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Labour’s Rochdale by-election double-bind: hypocrites or election-throwers?

Azhar Ali: unsafe whatever he does.

Labour has put itself in a double-bind after its candidate in the Rochdale by-election apologised for voicing a well-known claim about the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

The party is rumoured to be about to suspend its candidate, Azhar Ali, after he accused Israel of complicity in the raid that killed 1,200 people and led to 250 being taken hostage.

It seems he not only posted about it on the social media but also passed comments on it in a community meeting.

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The BBC reported:

In the recording, which has not been heard by the BBC, Mr Ali is alleged to have said: “The Egyptians are saying that they warned Israel 10 days earlier… Americans warned them a day before [that] there’s something happening… They deliberately took the security off, they allowed… that massacre that gives them the green light to do whatever they bloody want.”

Egypt has indeed said that it warned Israel in advance of the raid. Still, Ali has had to make a grovelling apology to Israel’s supporters after his words were quoted by a hostile UK mainstream press.

Is that enough to save him from suspension, which would effectively end Labour’s Rochdale campaign?

Many think not. Skwawkbox is reporting that

suspending Ali would effectively end Labour’s campaign in the by-election, with no possibility to stand another candidate less than three weeks before polling day. Cynics have pointed out that the political fallout from exiting the election would be less damaging than Galloway beating Ali in a fair fight and accused the party of engineering the default.

But if Ali is allowed to continue, he would still face obstacles:

His willingness to stand for a party led by Keir Starmer, who has supported Israel’s ‘right’ to commit its war crimes against the Palestinians has already seen videos posted of him being ordered to leave doorsteps during his attempts to campaign. Such has been the contrast with the reception given to Workers Party GB leader George Galloway, a firm supporter of the Palestinians, that Galloway’s odds to win the by-election have been slashed from 16-1 to 2-1.

Not only that, but if Ali isn’t suspended, then Labour is endorsing a candidate who has admitted contradicting the party’s line on the Israel/Gaza conflict – and the inferred hypocrisy could be enough to cost it the forthcoming general election.

It seems Azhar Ali is set to lose, no matter what happens.

Source: Labour ‘set to suspend’ Rochdale candidate despite grovelling apology to Israel supporters – SKWAWKBOX


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Media complicity in genocide: Sky News gives airtime to liar and switches off comments

Do not believe the person interviewed below.

It appears to be yet another attempt by Israel’s apologists to claim that Israeli women were subjected to systematic sexual violence by Hamas personnel and other Palestinians when they broke out from Gaza to kill around 1,200 Israelis (roughly half of whom were military personnel) on October 7 last year.

It is still possible that sexual violence took place, but if you read the information below, you’ll see that there’s no evidence for it – certainly not on anything like the scale or level of atrocity that is being alleged.

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Read the cautionary note from Max Blumenthal, and the thread following, before coming to your own conclusion:

It seems we can wipe Zaka off the list of credible sources of information.

And I’d urge you to remember this if you see Camilla Tominey on Politics Live, or any other news commentary shows.


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Israeli lies about Hamas ‘atrocities’ are debunked on-air – on Israeli TV

The clip below is from an Israeli TV channel – confirming what some of us have been saying since the first claims about what Hamas did on October 7 last year started to be made by cheerleaders for the Israeli government: that it is nothing but a pack of lies.

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As a commenter on the clip stated, the stories were nothing but state-sponsored atrocity propaganda to justify genocide.


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Israel killed its own civilians on October 7 ‘in immense and complex quantity’

Yasmin Porat: when this former Hamas hostage was interviewed, she said Israeli troops fired on their own citizens.

What did we all say?

Those of us who had the slightest bit of sense made it clear that Israeli military forces had killed their own countrymen and women on October 7; now that country’s government has admitted it:

Israel’s army on Tuesday admitted that an “immense and complex quantity” of what it calls “friendly fire” incidents took place on 7 October.

It is the first known official army admission that a significant number of the hundreds of Israelis who died on 7 October were killed by Israel itself, and not by Hamas or other Palestinian resistance factions.

