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Israel remains poised for Gaza invasion as airstrikes on Hamas continue

Israeli forces remain poised for a ground assault into Gaza on Monday, but have yet to make the move. Meanwhile, airstrikes continue to rain down on Hamas positions in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Israel has fired thousands of missiles since Hamas' October 7 assault on Israel, including 320 in the past 24 hours alone on Monday.


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Israeli forces strike more than 400 terrorist targets in 24-hour period: IDF

The Israel Defense Forces announced it has struck more than 400 terrorist targets in the past 24 hours, according to a post made on X, formerly Twitter, Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. local time.

As part of its "wide-scale operation" to dismantle Hamas' capabilities, the IDF said the targets struck include: Hamas gunmen setting up to fire rockets in Israel's direction, an operational tunnel shaft allowing Israel to be infiltrated through the sea, and Hamas command centers and staging armaments in Mosques.

The focus continues to be on eliminating Hamas operatives and "weapons storage sites, underground terrorist tunnels, command centers, observation posts and more," the IDF said in its daily recap.

The force also said it will continue operating with the safety of innocent civilians in mind.

Tuesday marked the 18th day of Israel's counteroffensive against Hamas since the terrorist group launched its unprecedented attack against the Jewish State on Oct. 7.

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Sen. Peter Welch says Israel ground invasion would 'exacerbate' conditions in Gaza: 'Grave concerns'

Sen. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said Monday he has "grave concerns" about Israel's potential ground invasion into Gaza amid an ongoing war prompted by Hamas' terror attack on the Jewish State.

In a statement released Monday, Welch said he has "grave concerns about the wisdom and military efficacy" of an Israeli ground invasion in Gaza and that there is "no doubt" an imminent ground invasion would be "catastrophic for innocent Palestinians in Gaza and jeopardize urgent efforts to save hostages."

"Israel has the absolute right to attack Hamas for the brutal, heinous slaughter of more than 1,400 Israelis and the taking of more than 200 hostages," Welch wrote. "But, Israel also has a responsibility to protect Palestinian civilians living in Gaza, including one million children. Already, more than 5,000 Palestinians have died."

"The humanitarian conditions in Gaza are terrible and getting worse every day," Welch continued. "One million Palestinians, including women and children, have been displaced. Most are living in the open—without food, without shelter, fuel, water, or access to medicine. United Nations relief efforts have begun but are unable to meet the extreme needs of the moment."

The senator concluded, "A ground invasion would further exacerbate the dire conditions in Gaza."

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ADL leader says ‘Squad’ ‘marginalized themselves,’ lost influence with radical positions on Israel

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said members of the far-left "Squad" of Democrats should be kept "on the fringe where they belong" and suggested their "influence has waned and weakened" because of extreme ideology related to the ongoing Israel-Gaza war.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., have irked supporters of Israel on both sides of the political aisle since Hamas’ devastating terror attacks on Oct. 7 that killed hundreds of civilians, including women, children and babies. Tlaib accused the Biden administration of funding a "genocide" against Palestinians and has spread the debunked claim that Israel bombed a Gaza hospital, Ocasio-Cortez has accused Israel of war crimes and Omar seemed to equate the Israeli victims killed by Hamas terrorists and Palestinians killed in the ongoing Israeli response.

"I think Rashida Tlaib has been so marginalized in her own district. And like, AOC, I don't even see her in the media anymore. I think these individuals with their radical ideas have marginalized themselves," Greenblatt told Fox News Digital.

Greenblatt was in Washington, D.C. last week and attended a meeting of Jewish communal leaders, the Jewish community and congressional leadership. He was pleased to see influential people from all sides standing with Israel, and believes the "Squad" should be disregarded on the topic.

"Hakeem Jeffries and Chuck Schumer and Steve Scalise and Mitch McConnell all said exactly the same thing. So, I just think AOC doesn't matter that much. She's one of 430-something people, or Tlaib or Ilhan Omar, and we don't need to assign them any more influence because already you see that their influence has waned and weakened in the last few years as their positions have become more radical, and they've reduced their ability, I think, to reach a wider audience," Greenblatt continued. "There are extreme voices on all sides. Let's leave them on the fringe where they belong."

Fox News' Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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MTG to bring resolution to censure Rashida Tlaib, accusing her of 'antisemitic activity'

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is introducing a resolution on Tuesday to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., accusing the progressive "Squad" member of "antisemitic activity" and "sympathizing with terrorist organizations."

