Israel’s CNN-touted claims Hamas ‘beheaded babies’ proven false.
The claim that babies were beheaded by Palestinian militants during an attack over the weekend was debunked by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which were unable to verify the abhorrent information.
Tuesday, a military representative confirmed this to The Intercept, emphasizing that although they were unable to affirm it officially, it should be presumed to have occurred.
A spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Tal Heinrich, reaffirmed the news despite the lack of substantiation by the IDF. This highlights the potential for unverified reports to enter the annals of history.
This accusation is merely one among several horrifying stories that have surfaced since Israeli forces retook control of Hamas-held cities.
Israel used the allegations of Hamas atrocities against civilians as justification to commence an extensive aerial bombardment operation in the densely populated Gaza Strip.
White House forced to rectify Biden’s fake claim of ‘beheaded babies’
On October 11, the White House felt obligated to backtrack a statement made earlier that day by US President Joe Biden, in which he claimed to have seen “confirmed pictures” of Palestinian militants “beheading children” in Israel. Biden had claimed to have seen such pictures.
A National Security official indicated to NPR later on Wednesday evening that Biden’s remark was “in reference to media reports.” An official from the White House was simultaneously quoted by CNN as saying that “neither Biden nor the administration had seen these images.”
Nicole Zedeck, a reporter for the Israeli broadcaster i24News, started the outrageous claim on Tuesday, saying that an army commander informed her of the discovery of forty beheaded infants in the “Kfar Aza” settlement, some of which had been “beheaded by terrorists.”
Following this, Zedeck contradicted her claims via social media, stating, “Soldiers informed me that they believe forty infants or children were murdered.”
The Israeli military has stated that it is unable to verify Zedeck’s claims but has emphasized, “You can assume it occurred and accept the report as fact.”
False news has flooded western headlines since Saturday, when Operation Al-Aqsa Flood commenced, concerning the activities of Palestinian resistance fighters who breached the barrier separating them from Gaza in order to confront the settlers and soldiers who have occupied their land for over seventy-five years.
“Savages beheaded infants in a massacre,” the front page of the UK Sun proclaimed, devoid of any substantiating evidence. The Times reported that during the massacre, Hamas “cut the throat of babies,” while the Telegraph cited an Israeli commander as saying, “They severed the heads of women and children” but added that it was unable to corroborate the claim.
An additional provocative headline that was disproven is the extensively disseminated assertion that Israeli Shani Louk was “raped alongside the remains of her murdered companions” prior to her demise at the hands of Hamas.
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