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Citing new data released by the Israeli military, [Yoav Zitun, the military correspondent of Israeli outlet Ynet] wrote that: “Casualties fell as a result of friendly fire on October 7, but the IDF [Israeli military] believes that … it would not be morally sound to investigate” them.

He reported that this was “due to the immense and complex quantity of them that took place in the kibbutzim and southern Israeli communities.”

The Ynet article also reported that “at least” one fifth of the Israeli army deaths in Gaza since the ground invasion began were also due to “friendly fire” incidents.

To This Writer, the admission adds fuel to the claim of the ‘Party Flowers’ group, relatives of people who died at the Nova music festival, that an official inquiry is vital.

As the article quoted above states,

Israel does indeed appear to be covering up a lot of the evidence.

There has been a steadily growing mountain of evidence that many – if not most – Israelis killed that day were killed by Israel itself.

And there’s been an admission that the so-called ‘Hannibal Directive’ was followed by the IDF on October 7:

An Israeli air force colonel admitted to a Hebrew podcast that they blew up Israeli homes in the settlements but insisted they never did so “without permission.”

Colonel Nof Erez also said that 7 October was a “mass Hannibal” event – a reference to a controversial Israeli military doctrine.

Named after an ancient Carthaginian general who poisoned himself rather than be captured alive, the Hannibal Directive allows Israeli forces to take any means necessary to stop Israelis being captured alive – even at the cost of killing the captives.

Source: Israel admits to “immense” amount of “friendly fire” on 7 October | The Electronic Intifada


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Israel/Gaza: Forgotten festival families organise to demand investigation into deaths

Families of the Israelis who died at the Nova Music Festival on October 7 have formed an organisation to demand an official state ‘Commission of Inquiry’ into what happened.

This Writer’s big question is: why has this hardly been reported?

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Here’s a post on ‘X’ that I happened to find by luck:

And here‘s a partial translation of an article on Israeli media:

The families of those killed in the “Nova” and “Psydak” nature parties gathered yesterday (Monday) for the first time to establish a headquarters that will be called “The Flowers of the Parties”.

The families explained that the background for establishing the headquarters is the state’s ignoring them and seeing them as “transparent”.

Erez Sarfati, the father of the late Ron Sarfati, who was murdered at the Nova party, told the participants: “On the seventh of October, over 350 party goers who went to celebrate life were murdered, since then no official has contacted us.

“It is clear to us that the country is in an ongoing war, we are clear that the abductees need to be taken care of and everyone returned now, but we are not ready to be transparent in the eyes of the state’s captains.

“We all watch every night and are shocked by the headlines of the leaders, what kind of victory is this? We all lost and no one looks us in the eye and apologizes for this abominable failure.

“We will not allow the continuation of the cover-up of what happened to our dear ones.”

The implication is that Israeli military personnel did indeed fire at festival attendees, and did indeed kill some of them – a claim that has been hotly contested by the Israeli government and its military ever since.

I wonder whether the international media are ignoring this story in the hope that it will go away.

Then they’ll be able to carry on spouting the official line from liars like Eylon Levy.


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Owen Jones goes to the movies – and Israel’s cheerleaders scream

Owen Jones: he has been slated by Israel’s cheerleaders and warmongers, for expressing views that should be held by all of us.

Last night – November 28 – This Writer was asked by a very young friend (she’s 21) which side I’m on in the Israel/Hamas conflict.

My answer surprised everyone who was there. I said I’m on the side of peace.

They had not considered that as an option. It won me applause all around – in contrast to what happened when a left-wing journalist said the same thing after watching Israel’s film that purportedly shows Hamas atrocities committed during the October 7 attack.

Owen Jones created a YouTube clip describing his feelings, which you can find below. I urge you to watch it before drawing any conclusions about the comments it attracted.

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In it, he says he was invited to a screening of the film, which the Israel Defence Forces specifically stated was intended to drum up support for their onslaught against civilians in the Gaza Strip.

