Links about the Simchat Torah massacre by Hamas
- Introduction, with Ronald's worries
- October 7 Witness Reports
- Description only, too graphic
- Reports of escalating antisemitsm and hatred
- Background, future
Amsterdam, summer of 2005
‘It can happen again
"It can happen again..." Ronald shook a cigarette from the package and put it in his mouth. The room at the Nieuwe Achtergracht was pleasantly lit. There were candles on the overflowing bookcase, and next to the round dining table was a large vase with twigs carrying strings of lights.
"Do you really think so?" I asked him, "so much has changed..."
"No. Everything is still there..." Ronald looked at me wearily over the flame of his cigarette lighter.
"What do you mean, 'everything'...? You mean... civil registration, the railways, the hatred...?"
Ronald nodded and blew out cigarette smoke, "Everything. Hatred, infrastructure, technology — I better not say what I think about it, but it only needs one tiny incentive — or nothing.. just nothing... a scapegoat.. a diversion, a decoy — and everything explodes again."
An ominous feeling came over me, which I immediately tried to refute.
"But Ronald, think of everything you and Suzette did with Magenta, think of all your efforts to stream the reading of the 102,000 names at Westerbork earlier this year..."
Ronald shook his head somberly.
"We think the 1930s are far away. But seventy years... it's nothing. It's all still there. It can happen again."
"Ronald!" Suzette came dashing in from the kitchen, "Where's the big gas lighter? Help me flambé the crème brûlée!"
"Flambéing, the best part of dinner — besides eating it," Ronald grinned and followed Suzette to the kitchen.
Does it make sense, to wonder: "What would Suzette, what would Ronald have thought about this? What would they have done, in the afternoon of October 7?" Although I did promise Suzette to do that: when I told her how often I wonder 'What would Suzette do in a situation like this?' she asked me: Oh..! Will you still do that when I am gone...? 'Ofcourse Suzette, I will!'
It doesn't make sense to just wonder, what someone else would have done — and then mourn that they are no longer here, and ...do nothing yourself. That's like getting good advice, and not following up on it.
So I started to collect links
While I was collecting news about the October 7 massacre, I soon noticed the escalating antisemitism. On social media platforms, I noticed posts who justified the attack by Hamas, or even supported, denied or celebrated these perverted acts of violence. Not just pathetic persons who by lack of other talent make a living out of trolling like Jackson Hinkle, but also by politicians who claim to fight for justice and equality, regardless of religion, nationality, skin color or gender identity. And by large groups of small people who follow & copy these people.
Unfortunately, I have even seen (proof of) friends receiving full blown antisemitic messages from ...their own friends.
It was and is beyond me how someone doesn't understand there is never an excuse to commit atrocities of the sort that Hamas committed.
And, it is beyond me how someone can start to send their own life long friends antisemitic messages, when someone disapproves of the response of a Prime Minister —who wasn't even elected by these friends.
Our power of discernment
When did we lose the capacity to distinguish fact from fiction and good from bad? OK, I agree that AI technology or smart make-up can suggest things that didn't happen. And I agree that we have seen (former) World Leaders who lie over 30,000 times without blinking an eye, while accusing the media of fake news. All this must have bruised our trust and eroded our confidence in our own power of discernment.
Distinguish good from bad
But even someone with an insecure or critical eye is able to distinguish good from bad. Oh, I hear you say: ‘What is good, what is bad? Nothing but relative concepts.’
No, I am not joining you in your relativism.
Everyone everywhere shares a common moral code
It's true that our concepts of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are grounded in the stories we are raised with. The stories of our cultures may differ. But, like many of us already guessed: Seven moral rules are found all around the world, the University of Oxford has discovered.
What more do we need to understand that October 7 was bad, other than our heart, our brain and the stories of the survivors — or, if you are numbed by the former US-president's 'fake news' rants: the surveillance/dash cam/go-pro videos of the terrorists?
We need to stop the paralyzing polarization of the “debate”. We (especcially us far away) need to inform ourselves carefully. We need to wonder who benefits from this war. (Putin?) We need to refrain from heavily charged statements, from jumping to conclusions, from justifying evil, from calling for revenge. And let us also stop being an armchair critic, or armchair general.
