Monday, October 09, 2023

10/09 Links Pt1: Eyewitness Account of the Rave Massacre; European Union suspends all financial aid to Palestinians in response to Hamas attacks

From Ian:

David Hazony: The horror of Hamas and why we Israelis will finally defeat it
Since Israel’s founding, every military conflict has taken place with foreign governments, especially America’s and Europe’s, holding a platinum stopwatch.

At a certain point — usually just days or weeks into the war — we are told, “That’s quite enough.”

It has nothing to do with military objectives or whether we’ve uprooted the terror.

It’s about what they can handle politically.

After that time, they turn to the UN Security Council and start talking about sanctions. Pressure becomes quite real.

Such premature cessation inevitably sets the stage for further conflict.

Follow along with The Post’s live blog for the latest on Hamas’ attack on Israel

It gives terror organizations, whether Hamas or Hezbollah or Islamic Jihad, the opportunity to regroup, rearm and redouble their efforts to murder civilians.

World leaders need to know this time is different.

If you are our friends, if you are truly disgusted by what you have seen and believe in our right to defend ourselves, you’ll let us get the job done.

Defeating Hamas will take time and patience.

But it must happen, not just because it is right but also because what starts with Jews never ends with Jews.

Hamas glories in its ability to make Jewish children and elderly suffer on camera.

But with every gruesome image, Israeli resolve is further steeled.

This is an enemy of almost unthinkable evil.

Now you have all seen it — and you must not forget what you have seen.

We will bounce back from our shock and horror and defeat Hamas. Stay tuned.
Eli Lake: Delusion in the White House. Bloodshed in Israel.
The Biden administration must now reckon with the fact that it has done a deal with Hamas’s most powerful and important patron. Biden’s efforts to restore a nuclear deal with Iran and its lax enforcement of secondary sanctions have freed up capital for the Islamic Republic to invest in its terrorist proxy.

And let’s not forget Biden’s strategy with Qatar, another backer of Hamas. On January 31, 2022, President Biden named Qatar as a “major non-NATO ally.” This designation was a major diplomatic reward for a country that to this day allows much of the senior leadership of Hamas, including its political leader, Ismail Haniyeh, to live there. (That U.S.-Qatari deal did not include conditions to expel these figures.)

On Saturday, Qatar’s foreign ministry issued a statement that said Israel was “solely responsible for the ongoing escalation.”

The U.S. response?

Silence, except for a report that the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani “agreed to remain closely coordinated.”

Considering their many missteps, it’s no surprise the White House is on the defensive. Responding to Republicans who brought up the $6 billion hostage deal, National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said on Saturday, “These funds have absolutely nothing to do with the horrific attacks today, and this is not the time to spread disinformation.”

Ah yes, another case of “disinformation” misleading Americans into thinking their government’s policy is misguided. In this case, though, the real deception is the one that has led so many in the U.S. foreign policy establishment to think that with enough patience, engagement, and money, fanatical regimes like those in Tehran and Gaza can be enticed to join the civilized world.
Daniel Greenfield: This is Not About Israel, It’s About Islam
This war was declared over 1,000 years ago

Flying planes into skyscrapers, running over French pedestrians with a truck, massacring Indian families, and Israeli concertgoers is the same war.

Islamic terrorists and their allies try to make every attack about the specific context of a situation in a particular corner of the world.

That’s a lie that too many fall for.

Even countries that are the victims of Islamic terrorism often draw lines between the “good” and “bad” Islamic terrorism. We do it ourselves. But there is no such line. Whether a country is good or bad makes no difference. Islamic terrorists come for every country eventually. There is no major nation that has not faced Islamic terrorist attacks as long as it has a significant Muslim population within or near its borders.

America, India, Canada, Europe, Russia, China, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil (a planned Olympic massacre) are just a few of the examples. The smaller countries that have come under attack are nearly endless. If you exist, you’re a target.

Hamas is just an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood which is a global operation. Its Al Qaeda splinter group has carried out attacks all over the world.

What happened in Israel is not about Israel: it’s about Islam.

It’s all too easy to nod along with the propaganda, the claims about “Palestinian oppression”, and ignore the historical context of over 1,000 years of Islamic violence against non-Muslims that follow the same exact model, or the global reach of Islamic terrorism today. The pattern is easy to spot and so people have to be indoctrinated into ignoring it.

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Eyewitness Account of the Rave Massacre
I’ve spent the last 12 hours speaking to Israelis who were at the Supernova music festival. Their testimonies, as you would imagine, are very emotional. At least one broke down mid-conversation and wasn’t able to continue his recollection.

The attack on the festival outside of Re’im began around 7 a.m. The party was at its peak by then—which meant that by then most people were inebriated. At first, partygoers heard a loud explosion, which they took to be another sporadic rocket attack on southern Israel. But then the explosions grew louder and constant, and kept going for about five minutes. The music stopped, and the police protecting the 4,000 or 5,000 ravers began pushing everyone to leave.

By then, the terrorists were approaching in pickup trucks bearing Hamas military markings.

Shooting began. Many were executed on the spot. 260 bodies have been found, so far, on the site of the rave.

Many of the young men and women started running in the flat expanse of the western Negev desert. Faced with the spectacle of kids fleeing for their lives on a largely flat surface, the terrorists began rounding up the rest of their victims.

Others were captured and bound and kidnapped. “I saw videos with a male getting held by a group of Arab kids. Like, they’re like 16, 17,” one survivor recalled. “They’re kids, but they’re young men already, and they’re holding this guy, and he looks as his girlfriend is being mounted on a bike and driven away from him. God knows what she’s going to experience … Women have been raped at the area of the rave next to their friends bodies, dead bodies.”

Several of these rape victims appear to have been later executed. Others were taken to Gaza. In photographs released online, you can see several paraded through the city’s streets, blood gushing from between their legs.
Don’t believe the lies: Hamas massacre was only possible because Gaza is not occupied
The Israeli occupation of Gaza from 2005 until today would be the first and only occupation in world history to have no boots on the ground, to have the entire territory supposedly under occupation under the complete control of an entity hostile to the occupying power rather than the occupying power. It would be the first occupation in history in which the occupying power lacks even the basic ability to arrest people for any crimes.

