Israel claims nine terrorists and three civilians were killed by shells landing near an UNRWA school contradicting UNRWA testimony and media coverage that indicated 43 civilians were killed.
The tragic story of Khaled Abed Rabbo and his three daughters – reportedly executed by an Israeli soldier – appears in many outlets. Yet, the numerous accounts are inconsistent and are contradicted by earlier Palestinian reports.
UNRWA officials, John Ging (left) and Chris Gunness helped perpetuate the false story that Israel had shelled the Fakhoury UNRWA school in Gaza. Ging admits he knew none of the dead were on the school grounds.
The United Nations humanitarian chief seems unaware that Hamas cynically uses the Western media — and humanitarian officials — to spread the misinformation it disseminates for propaganda purposes.
The Israeli army has published figures claiming 70 percent of the Palestinians killed in the Gaza fighting were combatants. This contradicts Palestinian claims that most of the dead were unarmed civilians. CAMERA's analysis found 3/4 of the fatalities were adult males.
Did Israel destroy Al Quds Hospital, leaving only, as the AP claimed, "smoldering wreckage"? If so, why does the ICRC report that in "three to five days" hospital services at Al Quds will return to normal?
As the media broadcast and discuss images of destruction in the Gaza Strip, it is essential that they recall, and alert the public to, Hamas's use of crowded and built up civilian areas as a base for attacking Israel.
Myths about the fighting in Gaza multiply everyday. For example, Rashid Khalidi in a New York Times op-ed provided multiple examples of Gaza myths in an article purporting to do the opposite. (updated Jan. 19)
From disengagement to tahdia to Katyushas, the history and considerations that prompted Israel's military action against Hamas are discussed in this brief timeline.