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Gaza war: a better understanding of the violence on both sides might give us a chance at a solution

By Torbjörn Tännsjö, Professor of Practical Philosophy, Stockholm University
Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7 marked the beginning of a fresh round of conflict between Israel and Palestine. But it also raises the question of how we should assess Hamas’s terrible crime and whether and how it can be put into context compared with other war crimes committed by other parties.

Many people believe that we should not “relativise” it (or any other terrible terrorist action). But comparing horrific acts and putting then into context allows us both to understand them and to arrive at a reasonable ethical judgment.

This seems to be the view also of the…The Conversation

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