In short, they have changed the very definition of the word “occupation” in order to find Israel guilty.

This is a common tactic of Israel’s critics. They accuse Israel of “genocide” when the Palestinian Arab population has grown by leaps and bounds and while the IDF has taken unprecedented steps to protect the lives of civilians while combatting terrorist organizations with actual genocidal intent. It would be the first genocide in history where the population being subjected to genocide grew instead of shrinking.

They redefine the word genocide to find Israel guilty, the facts be damned.

Israel is accused of “Apartheid,” despite the fact that about a fifth of its population is Arab and all citizens enjoy full and equal rights under the law. The horrible crime of Apartheid has been redefined to no longer refer to forced segregation and discrimination and the denial of rights based on race, but to any instance of racism or discrimination, or any security measures that are necessary to save lives but may cause inconvenience to non-citizens.

It's not about the truth for the critics who accuse Israel of occupying Gaza, of genocide, or of Apartheid. It’s about finding ways to hurt Israel and to find the Jewish State guilty at any cost to the causes of human rights and international law. No legal term or concept is safe from being redefined to fit this anti-Israel agenda.

The next time someone attempts to claim to you that Israel occupied Gaza after the Disengagement, remember what happened on the morning of October 7, 2023. Remember that there were no Israeli police, no Israeli soldiers, no administrators, not a single person in Gaza as part of any occupation to stop the massacre of hundreds of innocent people.

There was no occupation. If there had been, over 800 people would still be alive.
The Commentary Magazine Podcast: The Monsters Must Pay
Dan Senor joins today’s podcast to mourn with us at the horrors in Israel, to reflect on the burdens and the courage of Israeli people, and worry about the world’s inconstancy in the face of a long and possibly brutal war Israel must win. You will note there is no intro music and no outro music, and no ads. This is a grim day.
UAE ‘appalled’ by Hamas attacks on Israel
The United Arab Emirates on Sunday condemned the deadly surprise Hamas attack against Israel as a “serious and grave escalation,” and said it was “appalled” that Israeli civilians had been taken from their homes as hostages.

The unequivocal statement by the Gulf state was significant because it was the first country to normalize relations with Israel as part of the landmark 2020 Abraham Accords which saw four Arab countries reach peace accords with the Jewish state.

The UAE Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Hamas’s attacks against Israeli towns and villages near the Gaza Strip, including the firing of thousands of rockets at population centers, constituted a “serious and grave escalation.”

“Civilians on both sides must always have full protection under international humanitarian law and must never be a target of conflict,” the statement continued.

About 130 people, including the elderly, women and children, were abducted by Hamas terrorists and taken hostage in Gaza.

Late Monday, Bahrain joined the UAE in condemning Hamas’s attack on Israel.

The foreign ministry in Manama says “attacks launched by Hamas constitute a dangerous escalation.”

“Bahrain denounces…. the kidnapping of civilians from their homes as hostages,” the statement says, calling for immediate efforts to stop the fighting.

An earlier statement from Bahrain on Saturday made no mention of Hamas and drew an equivalency between the two sides.

Grandmother outsmarts Hamas terrorists in her home
Small talk and refreshments
“I started to talk to them. Have you had something to drink? Would you like tea or coffee?” she offered, seeking to distract them.

Meanwhile, an elite police force had arrived outside their house, accompanied by her police officer son, who had gotten word of the attack and rushed to his parents’ house. An officer attempted to negotiate with the terrorists to get Rachel released to no avail.

“No, we will all die,” one of the terrorists responded to an offer to speak with his family by phone, she related.

Edri had the police negotiator bring in coffee and cookies, which they placed at the edge of the room.

“It was like we were in a dream, and we did not know what would happen to us,” she recounts.

As time passed, Edri was concerned that her captors would get agitated as a result of hunger and so she offered them lunch.

“If they were hungry, that would have been the end of me and my husband,” she said.

Undeterred by the ever-present danger, Edri began to talk with her captors, asking them where they were from and trying to dissuade them from their planned murder.

“I told them don’t do it—we are brothers,” she said.

“No, I am a shahid,” one of the terrorists replied, using the Arab word for “martyr,” and pointed his gun at her husband.

“Rachel, they are going to shoot us,” her husband said. “He was totally helpless,” she recalled.

“Come sit by me,” she told her husband. “We will read the [Jewish prayer of] Shema Yisrael and God will be with us,” she added.

The Hamas Holocaust
Grief-stricken mothers, wailing helplessly as their terrified children were violently torn from their arms. Couples separated at gunpoint: men to the right, women to the left, and marched away in separate directions. Entire families rounded up and shot. Elderly disabled women, unable to even get up by themselves, carted into automobiles by force. Panic-stricken youths running for their lives from a hail of bullets into forests, seeking shelter by crawling under bushes and into ditches. Injured women stripped naked, publicly assaulted and humiliated, dragged through the streets by barbarous men with hate-filled eyes and demonic smiles. Young kids—too young and innocent to even understand what was happening around them—kidnapped from their homes, after witnessing their parents murdered in cold blood, and surrounded by other young children, whose minds were poisoned with antisemitic enmity, torturing them for fun.

These heart-wrenching images that we are used to seeing in photos and documentary films about the Holocaust are not from events in Europe 80 years ago. They are from events in Israel 48 hours ago. They were not perpetrated by the Nazis but by the Islamist terrorists of Hamas. They occurred inside the internationally recognized borders of a sovereign state. And, maybe more than any catastrophe in Israel’s tragic history to date, reflect the colossal failure of the Jewish state to fulfill its most sacred duty, for which it was originally founded: to protect Jews.

The staggering cost—and simply unfathomable numbers—of the many hundreds of murdered and kidnapped Israelis from Saturday’s deadly Hamas attack from Gaza, have already been dubbed by Israelis as our own national “9/11” or “Pearl Harbor.” But unfortunately, given the nature and scale of the horrific crimes perpetrated against Israelis—the vast majority of them civilians not soldiers, including many children, women, and the elderly—the more appropriate analogy is that of the Holocaust.

While Israelis will no doubt investigate these events one day and hold to account those to blame for this epic and unprecedented failure—beginning with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his utterly incompetent government that, for all intents and purposes, has ceased to function since Saturday’s attacks—the more immediate lesson that can already be drawn from these shocking events, is that Israel’s government and nearly all state institutions, including the military, have failed miserably at carrying out their most fundamental task of protecting its citizenry.