He acknowledges from the start that the film confirms that Hamas committed war crimes (along with members of other groups who crossed the border on the same day, one assumes, although that isn’t actually made clear in the clip). He makes it clear that the taking of hostages is itself a grave war crime. It should be emphasised that he does not attempt to hide or minimise the fact that war crimes were committed. As I have mentioned several times in articles about Israel and Hamas (quoting Paul Newman in another – Hollywood – movie): “There are only murderers in this room.”

He emphasises the principle that “no cause on Earth justifies the killing of civilians”. This indicates that, no matter what Jones saw in the IDF film, it was never going to sway him into supporting the IDF’s operations in Gaza that are now said to have killed more than 14,800 people, including 6,000 children (Jones himself suggests more than 20,000 people – 20 times as many as the number of Israelis killed on October 7 and one per cent of Gaza’s population, including more than 8,000 children).

He makes the point that the 43-minute film is a selection of what the IDF says are thousands of hours of material, and concludes that it is likely to show the worst events the Israeli authorities were able to find. This is logical as they are trying to trigger outrage in their chosen audience of journalists and influencers, and support for ongoing slaughter in Gaza.

But it means the material is biased, and all footage gathered by the IDF should be submitted to independent inspection; this is basic journalistic practice – a genuinely independent journalist or historian would not be able to say they could accurately assess what happened on October 7, based only on this selection. For balance, Jones adds that some horrors may not have been recorded or be in the captured material.

The footage does not support some of the most serious claims made by Israel and the IDF in the weeks since October 7. So:

  • There is no material suggesting that babies were beheaded. There are beheadings – one of a dead soldier (therefore not an execution) and one attempt to behead a dying Thai migrant worker that fails.
  • There is no evidence of torture.
  • There is no evidence of rape and sexual violence. Bodies found without underwear do not constitute conclusive evidence of such crimes, as Jones states.
  • Some have claimed that there is material showing children being killed but Jones could find no evidence of this.

Jones makes it clear that this is not to say that none of these things happened. It simply doesn’t prove that they did.

The images are coupled with audio recordings, purportedly of Hamas communications that were intercepted. Jones questions their veracity. Other such clips have been released by Israel/the IDF in the past weeks, and have been dismissed as fake by experts. There is no reason for this material not to be passed on for independent assessment.

Some of the most shocking footage was of bodies burned beyond recognition – but we have learned that hundreds of them belonged to Hamas personnel, according to Israel spokesman Mark Regev. These people would not have been burned by their colleagues in Hamas – so Jones asks the obvious question: who burned them and how?

He also asks how many people were killed by reckless fire – from either side, although he does qualify this by saying evidence only suggests two incidents involved IDF forces allegedly killing Israelis – at Kibbutz Be’eri and at the Nova rave (and the rave claim is hotly disputed). This Writer would add the IDF’s Gaza Battalion headquarters, where the commanding officer, safe in a bunker, ordered an airstrike on the surface where his troops were engaged in combat with Hamas personnel.

Jones moves on to examine articles by other journalists, including one saying the film shows Hamas are worse than the Nazis – which he correctly describes as “insulting” and “ahistorical”, belittling the horrors of the Holocaust.

Then he tackles criticism of his own behaviour, and his words (found at around the 15-minute mark in the video clip) are worth quoting here: “The roots of my politics is a revulsion at human suffering. That is the entire point of all of my work. You might not believe it, you may have invented a perverse, bogeyman caricature in your head, of who I am, but that is the point of everything that I believe in.

“Watching this film of horrors – and they are horrors – does not lead me to want to support other horrors. Watching innocent civilians being killed in Israel does not make me more likely to support killing more innocent civilians in Gaza. Indeed, several times over more innocent civilians.

“The fact that this is controversial – and I know that … those who supported this screening and its purpose find this controversial – is absurd.

“Now, you have a choice, when you learn of the horrors that humans are capable of inflicting against each other. You either allow these horrors to deepen your humanity or you use those horrors to numb your humanity so that you can be complicit in even more, and indeed even greater horrors.

“This is a very basic and fundamental lesson from human history, which is never learned, with a grave human cost.”

He returns to this later in the clip: “It’s that point at which you either look at horror, you see horror, and you deepen your humanity – or you numb your humanity; you allow your humanity to be chipped away.

“And here’s how I understand the purpose of the screening can be used for just that, is that when attendees see what is happening in Gaza, the thousands of innocent civilians, many thousands of little kids among them, as well as maimed little toddlers, newborns suffocating to death, and feel horror and anguish – and then we are meant to think back to what we saw at those screenings, to remember those poor, injured little boys crying for their dead father, and then to wipe away the horror and anguish we feel about Gaza’s innocence, so that we continue – we can continue – to support a military onslaught which will take many more lives.

“This has happened throughout history, where you are encouraged to break down your empathy for the suffering of others by selectively focusing only on the suffering of some.

“I won’t do that.”

He continued: “Those behind the screening would rightfully regard even one of the killings of Israeli civilians which I saw as intolerable. I did.

“But 20,000 dead Palestinians, many thousands of them children – that’s entirely tolerable?

“Well, there we differ in our responses to the horrors that we saw.”

He concluded: “Throughout the tortured history of our species, horror at atrocities has long been used to build consent for yet more atrocities.

“I left that screening, yes… ashen-faced, horrified, disgusted, repulsed – and more determined than ever to spare innocent people from violent deaths and suffering. That should be your response too.

“No cause on Earth justified crimes committed against innocent civilians. And those crimes don’t justify collective punishment and the mass slaughter that the people of Gaza are now suffering.”

Here’s the clip:

The response Jones received for this display of humanity in the face of horror has been, itself, horrifying.

Here’s a selection, so you can see for yourself, and put names to those who have numbed their humanity and allowed themselves to become complicit in more and greater horrors:

I answered this one:

None of the people attacking Jones in the tweets above deserve any of your attention. They present as bloodthirsty warmongers intent on the annihilation – not of Hamas, but of Palestine and all Palestinians.

If you can remember all the way back to the beginning of this article, you may recall that when I was asked whose side I take in the Israel/Hamas conflict, I said I was on the side of peace.

You don’t get peace by invading somebody else’s country, subjugating them, stealing their land, walling in, oppressing and murdering them for 75 years – as Israel has discovered.

You don’t get peace by breaking through the walls and murdering your oppressors in a vain and (proportionately) tiny act of rebellion – as Hamas has discovered.

All you get is a perpetuation of the cycle of violence.

International law says Palestine has a right to resist the occupation of its land and the oppression of its people by Israel. But that does not give it a right to commit a single act of violence against a civilian.

Israel has a right to defend itself against acts of violence that are committed against its civilians. The issues are muddied here because it is questionable whether those acts of violence were committed on Israeli land or land that has been stolen from Palestine, in which case those civilians had no right to be there. But in any case, that does not give it a right to commit a single act of violence against a civilian.

Both sides are in the wrong. Both have committed war crimes. Both have committed atrocities.

In fairness, both have also been trying to whip up support for further atrocities. That’s why my friends were so surprised when I didn’t say I supported Israel or Hamas (or Gaza, or Palestine) but wanted peace instead.

The only way to get peace is to put the weapons away, sit down with the people you’ve been fighting and talk about how it can be achieved.

The longer that moment is delayed, they harder it will be to achieve that peace.

And yes, every one of us has a responsibility to seek that peace. You don’t get it by cheerleading for war and its atrocities.


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Is THIS what Hamas hoped to gain from the October 7 incursion into Israel?

It seems The Spectator has been speculating on what Hamas hoped to achieve by breaking into Israel, attacking Israeli Defence Force positions and kidnapping civilians, who were taken as hostages into Gaza.

Israel was bound to strike back, and under current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that response was always going to be extremely forceful; genocidal.

So, why do it?

Here are my thoughts; let’s see if they coincide with those of that other magazine.

Well, sadly it seems this organisation has been playing with the lives of Gazan citizens in the same way one might play chess; sometimes, sacrifices have to be made in order to win.

Most of the analyses This Writer has seen suggest that Hamas in Gaza works in isolation, but this could not be further from the truth. Hamas is an international organisation – meaning Israel’s stated intention to destroy that organisation altogether is nonsense; part of its leadership is always based in other countries.

Hamas has allies in the governments of Qatar and Turkey. It used to be allied with Hezbollah in Lebanon, with Syria and with Iran but those relationships have been strained recently.

How, then, could Hamas bring all of these countries together to oppose Israel and its persecution of Palestinian people?

Isn’t it possible that the answer, for the organisation’s leaders, was to sacrifice thousands of Gazan citizens – in order to turn international public opinion against Israel?

So on October 7, Hamas breaks out of Gaza and acts according to stated intentions: eliminating the Israeli Defence Force’s Gaza Battalion and taking hostages to be traded with Palestinians the organisation claims have been jailed by Israel for no reason at all.

The operatives taking part in the operation stick rigidly to that plan; there are no atrocities – no beheaded babies, no rapes of girls or young women, and the hostages are all treated humanely. Israeli propaganda claiming otherwise then backfires, making that country’s government and military look like liars.

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Israel then retaliates – not with a surgical strike intended to recover the hostages and remove the Hamas threat in Gaza, as should have been possible after years of espionage, but with a genocidal show of strength intended to act as a warning of what will happen to anyone challenging Israeli power.

This is in accordance with the so-called “Hannibal Directive” demanding that IDF troops kill Israelis rather than allow them to stay in the hands of an enemy.

This provokes Hezbollah to strike Israel from Lebanon in an act of solidarity. Yemen, said to be part of a so-called ‘Axis of Resistance’ against Israel alongside Hezbollah and Hamas, has also struck at Israel from the south.

What happens next?

That is a matter for Israel.

Will it turn its formidable arsenal – most of which is still idle, despite the constant and extreme bombardment of Gaza – onto Lebanon and Yemen?

If so, will that prompt Iran to turn its own considerable firepower on Israel, to defend its allies?

You see, the countries/organisations that have stepped in already have been able to claim a legitimate interest in defending the defenceless; and if they are attacked, any countries that step in to defend them will be able to claim a legitimate interest in defending their allies.

The logical choice is for Netanyahu to respond to Hezbollah and Houthi (Yemeni) attacks only in defence – for the time being.

But he is still losing the propaganda war, because his forces are murdering hundreds of Gazans every day.

And the fact of those deaths is likely to stir many more members of the Muslim world – Palestinians, Lebanese, Yemeni, Iranians, Qataris, Turks or whoever – into taking up arms against Israel.

So, whatever Israel does, it loses. And this is partly because of the unacceptably violent decisions of that country’s leaders.

All it will have cost Hamas is a few thousand Gazan lives.

Let’s remember: there are no “good” sides in this conflict. As This Writer wrote in another article, weeks ago, “there are only murderers in this room”.

That’s why I’m willing to believe that this is exactly the way the leaders of Hamas have planned it.


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What was the point of the Hamas incursion into Israel on October 7?

It’s a question This Writer has asked many times in the days since it happened: what was Hamas trying to achieve when its people invaded Israel, attacked the IDF and took hostages back to Gaza? What did that organisation’s leaders think would be the result?

October 7 was an Israeli holiday – Yom Kippur – and also the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War of 1973. As such, it was always possible that some kind of violence would happen.

Indeed, Israel was warned of a Hamas attack by Egypt – repeatedly – in the period before the attack. The Israeli government has denied this, but here‘s what an Egyptian intelligence official told The Times of Israel:

Jerusalem had ignored repeated warnings that the Gaza-based terror group was planning “something big.”

The Egyptian official said Egypt, which often serves as a mediator between Israel and Hamas, had spoken repeatedly with the Israelis about “something big,” without elaborating.

“We have warned them an explosion of the situation is coming, and very soon, and it would be big. But they underestimated such warnings,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the content of sensitive intelligence discussions with the media, told The Associated Press.

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This was confirmed by the USA:

“We know that Egypt has warned the Israelis three days prior that an event like this could happen,” Republican Michael McCaul tells reporters following a closed-door intelligence briefing for lawmakers on the crisis.

“I don’t want to get too much into classified, but a warning was given,” he says.

Given Israel’s propensity for lying, I think we should believe the Egyptians and the Americans on this.

