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Israel-Hamas War Update

By Gabriel Bernstein

*Licensing for cover photo: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

On Oct. 7, Israel was raided by the Hamas terrorist group. With numerous casualties, torn families, and innocent people taken hostage, Israel was completely devastated. After the attack, there was a plethora of scrutiny and backlash on the subject. It is evident that the chaos and misinformation from this attack has impaired our understanding of the issues between Israel and Hamas. By Oct. 17, this conflict had worsened, consequently to the bombing of the Al Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza. The underlying issue is that nobody could identify the true culprit behind this attack. Disinformation was then being spread through social media, causing further confusion and panic. News sources were no better. Various American news outlets spread misinformation with their theories on the subject. As a result, people began to question the reliability of these “credible” news sources. Between the blowup of disinformation on social platforms, the unreliable eyewitness accounts, the speculation of unverified video content, and the encouragement from Hamas to propagate it, many people are now questioning the legitimacy of all related content to Hamas and Israel. The sobering reality between advanced technology and disinformation is that the truth is starting to become extremely difficult to corroborate. On Oct. 20, President Biden responded to the ongoing conflict with his perspective on the subject. “The terrorist group Hamas unleashed pure, unadulterated evil in the world. We mourn every innocent life lost. We can’t ignore the humanity of innocent Palestinians who only want to live in peace and have an opportunity.” Thankfully, the first wave of hostages was released on Nov. 24. President Biden stated that Hamas is untrustworthy and that they will only respond to pressure. With expert diplomacy from various regions, Biden continues to strive for the release of every hostage. Sources: The Times of Israel

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