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Kuwait in a week

February 22, 2024

 

Al-Hayat Charity Congratulates Kuwait on National Occasions

Hey everyone! Al-Hayat Charity Society wants to give a big shoutout to the leaders and people of Kuwait on their National Day and Liberation Day. They're sending good vibes and prayers for Kuwait to stay safe and happy.

“Way to You, Gaza” Marathon

Guess what? Al-Hayat Charity Society recently organized a marathon called “Way to You, Gaza” with the help of some awesome volunteers. People of all ages came together to run and show support for Gaza.

Why the Marathon?

Dr. Khaled Al-Shatti, from Al-Hayat Charity Society, said that Kuwaitis care a lot about their friends in Gaza. The marathon was a way to show solidarity and support for the people of Gaza. It was a fun event for families and young people to come together and spread love.

Supporting Palestine

Al-Hayat Charity Society has been helping out in Gaza by sending supplies and support. They've even sent 5 flights of aid, including tons of dates and tents for the displaced people. They're also providing food and meals to those in need.

“Hofath”: Helping Thousands in Need

Another awesome group, Hofath, is doing great things too! They're helping over 210,000 people with Quranic and humanitarian projects in Kuwait and 15 other countries. They're building mosques, printing Qur’ans, and providing water, food, and livelihood support to those in need.

Kuwait International Story Writing Competition

Exciting news! The sixth Kuwait International Children’s Story Writing Competition is starting soon. It's all about encouraging kids to get creative and share their stories. This competition is part of Kuwait's efforts to promote volunteerism and charitable work among children.

Encouraging Endowment and Charitable Work

The General Secretariat of Endowments has just launched the Kuwait International Children’s Story Competition, focusing on endowment, charitable, and volunteer work. This is the sixth edition of the competition, and it is being held under the patronage of Faisal Al-Gharib, the Minister of Justice, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Endowment Affairs Council.

During a press conference, Nasser Mohammed Al-Hamad, the Acting Secretary-General of the Secretariat, highlighted the importance of the competition in promoting awareness about endowment and its role in serving society. The competition aims to educate children about endowment, volunteerism, and charitable work, while also nurturing their talents in storytelling.

Previous editions of the competition have seen a significant number of participants from various countries. The Secretariat hopes to continue spreading the concept of endowment and charitable work among children to instill Islamic and moral values.

Providing Support in Times of Need

Kuwait has initiated the establishment of a field hospital in Rafah, located in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The hospital aims to accommodate the growing number of wounded, injured, and sick individuals in the area.

The hospital, spanning 1,300 square meters and situated near the Kuwaiti Hospital, is being constructed with the support of Kuwaiti, Arab, and international charitable organizations. It will offer various services, including overnight and emergency departments, ambulance stations, and new departments such as surgical and maternity units.

The Director of the Kuwait Specialized Hospital, Suhaib Al-Hams, emphasized the importance of providing medical support to the people of Rafah, especially in the face of potential ground invasions by the Israeli occupation army. The hospital aims to strengthen the Palestinian community and combat health system challenges.

Namaa Charity Celebrates Kuwait National Days

In honor of Kuwait National Days, Namaa Charity and the Social Reform Society have unveiled a series of cultural and documentary publications that showcase Kuwait’s rich history and cultural significance. Abdulaziz Al-Kandari, the head of the Communications and Information Technology Sector, announced two new publications: “Our Souls, Our Walls” and “The Story of a Homeland.”

“Our Souls, Our Walls” delves into Kuwait’s history of building walls as a symbol of its peaceful policies and commitment to security and stability. The publication traces the construction of various walls throughout Kuwait’s history, highlighting their role in safeguarding the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

From the first wall built in 1756 AD to the trenches separating Kuwait and Iraq after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991 AD, the publication chronicles the evolution of Kuwait’s defensive structures and their significance in the country’s development.

 

  Israeli Aggression Continues

On the 136th day of the Israeli war on Gaza, the aggression against the Gaza Strip is ongoing, leading to more humanitarian crises. At the same time, the International Court of Justice has started hearings on the legal consequences of the occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967.

