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US claim that Hamas used Al Shifa Hospital is unsupported rubbish

Invasion of the liars: IDF troops in al-Shifa hospital. Their claims that the place had been used by Hamas have been supported by the US intelligence services – allegedly. But nobody seems able to provide any proof to the rest of us.

According to a source in the United States intelligence service – allegedly – Hamas did use Al Shifa hospital as a command centre and to hold hostages. But I’m calling “bullshit” on that claim.

Here’s Reuters:

The complex was used by both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to command forces fighting against Israel, the U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

U.S. intelligence agencies have not disclosed the evidence on which they based their assessment.

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The American government believed that Hamas used the hospital complex and sites beneath it to carry out command and control activities, store some weapons and hold a few hostages, the U.S. official said.

Right. So there is no evidence to support any claim that Al Shifa Hospital was used by terrorists in any way, at any time.

The only person saying it – if you believe anybody has actually said it at all – is so unconvinced of their information that they won’t attach their name to it.

But the US government, which will make a fortune in tax receipts from arms companies that are supplying Israel with the weapons being used to bomb Gaza into dust (along with Lebanon, Syria and Iran, now), is happy to accept this fairy tale at face value.

It seems to me that there may be an ulterior motive behind this claim. What do you think?

Source: US believes Hamas used Al Shifa Hospital but evacuated before Israeli operation- source


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How does the IDF’s video clip prove al-Shifa hospital was a Hamas headquarters?

Invasion of the liars: IDF troops in al-Shifa hospital.

Is anybody else struggling to believe Israeli propaganda saying that a video clip showing Hamas hostages being escorted into al-Shifa hospital in Gaza means that place was a terrorist HQ.

According to the BBC,

The video showed two hostages being brought into the hospital, Gaza’s largest and most modern.

Armed men can be seen in the CCTV video which is date-stamped 7 October. One of the hostages appears to be resisting – the other is shown on a stretcher.

Here’s part of it:

Hamas has expressed surprise at the allegation – saying the organisation had made it clear that many hostages had been referred to hospitals:

“BREAKING: HAMAS OFFICIAL STATEMENT EXPOSING ISRAEL ON AL- SHIFA HOSPITAL Izzat Al-Rishq; “Regarding what the spokesman for the terrorist enemy army said about the arrival of prisoners of the occupation to Al-Shifa Hospital, we said early on that the resistance transferred many prisoners of the occupation to hospitals to receive treatment and undergo surgical operations, especially after some of them were injured as a result of the occupation’s aircraft bombing them. We risked our fighters to guarantee the injured prisoners the best treatment. Possible in hospitals in the Gaza Strip. We have published many pictures about this; Now their army spokesman presents it as if they have discovered something great. What the spokesman for the occupation army says completely condemns them. These are points that are recorded for us and not [against] us. Taking care of the prisoners, treating them, and giving them possible medical care is a point for us and not [against] us.””

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The line about some hostages being injured as a result of IDF airstrikes ties in with another Israeli claim – that Corporal Noa Marciano, 19, was killed after being taken into al-Shifa hospital with minor injuries.

From the BBC article:

“This morning we updated Noa’s family that according to our findings, she was kidnapped to a safe house near Shifa,” Rear Adm Daniel Hagari, IDF chief spokesperson told reporters.

“During IDF air strikes in the area, the Hamas terrorist who was holding Noa was killed and she was wounded in the air strike, but not a life-threatening injury. Noa was taken inside Shifa hospital, where she was murdered by another Hamas terrorist.”

Hamas has previously claimed Ms Marciano was killed in an Israeli air strike, which the IDF said occurred on 9 November.

Where is Israel’s proof that Cpl Marciano was killed by a Hamas terrorist?

And the IDF “released a video that it said showed a tunnel 10m (33ft) below ground that runs for 55m up to a closed and reinforced door. It said this was now part of the evidence that “clearly proves” numerous buildings in the hospital’s complex have been “used by Hamas as cover for terrorist infrastructure and activities”.”

But we knew tunnels under al-Shifa hospital were dug by the Israeli government itself, back in 1983 or thereabouts. Don’t we?

And yet, Israel’s outriders in the social media are crowing as if these unproven claims – the BBC has said it

has not been able to verify the video which was presented at a news briefing by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Sunday.

The latest video is not yet the evidence that’s been promised of the sort of vast and intricate operation depicted in a computer simulation which the IDF previously released showing what it believes any Hamas base underground at al-Shifa could look like.