“Survivors of the Nazi holocaust in Europe, as well as Jews from other parts of the world, continued to migrate to Eretz-Israel, undaunted by difficulties, restrictions and dangers, and never ceased to assert their right to a life of dignity, freedom and honest toil in their national homeland.” These words, taken from Israel’s Declaration of Independence, are a vital reminder that the basic premise of the Jewish state, especially in the wake of the Holocaust, was not necessarily democracy, liberalism, equality or even freedom—all important values, the preservation of which has, for the past six months, been tearing Israeli society from within. Rather, the Jewish state had been founded first and foremost to secure the life of Jews; only after ensuring this, could the broader development and cultivation of the various norms, ideals, and institutions that give purpose and meaning to life be undertaken.

Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, clearly understood that the need to protect Jewish lives took precedence over all else, and was therefore to be prioritized above any other objective of the fledgling state. This vision helps explain the decision-making process that led to some of the darker chapters in Israeli history that regrettably saw gross human rights violations and unsanctioned violence by the state against Israel’s Palestinian population in its earlier years. Similarly, the Law of Return (1950), one of Israel’s most foundational acts of legislation, explicitly seeks to provide a safe haven for Jews anywhere in the world, by allowing them to immigrate to Israel and settle within its borders, no questions asked.
Why the Iran Deal Matters
Obama wanted to give Iran the bomb in the context of a larger realignment of U.S. interests with those of the Islamic Republic. If you’ve seen any of the videos on social media of Hamas operatives dragging Jews out of their homes and shooting them, you can see what that means. Obama admired Hamas’ Iranian patron Qassem Soleimani, who ran Iran’s expeditionary unit, the Quds Force, until the Trump administration killed him. Obama told Gulf Arab U.S. allies they should get their own Quds Force, but they didn’t, which is partly why Obama downgraded relations with America’s traditional Arab allies and moved Iran into the top slot. He wanted Iran’s hard men and their terror assets to manage U.S. regional interests, so that the United States could leave the Middle East and “pivot” to Asia—though as it turned out, China and its friends in Washington had their own ideas about American dominance there.

But there was also an important domestic reason to get Iran the bomb, which was to normalize pathology. If you treat a nation-state that embodies Jew-hatred as an ally and arm it with a bomb, you are legitimizing Jew-hatred, which is perhaps the dominant form that psychopathy takes in modern global politics. To believe that Jews secretly rule the world, that the invisible hand of the “elders of Zion” tilts the world like gravity in favor of the Jews, and that mankind’s dignity can only be restored if the Jews are disempowered, or eliminated, is a pathological belief—one that is shared by billions of people around the globe, as well as by a stunning assortment of psychopaths with designs on power.

Obama rejected that characterization, acknowledging that the regime was antisemitic. But antisemitism, as he told a journalist, “doesn’t preclude you from being rational about the need to keep your economy afloat; it doesn’t preclude you from making strategic decisions about how you stay in power.”

That’s just your average high-stakes undergraduate bull session answer, in which the winning move is to rationalize Jew hatred through the backdoor: You can be an antisemite and still be rational. But then Obama went a step further, and suggested that maybe antisemitism could itself be rational. He talked about the Iranians using “antisemitic rhetoric as an organizing tool.”

The latter part of Obama’s answer was incredibly revealing. Of course, antisemites don’t see antisemitism as an “organizing tool”—meaning, as a rational device to achieve a rational end. Antisemitism is many things—a conspiracy theory, a passion—but rationality is not one of its characteristics.
WSJ: Iran helped plan Hamas attack over weeks, gave go-ahead
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps helped plan the Hamas attacks on Israel and green-lit them in Beirut during a meeting on Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing senior Hamas and Hezbollah members.

In a call with journalists on Sunday, a senior U.S. administration official, who is not allowed to be named, had said that “it’s too early to say whether the state of Iran was directly involved or planning and supporting. I’m not going to get ahead of that.”

Later in the call, the official said, “We don’t have anything to indicate Iran was involved in this specific—what is unfolding now. But in terms of Iran’s full support for Hamas—and Hamas would not exist without that support over many, many years and decades. Obviously, that is a fact. And that is why we continue to hold Iran accountable for its support for terrorist groups, whether Hamas or Lebanese Hezbollah.”

Also on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Kristen Welker on NBC’s Meet the Press that “in this moment, we don’t have anything that shows us that Iran was directly involved in this attack, in planning it or in carrying it out.”

Blinken also told George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week on Sunday that “we haven’t yet seen direct evidence that Iran was behind this particular attack or involved.”

“A direct Iranian role would take Tehran’s long-running conflict with Israel out of the shadows, raising the risk of broader conflict in the Middle East,” per The Wall Street Journal. “Senior Israeli security officials have pledged to strike at Iran’s leadership if Tehran is found responsible for killing Israelis.”
Emergency Briefing: Israel at War with JNS Jerusalem Bureau Chief Alex Traiman
A complete rundown of the first 24 hours of an unprecedented, multi-pronged Hamas attack that has left over 1,000 killed, thousands injured, and at least 100 held hostage. How did Hamas keep the attack under wraps, and then penetrate one of the world's securest and most surveilled borders?

How will Israel respond? Will Israel find itself in a multifront war, potentially with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon? Will Israel attack Iran?

A look at some of the factors leading up to the Simchat Torah holiday attack, including: striking similarities to the Yom Kippur War, nearly 50 years earlier to the day; 30 years since the signing of the ill-fated Oslo Accords; 18 years after Israel's full withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

Those questions and more, addressed by JNS CEO and Jerusalem Bureau Chief Alex Traiman.

BREAKING - ISRAEL AT WAR: Inside Analysis by Arab Affairs Expert | Our Middle East
How is the Arab world viewing the war against Israel? Who is really behind this unprecedented bloodshed?

JCPA president Dan Diker and veteran journalist and Arabic affairs expert Yoni Ben Menahem discuss and analyze the unfolding events following yesterday's murderous terror spree by Hamas operatives in Israel's south.

