‘Atrocity propaganda’ debunked following Israel’s war on Gaza
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D. Ray
2023-10-16 19:19:36 UTC
The Gaza Strip, Palestine – Thousands of innocent people are dead, wounded,
and displaced from their homes in the wake of Operation Iron Swords, the
latest Israeli military campaign seeking to destroy Hamas, the legitimate
elected government in war-torn Gaza. But despite a near-constant stream of
video evidence purporting to show dead Palestinian women, children, and
other bloody casualties, it’s the cries of the Israelis—not the
Palestinians—who have captured the world’s attention.

Dubbed “atrocity propaganda” by some, the Israeli government has flooded
Western media with sensational stories of “40 beheaded babies” and violent
rape-fueled “massacres” alleged to have taken place at the onset of a
Palestinian strike on October 7th. As a result, multiple nations have
reaffirmed their unwavering support of Israel, with some even donating
funds and lethal munitions to a regime that has since obliterated large
swaths of Northern Gaza with indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets.

Israel’s claims, however, have drawn a wide array of skepticism and
controversy from across the political spectrum. Many of the supposed
“atrocities” linked to Palestinian resistance fighters not only lack
substantial evidence but have been swiftly discredited. This has led to
widespread doubts about the legitimacy of Israel’s forceful actions against
Hamas and has raised concerns about the role of Western media in what some
have termed the “genocide” of the Palestinian people.

Take the story of Shani Louk, for instance. A German-Jewish tattoo artist
who was allegedly kidnapped from an Israeli music festival and feared
executed, Louk made headlines for days after dubious footage emerged on
social media purporting to show her dead in the back of a pickup truck
driven by Hamas fighters. While her plight was quickly spread all over
mainstream news and social media, the story was debunked in short order
after her own mother reported that she was fine and recovering in a
hospital. Other attempts to paint the music festival as a ruthless massacre
were also disproven after video evidence surfaced of armed Israelis taking
cover inside crowds of civilian concertgoers during the attack.

Not to be deterred, the Israeli government and its supporters pushed other
narratives, such as mass rapes and “ISIS-style beheadings” of Israeli
settlers near Gaza. Television interviews with Jewish settlers handily
debunked those claims as well, as first-hand accounts from these
individuals painted Hamas as civilized. Some fighters even released women
and children shortly after taking them captive. Official footage later
released by Hamas revealed compassion for Jewish civilians and was
allegedly recorded on the first day of hostilities.

The most outrageous narrative to emerge amid the conflict was the
allegation that Hamas systematically beheaded 40 Jewish babies. The story
began when, on October 7th, Hamas fighters used a wide array of tactics to
break out from security cordons surrounding the Gaza Strip. Using
paragliders, motorcycles, and other methods to elude security, the fighters
staged a daring raid on Israeli military outposts and settlements. One such
target was the settlement of Kfar Aza, a town of about 400 residents only 3
kilometers from Gaza.

During the Palestinian raid, soldiers from the elite “Al-Qassam Brigades”
were believed to have eliminated Israeli settler militia and taken a number
of captives. According to reports, the settlement was not recaptured by
Israeli paratroopers until two and a half days later.

On October 10th, Nicole Zedek—a reporter working for the state-sponsored
i24 news network—conducted an interview with David Ben Zion, a Deputy
Commander of Unit 71 of the IDF who was allegedly tasked with the recapture
of Kfar Aza, among others.

“We walked door to door, we killed a lot of terrorists. They are very bad,”
he claimed. “They cut heads of children, they cut heads of women. But we
are stronger than them. We know that they (Palestinians) are animals, but
we found that they don’t have any heart.”

Ben Zion would prove to be a dubious source, however, as it was later
revealed by Grayzone that Ben Zion is actually a leader in the Shomron
Regional Council, a Jewish extremist movement that regularly calls for the
genocide of Palestinian peoples and the erection of the so-called
“3rd-temple” in Jerusalem. Earlier in the year, Ben Zion had called for
Palestinians to be “wiped out” from a nearby village, motivated by a stark
hatred of the Arab race and fueled by a set of beliefs wholly enshrined in
Jewish supremacy.

Zedek would use claims made by the extremist. Ben Zion, to report that
“about 40 babies” were alleged to have been “taken out on gurneys” and that
cribs were “overturned” as Hamas carried out “ISIS-style beheadings.”
Zedek’s report would quickly be viewed by millions worldwide, and her
narrative was even promoted by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, according to

Soon, the wholly unverified story quickly became mainstream news. It was
then uncritically parroted by pundits on both sides of the political
spectrum, ranging from left-leaning CNN to conservative Fox News. Even
global heads of state would affirm the narrative, like when a spokesman for
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office confidently stated that babies
and toddlers had indeed been found with their “heads decapitated.”

The unverified accounts were lent international credence when United States
Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Netanyahu during an official
press conference. Blinken—who is Jewish—alluded to the beheaded babies
story being true when he stated, “Prime Minister, I understand, on a
personal level, the harrowing echoes that Hamas’s massacres carry for
Israeli Jews…I also come before you as a husband and father of young
children. It’s impossible for me to look at the photos of families killed
and not think of my own children,” he continued. “This was just one of
Hamas’s countless acts of terror.”

Even US President Joe Biden himself referred to “stomach-churning reports
of babies being killed” during an address to the nation days after the war
began. “I never really thought that I would see confirmed pictures of
terrorists beheading children,” said Biden, who would describe the attack
as the “deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust.”