Believe it or not, the BBC has been slammed by the Israel apologists for this reality check (apologies for the language from Sussex Friends of Israel; it is what it is):

The reservations expressed by the BBC interviewer and interviewee seem entirely reasonable to This Writer.

But many of – sadly – the usual suspects seem ready and willing to accept the flimsiest claim if it comes from the Israeli government and/or the IDF.

Here’s what Israel is saying:

And here come the apologists:

What? Irrefutable evidence that al-Shifa hospital was the Hamas HQ and execution dungeon?

Has anybody – trustworthy – seen this irrefutable – evidence?

Al-Shifa is the best-equipped hospital in the Gaza strip, though; that’s most likely the reason for any hostages being taken there for treatment.

Now here’s Israeli government spokesman Eylon Levy:

He was followed by eager supporters:

But it gets worse:

What does it mean? It means this:

Let’s see what happens. Expect an unrestricted Israeli onslaught, with absolutely no quarter given for UN representatives, non-governmental organisations, members of the World Health Organisation or anything else.

Meanwhile, let’s remind ourselves of some genuine facts:

Regev was inadvertently confirming the plentiful evidence that it was Israeli missiles, fired indiscriminately at cars and homes, that burned alive both Hamas fighters and Israeli hostages. The atrocity of burned bodies – blamed by the entire western political and media class on Hamas, and cited as justification for the current genocidal rampage in Gaza – were, in fact, Israel’s doing. What proportion of the 1,200 Israelis who died on Oct 7 were killed by Israel’s actions? We can assume Israel will not be forthcoming with that information. Will the western media start changing its simple-minded, genocide-justifying narrative of Oct 7? Don’t bet on it. Ali Abunimah’s story here: electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abun My story, What the BBC fails to tell you about October 7, here: jonathan-cook.net/blog/2023-11-0

Sadly, while Israel’s lies may kill many, the facts can’t bring anybody back to life.


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The facts about the Israeli attack on al-Shifa hospital are out – and DAMNING

Useless: the incubators at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza are now without power, due to the Israeli assault – and babies are dying. The IDF invaders don’t care a jot.

Israel’s excuse for attacking and shutting down the largest and most important provider of medical care for the population of Gaza has been shredded into tatters, leaving that country guilty of a flagrant – unforgivable – war crime. Or so it seems to This Writer.

Let’s look at the evidence, starting with a bit of context. This is from Consortium News – to which I was pointed by award-winning (and impeccably-credentialed) UK journalist John Pilger:

The Israeli claim that Shifa hospital was providing such a cover for an Hamas military presence there is in fact the longest running theme in Israeli war propaganda on Gaza, dating back nearly 15 years to the first days of the Gaza war of January 2009.

That was when Yuval Diskin, the head of Israel’s domestic intelligence service Shin Bet, told Amos Harel of Haaretz newspaper that “many” senior Hamas officials were “believed” to be hiding in the “basements” of Shifa hospital, and that the Israelis knew all about those underground levels of the hospital, because they had originally been been built by the Egyptians before 1967 and extensively refurbished by the Israelis themselves in the mid-1980s.

Diskin also explained to Harel that Hamas was confident that it wouldn’t be attacked, because of the patients on the upper floors.

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Apart from the fact that Israel’s intelligence service had admitted that it only suspected Hamas’ military presence under the hospital rather than having actual knowledge, Harel was, however, honest enough to report that his Palestinian contacts were telling him senior Hamas leaders never stayed in the same location but constantly moved from one location to another — a revelation that obviously made far more sense than the claim that those same senior Hamas officials were hanging out in a basement that was obviously well known to the Israelis.

But Hamas’ tunnels outside Shifa could obviously be used for the same function of command of military operations without having to bother with Shifa hospital.

So the drumbeat of Israeli concern about the alleged Hamas command bunker underneath Shifa appears to have been a phony issue from the start, aimed merely at bringing pressure to bear on the medical system, namely to close down Shifa as the largest, most modern and most effective hospitals in Gaza to create the maximum amount of suffering to the people of Gaza.

The article also states:

An attack on a hospital is normally considered a clear violation of the rules of war. The Israeli Defense Forces is justifying it by claiming that Shifa has long served as civilian medical  cover for the command center of the entire Hamas war operations and weapons storage.

That IDF claim has been cited constantly in Israeli propaganda as an argument that Shifa — and other hospitals in Gaza — should not be accorded the normal legal hospital immunity from attack.

