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Smoke, Mirrors, and Accusations: Israel’s False Claims in the Palestinian Conflict

In the ongoing conflict in Palestine, Israel is asserting that its opponent has committed various crimes. This article delves into the claims made by Israel, shedding light on the absence of verifiable proof to substantiate these allegations.

The 40-beheaded babies story originated with an i24News report by journalist Nicole Zedeck on October 11th, who interviewed Israeli reserve soldier David Ben Zion. The story was quickly picked up by global media, including CNN, with claims of beheadings and “ISIS-style executions.” However, Israeli authorities said, “we cannot confirm but you can assume it happened.” and other correspondents later denied evidence of beheadings. Joe Biden claimed he had seen images of “terrorists beheading children” but the White House, later, clarified that President Biden was quoting press reports.

A German woman, Shani Louk, who appeared in a video on the back of a Hamas truck, is reportedly still alive, according to her mother Ricarda Louk. She told the German outlet Bild that she received information from sources in Palestine confirming her daughter’s survival in a Gaza hospital, though Shani’s condition is critical due to a severe head injury. News agencies in the UK, including the Daily Mail, claimed that she had been “killed by Hamas” and they “paraded her body on the back of a truck”.

Zaka, the Israeli rescue organization, reported that their paramedics evacuated around 260 bodies from a music festival that Hamas infiltrated. Video footage shared on the internet depicted festival attendees in a state of panic, hastily fleeing from gunshots. 5 days on from these reports, no independent organisation has confirmed the 260 dead. No video or photographic evidence has been provided for the 260 bodies. Similarly, other claims such as rape of women, assault on children, and attack on the elderly have not been substantiated.

Right-wing American columnist Ben Shapiro faced backlash for sharing an image claiming to depict a “burnt Jewish baby” following a Hamas attack on Israel. The image was flagged by X’s Community Notes feature as AI-generated, with proof from aiornot.com. X’s Community Notes feature is based on votes by X-users. Dr Anastasia Maria Loupis, Jackson Hinkle and other X-users were the ones who exposed Shapiro’s alleged deception. This incident underscores the issue of misinformation during the Israel-Gaza conflict.