More details have been released about what Hamas did, this time relating to sexual violence. And the worst part is, to someone familiar with previous genocides, it's familiar. It's the same hatred, the same dehumanisation taken out on women and girls of a community the murderers believe to be subhuman to the point they symbolically target their ability to reproduce on top of just murdering them.
Anyone familiar with the details of the Armenian genocide knows that one way the Turks murdered Armenian women was by cutting their breasts off. There's testimony of multiple cases of this, including this being done to a woman as her husband and two small children were also mutilated.
Likewise mutilation of genitals, male and female, is a common feature of genocides. We've seen it in Ukraine, with Russians castrating Ukrainian men and injecting industrial sealant into the vaginas of Ukrainian women with the explicit intent of stopping them being able to bear children. In the Nanjing Massacre, Japanese soldiers forced bayonets and other sharp objects into the vaginas of Chinese women and children. A victim of the October 7th massacre was found with a knife forced into her vagina, and another, who had been pregnant, with her fetus cut out of her.
This is familiar to anyone who has studied the history of genocide, and yet it happened in 2023, and the perpetrators are making it clear to anyone who asks them that they want to do it again and again until no Jews remain in Israel.
ETA: I know this is harrowing, but f.ck it, people need to know what Hamas are and why they cannot be left in power. I find even knowing about this sort of evil corrosive to the soul, and yet even more morally exhausting is engaging with people who feel entitled to an opinion but just don't know the first f.cking thing about what they are talking about - IvanV managing to depict Arab actions in the last month or so of 1947 onwards as a reaction to (proto)Israeli actions that hadn't even happened yet because he didn't know the most basic chronology and thought (proto)Israeli actions that didn't take place until April or so of 1948 took place in 1947 is an example from this forum but there are far, far worse examples from other parts of the internet. I see thousands and thousands of people agreeing with preposterous nonsense like claims there are Jews living peacefully in Gaza just that they are non-Zionist, or that Israel ethnically cleansed its "Brown" Jews into the West Bank and Gaza, or the prevailing and utterly fictional narratives that Palestinian Arabs welcomed and sheltered Jews from the Holocaust and then got betrayed, with the attendant antisemitic construct of the Perfidious Jew, and the narrative that there was a sovereign state of Palestine until in 1947 the Europeans felt very sorry for the Holocaust and so handed half that imaginary state to a bunch of Jews fresh of the boats from Poland and Brooklyn.
It is corrosive to the soul to know the history of hatred, but understanding it really ought to be a f.cking prerequisite to having an opinion on the subject.