Right. So: if no Hamas command centre and weapons store was discovered at the hospital, Israel’s attack on it must be a war crime.

What’s the situation there now?

The following refers to the Biden administration in the United States giving its support to the Israeli al-Shifa invasion – reported in Consortium News as follows:

CNN reported Monday night that “the Biden administration has now signaled that it supports the Israeli position, as National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan declared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday: ‘You can see even from open-source reporting that Hamas does use hospitals, along with a lot of other civilian facilities, for command-and-control, for storing weapons, for housing its fighters.’”

Those Sullivan remarks were an obvious green light for the IDF to press on for complete evacuation of the hospital.

The problem with that “open source reporting” is that it is never anything more than unsupported claims based on mere supposition.

If you’re not convinced by any of the above, then the BBC’s Verify team has examined the evidence – and has also found Israel’s evidence wanting:

The verdict seems clear: there is no evidence that al-Shifa was ever used as a base for terrorist operations by Hamas and any equipment that has been used by Israeli forces to indicate the same was brought there by them.

Where are Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak to tell us Israel has the right to defend itself by depriving Gazan citizens of medical care and, ultimately, their lives?


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Is Israel trying to see how blatantly it can gaslight us with this al-Shifa MRI lie?

Invasion of the liars: IDF troops in al-Shifa hospital.

“On Wednesday evening, the IDF said troops found ‘an operational command centre, weapons, and technological assets'” at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city, the BBC said,  “belonging to Hamas inside the MRI building.”

Sorry. Where?

“Inside the MRI building.”

Impossible. Or at least highly improbable.

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The claim is that the Israeli Defence Forces found a Hamas “operational command centre” in the MRI unit at al-Shifa, including a laptop computer and 10 Kalashnikov rifles, plus ammunition.

The guns were supposedly hidden behind an actual MRI machine.

Metal objects? Near a highly-magnetic, sensitive, fragile and expensive piece of medical equipment?

That does not make sense.

And Hamas representatives have been quick to point this out. Never mind the material that isn’t relevant to this – concentrate on the relevant points:

As for the laptop:

Here’s some more about that:

And more…:

It seems the IDF has been moving guns around to make it seem more have been found than were actually there (or, more likely, were actually brought there by them):

And how did the IDF get those weapons there? Try this:

So the story about an “operational command centre” seems to be nothing but a pack of lies.

And we’ve seen no evidence of any tunnels beneath the hospital, at all. Remember, if al-Shifa had been the Hamas HQ – as we’ve been led to believe – the tunnels would have come out in a hospital basement somewhere. There’s no such entrance, it seems.


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While Britain marched for peace, babies started dying in Gaza hospital

Threatened by Israel: babies in an incubator at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza. The incubators don’t work any more.

Everybody in Israel should be ashamed of this:

Responses to the post above included many that accused the author of lying – spreading falsehoods.

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He wasn’t – but the facts are slightly less awful:

Reports conflict but it seems three babies have died so far, with a further 36 in danger.

Israel has claimed that Hamas terrorists have an underground tunnel network beneath the Gaza strip, and recently that their headquarters are beneath al-Shifa hospital.

But there is absolutely no verifiable evidence to prove this. Until any such evidence appears, we must consider this an excuse, made in order to justify military action against a hospital, which would otherwise be – very clearly – a serious war crime.


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Is Israeli PM Netanyahu using CGI cartoon as excuse to bomb a Gaza hospital?

Benjamin Netanyahu: is he now using a computer-generated cartoon to justify attacking a hospital?

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has decided that a hospital in Gaza is built over a Hamas base – and has posted “proof” consisting of a computer-generated cartoon animation.

Here it is:

If you can see anything in this CGI cartoon that actually proves Hamas has a base under a hospital, please comment, indicating where it is – because This Writer can’t find it!

Apparently the complex in question is Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, currently said to be sheltering 12,000 people – all of whom may now be considered targets of the Israeli government and military.

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Netanyahu has rightly come under considerable criticism for this – or, indeed, ridicule:

Some have taken this as a tacit admission that Israel did indeed bomb the Al Ahli Hospital – and some are also pointing out that they predicted Israel would use a claim of Hamas bases under hospitals to justify bombing more:

It is ironic that Netanyahu is claiming that Hamas are sick, on the basis of a cartoon that has no apparent evidential base.

Depending on what happens to Al-Shifa Hospital, we can all decide who is sick in this context.


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