Palestinian Hospitals Struggle

The Palestine Red Crescent Society reported that the water desalination plant at Al Amal Hospital in Khan Yunis was damaged by Israeli forces, leaving the hospital with only 3 days' worth of drinking water. Hospitals in northern Gaza are also without electricity due to the occupation preventing fuel delivery.

Diplomatic Tensions

Brazil's President withdrew the country's ambassador from Israel after accusing Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza. In response, Israel summoned the Brazilian ambassador for a reprimand.

Field Updates

The Al-Qassam Brigades targeted an Israeli force in Khan Yunis, while the Al-Quds Brigades bombed Israeli soldiers in the Netzarim area. The Israeli government continues efforts to release prisoners in Gaza, claiming Hamas uses hospitals for military purposes.

Settler Attacks

Israeli forces arrested 25 citizens in the West Bank, and settlers attacked homes and vehicles in Burqa. Palestinians in Ramallah threw stones at occupation vehicles, leading to clashes.

Israel Faces International Justice

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu criticized the International Court of Justice's hearings on the legal consequences of the occupation. The court sessions will continue with the participation of 52 countries and international organizations.

Targeting Lebanon

Israeli forces targeted Hezbollah weapons depots in Ghaziyeh, Lebanon, in response to a drone attack. Hezbollah retaliated by targeting Israeli sites in Lebanon. The European Union launched a defensive mission in the Red Sea to protect ships from Houthi attacks. 

Imprisonment and Hope for Freedom

 Major political figure in Pakistan, Imran Khan, was imprisoned last August and has been facing further challenges. His supporters remain steadfast in their belief that he will soon be released from prison and his record will be cleared. They vehemently assert that all accusations leveled against him are baseless fabrications designed to thwart his political ambitions.

A bunch of legal experts say that the decisions against Imran Khan can still be changed, and his lawyer is working hard to prove that he's innocent. But it might take some time because the military in Pakistan is making things difficult for him. 

Support from the People

When reporters went around Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, they found out that a lot of different people really like Imran Khan. They think he's a hero and a great guy. Even people from other political parties feel bad for him because they think he's been treated unfairly.

Some people believe that the recent elections in Pakistan were rigged to make it seem like Imran Khan's supporters didn't win as many seats as they actually did. They say that the results were messed with at the last minute to make it look like Imran Khan's party didn't do as well as they really did.

Protests and Hope for Justice

There have been protests in Pakistan against the election results that brought Imran Khan down. His supporters are fighting for him to be released from prison and for the truth to come out. They believe that the courts will prove that he's innocent.

Even regular people in Pakistan, not just his supporters, think that Imran Khan will be set free soon. They believe that the accusations against him are all lies and that he will be proven innocent.

Political Rivalry and False Accusations

A lawyer named Arif Chaudhry thinks that Imran Khan will be free soon. He says that all the cases against him are just made up to stop him from being a part of politics. Chaudhry has been a lawyer for a long time and he's sure that Imran Khan will be cleared of all charges.

Chaudhry also says that Imran Khan is really popular in Pakistan because he cares about the people and tries to help them. He built hospitals, schools, and universities to make life better for everyone. People believe in him and support him because they know he's a good leader.

Dr. Sajid Iqbal, a distinguished Professor of Islamic and Civil Law at the University of Business Administration and Technology in Lahore, shared his insights on the recent electoral process during a meeting in Islamabad. He expressed concerns about the numerous manipulations that marred the electoral process, leading to inaccurate results in various constituencies across the country. Dr. Iqbal highlighted the objections raised against multiple results in different regions.

Despite his affiliation with the Jamaat-e-Islami, a political rival to the PTI, Dr. Iqbal voted for its candidate in Lahore. He criticized the authorities for obstructing Imran Khan's supporters, preventing them from achieving favorable results in the elections. Dr. Iqbal emphasized that despite these obstacles, Imran Khan's party secured the highest number of votes, suggesting that fair elections would have resulted in even greater support.

In response to the charges against Imran Khan, Dr. Iqbal dismissed them as politically motivated and lacking legal merit. He expressed confidence that the Supreme Court would dismiss the charges, leading to Imran Khan's release from prison.

Political analyst Asima Wadud echoed concerns about military interference in politics, which she believes has hindered democracy and weakened government institutions. In an interview with Al Jazeera Net, Wadud criticized the army's attempts to influence the election outcome and prevent Imran Khan's supporters from forming the government.