"The [Democratic] Party has done nothing to hold her accountable. They've done nothing to rein her in, and no one else here has done it. And so I thought it was right to list examples of – this isn't just new. This isn't a one-off thing. This is exactly who she is," Greene told Fox News Digital.

Greene accused Tlaib of leading a pro-Palestinian protest on Capitol Hill last week. Hundreds of demonstrators called for a cease-fire after the terror group Hamas staged an unprecedented, bloody incursion from the Palestinian exclave of Gaza into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing hundreds of civilians and prompting an ongoing response from the Israeli military.

Tlaib spoke at the protest, during which activists took over much of the ground floor at the Cannon House Office Building.

In those comments, she blamed Israel for bombing a hospital in Gaza – remarks she did not retract after multiple intelligence agencies said that existing proof indicated the blast came from a misfired Hamas rocket.

Greene called the protest "an insurrection" in her resolution.

Fox News' Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.

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Israelis urged to 'stay alert' as launches from Gaza decrease, IDF says

Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said Hamas has scaled back the airstrikes from Gaza in an effort "to make us calm."

"We observe a decrease in the launches from Gaza," Hagari said in a morning briefing. "We call upon the public - stay alert. This is an attempt by the enemy to make us calm. Hamas still has launching capabilities from Gaza."

More than 5,700 people have been killed in Gaza and Israel since Hamas terrorists launched their largest attack against Israel in decades on Oct. 7, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare war on the terrorist group. Thousands more have been wounded, and many others have been taken hostage by Hamas and raped, tortured and murdered.

Fox News' Yael Kuriel contributed to this report.

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Israeli MIT students 'terrified' after anti-Israel rally chant calls for 'one solution, intifada'

Israeli students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say they are "terrified" to be on campus after participants at a campus protest chanted "one solution, intifada, revolution" at a rally supporting the devastating Hamas terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of Israelis in Israel.

MIT students Liyam Chitayat and Lior Alon told Fox News Digital in interviews that after they contacted MIT’s administration to report the calls to violence being chanted from the protest and for concern for their own safety, they’ve yet to receive a substantial response.

Chitayat, a 19-year-old pursuing a Ph.D. on a prestigious scholarship and who previously served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), describes the rally cry as a call for the murder of Jews and the demolition of Israel.

"Intifada is not a call for resistance. Intifada is the name of acts of bombing and killing civilians in Israel in the Israel-Palestine conflict. It's the name of taking civilian lives in terrorist attacks in Israel. That is what intifada means. That is how it's defined," she said.

Fox News' Brianna Herlihy contributed to this report.

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Ex-NYT reporter blasts paper for spreading 'modern-day blood libel' after Gaza hospital coverage

The New York Times is being accused of "modern-day blood libel" by one of its former journalists after the Gray Lady botched its coverage of an explosion at a Gaza hospital by falsely attributing it to Israel.

Alison Leigh Cowan, a reporter and deputy business editor who spent 27 years at the Times, penned a scathing piece in Commentary magazine calling out her former employer for "callously, and somewhat blithely committ[ing] at least two grave journalistic errors in relation to Israel and Gaza" in the past week, telling readers "its brazen self-assuredness and moral blindness in moments like these is breaking my heart."

The first example she gave was the Times' rehiring of freelance videographer Soliman Hijjy, who was exposed last year of repeatedly praising Hitler on social media. The Times defended its decision to have Hijjy cover the current Israel-Hamas war telling Fox News Digital, "We reviewed problematic social media posts by Mr. Hijjy when they first came to light in 2022 and took a variety of actions to ensure he understood our concerns and could adhere to our standards if he wished to do freelance work for us in the future. Mr. Hijjy followed those steps and has maintained high journalistic standards. He has delivered important and impartial work at great personal risk in Gaza during this conflict."

Cowan knocked the Times' response, "Translation: we need all hands on deck now, and if we had to pester people about everything they had posted online since they were ten or make them forswear Nazism and other noxious ideologies before we allowed them to help shape our news report, we might disappoint readers awaiting their daily fix of news. So, quit asking about how the sausage gets made, unless you want to see more recipes and word games filling out pages where there should be news."

"'Journalistic ‘standards’ are good things, I agree, as are second chances for people who have seen the error of their ways. But this statement is evidence of an elementary lack of standards, not the re-imposition of them," she added.