Links to reports and information
- October 7
- Eye Witness accounts of the rave massacre of October 7
- Video of security at Supernova Music Festival terrain trying to protect the festival attendees
- Geolocation of crashed cars at the Re'im parking lot near the Supernova Music Festival
- Drone video of Supernova Music Festival terrain, after the massacre on October 7
- Palestinian Israeli citizen committed to peace, killed by Islamist Hamas terrorists at the Supernova Music Festival, report by New York Times
- Israel's darkest day Report by The Guardian on the Hamas terror
- Hamas attack that killed 260 persons on the Supernova music festival in Israel
- Noa Beer, 29, and four others narrowly escaped the massacre at the Supernova Festival when she rammed her car through a road block
- Rada and Raif Rashed, caterers at Nova festival, narrowly escaped the massacre and tell Reuters about the horror "I will never see a day tougher than that day. It is the toughest day in the history of the country."
- Hamas tried to abduct elderly couple to Gaza. This is how they escaped, Jerusalem Post reports
- Hamas hostages: Who are the people taken from Israel?, BBC news reports
- Geolocated photos of four civilians, handcuffed, right before, and right after they were killed in Be'eri
- Geolocation of Hamas fighters raiding a position near Kerem Shalom
- Text message on x with terrible video of Israeli men taken hostage. The reason I include this link, is that the person who posted it understands Iranian, and mentions the fact that he hears guards singing a song in Iranian to praise Khamenei. The video shows Elkana Bohbot, visibly hurt, and, among several other hostages, a handcuffed man with a T-shirt that reads "אבטחה/avtacha" (security.)
- Text message on x by journalist Aditya Raj Kaul about the murder of a pregnant woman, describing: with cut open stomach, fetus taken out
- Gender-based war-crimes, crimes against humanity, in Hamas' Massacre in Israel October 7th 2023 Bonot Alternativa, Women Rights NGO, investigated the sadistic crimes against women and children on October 7th, and raises the legitimate question of why the international community has yet to acknowledge these gender-based crimes against humanity
- Images from Nir Oz kibbutz after Hamas attack, report by CNN's Anderson Cooper
- Utter destruction in Kibbutz Be’eri, report by The Times of Israel
- Multi page report of the massacre of 108 civilians at Be'eri, by Ruth Margalit for The New Yorker
- ABCnews reports: Israel's 'Ground Zero:' The Be'eri Kibbutz was among the bloodiest scenes of the Hamas attack
- First-responders at Kibbutz Be'eri , Report by Emily Rose, Ilan Rosenberg and Dedi Hayun for Today Online
- Their community was devastated in Hamas onslaught, with over 100 killed and 10 kidnapped The Times of Israel visits the survivors of Be'eri
- Israeli troops go house to house in the Kfar Aza kibbutz, Harrowing images of the houses after the attack by Hamas, Reuters
- ‘I’ve never seen anything like this in my career,’ Maj. Gen. Itai Veruv told CNN on Tuesday, just a few hours after Israeli troops secured the kibbutz Kfar Aza from Hamas attackers
- Arab Bedouins attacked and killed by Hamas, report by Adam Goldman and Gal Koplewitz from Rahat, Israel, for New York Times
- Nato ministers shown horrific video hamas attack, Israel releases images of slain children, Reuters
- Reuters also reports with verified video footage, to avoid 'misinformation and disinformation clouding what actually happened on the ground in Israel'
- World reaction to attack by Hamas on IsraelAljazeera quotes responses of countries and organziations around the globe
- Prime minister's office releases three horrifying images of infants murdered by Hamas, since-blurred photos, showing babies who were murdered by Hamas in southern Israel on October 7.