IDF hits hundreds of Hamas assets as Israeli death toll passes 800

Nine Americans Killed by Hamas in Israel, US Confirms

Israel orders 'complete siege’ on Gaza Strip
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has ordered a "complete siege" of the Gaza Strip as the Israel Defense Forces prepares for a major offensive in response to Hamas's deadly surprise attack on Oct. 7, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"There will be no electricity, no food, no fuel; everything is closed," Gallant stated following an assessment at the IDF Southern Command in Beersheva.

"We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly," added the defence minister.

In a separate announcement on Monday, Israeli Energy Minister Israel Katz said he instructed authorities to cut off water to the Strip.

Hamas killed at least 800 Israelis and wounded more than 2,300 on Saturday in a massive offensive that included the launch of thousands of rockets at the Jewish state.

Of the 2,382 wounded, 22 remain in critical condition, according to the Israeli Health Ministry. In addition, 345 Israelis sustained severe wounds.

Israel's Kan News public broadcaster reported that security officials estimate that between 800 and 1,000 terrorists entered Israel during the initial attack through some 80 gaps in the border. They attacked 20 civilian communities and 11 IDF bases, the report added.

6 Israelis injured in gunfight with terrorist infiltrators from Lebanon
Israeli forces killed three terrorists attempting to enter Israel from Lebanon, Channel 12 reported on Monday afternoon.

At least three Israeli soldiers sustained moderate wounds in the exchange of fire, the report added. The Israel Defense Forces was searching the area to make sure additional terrorists had not entered the country.

“The IDF forces killed a number of militants who crossed into Israeli territory from Lebanese territory,” the army confirmed in a statement.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Al-Quds Brigades, in a statement posted on Telegram, claimed responsibility for the cross-border attack. It said seven “Zionist soldiers” had been injured.

Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya said it was treating six people in relation to the incident, including one in critical condition and one in serious condition.

Israeli helicopter gunships struck targets in Southern Lebanon in response, the military said.

Residents near the border fence were instructed to remain in their homes, with their doors locked and lights out, until further notice.
Israel Defense Forces: Raw Footage Compilation: Hamas’ Invasion & Attacks on Israel
0:00-1:23: Hamas invasions into Israel
1:41-2:28: Viewer discretion advised: Hamas taking Israelis hostage and causing destruction in Israeli communities
2:28-2:40: Hamas invading Israel by sea
2:40-3:22: Hamas invading Israel by air (paragliding)
3:22-5:00: Hamas firing rockets into Israel

US calls for full backing of Israel at UN Security Council
“The era of reasoning with these savages is over,” Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations told an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on Sunday, referring to the Hamas terrorist organization.

Following the weekend’s unprecedented terrorist assault on Israel by the Gaza-based Iranian proxy group, envoy Gilad Erdan said the time has come to “obliterate Hamas terror infrastructure, to completely erase it, so that such horrors are never committed again.”

He continued: “These animal-like terrorists broke into homes, gathered entire families into rooms and shot them point-blank, as if they were stomping on insects.

“Grandparents and the elderly, among them Holocaust survivors who endured the Nazis, were violently dragged from their homes, this time by Hamas and taken into Gaza.”

The 15-member council held Sunday’s session in a closed format, meaning that only council members themselves could participate. Malta requested the meeting, seconded by the United Arab Emirates.

Israel Drafts 300,000 Reservists as It Goes on the Offensive
Israel has drafted a record 300,000 reservists in its response to a multi-front Hamas attack from Gaza and is “going on the offensive,” the chief military spokesperson said on Monday.

Since Saturday’s surprise assault, Israeli aircraft have been pounding Gaza targets while its ground forces have battled to retake control of border villages and towns overrun by Palestinian gunmen.

Chief military spokesperson Rear-Admiral Daniel Hagari said control of those communities had been re-established but that isolated clashes continued as some gunmen remained active.

“We are now carrying out searches in all of the communities and clearing the area,” he said in a televised briefing.

Military officials had previously said that their focus was on securing Israel‘s side of the border before carrying out any major escalation of the counter-offensive in Gaza.

Hagari said 300,000 reservists have been called up by the military since Saturday, a number suggesting preparations for a possible invasion — though any such plans have not been officially confirmed.

10 Nepalese Students, 12 Thai Workers Murdered in Hamas Onslaught Against Israel
Ten Nepalese students working on an agricultural farm in the Alumim Kibbutz in southern Israel and a dozen Thai nationals have been murdered in recent days by Hamas terrorists, officials with both countries have announced.

“Ten Nepalis have tragically died, due to an attack by the Palestinian Hamas group, in a place called Kibbutz Alumim,” a statement from the country’s embassy in Tel Aviv said.

Nepal’s ambassador to Israel confirmed that there were 17 students in total at the Kibbutz.

According to Nepalese Foreign Minister NP Saud, 4,500 Nepalis are working in Israel as caregivers.

Separately, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that 12 Thai nationals had been killed by Hamas terrorists, plus 11 more kidnapped and eight injured.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Alumim Kibbutz has been the site of ongoing clashes with Hamas terrorists until as recently as Sunday evening, Israel time.

David Friedman: Jewish people are seeing some of the most barbaric acts since the Holocaust
Former U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman reacts to the surprise attack on Israel, leaving hundreds dead on 'Life, Liberty & Levin.' FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The number one network in cable, FNC has been the most-watched television news channel for 18 consecutive years. According to a 2020 Brand Keys Consumer Loyalty Engagement Index report, FOX News is the top brand in the country for morning and evening news coverage. A 2019 Suffolk University poll named FOX News as the most trusted source for television news or commentary, while a 2019 Brand Keys Emotion Engagement Analysis survey found that FOX News was the most trusted cable news brand. A 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation survey also found that among Americans who could name an objective news source, FOX News was the top-cited outlet. Owned by FOX Corporation, FNC is available in nearly 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.

Hamas' attack on Israel a 'horror show' driven by 'malice and hate'
What's happening in Israel is a "horror show" and Australia needs to stand with them to condemn Hamas’ attacks on the world stage, says Sky News host Peta Credlin.

"We now have an even better idea of what being under existential threat looks like: rockets raining down on people's homes; innocent people being taken hostage; and civilians being massacred in the street in cold blood," Ms Credlin said.

“The Islamist fanatics behind the slaughter in Israel don't simply want to destroy the Jewish state, but quite literally to drive the Israeli people into the sea as part of their vicious 'death to the infidel' ideology.