Fox News' Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib triples down on Hamas hospital narrative, casts doubt on Biden admin findings

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., tripled down on the Hamas narrative that Israel was behind last week's explosion at a Gaza hospital, something that had already been debunked by both Israeli and U.S. intelligence.

"Media outlets and third-party analysts have raised doubts about claims and evidence offered by both Israel and the Gaza Ministry of Health, and I agree with the United Nations that an independent investigation is necessary," Tlaib told Haaretz on Monday. "I cannot uncritically accept Israel’s denials of responsibility as fact, especially in light of confirmation from the World Health Organization that Israel has bombed numerous medical facilities in Gaza and reports from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of ongoing threats from the Israeli military to evacuate hospital."

She continued, "Both the Israeli and United States governments have long, documented histories of misleading the public about wars and war crimes - like last year’s Israeli military assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh and the false claims of weapons of mass destruction that led our country into the Iraq War - and cannot clear themselves of responsibility without an independent international investigation. This debate should not distract us from the urgent need for a ceasefire to save innocent civilian lives."

Last week, Tlaib quickly condemned Israel after it was first reported that an Israeli airstrike killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians at a Gaza hospital.

"Israel just bombed the Baptist killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that," Tlaib wrote on X. "@POTUS this is what happens when you refuse to facilitate a ceasefire & help de-escalate. Your war and destruction only approach has opened my eyes and many Palestinian Americans and Muslims Americans like me. We will remember where you stood."

Initial reports were solely reliant on a statement from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry. However, evidence emerged that the origin of the explosion was from a misfired rocket within Gaza aimed at Israel from Hamas ally Islamic Jihad.

It was also revealed that the explosion mostly occurred in the parking lot of the hospital and that the death toll is estimated to be a small fraction of what Hamas first alleged.

Fox News' Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Blinken to meet with UN officials on Israel-Gaza conflict

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will head to the United Nations in New York City on Tuesday for a meeting on the Israel-Gaza conflict in the Middle East.

According to department spokesperson Matthew Miller, Blinken will go to New York City to participate in a United Nations Security Council Ministerial on the situation in the Middle East.

While there, Blinken will also meet with counterparts and UN officials, the spokesperson added.

The meeting is slated to start at 10 a.m. and the U.S. will likely present a draft resolution for a vote.

Posted by Greg Wehner

Biden claims Pope Francis 'on the same page' as US on Israel-Gaza war

President Biden said Pope Francis is "on the same page" when it comes to the Israel-Hamas conflict, adding that the pontiff endorsed his "game plan," according to reports.

Biden spoke about his conversation with the Pope during an event at the White House unrelated to the conflict, the New York Post reported.

"The pope and I are on the same page," Biden said. "He was very, very interested in what we were doing to deal with some of the crises that we are facing, particularly in Israel this time around."

Biden is only the second Catholic to hold the office of President in the U.S.

He said during the economy-focused event on Monday that he laid out what his game plan was with the middle east and how the U.S. “should be providing the kind of assistance to Israel that they needed.”

“And the pope was across the board supportive of what we’re doing,” he added.

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Israel-Hamas war: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin  spoke with the Israeli defense minister over the phone on Monday, as the U.S. continues to lend support to Israel during its war with Hamas.

"Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant by phone today to receive updates on Israel's operations to restore security following the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks," a press release from the Department of Defense read. "Secretary Austin underscored the importance of Israel's role in facilitating the humanitarian convoys Oct. 21-22 into Gaza and emphasized the importance of civilian protection."

"The two leaders also discussed the United States' continued provision of security assistance and reviewed actions the Department of Defense is taking to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war," the release added.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that the U.S. would not hesitate to respond to attacks on American troops as they help the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

"What we’re seeing is a prospect of a significant escalation of attacks on our troops and our people throughout the region," Blinken explained. "We’re going to do what’s necessary to make sure that our troops are in that position and they were protected and that we have the ability to respond." 

"We won't hesitate to take the appropriate action," he added.

Fox News Digital's Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

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U.S. officials predict 'significant escalation' against American troops amid Israel-Hamas war

Senior Pentagon officials predicted "significant escalation" of attacks against American troops in the Middle East during the Israel-Hamas war.

A senior defense official and a senior military official held a background briefing on Monday. Both officials referenced Iran as a malignant force.

"We see a prospect for much more significant escalation against U.S. forces and personnel in the near term," the defense official explained. "And let’s be clear about it: the road leads back to Iran."

