The image is heartbreaking – At a hospital in Gaza, Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil kisses the forehead of a lifeless Palestinian child, while Hamas Prime Minsister Ismail Haniyeh cradles the boy in his arms.
The image made its way around the world, presenting a PR gift for Hamas, and a serious one for Israel. The country that is doing nothing more than defending itself from terrorist attacks, was now being presented as the aggressor, and one that was launching attacks that were killing innocent children.
The problem is, the events surrounding the image were never real.
Via Honest Reporting:
While the boy was allegedly killed by an IDF airstrike, it occurred during the time that a ceasefire was in effect for the visit of the Egyptian PM. A ceasefire that Hamas broke, firing more rockets while even Israel refrained from launching airstrikes.The truth has now emerged. Credit to some journalists for admitting, for once, that Israel was not the responsible party. The Sunday Telegraph reports (emphasis added):But there were signs on Saturday that not all the Palestinian casualties have been the result of Israeli air strikes. The highly publicised death of four-year-old Mohammed Sadallah appeared to have been the result of a misfiring home-made rocket, not a bomb dropped by Israel.The child’s death on Friday figured prominently in media coverage after Hisham Kandil, the Egyptian prime minister, was filmed lifting his dead body out of an ambulance. “The boy, the martyr, whose blood is still on my hands and clothes, is something that we cannot keep silent about,” he said, before promising to defend the Palestinian people.But experts from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights who visited the site on Saturday said they believed that the explosion was caused by a Palestinian rocket.
Turns out Hamas is not content with using children as human shields, they are also willing to prop up their dead bodies in an attempt to get world opinion on their side. And as usual, the media is all too compliant in their efforts to denigrate Israel’s actions – a country simply trying to defend itself from terror.