Wadud lamented the army's interference in coalition government formation, which she viewed as a strategy to undermine the will of the people. She emphasized the need to respect the voters' choice and allow for a fair and transparent electoral process.

 

Inflicting Heavy Losses

Abu Ubaida, the spokesman for the Al-Qassam Brigades, recently stated that the Mujahideen of the Brigades are causing significant damage to the Israeli occupation army. Despite efforts to protect them, Israeli prisoners in the Gaza Strip are facing large losses.

Abu Ubaida shared in an exclusive speech on Al Jazeera that the Al-Qassam Brigades are continuously causing heavy losses to the Israeli occupation army. They are destroying armor, setting up precise ambushes, and professionally sniping officers. The fighters are always ready and strike when the enemy least expects it.

Field Achievements

Abu Ubaida mentioned that the Al-Qassam Brigades are not concerned with refuting the enemy's claims. The occupation army's statements are seen as false propaganda that will be proven wrong in the future.

The spokesman emphasized that the political goals of the occupation leaders will lead to their downfall and disgrace. The Al-Qassam Brigades are focused on their mission and will continue fighting until the last soldier leaves Gaza.

Situation of Occupation Prisoners

Abu Ubaida expressed concern for the Israeli prisoners in Gaza, stating that their losses are significant and they are struggling to survive. Despite warnings, the occupation leadership continues to ignore their plight.

The Al-Qassam Brigades have tried to protect and care for the enemy's prisoners to achieve a humanitarian goal of liberating their own oppressed prisoners. The prisoners are suffering, and the responsibility lies with the enemy's leadership and army. It is important to note that Abu Ubaida's last public statement was a month ago, where he discussed the removal of a thousand Israeli military vehicles during the 100 days of the Israeli war on Gaza. Source: Al Jazeera

 

Previous Clashes

Before, there were fights between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces between Omdurman and Khartoum.

Meeting of Forces

Military sources in the Sudanese army told Al Jazeera that army forces from northern Omdurman met with Corps of Engineers forces that were under siege by the Rapid Support Forces south of Omdurman. This meeting gives the Sudanese army a chance to control more parts of Omdurman.

Army Chief's Statement

The Sudanese Army Chief of Staff, Muhammad Othman Al-Hussein, said that this meeting is a step towards getting rid of the Rapid Support Forces from Omdurman.

Progress Update

The Sudanese army shared a video on Facebook showing their forces making progress in the areas north of Omdurman. They destroyed enemy vehicles and killed many Rapid Support Forces.

Recent Developments

Last week, the Sudanese army announced that they were making gains against the Rapid Support Forces in Omdurman. They are determined to achieve victory and defeat the Rapid Support Forces soon.

Failed Negotiations

Despite efforts by Saudi Arabia, the United States, and African organizations to bring peace, negotiations between the army and the Rapid Support Forces have not been successful. The war has caused many casualties and displaced millions of people.

Source: Al Jazeera + agencies

 

Israel's Attack on Iranian Gas Pipelines

Last Wednesday, Israel reportedly carried out attacks on two main natural gas pipelines inside Iran, disrupting the flow of heat and cooking gas to several provinces. This marks a significant escalation in the ongoing secret war between Israel and Iran, involving air, land, sea, and cyber-attacks.

Impact of the Attacks

The attacks targeted points along gas pipelines in Fars and Chahar Mahal Bakhtiari provinces, causing service outages in residential homes, government buildings, and major factories across at least five provinces in Iran. These pipelines transport gas from the south to major cities in the north, such as Tehran and Isfahan.

Consequences of the Attacks

Energy experts estimate that the attacks halted about 15% of Iran's daily natural gas production, affecting the country's vital infrastructure. The attacks required deep knowledge of Iranian infrastructure and careful coordination, according to Western officials and military strategists.

Disruption of Gas Flow

Iranian Oil Minister Jawad Oji stated that the enemy's plan was to disrupt gas flow in the winter to major cities and provinces in Iran. While Oji did not directly blame Israel, he mentioned that the aim was to damage Iran's energy infrastructure and incite domestic discontent.