The defense official also said that the Iranian government is currently equipping, funding and directing various Middle Eastern partners, including Lebanese Hezbollah militia groups.

"I think it’s fair to say when you see this uptick in activity in attacks by many of these groups, there’s Iranian fingerprints all over it," the defense official said. 

Fox News Digital's Greg Wehner contributed to this report.

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Veteran non-profit helping hundreds of Americans stranded in Israel

A U.S. veteran non-profit organization is currently trying to rescue hundreds of trapped Americans in Israel.

The Special Operations Association of America (SOAA), which is based in Washington, D.C., has been working out of Tel Aviv to assist the stranded citizens. The SOAA is working to identify and reach the Americans who are still stranded amid the Israel-Hamas war.

The operations are being conducted by veteran volunteers working around the clock six days a week. Some of them only get one or two hours of sleep per night.

"We’re in contact with those American citizens trapped in Gaza and providing updates to official channels, keeping them calm, and staying prepared to move them to safety based on intelligence," Executive Director of SOAA David Cook said.

"With Hamas currently in control of Gaza it is incredibly dangerous to evacuate trapped Americans," Cook added. "We’re working with local authorities and the State Department to make sure Americans reach safety, but to do this without risk of innocent life we are favoring a slightly slower, but more deliberate and safe response."

Fox News Digital's Greg Wehner contributed to this report.

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Israel-Hamas war: Who are the two Israeli hostages released today?

Two Israeli hostages named Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, and Nurit Cooper, 79, were released by Hamas terrorists on Monday, officials say.

The two women were kidnapped from their houses in Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7. Both of the women's husbands are still being held as hostages - Amiram Cooper, 85, and Oded Lifshitz, 83.

According to a statement released by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Office, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) acted "in all channels" to "overcome the many obstacles Hamas has laid" and secure the women's release.

"After they were transferred to the hands of the IDF, they are making their way to a medical center in Israel who is prepared for them and where their family members await them," the statement read. "We thank Egypt for the assistance and the Red Cross for their important role as life savers."

"The government of Israel, IDF and the security establishment, will continue to act to the best of their abilities to trace all missing and return all hostages back home," Netanyahu's press release added.

Fox News's Yael Rotem-Kuriel contributed to this report.

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President Biden on a ceasefire deal: 'We should have those hostages released, and then we can talk'

President Biden said that the U.S. "can talk" about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas once hostages are released from Gaza, as the war between Israel and Hamas terrorists goes on.

After Biden walked away from the podium following a Monday press conference, a reporter shouted "Is the U.S. supporting a hostages for a ceasefire deal?"

"We should have a ceasefire...not a ceasefire - we should have those hostages released and then we can talk," Biden replied.

At least 200 people were taken hostage by Hamas terrorists and forcibly brought into Gaza since October 7. Biden, along with European leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, has called for the urgent release of all hostages.

"The leaders reiterated their support for Israel and its right to defend itself against terrorism and called for adherence to international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians," a joint statement from the leaders read. The statement, which was released on Sunday, also requested the "immediate release of all remaining hostages."

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Israel-Hamas war: Two Israeli hostages released from Gaza as fighting continues

An Israeli source has confirmed to Fox News that two Israeli hostages have been released from Gaza, as the war between Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continues.

The hostages were reportedly released after Qatari mediation efforts, according to an additional source.

More than 1400 Israelis have been killed since the war began on October 7, with at least 200 hostages taken into Gaza by Hamas fighters.

Palestinian authorities estimate that over 5,000 of their citizens have been killed so far, with nearly 16,000 injured.

Fox News's Trey Yingst contributed to this report.

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Israel names 5 top Hamas commanders eliminated since October 7 assault

Israel says it has killed five commanders of a key Hamas military group in the 17 days since the war broke out in the region.

The IDF says each of the commanders was a member of the Hamas Aerial Array, which operates a variety of weapons against the State of Israel and played a significant role in the October 7 massacre.

Israel identified the commanders as Murad Abu Murad, Commander of the Hamas Aerial Array in Gaza City; Moed' Abdel Rahman, Head of Hamas Training Portfolio in Gaza City; Othman Hamdan, Aerial Defense Officer of Hamas’ Zabra Tel Elhua Battalion; Machud El Rifi, Hamas Weapons Supply Manager in Gaza City, and Essan Shalouf, Head of Training for the Hamas Aerial Defense Array in northern Gaza.