“This was a completely unprovoked attack, driven by malice and hate.

“Yes, the Gaza Strip is poor and crowded, but as Israel has proven time and time again, it's more than happy to be a good neighbour, provided the Palestinian leadership is prepared to accept Israel's right to exist behind secure borders – and to stop the incessant hate against the Jewish people.”

Australia should provide ‘whatever support Israel needs’- Dutton
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has called on Anthony Albanese to make known to Israel that Australia is prepared to provide munitions and support following Hamas’ attack.

Mr Dutton said Israel needs to respond with whatever force is appropriate as it’s dealing with a “very significant" and ongoing threat.

“I’ve said today that Australia should provide whatever support Israel requests and it should be made known to Israel by the Prime Minister that Australia is prepared to provide munitions and support otherwise as the Americans and others no doubt have,” Mr Dutton told Sky News host Sharri Markson.

“This is a very, very significant day and people will remember the strength of John Howard at the time when he stood up with George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11.

“And that’s exactly the same approach that our country should be taking now.”

Joel Pollak: ‘Proportionality’: Why International Law Gives Israel a Freer Hand Against Hamas
In the coming days, there will be claims that Israel is inflicting “disproportionate” casualties on Palestinians in Gaza as it responds to the terror attack by Iran-backed Hamas this weekend on the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret.

Activists and analysts will compare casualty figures in Israel — now passing 600 dead and 2,000 wounded — with casualty figures in Gaza. Already, left-wing critics of Israel have tried to equate the numbers of dead on each side.

Such comparisons overlook the fact that Palestinian terrorists targeted civilians, who account for the majority of Israeli dead, while the Israeli military is targeting terrorists, who are typically the vast majority of Palestinian dead. Moreover, Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups use civilians as human shields, hiding weapons, fighters, and infrastructure in civilian buildings so that even if Israel attacks these sites, Palestinians claim a propaganda victory.

Palestinian deaths will continue to rise as Israel invades Gaza to attack Hamas and rescue Israeli civilians. Israeli casualties will likely stop climbing, provided Hezbollah does not open a second front by attacking from Lebanon.

That will lead to claims that Israel is killing “disproportionate” numbers of Palestinian civilians. But that is a false use of the doctrine of proportionality in international law.

Under international law, while civilian casualties are to be avoided, they may be lawful in wartime if the number of deaths is proportional to the legitimate military goal, not to the number of deaths on the other side.

Brutality of attack on Israel reveals Gaza will 'stop at nothing'
The brutality of the attack on Israel reveals Gaza, a key part of Palestine, is “ruled by people who hate Jews and will stop at nothing”, according to Sky News host Andrew Bolt.

“These are people who prefer killing to peace, and celebrate the kind of barbarities I've shown you, and even worse ones that I can't – people being shot and beaten to death, the bodies of dead men and women being defiled," Mr Bolt said.

‘Until that culture of those people changes, who in the west could now seriously tell Israel to back down, find a reasonable compromise … be nicer to Hamas?

“Who can compromise with monsters like that?”

Warning – this video contains distressing content.

Israel has ‘no alternative’ but to invade Gaza after horror Hamas attacks
Israel has no alternative but to invade Gaza after Hamas attacked civilians and seized hostages, says The Australian’s Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan.

“Even though this is going to be agonising and it’s simply unimaginable what might happen to those hostages during an Israeli invasion,” Mr Sheridan told Sky News host Andrew Bolt.

“But I don’t think Israel does have any option but to go into Gaza and to destroy the Hamas leadership.”

Mr Sheridan said if Israeli forces don’t enter Gaza, similar attacks will be “guaranteed” to happen with other extremists inspired.

“I don’t think Israel has any alternative but a ground invasion and indeed, it is amassing tanks right now on the Gaza border.”

Dutton criticises Penny Wong's call for Israel to show 'restraint'
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has criticised Foreign Minister Penny Wong's calls for Israel to act with "restraint" following attacks by Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Penny Wong was among diplomats and world leaders condemning the attacks over the weekend but her comments regarding Israeli restraint have received some criticism.

"I think it is always the right thing for Australia to urge restraint and the protection of civilian lives," Ms Wong had said.

On Monday morning, Mr Dutton commented on the issue and Ms Wong's remarks.

"When people talk about Israel having to show restraint – it's completely and utterly the wrong time for that sort of language," Mr Dutton said.

"It's a time to stand with the people of Israel to make sure that these women and children, in particular, are recovered from what is a very dire situation."

European Union suspends all financial aid to Palestinians in response to Hamas attacks
The European Union has suspended all aid to the Palestinians in response to the Hamas terror attacks on Israel.

The bloc’s full portfolio of development aid to the Palestinians is worth €691 million (£596m).

"The scale of terror and brutality against Israel and its people is a turning point," Oliver Varhelyi, the European Union Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, said in a post on social media platform X, formerly Twitter.

"There can be no business as usual. The foundations for peace, tolerance and co-existence must now be addressed. Incitement to hatred, violence and glorification of terror have poisoned the minds of too many. We need action and we need it now."

The EU is one of the biggest providers of financial aid to the Palestinian territories and had planned for around €1.2 billion (£1bn) of investment between 2021 and 2024, mainly in health and education. According to a spokesperson, the funds do not "directly or indirectly" support Hamas, which the EU classifies as a terrorist organization.

Austria also announced it would be suspending its aid to the Palestinians. Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg declared: “The extent of the terror is so horrific [...] that we cannot go back to business as usual. We will therefore put all payments from Austrian development cooperation on ice for the time being.”

Austrian aid currently adds up to around €19 million (£16.5m) for a number of projects.

Germany’s development minister Svenja Schulze announced on Sunday that the country’s financial aid to the Palestinians would be reviewed.

She said: “We strongly condemn Hamas’s attacks on Israel. We have already paid strict attention to ensuring that our support for the people in the Palestinian territories serves peace and not terrorists. But these attacks on Israel are a terrible turning point. We will therefore examine our entire commitment to the Palestinian territories.”

Germany Suspends Aid to Palestine as Berlin Launches Review of All Humanitarian Support Payments

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama remain SILENT on Hamas terror attack against Israel
In the nearly 48-hours since the militant Palestinian terror group Hamas launched a brutal attack on Israel, former Democratic presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have not said a word.