Uncertainty Surrounding the Attacks

It remains unclear how the pipelines were struck, whether by drones, explosives, or other means. No party has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Iranian officials suspect Israel due to the complexity and scope of the operation.

Response and Denials

Iran denied involvement in attacks against American and Israeli targets in the region, emphasizing that it does not seek direct war with the United States. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office declined to comment on the attacks.

Previous Incidents

Last December, Iran executed individuals accused of sabotage and links to Israeli intelligence. This hidden war between Iran and Israel has seen accusations of attacks on nuclear and missile programs, though Israel has neither confirmed nor denied these allegations.

Source: New York Times

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Palestine

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On the 133rd day of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, significant developments unfolded. Palestinian resistance operations persisted, encompassing rocket launches and ground skirmishes. Abu Ubaida, spokesperson for the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas, declared that their fighters were successfully engaging the Israeli occupation forces, marking a historic achievement for the Palestinian people.

Meanwhile, the Israeli forces continued to threaten a potential incursion into Rafah, as US President Joe Biden called for a temporary ceasefire to release the civilians caught in the crossfire.

The Al-Quds Brigades, affiliated with the Islamic Jihad Movement, retaliated by launching missiles at Ashkelon and other targets in response to the Zionist aggression against Palestinians.

Simultaneously, the Al-Qassam Brigades reported intense clashes with Israeli forces in Khan Yunis, with ongoing attacks using various munitions to target enemy personnel and vehicles. The situation remains volatile as both sides escalate their military actions in the region.

Losses incurred during the occupation

In a tragic turn of events, the Israeli occupation army reported on Friday morning that one of its soldiers had been killed and another seriously injured in battles in the Gaza Strip. This brings the total number of officers and soldiers announced by the occupation forces to 572 since Operation Al-Aqsa Flood and the war on Gaza began on October 7th, with 241 casualties since the start of the ground operation on the 27th of the same month.

In a concerning development, Minister in the Israeli Military Council, Benny Gantz, issued a threat on Friday to continue the war on Gaza even during the holy month of Ramadan and to expand it to the city of Rafah, located in the south of the Gaza Strip, if Israeli detainees are not returned from Gaza.

Warnings against storming Rafah

International voices have strongly advised against the Israeli occupation launching a ground attack on Rafah, located in the south of the Gaza Strip. French President Emmanuel Macron cautioned that an Israeli assault on Rafah would result in an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe and mark a significant turning point in the conflict. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized that any attack on Rafah would have devastating consequences for the 1.5 million Palestinians residing in the city.

Kiryat Malachi Operation

Turning our attention away from Gaza, the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation reported that two Israelis were killed and four others were left in moderate to serious condition following a shooting attack at a bus station north of the city of Kiryat Malachi. In response, the Hamas movement stated that the commando operation in Kiryat Malachi was a natural reaction to the genocidal actions of the occupation army against the Palestinian people, as well as the ongoing crimes committed by terrorist settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

On a different note, Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir announced on Friday his intention to expand the policy of allowing Israelis to arm themselves.

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah issued a stern warning to Israel following the recent attacks on Lebanese civilians in Nabatieh and Al-Sowanah. Nasrallah emphasized that Israel would face consequences for its actions, including the threat of bombing Eilat in retaliation for Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant's aggressive statements towards Beirut.

Nasrallah made it clear that Israel would pay a heavy price for its attacks on civilians, stressing that the targeting of innocent people in southern Lebanon must come to an end. He emphasized that the repercussions would not be limited to military equipment and surveillance devices.

In response to the escalating tensions, Hezbollah carried out strikes on Israeli military sites, including Al-Malikiyah and Ruwaisat Al-Alam in the occupied Lebanese Shebaa Farms. These attacks resulted in direct hits, demonstrating Hezbollah's capability to defend Lebanese territory.

Simultaneously, reports from the Lebanese News Agency indicated that Israeli aircraft had targeted several towns in southern Lebanon, including Aita al-Shaab, Barkat Bint Jbeil, Yater, and Beit Lev. The Israeli army also fired heavy machine-gun shells towards the town of Kafr Kila from the Metulla settlement, near the border with Lebanon.

The situation remains volatile as both sides engage in retaliatory actions, raising concerns about further escalation in the region.