- Prime minister's office shows a graphic video of the October 7 attack to a small group of journalists, among whom CNN, who describes the video The CNN conclusion of why the compiled go-pro / surveillance / dash cam videos of the terrorists is shown to a small audience might be slightly skewed: it is not the violence that needs to be underscored, it is the denial that the crimes were committed that needs to be addressed
- Inside Israeli town destroyed by Hamas, Steve Hendrix reports for The Washington Post
- Photos show chaotic scenes of Hamas attack on Israel, photo's from both Israel and Gaza
- Video — captured gunman says Hamas terror group uses tunnels under Shifa hospital, to move weapons, explosives, because it knows Israel won’t target site
- Nahal Oz, report of the attacks on october 7, by The Guardian
- Father of three recalls Hamas' brutal attack on Israeli kibbutz Nir Oz, India TVnews reports
- Hamas terrorists slaughtered at least 40 babies and young children at Kfar Aza, by Olivia Land for New York Post
- Interview with Danny Majzner, his daughter and son, survivors of the Be'eri massacre, 27 minutes interview, with footage of the attack, by correspondent Ashlee Mullany for 7NEWS Australia
- October 7 massacre Wikipedia page
- Ten Seventh (graphic, 21+check) Ten Seventh and Luís Da Cruz on x collect evidence and information, that has been shared online
- Hamas Massacre — documented war crimes, October 2023 Israel's official x account shared this website, with dozens of gruesome photos and videos of the slaughter
- Oct7map is an interactive map, showing dots, each representing a person murdered or abducted on October 7, accompanied by a report of the events at that location, and a name/portrait-photo of every victim...
- No link, description of link content only:
- Video; highway with overpass in Israel. Several (8) vehicles, dead persons lying inside and next to the cars on the road. Closeup of a mini van. Passenger door is open, dead person next to the car. Driver, also murdered, still behind the wheel. Dead body in the back of the mini van. Camera switches to murdered female, lying on the road. Camera switches to two cars, passengers killed, dead person lying next to the car.
- This violent barbaric scene is filmed from two perspectives, possibly with more than one camera or camera angle. Man with yellow T-shirt with hebrew letters on it, lying on a kitchen floor, bleeding from his stomach, obviously alive, because he is moving his arms and hands. His attackers are screaming above him, according to the translation they are fighting who is allowed (WTF?) to kill the man. One of them grabs an object that looks like a shovel with a blade tilted at 90 degrees. The shovel blade is struck several times with great force on the neck of the living man, while loudly shouting the Takbir (Allahu Akbar)
- Photo of rescue workers recovering the body a terribly burned dead girl. Hands tied with belt-like material. Hands are held in front of the face, frozen in burns and rigor mortis.
- A video so gruesome that words fail to describe it. Girl, partially naked, open wounds on her leg, a rollerskate lying next to her. Skirt pulled up above her pubic area. Her arm and hand (with still some beautiful fingernails) frozen in rigor mortis and burns, trying to protect her face. Her face is black, totally burned, lips and eyes are gone.
- Reports of antisemitism that preceded and followed on October 7; reports of anti-Muslim hate
- Antisemitism: Dramatic rise in 2021, the report, by the Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, also calls out the vast reach of social networks for spreading lies and incitement (BBC, 27 April 2022)
- Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented after Elon Musk’s takeover (December 2, 2022), slurs against Black Americans, gay men, antisemitic posts jumped, and terror/far-right conspiracy groups bought 'verified status' after Elon Musk takeover
- Antisemitic posts on Twitter skyrocket in the months after Musk’s takeover, study by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, published in the Washington Post, March 20, 2023
- Antisemitic Posts Spike on Twitter Since Elon Musk Takeover, Haaretz reports on December 2, 2022
- Antisemitism on Elon Musk’s X is surging and dredging up many ancient, defamatory themes of blaming Jews; The Conversation, September 12, 2023
- List of Elon Musk's disturbing comments about Jews (June 9, 2023), A history of offensive remarks, including quoting Nazis and reinstating bigots to Twitter
- Washington Post: The myth that Jews are all-powerful is the biggest threat to Jewish lives A dangerous conspiracy theory lead to an attack on a Texas synagogue in January 2022
- Antisemitism spikes in Los Angeles and has been steadily rising for years, report of November 2, 2022
- Antisemitism is on the rise, December 1, 2022: five year upswing in the number of antisemitic incidents, according to the ADL's data collection
- Growing trend of intimidation and attacks targeting Jewish people, March 3, 2023, article about threats to kill Jewish government leaders in Michigan
- First 18 hours of October 7 threats against Jews surged, Hamas Attack Draws Cheers from Extremists, Spurs Antisemitism and Conspiracies Online