By Sunday night, no social media account tied to either man, including presidential library and foundation accounts, had commented on the attack that has left 700 Israelis (and reportedly four Americans) dead, and thousands missing and wounded.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did release a statement Sunday evening offering her prayers to 'everyone affected by the horrific attacks by Hamas in Israel.'

The Obama Administration had an infamously rocky relationship with the US's closest ally. President Obama himself and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were not close, and there was tension over the brokerage of the Iran nuclear deal - a passion project of Obama's team.

Bill Clinton had a positive relationship with Israel and oversaw the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan - a formerly hostile neighbor.

Statements from the two most recent Republican Presidents - George W. Bush and Donald Trump - were issued over the weekend.
Call Me Back PodCast: ISRAEL AT WAR: The Hostage Dilemma – with Haviv Rettig Gur
Haviv Rettig Gur returns to our podcast to provide real-time reporting and analysis on the war, and invaluable historical context. His insights on how Israel might prosecute this war — and the possible end of Israel’s security paradigm with Gaza and its approach to Israeli hostages — are especially important.
Haviv is the political analyst at The Times of Israel. He was a long time reporter for the Times of Israel. He’s also working on a book. Haviv was also a combat medic in the IDF where he served in the reserves.

We discuss his most recent piece from the Times of Israel: “A wounded, weakened Israel is a fiercer one”
Elon Musk Deletes Several Tweets After Promoting Two Pro-Hamas Accounts
Billionaire and X owner Elon Musk deleted several posts on his platform after he promoted two accounts that had previously spread pro-Hamas rhetoric amid the attack on Israel.

Over the weekend, during which the terrorist group Hamas attacked Israel, killing over 700 people, including civilians, Elon Musk promoted the accounts @WarMonitors and @sentdefender as two sources of real-time information.

“It is also worth following direct sources on the ground. Please add interesting options in replies below,” Musk said.

When the @WarMonitors account thanked Musk for the shout out, the billionaire Tesla founder said, “You’re welcome. As always, please stay as close to the truth as possible, even for stuff you don’t like. This platform aspires to maximize signal/noise of the human collective.”

The Israel Guys: ISRAEL IS AT WAR: Everything We Know So Far
At 6:31 AM, and on the last day of the holiday of Sukkot, Israel woke up to thousands of rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel. At the same time, Hamas, a ruthless terrorist organization, broke through the border fence surrounding Gaza into Israel, and began killing and kidnapping any Jew they came across. Within hours, hundreds of Israeli Jews would be dead, dozens kidnapped and taken hostage into Gaza, and Israel would be at war.

Israel needs your prayers today as the country tries to pull itself together, and begin what Prime Minister Netanyahu is saying will likely not be a short round of fighting. Hundreds of Jews are dead, thousands are wounded, and dozens are suffering in captivity. This is one the darkest days in Israel’s history.

Israel terror: Bono dedicates U2 concert to slain festival victims
U2 frontman Bono has offered his condolences to the hundreds of young victims murdered by Hamas at the Supernova music festival in Israel.

Speaking during the Irish rock band’s Las Vegas show on Sunday night, Bono told the crowd: “We sing for our brothers and sisters, who they themselves were singing at the Supernova Succot festival in Israel. We sing for those. Our people. Our kind of people. Music people, playful, experimental people. Our kind of people. We sing for them.”

The musician then led the crowd in singing along together in an emotional moment at the show which is centred on the group’s 1991 album Achtung Baby.

U2 performed at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv in 1997, but the band turned down an invitation to play in Israel a decade later. In 2010, they announced that they would play a concert in Israel the following summer, but pressure from pro-Palestinian groups urging Bono to boycott the Jewish state meant that the show never materialised.

However, the frontman showed his support for Jewish people when the band rescheduled a 2009 concert at Giants Stadium, New Jersey, so that the date would not coincide with Yom Kippur.

Pro-Palestinian Spin Meets Hamas's Horrific Abuses of Israeli Women and Children
A former Palestinian official appeared Sunday on CNN, where he defended Hamas's massive ongoing terrorist attack against Israel and falsely claimed the group is not targeting Israeli civilians. But videos, celebrated online by Hamas, show its members killing and violently abducting Israeli civilians as well as soldiers.

"What Hamas is doing is they're targeting Israeli civilians: women, children, grandmothers," CNN host Fareed Zakaria said, gently pushing back on rhetoric by his guest, onetime Palestinian information minister Dr. Mustafa Barghouti. "Isn't that classic terrorism? They're not fighting the Israeli government, they're fighting ordinary people."

Daniel Greenfield: Islamists, Leftists Support Hamas Murder, Rape and Torture of Israeli Civilians
This is about good and evil. But that’s what it was always about. It’s just clearer now. After the torture, rape and murder of Israeli civilians, the desecration of corpses, and taking women and children hostage, Islamists and leftists proudly stand with Hamas. Cornel West called “for an end to the vicious U.S.-supported Israeli occupation” while claiming that the rape and murder of Israeli women was the “violent resistance to oppression is the desperate language of an occupied people.” Jill Stein, the former Green Party candidate who is helping Cornel West’s presidential campaign, tweeted, “when a murderous occupation makes peaceful resistance impossible, it makes violent resistance inevitable.” “The US-backed Israeli apartheid regime inflicts daily settler violence and terror on Palestinians. Israel is an occupying force. Palestinians have every right to resist it,” Code Pink tweeted. The Democratic Society of America (DSA), the leftist insurgent group within the Democratic Party linked to the ‘Squad’, clearly picked its side. The Democratic Socialists of America, which boasts six U.S. House of Representatives as members, announced a pro-“Palestine” rally in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, a day after Hamas launched a surprise attack that killed 600 Israelis. “In solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to resist 75 years of occupation and apartheid,” the New York City chapter of Democratic Socialists of America announced

Democrats Tolerate Those Who Celebrate Savagery Against Jewish Children
Let me put it this way…

Will Democrats treat those who tolerate those who slaughter old women and children with even a speck of the contempt they hold for Trump supporters? Will Democrats call for the closing of bank accounts? Will the Democrats who run social media censor them? Will the Democrats who run the Deep State seek to frame them so they can be held without bail? Will the Democrats who run the corporate media make them famous, doxx them, or visit their homes with a camera crew? Will Democrats call for them to be deprogrammed?