A White House spokesperson would later clarify that U.S. officials and the
president had not actually seen any photos or confirmed such reports
independently. “The President based his comments about the alleged
atrocities on the claims from Netanyahu’s spokesman and media reports from
Israel,” said the White House.

Blinken and Biden’s comments, of course, come on the heels of a full
spectrum blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has cut food, water, power, and
safe passage to millions of Palestinians now trapped inside the densely
populated partition zone. To make matters worse, a ruthless bombing
campaign conducted by Israeli warplanes has only exacerbated civilian woes,
made possible by advanced munitions bought and paid for by the US taxpayer.

The “40 beheaded babies” story and others like it appeared too good to be
true for an embattled Israel, who seemed eager to rally public support in
the wake of a slew of extrajudicial killings of civilian targets in Gaza.
Unfortunately for Israel, it was too good to be true. Not long after the
IDF officially confirmed the decapitated babies narrative, they were forced
to change course and walked back the initial story after being asked by
journalists to qualify the claims.

According to an official IDF spokesperson, the IDF had no information
confirming allegations that Hamas beheaded babies. “We have seen the news,
but we do not have any details or confirmation about that,” Anadolu Agency
confirmed with the IDF.

Journalists were also forced to qualify their early reports after the
public began probing for more information. Bel Trew, the Independent’s
Chief International Correspondent, stated on Twitter/X, “I just wanted to
clarify that I did not tweet 40 babies had been beheaded. I tweeted that
foreign media had been told women and children had been decapitated but we
had not been shown bodies – which was my response to reports that had gone
viral about the 40 babies. I realized the way my tweet was written was too
short to explain the full context, so I deleted it.”

One reporter from CNN even made a public apology for her reports on the
beheaded baby story, fearing that the Israeli government could not verify
Ben Zion’s sensationalist claims. “I needed to be more careful with my
words and I am sorry,” said CNN reporter Sara Sidner via Twitter/X.

In some cases, even Israelis—when pressured—were forced to walk back the
initial narrative. In a now-deleted post on Twitter/X, Oren Ziv, an Israeli
reporter who attended an official tour of Kfar Aza, commented. “I’m getting
a lot of question(s) about the reports of ‘Hamas beheaded babies’ that were
published after the media tour in the village. During the tour, we didn’t
see any evidence of this, and the army spokesperson or commanders also
didn’t mention any such incidents,” he said.

The Israeli government would eventually release what they claimed was photo
“evidence” of dead babies; however, none of them appear to show signs of
having been beheaded. The photos were posted on an official X/Twitter
account linked to the government and meant to lay the issue to rest.

Jewish conservative influencer Ben Shapiro—who flew into several rants
whenever atrocity claims were met with even mild critique—would go on to
share one of these photos, depicting what appeared to be the corpse of a
burnt baby. This picture would do more harm than good, however, when
internet sleuths deduced that the image shared by Shapiro and the Israeli
government may have been generated by artificial intelligence, casting
major doubts on the story writ large. Shapiro would later delete the post.

At the time of publication, no factual evidence has surfaced that
unequivocally proves the haughty claim that Hamas beheaded 40 Jewish babies
in Kfar Aza or deliberately killed any others. No families of the victims
have come out to tell their stories. No names, photos, or testimony has
been produced to suggest they ever even existed. Despite this, Israel and
its supporters have accepted the story whole-cloth, leaving many to
question the regime’s motives and, instead, point to a trend of hypocrisy
as the Jewish state currently decimates Gaza with objective proof of the
carnage emerging daily.

“Israel’s massive bombing campaign has killed thousands of civilians and
injured thousands more. There is absolutely no military objective to the
bombing. Its only objective is terror and slaughter…” read a statement from
the U.S. White civil rights organization, the National Justice Party. “The
bombing campaign has been backed by an all-out propaganda assault on the
American psyche from the Jewish media and political establishment. Unproven
claims of Palestinian atrocities, deranged incitement, witch hunts, and
black lists against any dissenters are the tools the Jews are using to
bully the American people into a fake consensus on entering the war.”

Support for the Palestinian people has resounded worldwide, with some
applauding their desire for national sovereignty. “Self-defense is an
inalienable right…” said the White Nationalist organization, the Nordic
Resistance Movement, in an official statement on its website. “(We) stand
wholeheartedly behind the Palestinian offensive and for the Palestinian
people’s right to a sovereign nation.”

“Can you remember that time the IRA detonated bombs in pubs in Birmingham,
and the British government responded by cutting off all water and
electricity to Irish Catholic estates in Northern Ireland?” Said British
pro-White advocate and founding member of Patriotic Alternative, Mark
Colette, on Telegram. “…before giving the residents of those estates less
than 24 hours to take their families and all their possessions and move out
before indiscriminately shelling the whole area and razing it to the
ground? No one in the world other than Zionists would be able to get away
with the genocide taking place in Gaza.”

While skepticism, critique, and simple questions have only multiplied in
the wake of outrageous Zionist atrocity propaganda, one thing appears
certain: that the Holocaust—which some believe has been used dishonestly as
a “warning” to prevent so-called genocide for years—was now being evoked as
a justification to conduct actual genocide on a race of people trapped
within the Gaza Strip.

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D. Ray
2023-10-16 23:18:55 UTC
We are witnessing a monumental event, and monumental lies.