Israel has so far restricted itself to launching airstrikes against Hamas installations in Gaza, but the military appears poised for a ground assault as well. Military experts say such an operation is the only way to ensure the destruction of Hamas, which is Israel's stated goal.

Posted by Anders Hagstrom

Gov. Larry Hogan cuts ties with Harvard over 'dangerous anti-Semitism'

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has withdrawn his offer to participate in fellowships at Harvard this fall, citing "dangerous anti-Semitism" that has spread across the campus.

Hogan, a Republican, made the announcement Monday on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. The move comes after dozens of Harvard student organizations and staff blamed Israel for the October 7 Hamas attack that left at least 1,400 people murdered.

"This morning, I informed Harvard that I must withdraw my offer to participate in fellowships this Fall. I cannot condone the dangerous anti-Semitism that has taken root on their campus," Hogan wrote.

Harvard University has been the center of controversy ever since the Hamas attack on Israel, with pro-Palestinian student groups releasing a joint statement claiming Israel was "entirely responsible" for Hamas’ attack. It said, "Today's events did not occur in a vacuum. For the last two decades, millions of Palestinians in Gaza have been forced to live in an open-air prison."

Fox News' Gabriel Hayes contributed to this report.

Posted by Anders Hagstrom

Israeli firepower striking targets deeper in Lebanon as it warns Hezbollah to stay out of conflict

Conflict between Israel and Hezbollah continues to escalate this week as Israel began hitting Hezbollah targets deeper in Lebanon.

Israeli forces have warned Hezbollah not to join Hamas' war against Israel, vowing to destroy the terrorist organization if it does. The Iran-backed group has continued to fire missiles into Northern Israel since Hamas' October 7 assault.

Israel would be faced with a true two-front war should the conflcit escalate, with Hamas to the south and Hezbollah to the north.

The U.S. has joined Israel in threatening both Iran and Hezbollah with retaliation should they intervene. The U.S. has stationed two aircraft carrier strike groups in the Eastern Mediterranean to assist Israel should it need them.

Posted by Anders Hagstrom

New York Times admits it relied 'too heavily' on Hamas claims in report on Gaza hospital explosion

The New York Times admitted on Monday that "editors should have taken more care with the initial presentation" of the explosion that occurred at a Gaza hospital last week after the paper "relied too heavily on claims by Hamas."

Much of the legacy media has egg on its face for allowing the Hamas-backed Gaza Health Ministry to set the initial framing of the story, as Hamas’ claim that Israel was at fault was widely parroted. The Israel Defense Forces determined the blast was caused by a rocket misfire launched by Islamic Jihad, another terrorist organization active in Gaza. President Biden, based on evidence from the IDF and U.S. intelligence, has publicly said Israel was not to blame. 

The New York Times published a lengthy editor’s note on Monday explaining its mistakes.

Read more from Fox News' Brian Flood

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Iran-backed militias in Iraq claim responsibility for attack on US military base in Syria

Two U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News a base housing U.S. troops in Syria was attacked by drones Monday morning.

The officials say no injuries have been reported. Iran-backed militias in Iraq claimed they were responsible for the attack, which took place in southeastern Syria. The attack is at least the fourth time a U.S. base has come under drone attack in the Middle East since Hamas launched its assault on Israel on October 7. A U.S. base in Iraq was also struck last week.

The U.S. currently has about 900 U.S. forces in Syria and 2,500 troops in Iraq, U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News.

U.S. forces in the region remain on high alert amid Israel's war against Hamas. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has set aside 2,000 U.S. troops to be prepared to intervene in the conflict if necessary.

Fox News' Liz Friden contributed to this report.

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Professor warns that Israel-Hamas conflict has ingredients for 'World War III'

Foreign policy expert Prof. Kiron Skinner warned that the Israel-Hamas war has all the ingredients to potentially lead to a "World War III" on Monday.

Skinner made the comments on Fox News, saying various factors may lead a widespread regional conflict in the Middle East, which could escalate into a global conflict. She pointed to Iran's threats to get involved in the war, which could in turn trigger a response from the U.S.

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How Pro-Palestinians are using ‘Algospeak’ to dodge social media scrutiny and disseminate hate

Have you ever seen a post on social media that uses emojis, asterisks or code words to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? If so, you might have encountered what some activists call "Algospeak" – a secret language that helps them evade social media policies and algorithms.