If you’re looking for some cosmic answer as to what to do about this, I’m not your guy. All I know is that We the People elected these neo-Nazis, We the People, will re-elect them, and We the People are the problem.

Nothing can be done about that. No one can save the world. You can only lose what you do have by wasting your life driven by the narcissism of trying. What you can do is take advantage of America’s vastness and move your family out of the Democrat-run cities plagued with those who tolerate those who openly celebrate the rape and murder of children and old people.

What you can do is what you can do…

There’s still plenty of America to escape to. I fear this won’t last forever… But for right now, at least, that one option remains available.

UK sees some 'disturbing but unsurprising' reactions to Hamas attack on Israel
Writer and broadcaster Esther Krakue says some reactions in the UK to Hamas' attack on Israel have been “disturbing but unsurprising”.

“There have been pockets of minorities in this country that haven’t actually integrated or accepted British values,” she told Sky News host Andrew Bolt.

“One of those values is not celebrating when innocent people are mass murdered in this awful, awful catastrophic event.

“And it really does draw into question the actual integration of certain minority communities in this country.

“When we talk about multiculturalism, actually, you’re supposed to be integrating into one culture which is British culture and for too long our politicians have been reluctant to address this.”

NYC Mayor Eric Adams say he's 'disgusted' by pro-Palestinian protesters in Times Square while on 'vanity tour' in South America as largest Jewish city in US is on alert
The Mayor of New York City , Eric Adams, has spoken out against pro-Palestinian protesters taking over Times Square during a rally on Sunday afternoon.

Adams, who had been on a 'vanity tour' to the South American countries of Ecuador and Colombia late last week but returned earlier in the on Sunday, said the streets of the Big Apple were not the place to 'spread hate'.

'Throughout the day, I've been monitoring the protest that started in Times Square and that moved through our streets to outside the Israeli Consulate General's Office in New York,' the Mayor began.

'At a moment when innocent people are being slaughtered and children kidnapped in Israel, it is disgusting that this group of extremists would show support for terrorism. I reject this. New York City rejects this. Do not use our streets to spread your hate,' Adams wrote on Twitter.

On Saturday night the Mayor declared the city's full-throated support for Israel tweeting picture of City Hall bathed in the blue and white colors of the Israeli flag.

'New York City has the largest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel, and we stand side by side with Israel every day — but we do so with extra resolve tonight,' the Mayor wrote.

About one thousand demonstrators gathered at Times Square in solidarity with Palestinians as pro-Israel marchers counter-protested following a bloody escalation in the Middle East conflict.

Muslim preacher praises Palestinian terrorists as western Sydney crowd chants 'Allahu Akbar' after hundreds of Israelis were murdered and kidnapped in Hamas sneak attacks
Palestinian supporters in western Sydney have celebrated the abhorrent terror attacks on Israel by Hamas.

A large crowd gathered outside Lakemba Station on Sunday night, just one day after at least 600 Israeli civilians were killed and thousands more injured in the largest and most well co-ordinated strike on the Jewish state in 50 years.

But with the world reeling, some Australians cheered on the violence in a confronting show of support for the terror group.

'I'm smiling and I'm happy. I'm elated,' Sheik Ibrahim Dadoun told the crowd.

'It's a day of courage. It's a day of pride. It's a day of victory. This is the day we've been waiting for!' he shouted as the mob who chanted 'Allahu Akbar' or God is great in Arabic.
Muslim preacher who celebrated Hamas invasion spoke at community event alongside Albanese
Sky News host Peta Credlin has revealed a controversial Islamic cleric who celebrated Hamas’ attack on Israel at a rally in Sydney also spoke at a Muslim community event alongside Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

“This preacher, this Muslim imam, is Ibrahim Dadoun,” Ms Credlin said.

“Dadoun, who gave the closing prayer in the PM's presence … is not some random, wayward cleric who has crossed a line in Sydney on the weekend, but someone with repugnant views, horrific views that no Australian can possibly support, who we know now, has the ear of our national leader.

“As I said, the price of peace is eternal vigilance, as much here in Australia as everywhere else, that we do not sanction this sort of intolerance and hatred in our country.

Ms Credlin said it's important Australia stands with Israel to "condemn these attacks on the world stage".

Dramatic moment man with an Israeli flag is arrested and dragged away by police ahead of pro-Palestinian protests set to erupt at the Sydney Opera house - as Anthony Albanese issues a desperate plea

Jewish community warned to avoid Opera House while pro-Palestine rally takes place
Australian Jewish Association President David Adler says the Jewish community has been warned to stay away from Sydney’s CBD tonight over the risk of being identified as Jewish in front of pro-Palestinian protestors.

Mr Adler said an email was sent to the Jewish community warning them to stay out of the city of Sydney.

“We’ve seen one or two Jewish people who turned up early, who have been taken away by police because they carried an Israeli flag,” Mr Adler told Sky News host Andrew Bolt.

“An email went around to the Jewish community warning us to stay out of the city of Sydney tonight, to stay away from the Town Hall area, to stay away from the Opera House area.

“We would be at risk if we were identified as Jewish in Sydney.”

Palestinians hold rally to express support for Israel attack
Palestinians have held a rally in Sydney to express their support for the attacks launched in Israel.

Hundreds gathered at Lakemba Station on Sunday night as a series of speakers preached praises for the attacks on Israel.

Police say the crowds were well-behaved and complied with directions.

Officers confirmed fireworks were shot from a vehicle nearby.

Executive Council of Australian Jewry Co-CEO Alex Ryvchin joined Sky News Australia to discuss the Palestinian reaction to the conflict.

Rallies have been held across the world for both Israel and Palestine.

DOMINIC LAWSON: Imagine if Jeremy Corbyn – the man Keir Starmer so loyally backed – was now our Prime Minister while those he once called his 'friends' were committing this depravity
The coincidence of a murderous invasion of Israel by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas with the opening of the Labour Party conference provokes an obvious question. What if Jeremy Corbyn were still the party's leader, as Prime Minister, having won the 2019 general election?