- Video on x: A Jewish woman's store in NYC was attacked by a mob of Hamas supporters over the posters in her store window of Israeli hostages
- Antisemitic activity spikes, US Jews face violent threats amid climate of fear over Israel-Hamas war
- A six-year-old Palestinian boy was killed and his mother wounded in Illinois, JTA reports
- A new wave of antisemitism threatens to rock an already unstable world, CNN reports
- A six-fold increase in cases of anti-Muslim hate Tell MAMA, UK based organazation Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks, recorded 291 cases of anti-Muslim hate between October 7 and October 19
- Spike in antisemitic and anti-Muslim threats as Israel-Hamas war becomes flashpoint on U.S. college campuses
- U.S. Federal agency swamped with requests for help, but doesn’t have the staff to meet the demand for help with antisemitic and anti-Muslim threats on campuses
- Antisemitism Spikes in Russia, Voice of America reports
- Skyrocketing antisemitism world wide, Jewish Press reports
- Antisemitism spikes in the Netherlands, interview with Syrian Jewish refugee in the Netherlands now fearing for his safety; Dutch Jewish institutions reported threats and hatred
- Why spike in antisemitism in US and Europe after Israel-Hamas war is worrying, France, Germany and Austria have recorded massive spikes in antisemitism
- Nbcnews reports a spike in anti-Muslim incidents, a 182% jump from the average 16-day period in 2022
- There is never any excuse: the Observer view on antisemitism and Islamophobia Atrocities by Hamas and the response from Israel have aroused strong feelings on both sides, but hate attacks on Jews and Muslims in the UK shame us all (29 Oct 2023)
- France's Jewish community faces a surge in anti-Semitism, France24 reports
- Escalating antisemitism, multiple articles, news.yahoo.com
- Antisemitism is deeply ingrained in European society, Jason Burke, International security correspondent for The Guardian reports
- Factbox - How the surge in antisemitism is affecting countries around the world Report from ten countries world wide
- Is Hamas winning the online war against Israel? It is fair to assume that the next terrorist [..] was influenced by the extreme, inciting content posted on social networks against the Jewish community, Tomer Aldubi, founder and executive director FOA, about the escalating antisemitism online, Jerusalem Post
- Fighting Online Antisemitism (FOA) Established in 2020, FOA has trained hundreds of international volunteers to monitor antisemitic content in multiple languages, across leading social media networks
- Report cyber hate by sending a complaint to INACH Bringing the Online In Line with Human Rights
- Background, future
- The Issues Driving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Progress is Possible is a peacebuilding initiative of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, working towards a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- Whispered in Gaza Hamas has placed Palestinians in Gaza under a communications blockade. Peacecomms.org helps them breach it. Gazans from all walks of life share their stories, struggles and hope for the future.
- Girl, survivor of the attack on Be'eri demands a political solution; clear plea of 9 minutes
- NIF: “Bring. Them. Home.” The New Israel Fund is mobilizing supporters around the world, calling on those in power to help bring home all hostages, now captives of Hamas terrorists who have proven themselves murderous, merciless, and inhumane
- His daughters were killed by an Israeli tank in 2009 — He is now an activist for peace The only path towards peace, according to Professor Izzeldin Abuelaish, is in recognizing that all humankind is deserving of the same reverence and goodwill, Gabriel Levin reports for VOA
- Understanding Hamas’s Genocidal Ideology A close read of Hamas’s founding documents clearly shows its intentions, The Atlantic reports
- Analysis of the Hamas Charter, Center for Special Studies, Originally published March 2006
- Prince Turki al-Faisal's clear condemnation of Hamas's violations against civilians, Saudi Arabia’s former intel chief and US-ambassador gave a speech blasting both Hamas for its onslaught on October 7 as well as the policies of Israeli government
- What International Law Has to Say About the Israel-Hamas War Israel is defending itself, Article 51 of the UN Charter permits actions of inherent self-defense, and the article does not limit that right to actions against the conventional armed forces of another state; Expert article by Council of Foreign Relations
- War crimes in the 2023 Israel–Hamas war, the neutrality of this wikipedia-article is disputed by both sides, but I'll link it anyway, because it is written by the WikiProject Israel Palestine Collaboration
- Atrocities Present, Past and Future – Escalating Crimes and Consequences in Israel and Palestine, long article by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, containing Immediate Steps To Take — in spite of its length, the views in this article might be too simple to really solve the situation, but at least it tries to address the situation
- Using civilians as human shields is a war crime according to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the 1977 Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, and the 1998 Rome Statute.