"Algospeak" is a term recently coined to describe strategically modified language to evade algorithmic detection. At its core, "Algospeak" involves altering language with a collection of phrases, special spellings and code words that pro-Palestinian activists use to prevent their posts from being removed or suppressed by social media companies.

For example, they might use "terrier" instead of "terrorist," "P*les+in1ans" instead of "Palestinians," or "violin" instead of "violence."

Read more from Fox News' Kurt Knutsson

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IDF member describes Hamas 'evil' witnessed with his own eyes

An IDF soldier joined Fox News to describe scnes of carnage he witnessed in Southern Israel following the October 7 attack by Hamas on Monday.

The IDF special forces member, who spoke with Fox under the name "Nimrod" says he saw scores of bodies in the streets, with many of the women having been raped.

He described one incident in which a group of Israelis were hding in a bomb shelter. Hamas militants soon found them, and the terrorists pulled one woman out, saying she would be set aside for rape. The terrorists then threw two grenades insde the shelter, "killing everyone."

Israel is now poised for a ground invasion fo the Gaza Strip, though no timeline has been offered.

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FOX News visits Israeli town brutally terrorized by Hamas

Fox News foreign correspondent Trey Yingst led a Fox News crew to an Israeli village that had been brutalized in Hamas' October 7 attack on Monday.

Footage from the scene shows bloodstained floors, bullet holes and broken shelter doors--evidence of Hamas' crimes during its surprise attack 17 days ago. Yingst says residents of some of the homes were executed at point blank range by Hamas terrorists, while others were burned.

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Journalists react with horror after Israel shares footage of October 7 Hamas assault

The Israeli government shared footage of Hamas' October 7 terror attack with roughly 100 journalists on Monday, prompting horrific descriptions on social media.

Israel has chosen not to release the footage publicly out of respect for the families of the victims, but journalists described horrific scenes of brutality and violence. Footage reportedly showed Hamas terrorists murder a father in front of his two sons in one instance. Another showed a militant bragging to his mother about having killed 10 Jews, having called her on the phone of a dead victim.

Israel's release of footage comes as its military is poised for a ground invasion of Gaza. Israeli Defense Forces have remained mustered on the Gaza border for more than a week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to "destroy" Hamas, but has offered no timeline for when an invasion might begin.

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Son of Hamas founder says mainstream media 'afraid' to label group a genocidal religious movement

The son of a Hamas founder  said Hamas is even more dangerous than ISIS on Monday, claiming the mainstream media is afraid to call it a genocidal religious movement for fear of igniting a full-on religious war.

"It's their own comparison to say Hamas and ISIS because I think Hamas is a lot more dangerous," Mosab Hassan Yousef told "FOX & Friends."

"Look at the division and the global confusion because of Hamas. They brought us to our knees somehow by their brutality and their barbarism. Brutality is even understating Hamas' acts. Hamas is a religious movement, and they are a raging religious movement against Israel. The mainstream media cannot say this, because they are afraid to ignite a religious war. And what I say, it already is. They want to annihilate the Jewish people because they are Jewish people, because they are a Jewish state."

Yousef, who renounced the terrorist group and became an informant for Israel's internal security service Shin Bet in the 1990s, said Hamas couldn't be negotiated with since it wasn't a national or political movement.

Read more from Fox News' David Rutz

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AOC accuses Israel of responding to Hamas attack with 'war crimes'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. insisted that she was not defending Hamas as she accused Israel of committing war crimes on Sunday.

Ocasio-Cortez appeared on MSNBC’s "The Mehdi Hasan Show" to defend her position of calling for a ceasefire following Hamas’ attack against Israel on Oct. 7. When asked whether Israel had a right to defend itself, she argued that "war crimes" are not the appropriate response.

She began, "I think one of the things that’s important to recognize about this situation is the asymmetry of what is going on as well as the collective punishment of what is happening to the Palestinian people at this moment. Hamas has absolutely engaged in horrific attacks. Every single day there are more details that are released about what occurred on October 7th that shocks the human consciousness and shocks our conscience, our collective conscience."

"However we do know as well that war crimes do not constitute and are not an appropriate response for other war crimes," Ocasio-Cortez explained.

"It is inacceptable to think that 1700 Palestinian children alone, their deaths will somehow make up or justify the violence of what we saw on October 7th."