In the event, Labour was hammered, but that did not seem at all inevitable at the time, especially since, under Corbyn, the party had erased the Conservatives' parliamentary majority in the 2017 general election.

Lest we forget (though many of us never will), at a parliamentary meeting in 2009 Corbyn called Hamas his 'friends'; he said the British government's decision to proscribe it as a terrorist organisation was 'a big, big mistake', and described it as an organisation 'dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about long-term peace and social justice in the whole region'.

No wonder so many British Jews, including traditional Labour voters, were terrified by the prospect of Corbyn becoming Prime Minister; and a number of Jewish Labour MPs, subject to vile anti-Semitic abuse from Party members who 'loved Jeremy', left in disgust and horror.

Their stance was vindicated in a report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which declared that the party had acted unlawfully in discriminating against Jewish members, and that Corbyn was 'ultimately responsible'.
Keir Starmer REFUSES to axe activist Labour MP Apsana Begum who posed with a pro-Palestinian group hours after it announced a protest outside the Israeli embassy in response to Hamas murdering hundreds of civilians
Sir Keir Starmer yesterday refused to suspend a Labour MP who posed with a group hours after it announced a protest outside the Israeli embassy in response to Hamas murdering hundreds of civilians.

Backbencher Apsana Begum, a Jeremy Corbyn supporter, posed at the Labour Women's Conference on Saturday with the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC), which praised her backing for the group's cause.

But a spokesman for Sir Keir said she would face no disciplinary action because the group is not banned in Britain. It came on a day when Labour was reminded of its dark time under Corbyn as activists at an event on the sidelines of the party conference in Liverpool applauded Hamas terrorists.

Yasmin Elsouda, a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement, told more than 100 people at a meeting that the Palestinians who had died were 'martyrs'.

Speaking at The World Transformed – a festival separate from the main conference, set up by Corbynista group Momentum during his leadership in 2016 – she said: 'I'm honoured to be speaking at such a historic moment. Yesterday over 230 of our siblings... ascended to martyrdom at the hands of the Zionist entity.'

Cornel West Likens U.S., Israel to Hamas, Calls Terror Attacks on Israeli Civilians ‘Resistance’
Like Hamas, both America and Israel have “blood on their hands.” That is the view of prominent civil rights activist and former Harvard Divinity School philosophy professor Cornel West Cornel West, who on Sunday seemed to justify the terror group’s monstrous operation which saw the deaths and kidnappings of hundreds of men, women, and children, calling it a form of resistance to “oppression.”

West, who is running as a 2024 presidential candidate not under the Democrat party but the People’s Party, offered his response to media requests as to his “aim” during the current conflict if he were president.

“I would stop the killing of innocent people – be they Palestinians or Israelis – by calling for an end to the vicious U.S.-supported Israeli occupation,” the leftist stated. “This violent resistance to oppression is the desperate language of an occupied people.”

Citing American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr., West insisted “only a genuine peace with justice can stop the barbarism of war and domination.”

“In this sense, the U.S. government, the Israeli government, and the occupied Hamas forces have blood on their hands,” he argued.

He then called to “fight for the masses of Palestinians and Israelis to live with dignity and security!”

“As I have said for the past fifty years, a precious Palestinian child has the same value as a precious Israeli child!” he added.

Anger as Greens MP extraordinarily compares Australia's treatment of Aboriginals to Israel and the Palestinians: 'Disgrace'
A NSW Greens MP has drawn an extraordinary comparison between Australia's historic treatment of Indigenous people and Israel's policies toward Palestinians in the wake of Hamas's bloody attack on the Jewish state.

Jenny Leong, who represents the inner-Sydney electorate of Newtown in the NSW parliament, launched a savage attack on Defence Minister Richard Marles on Monday after he decried the 'abhorrent' attacks launched on Israel by Hamas.

Ms Leong took particular exception to Mr Marles describing the attacks - which are estimated to have cost 700 Israeli lives including 260 people gunned down at an outdoor dance party - as 'unprovoked'.

'Unprovoked?! This is a disgraceful statement from Defence Minister Richard Marles,' Ms Leong posted on X, formerly Twitter.

'It is also appalling that tonight the Opera House will be lit up in support of Israel - what about all of the Palestinian lives lost since occupation?'

'What about the Palestinian Australian community mourning their loved ones?

'What about the decades upon decades of human rights violations against Palestinian people? I am disgusted at both state and federal Labor Governments for their actions in relation to this.'

Ms Leong then tweeted she 'shouldn't be surprised - because after all they (state and federal governments) too rule over a land still marked with the bloodstains of invasion and colonisation without any end to the injustice for First Nations people.'

In a lengthy thread she said that 'today and every day, I stand in solidarity and defiance with Palestinian people'.

Lidia Thorpe comes under fire over 'I stand with Palestine' post and 'false' map - as outraged Australians accuse her supporting the murder and rape of  Israeli women
Lidia Thorpe has been blasted for publicly supporting Palestine, as the brutal Israel-Hamas conflict in the Middle East rages on.

The controversial senator made clear her stance on the violent clash in a post on the social media platform X on Sunday night.

'I stand with Palestine!' she wrote.

The post featured a contested map of Israel, appearing to show the gradual dispossession of 'Palestinian land' since 1946, just prior to the founding of the modern state of Israel.

'Unprovoked They said [sic],' Ms Thorpe wrote in the caption.
Sonny Bill Williams ignites social media storm as he shows support for Hamas militants after they launched horrific attack on Israel and killed hundreds
He shared a post from American law professor, author and controversial columnist Khaled Beydoun that said: 'So, Ukrainian civilians defending their families are 'freedom fighters'… But Palestinians in Gaza doing the EXACT same thing are 'terrorists'?'

Williams reposted the comment with the 100 emoji to emphasise his approval, and the palms-up emoji to represent prayer.

His post has had more than 10,000 likes, but not everyone approves of his stance.

'Sonny bill you absolute clown of a bloke! Helmet,' replied one commenter on X.

'They’re not doing even remotely the same thing though,' said another.

'Over 250 bodies at the Music Festival for Peace. And you support that? Ukrainians aren't attacking civilians. Palestinians are,' said a third.

Williams, a devout Muslim, has sparked controversy in the past with some of his Tweets, including retweeting divisive social media star Andrew Tate.

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