Source: Agencies

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Muslims around the World

  The Economist magazine has identified five reasons why these elections are crucial for the country. Indonesia has the potential to become one of the most influential countries in Asia, but its current president, Joko Widodo, has followed a tradition of non-alignment in foreign policy and closed policies.

The Candidates

The third largest democracy in the world will vote on February 14 to choose a new leader. According to opinion polls, the preferred candidate is former General Prabowo Subianto, who has a troubling record in human rights. The other two candidates, Anis Baswedan and Ganjar Prano, are trailing behind him.

First Reason: Space

Indonesia is a massive country with thousands of islands. If you were to draw a map of the country, it would stretch from Ireland to Turkmenistan! This vast size has encouraged the growth of digital services, and the capital city, Jakarta, has become a hub for new technology companies in Southeast Asia. Almost four-fifths of Indonesians own smartphones, connecting the country like never before.

Second Reason: Infrastructure and Demographics

The current president, Jokowi, has been known for his focus on infrastructure development. He has built airports, ports, dams, and hundreds of kilometers of toll roads. Indonesia's demographics also play a crucial role. With a population of about 276 million people, it is the fourth largest country in the world. A quarter of the population is under the age of 15, making it a huge consumer market.

Third Reason: Strong Economy

Indonesia has been one of the best-performing economies in the world. Although the promised 7% annual economic growth was not achieved, it is still the sixth largest emerging market in terms of GDP. Its GDP per capita is higher than that of India and Vietnam. If Indonesia continues on this path, it could become one of the top 10 largest economies in the world.

Fourth Reason: Green Goods

Indonesia's economy heavily relies on commodities. It is a major producer of nickel, which is used in electric car batteries. In fact, Indonesia's nickel production surpasses that of the rest of the world. The country has the potential to become the fourth largest producer of green goods, such as renewable energy, by 2030. It aims to manufacture electric vehicle batteries with a capacity equivalent to global production in 2020.

Fifth Reason: Great Power Competition

Due to its location, size, and resources, Indonesia is becoming a major arena for great power competitions. Both America and China are investing in the country. However, the next Indonesian president may face challenges if tensions between China and America escalate. Additionally, policies that benefit certain sectors, like the energy industry, may have unintended consequences in other areas.

These elections are crucial for Indonesia's future. The country has the potential to become a major player in Asia and the world. The outcome of the elections will shape its path forward.

Source: Economist

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Israeli Soldiers Killed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad

On the 129th day of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, announced their successful attacks on Israeli soldiers. The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed to have killed 10 Israeli soldiers at close range. Meanwhile, the Al-Quds Brigades, the military arm of Islamic Jihad, ambushed an Israeli force, resulting in casualties. Israel also admitted to the killing of one of its battalion commanders.

Concerns for Civilians in Rafah

Amnesty International expressed worry about the situation in Rafah, a city in the southern Gaza Strip. They warned of a potential genocide, as civilians have no safe place to escape from Israeli bombings. The International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Karim Khan, also expressed concern about the bombing and the possibility of an Israeli ground incursion into Rafah.

American Position

The White House stated that it does not support a general ceasefire in Gaza at the moment. They believe that the crisis will only end when Hamas releases all Israeli hostages. However, they emphasized the importance of protecting civilians and having a well-planned military operation in Rafah, urging Israel to exercise caution when pursuing Hamas.

Israeli Losses

The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades reported that they killed 10 Israeli occupation soldiers in the Abasan al-Kabira area. They also successfully detonated an anti-personnel device, causing casualties among the Israeli forces. The Israeli army confirmed the death of two soldiers and the injury of nine others in battles in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli media sources also confirmed that the Palestinian resistance ambushed the occupation army, resulting in the deaths of more than 11 soldiers.

The Issue of Prisoners

Hamas leader Osama Hamdan denied the Israeli claim of freeing two prisoners from the Shaboura camp in Rafah. He stated that the prisoners were actually in the possession of a civilian family, and the resistance's account of the incident should be awaited. CNN reported that the rescue operation of two hostages in Rafah may have led to the deaths of about 100 Palestinians, which raised concerns in the United States. The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades announced the killing of three Israeli prisoners in the Gaza Strip, and they will reveal more details once the fate of the remaining wounded is clear.

