Tag - israel-hamas-war



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hugs U.S. President Joe Biden upon his arrival at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Wednesday. Biden's visit to Israel represents a solidarity visit following Hamas attacks that have led to major Israeli reprisals.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 18, 2023
Biden in Israel says hospital blast appears done by ‘other team’
"I’m deeply saddened and outraged by the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday," Biden said.
Hamas fighters take part in a military parade in Gaza on July 19 to mark the anniversary of the 2014 war with Israel.
Oct 18, 2023
What pushed Hamas to launch its boldest attack ever?
Nothing justifies Hamas' brutality, but analyzing its motivations and goals is the first step to unpacking the present crisis.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping head to a group photo session during the third Belt and Road forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.
Oct 18, 2023
Putin visits Xi as leaders look to leverage growing global rift
The move was a clear signal of how Moscow has increasingly turned to Beijing for trade and political support as it seeks to circumvent Western sanctions.
Children sit in the back of an ambulance at Shifa Hospital after hundreds of Palestinians were killed in an explosion at Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza on Tuesday. Israeli and Palestinian officials blamed on each other for the blast.
Oct 18, 2023
Hundreds reported killed in blast at a Gaza hospital
Israel and Hamas traded blame for the tragedy, which inflamed the region just as U.S. President Joe Biden was set to arrive in Israel.
A Palestinian with dual citizenship waits outside the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the hope of getting permission to leave Gaza, on Tuesday.
Oct 18, 2023
What is the Rafah border crossing and why is Egypt keeping it shut?
The crossing is the sole route for aid to enter Gaza directly from outside Israel and the only exit that does not lead to Israeli territory.
Palestinians gather at the site of Israeli strikes on houses in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 18, 2023
Japan asks Iran to play role to defuse Israel-Hamas war
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa also pledged $10 million in humanitarian aid for civilians in the Gaza Strip.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during a ceremony at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Tuesday.
Oct 17, 2023
Putin arrives in China to meet 'dear friend' Xi
China this week welcomes representatives of 130 countries for a forum on Xi's vast trade and infrastructure Belt and Road Initiative.
Various student and left-wing organizations march in support of Palestinians in New Delhi on Monday.
Oct 17, 2023
Hamas' war and what it means for India
Some strategic thinkers are calling for a broader "Indo-Abrahamic Alliance" that includes not only the I2U2 but also Egypt and Saudi Arabia
Palestinian refugees flee to Rafah, in southern Gaza, after Israeli airstrikes on Friday.
Oct 17, 2023
Japan must uphold humanitarianism in the Middle East
War cries from Israel and Hamas must be met with appeals for the defense of human life, a position Japan has historically held.
People walk into Jerusalem's Old City via Jaffa Gate, as the conflict wreaks havoc across the tourism sector.
Oct 17, 2023
Israeli-Palestinian tourism sector hit hard by conflict
"Business is at a standstill since the war started," said a tour guide in the Palestinian city. "The roads were cut off, no one is coming."
Oil storage tanks in the Keihin industrial area in Kanagawa Prefecture. Japan relies on the Middle East for over 95% of its oil.
Oct 17, 2023
Japan still relies on Middle East oil 50 years on from crisis
Japan's alternative oil suppliers, such as Indonesia, have seen their ability to export reduced by their own economic growth.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the 78th U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 17, 2023
Biden to visit Israel as Gaza war sparks humanitarian crisis
Biden's visit will mark a significant show of U.S. support for its top Middle East ally.
Smoke billows after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday.
Oct 16, 2023
Japan and Australia postpone security talks amid Israel-Hamas war
Canberra has told Tokyo that it now needs to prioritize the protection of Australian citizens and consider responses to situations in the Middle East.
Israeli soldiers inspect the burned cars of festival-goers who were attacked and massacred by Hamas militants near the border with the Gaza Strip on Oct. 7
Oct 16, 2023
The real dividing line between Israel and Palestine
The choice is not between hard-line factions; it is between the fundamentalists on both sides and all those who still believe in the possibility of peace.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the Human Rights Campaign national dinner in Washington on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Biden considers Israel visit, while warning against Gaza occupation
The U.S. leader also acknowledged concerns voiced by Palestinians in Gaza and Arab leaders across the region over Israel's moves.
A ball of fire and smoke rises during an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Gaza border crossing set to reopen before Israeli ground assault
Hundreds of metric tons of aid from several countries have been held up in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula for days, pending a deal for its safe delivery to Gaza.
A Palestinian woman with a foreign passport waits at the Rafah gate hoping to cross into Egypt as Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip continues on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Foreign nationals in desperate wait to escape war-torn Gaza
Foreign passport holders have been stuck in the territory, which is currently facing heavy Israeli bombardment.
Israeli soldiers organize armored personnel  near the border with Lebanon on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
After Iran warning, Washington pushes to avert wider Israel war
The ramped-up moves come amid concerns that an invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces could prompt Iran to enter the conflict.
Palestinians carry empty bottles and containers as they look for water at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Gazans struggle without water as Israel strikes south of enclave
The U.N. estimates that about 1 million people have been displaced since Israel began a relentless aerial bombardment of the coastal strip.
Palestinians in Gaza City evacuate after an Israeli airstrike on Oct 9.
Oct 13, 2023
The spiral of violence that led to Hamas
If Palestinians are ever to regain the moral high ground, they must hope for the destruction of Hamas.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals