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Propaganda, Lies & More Rockets – Hamas Wages War on All Fronts


“Dad, I killed 10 with my bare hands! Their blood is on my hands, let me speak to Mom. Please be proud of me, Dad.” – Mahmoud, Palestinian Hamas terrorist speaking to his parents on victim’s phone during attack


Hamas, Iran and its proxies have stepped up their twisted propaganda campaign aimed at maligning the Jewish state and weakening worldwide support for Israelis. They are spreading insidious lies that are quickly parroted by major media -- without questioning the truth or intent of their narrative. It is vitally important to separate facts from fiction in this deadly battle, as Hamas and Hezbollah rockets continue to rain down on Israelis.


Some reporters and news organizations accept what the Hamas terrorist organization says at face value. It took days for international military analysts to correct the media that a failed Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket slammed into a parking lot next to the hospital, killing a fraction of the victims Hamas claimed. An Israeli bomb was NOT responsible. The New York Times belatedly issued a correction nearly a week later; other journalists, newspapers and media outlets neglected reality and moved on to the next story.


In these perilous times, when Israel is fighting for its very existence, it is vitally important that we not let lies and propaganda take hold. What follows is a list of the most commonly repeated falsehoods and the contrasting truth to help you dispel myths and help you when speaking with your friends, colleagues and others.



Dispelling Falsehoods, Stating Facts

You might hear: The stories of the Hamas massacre are lies fabricated by Israel.

Reality: The stories of the Hamas massacre are proven by the videos recorded by Hamas terrorists and autopsies of the brutalized victims. There are Americans who are mirroring the rhetoric of Holocaust deniers – rejecting evidence about how Hamas butchered Jews. A man with his eyes gouged out. A woman’s breasts sliced off. A mother and child burned alive while hugging each other. These atrocities happened. Videos from Hamas terrorists prove it.



You might hear: Israel occupies Gaza. This justifies the attack.

Reality: Israel removed all of its citizens and settlements from Gaza in 2005. The only Israelis in Gaza today are hostages – from a six-month-old baby to Holocaust survivors – held by Hamas. Gaza is an independent territory governed by Iran-backed Hamas.


You might hear: Palestinians are not allowed to vote in Israeli elections.

Reality: Palestinians are supposed to be voting in Palestinian Authority elections. The last Palestinian election was in January 2006. PA President Abbas is in the 18th year of a four-year term. Hamas has ruled Gaza after violently removing the PA from power in 2007 and could have held elections at any time, but didn’t. Hamas leaders prefer to subject their citizens to a dictatorship.



You might hear: Gaza is an open-air prison, a concentration camp.

Reality: Hamas has been the independent government of Gaza since 2007 when it violently seized control from the Palestinian Authority. Hamas is free to build schools and improve the lives of Gazans, yet it chooses to divert most of its funds to dig tunnels and build rockets. Any Palestinian suffering is caused by the terrorists that impose their will on their citizens.

You might hear: Palestinians do not support Hamas.

Reality: Many Palestinians indeed do not, but some Palestinians do support Hamas. The terrorist group won the Palestinian legislative elections in Gaza in 2006. Some Palestinians celebrated the recent mass slaughter by passing out candies and hitting the bodies of kidnapped Israelis paraded through Gaza.



You might hear: Palestinians do not have agency – the power and resources needed to thrive.

Reality: Palestinians do have agency but Hamas has never provided a better life for its citizens. The Palestinians receive more aid per capita than any country in the world – including $40 billion from 1996 to 2020. Arab and European countries have poured billions into Gaza that was used by Hamas to build bombs, rockets and terror tunnels.


You might hear: Gaza does not have natural resources to grow its economy.

Reality: Israel overcame its lack of oil by investing in its people and technology, earning the nickname: Startup Nation. Israeli ingenuity produced a variety of inventions from drip irrigation to the Waze navigation app. Israel made the desert bloom and left behind greenhouses and other valuable infrastructure when it left Gaza in 2005. Palestinian extremists destroyed the greenhouses and wasted the aid money they received.


You might hear: Israel controls water in Gaza.

