 million living scattered across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and also Iran and India. Wikipedia explains:...
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Does the US operate 400-metre tall towers/antennas in Israel?

Wikipedia had this claim up for about 15 years: Dimona Radar Facility (Hebrew: מתקן המכ"ם בדימונה) is a radar facility near Dimona, Israel, owned and operated by the United States. The Dimona ...
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Is McDonald's supporting Israel?

In Malaysia, there is an ongoing (though not entirely successful) boycott campaign of McDonald's, on the grounds that McDonald's is a first tier corporate partner to the cause of Zionism and has ...
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Did BBC change an article title about Israelis shooting dead a Palestinian in a hospital?

In 12 November 2015, Israeli agents disguised as Arabs escorting a woman in labor, raided a hospital in Hebron, West Bank, seized a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and shot dead his cousin. The dead ...
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Did Menachem Begin say "I am a former terrorist"?

There are a lot information about Menachem Begin on Wikipedia page but when I change the language of same page of Wikipedia into Persian there is a line that has not been mentioned in English version. ...
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Has Israel interfered in US Elections? [closed]

So I came upon this July 2018 Independent article which quotes social critic Noam Chomsky as saying that Israel interfered in US election(s): Veteran activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of “...
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Does the Pepsi brand name stand for "pay every penny to save Israel"?

Is this how the name Pepsi was formed? Example of the claim
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Are there discriminatory laws against Israelis marrying Palestianians?

I saw this on Facebook today in the wake of the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage. While the world celebrates gay marriage victory: In Israel, you can marry anyone as long as he/she not Palestinian. : ...
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Did Hamas bake a baby to death in an oven?

A new report has emerged of Hamas baking a baby in an oven. [NSFL images at link] (Video of the Eli Beer speech referenced in the Tweet embedded in that previous article.) This has also, of course, ...
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Who fired the rocket that hit al-Shifa Hospital and playground in Gaza on July 28, 2014?

There are conflicting claims of who was responsible for a rocket attack on an outpatient clinic at the al-Shifa hospital and a nearby playground in Gaza on July 28, 2014 The Israeli Defence Force ...
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Does TikTok "shadow ban" pro-Israeli content?

According to one influencer interviewed on Fox News, TikTok makes it difficult to post pro-Israeli content. She alleges that such posts don't get publicly displayed but that she has to manually send ...
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Does mixing genders in an army lead to a lower incidence of sexual abuse by male soldiers?

The Israeli Knesset member Merav Michaeli has uploaded a video to her Facebook page where she claims: אני רוצה לדבר על זה שאילו מתחילת הקריירה הצבאית שלו היו ליד אופק בוכריס חיילות לוחמות, וקצינות ...
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Is Israel's Air Defense System, Iron Dome, 90% successful?

According to New York Times, March 20 about Israel's Air Defense System, Iron Dome: Israeli officials initially claimed success rates of up to 90 percent. ... But a growing chorus of weapons ...
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Do more Israelis die from peanut allergies than Palestinian conflict?

In his 2010 song 'Terrorist' the artist Lowkey asserts: It seems nuts, how could there be such agony? When more Israelis die from peanut allergies In the context of the song, he seems to be claiming ...
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Did the IDF inflate the numbers of rocket casualties?

According to a 2012 blog article at Mondoweiss, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were exaggerating the numbers of deaths from Hamas rockets: (abbreviated) Number of rocket/mortar fatalities by year, ...
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Did a Hamas official claim that 50 of 62 fatalities in Gaza on 14 May 2018 were Hamas-affiliated?

We have in, e.g. this CNN article the following quote of Hamas official Salah al-Bardawil: "In the last round [of demonstrations] 62 people were martyred; 50 of them are from Hamas and 12 from the ...
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Did Palestinians from the PA with family reunification based IDs engage in terror activities, pre-2003?

While answering this Q, I ran into the following claim by Israeli government, cited by a Haaretz article "Gov't seeks to extend order that can curb Arab family reunification" ... on the grounds of "...
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