Read more from Fox News' Lindsay Kornick

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Netanyahu: If Hezbollah launches war on Israel and invades 'it will make the mistake of its life'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  issued an open warning against Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which operates in Lebanon, discouraging them from invading Israel as his country is widely expected to launch a ground offensive in Gaza. The expected ground invasion follows Hamas’ brutal Oct. 7 rampage into southern Israeli communities.

While visiting troops in northern Israel on Sunday, Netanyahu said if Hezbollah were to launch a war and invade Israel, "it will make the mistake of its life. We will cripple it with a force it cannot even imagine, and the consequences for it and the Lebanese state will be devastating."

Hezbollah, which is armed with tens of thousands of rockets, has teased aggressions with Israel, even firing anti-tank missiles into northern Israel and targeting military outposts. Israel has evacuated thousands of civilians near the northern border as a precaution.

More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed. The total mostly consists of civilians slain during the initial Hamas attack. At least 222 people have been captured and dragged back to Gaza, including foreigners, according to Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Read more from Fox News' Lawrence Richard

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There is no other option than to eliminiate Hamas: Israel consulate spokesperson

Israel has no other option than to fully eliminate Hamas and its influence in Gaza, an Israeli consulate officials said Monday.

The official, Itay Milner, appeared on Fox News on Monday to discuss Israel's ongoing war against Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to "destroy" Hamas, calling them "bloody monsters" following their October 7 attack on Israel.

Milner went on to say that a potential conflict between Israel and Hezbollah to the north would be far more severe than the ongoing war. Hezbollah, an Iran-back terrorist group, has far greater access to support than Hamas and is much more powerful.

"We are preparing for any scenario, and I can assure you that if they do try to start a war with Israel that, as the prime minister said, that would be the biggest mistake that they've ever done," Milner said.

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Biden admin reportedly urged Israel to delay ground invasion to buy time for hostage talks

President Biden's administration urged Israel to delay its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip followi Hamas' unprecedented October 7 assault.

Administration officials say they recommended the delay in hopes to buy time for further hostage negotiations, according to the New York Times.

The officials reportedly said no ultimatums were made, however, and the U.S. would still fully support Israel if it were to move forward with a ground invasion.

Israel's military has been positioned for a ground invasion of Gaza for more than a week, unleashing an onslaught of airstrikes on Hamas positions.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has predicted that any invasion of Gaza would be defined by slow movement, IEDs, and booby-traps as Hamas terrorists have had ample time to prepare for an invasion.

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Blinken warns US 'won't hesitate' to get involved in Israel-Hamas war if line is crossed

The United States is poised to get involved in the Israel-Hamas war should the conflict escalate into regional forces intentionally targeting American personnel, senior officials said.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday that the U.S. expects Iranian proxies to seek opportunities to escalate the Israel-Hamas war and asserted that the Biden administration is prepared to respond accordingly if American civilians or armed forces become targets.

"This is not what we want, not what we're looking for. We don't want escalation," Blinken said. "We don't want to see our forces or our personnel come under fire. But if that happens, we're ready for it."

Austin added: "What we’re seeing is a prospect of a significant escalation of attacks on our troops and our people throughout the region. We’re going to do what’s necessary to make sure that our troops are in that position and they were protected and that we have the ability to respond." He affirmed that the U.S. has the right to defend itself and said, "We won't hesitate to take the appropriate action."

Austin also said the U.S. would continue to increase its presence in the region to "send another message to those who would seek to widen this conflict."

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Pro-Hamas protests have European politicians worried as US watches closely

Pro-Hamas protests popping up in the streets of Europe and in certain U.S. cities are sparking new debates over what critics have called misguided multiculturalism, failed integration, underfunded police forces and unchecked immigration.

Outbreaks of alleged antisemitism targeting Israel unfolded among some pro-Palestinian protesters in London and in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday as demonstrators chanted the controversial slogan "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free."

An estimated 100,000 demonstrators turned out in London to align themselves with the Palestinian cause - a section of some seemingly in favor of Hamas, whose stated aims are to eradicate Israel and murder Jews.

U.K. Home Secretary Suella Braverman termed the slogan "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" as antisemitic, noting that the language is "widely understood to call for the destruction of Israel." Braverman’s governmental office is comparable to the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security.

Robert Jenrick, the U.K. immigration minister, took pro-Palestinians to task for chanting "jihad" on the streets of the British capital. He said they are "inciting terrorist violence" by invoking the oft-cited battle cry by radical Islamists.