Reality: Yes, Gazans have been struggling and emergency supplies are now making their way into Gaza across the Egyptian border. In the current state of war, both Israel and Egypt are concerned about allowing in supplies that can be diverted and used by Hamas terrorists. As a case in point, Hamas recently filmed themselves digging up water pipes to build rockets instead of producing and securing food and medicine for its residents. The EU spent $100 million on water pipes in Gaza over a 10-year period to help the Palestinians. Oddly enough, Hamas is not running out of rockets that it keeps firing at Israeli civilians more than two weeks after slaughtering 1,400 Israelis.



You might hear: The Gaza Health Ministry reports, or Palestinians say

Reality: The Hamas-run Health Ministry is fully controlled by the Hamas terrorist organization. There is no way to verify the claims made by them. After the false reports on the ‘hospital’ bombing, the Hamas-run Health Ministry immediately published the claim that 500 Palestinians were killed. How could the number of deaths have been determined in minutes?



You might hear: The Palestinian news media and journalists are reliable sources.

Reality: Palestinian society does not have a free press unlike Israel and America. Hamas terrorists intimidate journalists reporting from Gaza, influencing what the world is able to see. Immediate access to the Al-Ahli Hospital would have shown that the hospital was not directly struck by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket that fell short. Many Palestinians also work as reporters or sources for international journalists. These Palestinians often have biases, including social media accounts celebrating terrorism against Israelis.


You might hear: Israel is responsible for providing aid to Palestinians living under Hamas.

Reality: Not only is Hamas responsible for providing aid to its citizens, but what explains the absence of Islamic countries that regularly boast of their support for the Palestinian cause? Egypt – which borders Gaza – refuses to allow a large number of Palestinians to seek shelter in the vast Sinai peninsula. Jordan, which is a state with a majority Palestinian population, also is silent. Iran provides billions of dollars to fund Hamas but not the residents of Gaza. Leaders in these countries regularly slander Israelis and their people rally on the streets but refuse to offer significant aid to the Palestinians in Gaza.


You might hear: Israel intentionally targets schools, hospitals and mosques in Gaza.

Reality: Iran-backed Hamas intentionally builds tunnels under UN schools, locates their headquarters under a hospital and stores weapons in mosques – turning Gaza citizens into human shields. Israel goes to great lengths – not undertaken by most other nations – to warn Palestinian civilians. This includes sending messages to Palestinian cell phones and dropping flyers.



You might hear: Hamas does not harm civilians, only soldiers.

Reality: Hamas intentionally targets civilians – both Israelis and Palestinian. Terrorists and their supporters claim that the group does not harm civilians and treats them humanely. A video showing Hamas terrorists caring for young children in an Israeli community – carrying a baby and feeding kids – with their parents clearly missing, has circulated across social media. Now, Hamas has slowly begun releasing female hostages. This is part of its propaganda war.


You might hear: The Israeli Defense Forces are spreading propaganda.

Reality: The IDF is sharing facts. Israel has an independent press that is free to challenge any information shared by its military. There is NO dispute about the horrendous atrocities committed by Hamas against innocent Israelis – raping girls, killing parents in front of their children and ripping out unborn children from the bellies of their mothers. Evidence confirming the brutality continues to come to light.


You might hear: Palestinians are the only ones suffering now because they were forced to evacuate their homes.

Reality: About 200,000 Israelis have been forced to evacuate their homes on the borders with Gaza and Lebanon across dozens of communities. The Jewish state is taking precautions to protect its civilians from future attacks. Hamas continues to try to prevent Palestinians from leaving their homes so they can serve as human shields for the terrorists.


A.   Use your voice to speak out!

Please use these facts in your everyday conversations to increase support for Israelis, counter the deniers and raise awareness for the hostages. Israelis need our collective support as the Jewish state faces an existential threat from Iran. Americans must hear the real facts from all of us, and we must all stand on the side of the good vs. evil.


B. – critical resources to help Israel

We have curated resources from partner organizations and others actively involved in supporting Israel, to provide you with a brief, one-stop guide to help you more easily find ways to help out, speak out, seek help and stay informed as the Hamas war against Israel continues.


C.   How YOU Can Help – Israel Under Attack from Hamas & Iran

Donate to organizations providing aid to Israelis.


Hamas terrorists with two Israeli hostages before their release

October 23, 2023

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