So, with Israel looking the other way, Hamas’s Qassam Brigade launched an offensive with two strategies (this from The Cradle):

There is little to no credible evidence that Palestinian fighters had a plan to – or deliberately sought to – kill or harm unarmed Israeli civilians on 7 October. From the available footage, we witness them engaging primarily with armed Israeli forces, accounting for the deaths of hundreds of occupation soldiers. As Qassam Brigades’ Spokesman Abu Obeida made clear on 12 October:

“Al-Aqsa Flood operation aimed to destroy the Gaza Division (an Israeli army unit on Gaza’s borders) which was attacked at 15 points, followed by attacking 10 further military intervention points. We attacked the Zikim site and several other settlements outside the Gaza Division headquarters.”

Abu Obeida and other resistance officials claims that the other key objective of their operation was to take Israeli prisoners that they could exchange for the approximately 5,300 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli detention centers, many of whom are women and children.

Hamas Deputy Head of the Political Bureau of Saleh Al-Arouri, in an interview after the operation, stressed: “We have a large and qualitative number and senior officers. All we can say now is that the freedom of our prisoners is at the doorstep.”

I can see no sense in either of these objectives.

Destroying an arm of the Israeli Defence Force was only ever going to provoke violent retaliation – as we have seen over the 24 days since the incursion.

And taking hostages? In case you haven’t noticed, we have multiple eyewitness reports of IDF troops shooting, or even shelling, Israeli civilians in order to eliminate Hamas operatives. Here’s another one:

Even at the Israeli “peace rave”, which has been cited as the single deadliest attack committed by Palestinian fighters during their operation, videos emerged that appeared to show Israeli forces opening fire through a crowd of unarmed civilians, toward targets they believed to be Hamas members. ABC News also reported that an Israeli tank had headed to the site of the festival.

Whichever way you stack the information, it doesn’t make sense.

Hamas must have known an attack of the limited nature available to it could only lead to a response from Israel that would be several orders of magnitude more deadly, so launching the offensive seems to be insanity.

Israel’s behaviour seems equally irrational. Knowing the attack was coming, its leaders chose to ignore the warnings, wait for the attack to happen, and then murder their own fellow Israelis in order to manufacture international outrage to support a genocidal response.

Can anybody find anything wrong with my reasoning here?

I think there’s at least one very important piece of information missing from this. If anybody has it, please pass it on.


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How many Israelis were killed on October 7, again? And, how many were children?

*Caveat: this article is based on information that may change as more becomes available.

Duper’s delight: Look at that smug smile – Benjamin Netanyahu may have been telling fibs again.

It seems Israel may have been lying to us all (surprise, surprise!) about what happened on October 7 – the number of civilian fatalities, the number that were children, and what happened to them.

The following material comes from a website called The Cradle, which suggests that “evidence is now emerging that up to half the Israelis killed were combatants; that Israeli forces were responsible for some of their own civilian deaths [we knew that, right?]; and that Tel Aviv disseminated false ‘Hamas atrocities’ stories to justify its devastating air assault on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.”

It claims that information from the Israeli news organisation Haaretz showed that, by October 23, only 683 Israeli deaths could be verified – not the 1,400 claimed by Israel’s government:

Of these, 331 casualties – or 48.4 percent – have been confirmed to be soldiers and police officers, many of them female. Another 13 are described as rescue service members, and the remaining 339 are ostensibly considered to be civilians.

There are also so far no recorded deaths of children under the age of three, which throws into question the Israeli narrative that babies were targeted by Palestinian resistance fighters. Of the 683 total casualties reported thus far, seven were between the ages of 4 and 7, and nine between the ages of 10 and 17. The remaining 667 casualties appear to be adults.

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So what about all those gruesome claims? Rapes, beheaded babies?

Aviva Klompas, a former speechwriter for the Israeli mission to the UN, was the first Israeli of note to spread the claim that there were reports of “Israeli girls being raped and their bodies dragged through the street.

She posted this on X at 9:18 PM (Palestine time), on 7 October, although an op-ed Klompa published with Newsweek at 12:28 AM (Palestine time), on 8 October, made no mention of any sexual violence.

