Is Israel committing war crimes?

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Short answer

Israel is not committing war crimes in Gaza. In fact, Israel is defending the civilians in Gaza while strictly following both international law and its own code of ethics. If you look at the law as well as the intent of Israel, it’s very clear that Israel is much more humane than most countries would be in an armed conflict.

Long answer

Israel is not committing war crimes in Gaza. In fact, Israel is exercising its inherent right to self-defense, as outlined in the UN Charter, while strictly following both international law and its own code of ethics. It acts according to the rules of International Humanitarian Law, or the law of armed conflict, which intends to limit the harm to civilians as a result of war while not disrupting involved parties from pursuing legitimate objectives. In Israel’s case, those objectives include eliminating Hamas so it can never again carry out atrocities like it did on October 7, 2023. When striking terrorist targets, the IDF employs multiple tactics to ensure civilians are least likely to be in the area and minimize casualties. If you look at the law as well as the intent of Israel, it’s very clear that Israel is much more humane than most countries would be in an armed conflict to defend itself.

Israel’s right to self-defense

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Israel’s actions are proportionate

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What is the status of hospitals in war time

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The siege of Gaza

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Warnings for Gazan civilians to evacuate

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Electricity, fuel, food, and water in Gaza

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Additional detailed information about how Israel is not breaking international law during its fighting in Gaza

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A general primer of the many accusations made against Israel and explanations of how they are false

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Example of how far Israel will go to avoid harming civilians

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