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Matthew Hoh On Israel-Palestine, The Recent Hamas Attacks & Israeli Crimes


Matthew Hoh returned to the show for the 6th time, this time for a conversation about Israel-Palestine and the recent attacks/conflict. We spoke about The Recent Hamas Attacks, Hamas, Israel's Response, Settlers, Apartheid, Israeli Crimes and more.




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Bio - Matthew has been a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy since 2010. In 2009, Matthew resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan with the State Department over the American escalation of the war. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Matthew took part in the American occupation of Iraq; first in 2004-5 in Salah ad Din Province with a State Department reconstruction and governance team and then in 2006-7 in Anbar Province as a Marine Corps company commander. When not deployed, Matthew worked on Afghanistan and Iraq war policy and operations issues at the Pentagon and State Department from 2002-8. - Center for International Policy | Matthew Hoh


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Matt's Ukraine Articles


A War Long Wanted Many in Brussels, DC, Kyiv, London and Moscow have desired this war for decades MATTHEW HOH JUN 5, 2023 - https://matthewhoh.substack.com/p/a-war-long-wanted?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2


No Other Option: Eastern Ukraine Must Be Destroyed To Save It In the war's second year, it is clear Russia had options other than ruinous invasion and occupation. MATTHEW HOH JUN 27, 2023 - https://matthewhoh.substack.com/p/no-other-option-eastern-ukraine-must?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2


A Force for Peace in The New York Times Our full page ad today urging diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine MATTHEW HOH MAY 17, 2023 - https://matthewhoh.substack.com/p/a-force-for-peace-in-the-new-york?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2


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"While I was deployed, I went to bed at night believing that I was protecting the homeland because coming after me and my fellow Marines was a much easier commute for those so hell-bent on killing Americans. But that argument no longer makes sense if my war has inspired enemies at home." I could justify fighting in Afghanistan — until the Boston bombing The Washington Post April 26th 2013








"After more than three years of civil war, there are hundreds of militias fighting President Bashar al-Assad — and one another. Among them, even the more secular forces have turned to Islamists for support and weapons over the years, and the remaining moderate rebels often fight alongside extremists like the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.“There’s a lot of skepticism about this piece of the president’s strategy,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “The so-called moderate rebels have often been very immoderate and ineffective.” US Pins Hope on Syrian Rebels With Loyalties All over the Map,” New York Times, September 11, 2014



"2. Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle" Right of peoples to self-determination – GA resolution 35/35. Importance of the universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination and of the speedy granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights United Nations United Nations resolution 35/35 of 14 November 1980





"No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited. Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited." GENEVA CONVENTION RELATIVE TO THE PROTECTION OF CIVILIAN PERSONS IN TIME OF WAR OF 12 AUGUST 1949 UN Article 33






















"In Syria, if the choice is between Iran and the Islamic State, I choose the Islamic State. They don’t have the capabilities that Iran has" Israeli defense minister: If I had to choose between Iran and ISIS, I’d choose ISIS By Adam Taylor January 19, 2016 The Washington Post - Times of Israel


"The initial message about the Syrian issue was that we always wanted [President] Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran,” he said. This was the case, he said, even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated to al-Qaida. “We understand that they are pretty bad guys,” he said, adding that this designation did not apply to everyone in the Syrian opposition. “Still, the greatest danger to Israel is by the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut. And we saw the Assad regime as the keystone in that arc. That is a position we had well before the outbreak of hostilities in Syria. With the outbreak of hostilities we continued to want Assad to go.” 'Israel wanted Assad gone since start of Syria civil war' SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the US Michael Oren told The Jerusalem Post in a parting interview


"Nusra Front, however, hasn’t bothered Israel since seizing the border area last summer—and some of its severely wounded fighters are regularly taken across the frontier fence to receive treatment in Israeli hospitals… Only about one-third of the Syrians treated in Israel, however, were women and children. An Israeli military official acknowledged that most of the rebels on the other side of the fence belong to Nusra but said that Israel offered medical help to anyone in need, without checking their identity. “We don’t ask who they are, we don’t do any screening…Once the treatment is done, we take them back to the border and they go on their way,” he said." Al Qaeda a Lesser Evil? Syria War Pulls U.S., Israel Apart Mountaintop on edge of Golan Heights illustrates complexities. WSJ March 12th 2015


"Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” said Moatasem al-Golani, spokesman for the rebel group Fursan al-Joulan, or Knights of the Golan. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance." Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian RebelsFighters near Golan Heights in Syria receive cash and humanitarian help By Rory Jones WSJ June 18, 2017









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