Ahmad Khatib has been in the news for some negative reasons after he was accused of ripping off posters of Israeli civilians. We will be exploring all the interesting details about that in this write up.
Who is Ahmad Khatib?
Ahmad Khatib is an architectural consultant known as the Chief executive officer of Iksa Group, a firm located in Brooklyn, a suburb of New York, United States of America.
Ahmad Khatib was listed online as having studied architectural technology at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY).
What did Ahmad Khatib do?
Ahmad Khatib, a CEO at Iksa Group in NYC, has been reported to have ripped down posters of Israeli civilians kidnapped by Hamas terrorists and held hostage in Gaza. When he was confronted, he claimed, “You have to have a licence to do this”
There have been serious issues surrounding the ripping of posters since the beginning of the ongoing tension between Israel and Hamas and it has generated several controversies on various social media platforms.
Israel and Hamas War: How Did It Start?
On October 7, 2023, Palestinian militant groups, mainly Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, along with other groups such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, launched a major attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip with a rocket barrage and vehicle-transported attacks across the border on Israeli communities.
Following the Hamas attack on Israel, the protest group identified as Kaplan Force had cancelled its planned protest against the Israeli judicial reform scheduled for October 7, instead extending support to the IDF amidst the crisis. Other protest groups, like Forum 555 and Brothers in Arms, also urged reservists to serve if called up. Some construction sites in Jerusalem prohibited Israeli Arabs from entering, including senior managers, stating that only Jews and foreign workers were permitted.
The conflict actually originated with the election of the Islamist political party Hamas in 2005 and 2006 in the Gaza Strip and escalated with the split of the Palestinian Authority Palestinian government into the Fatah government in the West Bank and the Hamas government in Gaza and the violent ousting of Fatah after Fatah lost the election to Hamas.
Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, and the joint Egyptian-Israeli blockade of Gaza have exacerbated the conflict. The international community considers attacks on civilians and civilian structures that do not discriminate between civilians and military targets illegal under international law. Also, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Israel remains an occupying power under international law.