Egypt and Israel

Extremist Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich criticized Egypt's opposition to Israel's plan for a large-scale ground operation in Rafah. He blamed Egypt for arming Hamas and called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore American pressure and not send a delegation to Cairo for talks on a prisoner exchange deal. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry responded by reaffirming Egypt's commitment to the peace agreement and condemning Smotrich's statements.

Qatari Involvement

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, discussed the latest developments in Gaza with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. They talked about efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire and end the division among Palestinians. The Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister also discussed the situation in Gaza with the Iranian Foreign Minister, emphasizing the need for an immediate ceasefire.

Developments in the West Bank

In the West Bank, a 16-year-old boy named Muhammad Tariq Abu Sneina was martyred inside a prison due to injuries sustained from Israeli bullets in Jerusalem. Israeli forces continue to carry out raids in various cities of the West Bank. The occupation forces arrested the boy on Sunday, accusing him of attempting a stabbing attack. Several Palestinians were injured, and others were arrested during these raids and incursions.

 

The occupation forces stormed multiple areas, including the village of Madama, south of Nablus, resulting in clashes with Palestinian youths. Settlers also attacked the village of Asira al-Qibliya, burning cars and property and injuring two Palestinians with gunfire.

Confrontations in South Lebanon

Lebanese militant group Hezbollah reported the killing of two of its members in clashes with the Israeli occupation army in southern Lebanon. This brings the total number of Hezbollah casualties to 190 since October 8, 2023. Additionally, four people were killed and others injured in Israeli raids on two homes in the towns of Tayr Harfa and Maroun al-Ras, according to the Civil Defense in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah targeted Israeli radar sites, barracks, and a building with guided missiles, achieving direct hits. An Israeli drone also targeted a car near Bint Jbeil Governmental Hospital, injuring a local Hezbollah official.

Israeli Security Breach

An Israeli reserve officer was recently arrested and charged with espionage and impersonation after a major security breach. The officer had unauthorized access to military bases for weeks, gathering highly sensitive information, including troop deployments, which he shared with military and civilian personnel. The chaos in the Southern Command of the Israeli occupation army during the early days of the war on Gaza was revealed.

British Sanctions on Extremist Settlers

The British Foreign Office imposed sanctions on four extremist Israeli settlers for their involvement in violence and human rights violations against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The ministry cited an increase in violence by extremist settlers in the past year. These sanctions include financial restrictions and a travel ban on the individuals. The United States had previously imposed similar sanctions on four Israelis.

Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir criticized Britain's decision, considering it a moral confusion without a legal basis.

Source: Al Jazeera

 

Italian Jews Call for an End to the War on Gaza

A group of 54 Italian Jews have written an open letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging him to stop the war on the Gaza Strip. They also want Jews around the world to understand the serious consequences of this tragedy for the future. The letter was published in Italian newspapers, including "Il Fatto Quotidiano," on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Expressing Concern over Netanyahu's Actions

In their letter titled "What is the value of memory if it does not stop in Gaza and the West Bank?", the authors, who describe themselves as secular Jews involved in the Jewish Voices for Peace organization, express their deep concern. They believe that Netanyahu is prolonging the war to maintain his power and accuse him of lacking a political solution. They are disappointed that some Israelis and Jews worldwide fail to recognize the tragedy and its long-term effects.

Discussion on War Crimes and Genocide

The signatories argue that debating whether Israel's actions in Gaza constitute genocide will not alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian victims and their families. They emphasize that International Holocaust Remembrance Day should not be reduced to a mere ritual. Instead, it should serve as an opportunity to reflect on preventing such atrocities from happening again to any people.

Rejecting Victim Rhetoric and Anti-Semitism

The letter criticizes Israel's use of victim rhetoric and the manipulation of anti-Semitism to justify its actions. The signatories firmly believe that the resistance attack cannot be an excuse to ignore the pain of others, dehumanize the weak, or resort to violence against them. They distance themselves from the Union of Jewish Communities in Italy, which labels any criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism, stating that they understand the true meaning of anti-Semitism and will not tolerate its misuse.

Source: Italian press