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:
Incredible documentation from Shifa Hospital on October 7th proves that Hamas terrorists brought hostages there! This is the best proof that Hamas terrorists use the hospitals in Gaza as actual terrorist bases for all terror activity!!! pic.twitter.com/tqkrcjt3ai
— יוסף חדאד – Yoseph Haddad (@YosephHaddad) November 19, 2023
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
"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… pic.twitter.com/6KTEm7NvJH
— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) November 19, 2023
“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.””
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):
WATCH-What the actual FUCK is going on with @bbcnews??
This interview was recorded AFTER the IDF released their evidence this evening that Hamas were using Al Shifa hospital
The BBC are now just allowing Hamas to use it as a mouthpiece pic.twitter.com/b19DP5A2Bp
— We Stand With Israel (@SussexFriends) November 19, 2023
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:
Here’s what our forces have revealed over the last couple of weeks:
🔴 Hamas used the Shifa Hospital as a command center
🔴 Hamas stored weapons and explosives in the hospital
🔴 Hamas built a 55 meter terror tunnel under the hospital
🔴 Hamas murdered 19 year old Noa…
— Israel ישראל 🇮🇱 (@Israel) November 19, 2023
And here come the apologists:
Just waiting for all the retractions and apologies from all those who denied Shifa's role in Hamas military infrastructure.
— Jonathan Schanzer (@JSchanzer) November 19, 2023
Dear world, you lectured us on Shifa Hospital. You denied the truth all along. You parroted Hamas talking points.
Now we’ve shown you irrefutable evidence it served as Hamas HQ and its execution dungeon.
So you can take your lectures and shove ‘em!
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) November 19, 2023
What? Irrefutable evidence that al-Shifa hospital was the Hamas HQ and execution dungeon?
Has anybody – trustworthy – seen this irrefutable – evidence?
Every possible route Hamas terrorists could have taken the hostages into Gaza would have passed through at least 5 other hospitals before reaching Shifa Hospital.
They didn't take them there for "medical treatment"; they brought them specifically to Shifa because it's their… pic.twitter.com/g40vAM4sdK
— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) November 19, 2023
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:
The evidence the IDF revealed today of tunnels under Shifa and Hamas manhandling hostages in broad daylight must be a wake up call—about the credibility of international agencies, Gaza doctors, and the media who parroted them. We hold them complicit.
— Eylon Levy (@EylonALevy) November 19, 2023
He was followed by eager supporters:
They all knew. For years they all knew. The UN knew. The doctors & nurses knew. Palestinian civilians knew. The NGO’s knew. The media knew. They all knew what Hamas was doing with the hospitals, the schools, & all the rest. They all knew. But they all kept silent. Or they lied.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 19, 2023
Israel has produced a mountain of proof to show that Hamas operates within Gaza hospitals.
Each one is a failed institution.
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) November 20, 2023
But it gets worse:
We've reached the final boss level of despicability in war. When not only you commit atrocious war crimes (like literally kill premature babies in hospitals) BUT you blame humanitarian organizations for them.
Very, VERY hard to top that. https://t.co/SkzHn86MMN
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) November 20, 2023
What does it mean? It means this:
Israel turned Al-Shifa hospital into what the World Health Organisation described as a "death zone" and a "mass grave".
Israel has offered nothing up which justifies any of this.
Those arguing otherwise are no different than those unhinged Putin apologists on Russian TV.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) November 20, 2023
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:
Spokesman Mark Regev admits Israel inflated the number of dead from Oct 7 because hundreds of bodies were so badly burnt Israel accidentally included 200 Hamas fighters in the total.
As Ali Abunimah points out, Regev was inadvertently confirming the plentiful evidence that it…
— Jonathan Cook (@Jonathan_K_Cook) November 20, 2023
“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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