Klompas is also the co-founder of Boundless Israel, a “think-action tank” that works “to revitalize Israel education and take bold collective action to combat Jew-hatred.” An “unapologetically Zionist” charitable group that works to promote Israeli narratives on social media.

The one case touted as proof of rape was that of a young German-Israeli woman named Shani Louk, who was filmed face down in the back of a pickup truck and was widely assumed dead.

It was unclear whether the fighters filmed with Louk in the Gaza-bound vehicle were members of Hamas, as they do not sport the uniforms or insignia of the Al-Qassam troops identifiable in other Hamas videos – some even wore casual civilian clothing and sandals.

Later, her mother claimed to have evidence that her daughter was still alive, but had suffered a severe head wound. This rings true with information released by Hamas that indicated Louk was being treated for her injuries at an unspecified Gaza hospital.

Complicating matters further, on the day these rape allegations arose, Israelis would not have had access to this information. Their armed forces had not yet entered many, if not most, of the areas liberated by the resistance and were still engaged in armed clashes with them on multiple fronts.

Nevertheless, these rape claims took on a life of their own, with even US President Joe Biden alleging, during a speech days later, that Israeli women were “raped, assaulted, paraded as trophies” by Hamas fighters. It is important to note that The Forward’s article on 11 October reported that the Israeli military acknowledged they had no evidence of such allegations at that point.

When the army later made its own allegations of decapitations, foot amputations, and rape, Reuters pointed out that “the military personnel overseeing the identification process didn’t present any forensic evidence in the form of pictures or medical records.” To date, there is no credible evidence of these atrocities that has been presented.

Other outrageous allegations, such as the story of Hamas “beheading 40 babies‘ made headlines and the front pages of countless western news outlets. Even Biden claimed to have seen “confirmed photos of terrorists beheading babies.” The claims trace back to Israeli reserve settler and soldier David Ben Zion, who has previously incited violent riots against Palestinians and called for the West Bank town of Huwara to be wiped out. No evidence was ever produced to support these claims and the White House itself confirmed later that Joe Biden had never seen such photos.

What do you think?

We have first-hand information from former Hamas hostages that they have been well-treated. It seems that, besides the destruction of the IDF’s Gaza Division, the aim of the Hamas incursion on October 7 was to take live hostages that could be exchanged with the circa-5,300 Palestinians said to be inhabiting Israeli jails for no good reason, many of them women and children.

If that’s true, then Hamas would have wanted to avoid causing serious harm to civilians.

So – if this information is accurate, then Israel’s spokespeople have lied about the number and nature of the people who were killed, and in their claims of atrocities inflicted upon the dead.

Considering how other claims by Israel’s government have also fallen apart (which one is your favourite?)…

Well, what do you think? Comment using the box below.


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Now Israel apologists are trying to redefine the word ‘holocaust’

This is what a holocaust looks like (or at least one interpretation): and as the artist intends, it might accurately refer to what Israel is visiting upon Gaza now.

This is shameful from UK journalist Andrew Neil – and may actually be considered anti-Semitic:

The term “holocaust” may refer to any act of destruction or slaughter on a massive scale, especially by fire or nuclear war, according to the online dictionary This Writer just accessed.

But using it to refer to an act of terrorism that killed 1,400 people – horrific though that is in itself – may be considered a denial or distortion of the enormity of those events that are universally accepted as holocausts, such as that which happened to victims of the Nazis, including Jews, in the 1930s and 1940s.

That would be holocaust denial – which is considered to be anti-Semitic in the extreme.

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And that could be a reason people are pushing very hard against this attempt at holocaust revisionism, either in the form of claims that one happened on October 7…

… or in criticism of (in this instance) an article by an Israeli genocide scholar, explaining why October 7 cannot be compared with the Holocaust, and that Israel and its apologists should stop weaponising the word:

That International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) ‘working’ definition of anti-Semitism is starting to look a little tattered, what with all this jiggery-pokery by the Israeli government. I wonder how heavily it will need to be edited in order to accommodate all this nonsense.


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