The media has been getting its ghoulish Gaza death toll from Hamas and its employees. And it turns out they might not be that accurate. And the media is more than happy to manufacture and inflate any story that makes Israel look bad.
If we take a closer look at the ranks of the Gaza dead, we’ll find more living dead people than an episode of The Walking Dead.
First Donald Macintyre of the New Statesman claimed that ten-year-old Mohammed Badran’s “entire family had been killed when a missile destroyed their home at the Nuseirat refugee camp.”
Update, 12 August: Mohammed Badran’s family turned out not to have been killed in the strike on his home, as had been reported here.
That’s quite an update.
But Donald Macintyre of the New Statesman insists that Israel is still the villain, randomly killing innocent civilians for no reason.
In fact, although seven of the Badrans’ nine children were also injured in the attack, including their 17-year-old daughter Eman, who is now also in Shifa with serious leg injuries, Mohammed’s parents Tagorid and Nidal Badran both survived to take care of him. That is until Nidal, 44, a policeman, was killed in another air strike, this time on the Qassam mosque in Nusseirat refugee camp, in the early hours of Saturday, 9 August, as he prepared to attend dawn prayers.
What a heartwarming story of a family suffering under Zionist terror. It certainly is odd that Nidal got bombed twice. It’s almost like he was a magnet for Israeli weapons.
Nidal was not at the mosque for dawn prayers. He was there at 3:30 AM meeting together with two other senior Hamas members.
Here’s the AP report on the aftermath of that attack.
Of the mosques visited by the AP, Al-Qassam stood out as the most suspicious given that three senior Hamas officials perished in the pre-dawn airstrike Saturday and judging by the heavy security presence in the aftermath of the attack. Underlining the tension, an AP reporter was briefly detained by plainclothes Hamas security men after he took down the names of two religious books recovered from the rubble.
Nothing to see here.
The AP reporter at least took risks. Donald Macintyre of the New Statesman just spewed up Hamas propaganda like he was getting paid for it.