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Israeli speaks out after brother-in-law killed by Hamas: 'Don't think the media is doing a good job'

Israeli Idan Rakovsky spoke to Fox News Digital after his brother-in-law, Avidan Tordjman, was killed by Hamas members in the infamous October 7 attacks. He criticized international media — both left-wing and right-wing — for its treatment of the Israel-Hamas war.

"How would the average American, or Canadian, or British, or French — doesn't matter now — How would he or she respond to [an event] 20 times 9/11 in one day?" Rakovsky said of the October 7 attacks by Hamas that left at least 1,400 Israelis killed, with at least 199 others being taken hostage by Hamas into Gaza.

"That's what we're going through right now," Rakovsky said, again comparing the shock and tragedy of the Hamas attacks on Israelis and other citizens at a festival on the Gaza-Israel border to 9/11. "So seeing the coverage outside of Israel is very, very hard," he said.

"I can tell you that we are already used to it, unfortunately," he said. "So it doesn't really bother us anymore. We know that Israel is strong for itself and that we have no one to rely on [but] ourselves. And that's that's fine with us. And that's why we need to be as strong as we can." 

Rakovsky responded directly to the media coverage of the Gaza hospital bombing, which has sparked intense debate online as outlets, including CBS and The New York Times, received criticism for suggesting that Israel was to blame.

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The Jewish vote may swing Republican in 2024 as Israel war continues, experts say

Jewish-Americans may be more likely to vote for Republican candidates in 2024 as stances from some Democratic canddiates on the Israel-Hamas war push them away.

Division among Democrats over the war is likely to have a meaningful effect on the presidential race down to local congressional races, insiders and several Jewish voters told Fox News Digital.

Multiple House Democrats – including Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and other members of the far-left "Squad" – have taken aim at President Biden and Democrat leadership over their support for Israel.

"I have not seen this kind of a shift – at least a discussed shift, obviously no one's voted yet – since 1980," Jake Novak, the former media director at the Israeli Consulate in New York, told Fox News Digital. "In 1980, Jimmy Carter still won a majority of the Jewish vote, but it was way down from '76. There were a lot of Jewish voters who were disappointed in him."

Sixty-four percent of Jewish voters in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center, identify as Democrats or left-leaning while 26% consider themselves Republicans or right-leaning. Another 9% do not lean left or right, the think tank's data shows.

Despite the gap in support for Democrats over Republicans from Jewish Americans, Novak, a political analyst, said he expects there to be "significant change" in how the demographic votes next year.

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Netanyahu offers deadly warning to Hezbollah as Israel prepares for Gaza invasion

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an open warning to the Iran-backed terrorists of Hezbollah on Monday, discouraging them from invading Israel from the north as his country is widely expected to launch a ground offensive in Gaza.

The expected ground invasion follows Hamas’ brutal Oct. 7 rampage into southern Israeli communities. While visiting troops in northern Israel on Sunday, Netanyahu said if Hezbollah were to launch a war and invade Israel from Lebanon, "it will make the mistake of its life. We will cripple it with a force it cannot even imagine, and the consequences for it and the Lebanese state will be devastating."

Hezbollah, which is armed with tens of thousands of rockets, has teased aggressions with Israel, even firing anti-tank missiles into northern Israel and targeting military outposts. Israel has evacuated thousands of civilians near the northern border as a precaution.

More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed. The total mostly consists of civilians slain during the initial Hamas attack. At least 222 people have been captured and dragged back to Gaza, including foreigners, according to Fox News' Yael Kuriel.

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Israeli forces struck 320 Hamas military targets over 24-hour period: IDF

The Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli Securities Authority announced that Israeli forces have struck more than 320 Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip within the past day.

"Over the past day, the IDF continued to strike terror infrastructure and military targets in the Gaza Strip," the IDF and ISA said in a statement. "Following ISA and IDF intelligence, the terror targets struck included tunnels containing Hamas terrorists, dozens of operational command centers, some of which concealed Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, military compounds, and observation posts."

"Furthermore, the IDF struck targets that posed a threat to forces in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip who are preparing for ground operations, including dozens of mortar shell and anti-tank missile launch posts," the statement continued. "Overnight, an IDF tank thwarted a number of terrorist cells, including an anti-tank missile cell."

Since Hamas launched its Oct. 7 attack, more than 5,700 people have been killed in Gaza and Israel and thousands more have been wounded.

As of Monday morning, the number of people taken hostage by Hamas has reached 222.

Fox News' Yael Kuriel contributed to this report.

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