- Who's funding Hamas? Business Insider reports, where does Hamas's operational budget of more than $300 million come from?
- Where Hamas gets its money and why it's so hard to stop, CNBC reports
- History of Islam on wikipedia
- History of Judaism on wikipedia
- List of religious populations in the world on wikipedia with link to every religion
- Muslim Population in the World: 24% of the global population The majority of the world’s Muslims live in Asia and the Middle East, with Indonesia being the country with the largest Muslim population
- Jewish population in the World: 0.2% total of the 8 billion global population People often wildly overestimate the number of Jews in a country or the world
- What does the ḥadīth say about Jews? (And stones and trees?) Explanation: The ḥadīth contains sunnah, traditions and practices of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, a model for Muslims to follow. It is the second important book next to the Quaran, but unlike the Quran, not all Muslims believe that all hadith accounts are divine revelation. Hamas has implemented this in their charter. (Article: The Atlantic)
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- History of antisemitism in Islam on wikipedia
- Timeline of antisemitism starts around the same time as the first Peloponnesian wars: in the 8th century BC. This century somehow brought major changes for several historically important civilizations.
- Timeline of antisemitism in the 19th century: decapitations, massacres and pogroms in The Middle East, Northern Africa, Russia and Europe
- Inhuman Treatment of Others Is a Thought Away Psychology Today reviews David Livingstone Smith's book on the kinds of psychological and social structures that lead to dehumanization and mistreatment of others
- A gay Palestinian man living under asylum in Israel beheaded in the West Bank city of Hebron. The murder of 25-year-old Ahmad Abu Murkhiyeh was recorded on video, the murder-suspect is arrested by Palestinian Authority police (6 October 2022)
- Debating racism in the Arab world (July 6, 2020) Anti-Black racism in the Arab and Muslim world, report by Deutsche Welle
- The Decolonization Narrative Is Dangerous and False, October 27, 2023, Why the West’s Hamas apologists should listen to moderate Arab voices instead of a fundamentalist terror sect, article by Simon Sebag Montefiore for The Atlantic
- Ayn Rand Institute investigates — how the Israeli territories were acquired Detailed 35 minutes long documentary with Elan Journo and Nikos Sotirakopoulos
- What if the US Didn’t Go to War in Afghanistan after 9/11? An alternative reaction to 9/11 could have been to expand police/intelligence operations and to work with allies to pressure organisations, which had nothing to do with the terror-attack, to dismember al‐Qaida and to turn over its top members — I include the thought exercise of Cato Institute, even thought there are of course differences
- Where have the Palestinian Moderates gone? The Washington Institute for Near East policy, 2009
- Combatants for Peace The Joint Memorial Ceremony, organized by Combatants for Peace (CfP) and The Parents Circle Families Forum, is the largest Israeli-Palestinian jointly organized peace event
- Palestinian Israeli citizen, advocate of peacemaking, killed by Islamist Hamas terrorists, — with his policy for more than 16 years, Mr. Netanyahu has achieved that people lost faith in the idea of Israeli and Palestinian civilians living side-by-side in peace and security, Roger Cohen of New York Times reports
- Powerful Speech by Shir Nosatzki, activist for Jewish-Arab Partnership and against violent hatred in Israel
- NIF works to protect the human rights of all people living under Israel’s control
- The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, founded in 1972, ACRI is advocating across the broad spectrum of human rights and civil liberties for everyone living in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
- Prayer Of The Mothers (Official Video), the song is made by singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”
- Rory Stewart Attempts to Explain the History of Israel-Palestine in 10 Minutes — the 10 minutes are actually 36 minutes: the channel, The Rest Is Politics, provides a fairly nuanced explanation of the situation, as well as the angle of both Israel and Palestinians
- How To Combat Hate During The Israel-Hamas Conflict, an extensive article about polarization, triggering hatred and incitement against others, with: four ways individuals can make an impact; Holly Corbett reports for Forbes
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