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CNN Gets 'Fooled' by a Palestinian Child's Death; Real Story Is Hamas Barbarity Against Own People
News Busters ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tom Blumer

Posted on 11/19/2012 5:14:02 PM PST by SeekAndFind

A video at CNN with reporting by Sara Sidner from Gaza tells us "how a small child became a symbol of civilian casualties." Some of her narrative: A scene no parent should ever have to endure" "Four year-old Mahmoud Sadallah lies dead in the arms of a neighbor, a child of Gaza, another victim of an airstrike" "we saw no evidence here of military activity." There's even a scene where Ms. Sidner reports having to flee where she is currently reporting because "there are airstrikes" and "rockets" Since Hamas doesn't have an air force, we're supposed to assume that Israel's military is responsible for Mahmoud's death.

Except, as Joel Pollak at Breitbart noted this morning, others have shown that Sidner wants us to believe isn't the truth (bolds are mine throughout this post; links are in originals presented):


Hamas has once again apparently been caught faking an image of a dead Palestinian child--this time using a child likely killed by its own rocket fire and claiming that an Israeli attack was responsible. CNN's Sara Sidner ran a full report on the child's death, strongly implying that an Israeli bomb had been responsible.

The dead child was paraded before the cameras during the visit of Egyptian prime minister Hisham Kandil, who kissed the dead child in the presence of Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. But even the New York Times was suspicious.

Bloggers such as Elder of Ziyon quickly pieced together the evidence of Hamas fakery:

... the fact that Hamas and other terror groups were firing rockets throughout Friday morning while the IDF did not, plus the fact that over 100 rockets have fallen short in Gaza (both using past performance and IDF statistics as proof), and the fact that the shrapnel in the video matches almost exactly the shrapnel damage we have seen from rocket fire into Israel, and it is very clear: this child was killed by Gaza rocket fire, not by Israel.

Not every civilian death in Gaza is faked, of course. But almost every civilian death can be attributed to Hamas, which deliberately fires rockets from civilian areas and hides its weapons caches in mosques and homes.

Update: According to the office of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 60 of the 703 rockets fired by Hamas and other terror groups since the start of the conflict have fallen on Palestinian civilians. The Israel Defense Force says that 99 rockets in total that were fired at Israel have hit Gaza itself in four days of conflict.

Update 2: Several sources now report that the child was, in fact, killed by a Hamas rocket, not Israel. Those sources include the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. Will CNN issue a correction to its earlier false report?

If CNN has issued a correction, I wasn't able to find it.

The truth about this incident reveals a horrifying aspect of Hamas's conduct of which I daresay even most relatively informed followers of the news aren't aware, as explained by Richard Landes at PJ Media:

... the head of Hamas, whose boys systematically fire from the midst of civilians — in order to create civilian casualties they can then blame on Israeli counter-strikes — exploiting a death directly caused by his men, in order to appeal to western sympathy. It would be hard to imagine a more stunning portrait of the most depraved hypocrisy (and contempt for viewers who believe this display of compassion).

... It is hard to imagine a more grotesque expression of a mutual corruption: trying to demonize your enemy before an outside audience whom you expect to side with you in the name of empathy for the very children you victimize. How disordered the emotional and moral world of the masterminds of this kind of manipulation must be.

... In other words, Hamas engages in the exceptionally rare wartime act of actively victimizing one’s own civilian population –specifically a war crime – in order to win a victory in cognitive war.

And they can only do so if a corrupt media on the scene (including NGOs and UN agencies), rather than expose their criminal strategies, play along and present the images of dead babies in the framework of the Palestinian narrative of Israeli victimization.

Even if others don't play along (Pollak notes that the Associated Press as well the New York Times reported reasons to be skeptical), the damage is done, as millions of viewers of CNN, especially overseas where alternative media is often not as strong as in the U.S. (not that it's strong enough in the U.S. yet), will never see or hear the truth about Hamas's barbarity. That sad reality makes me wonder if Sara Sidner was really "fooled" at all.

Cross-posted at

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cnn; enemypropaganda; hamas; israel; judeophobia; opec; palestine; partisanmediashills; waronterror
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To: bigheadfred
They don’t care about their children. They intentionally put them in harms way. They are indoctrinated in hate. Yes. I really mean that.

21 posted on 11/19/2012 5:58:41 PM PST by COBOL2Java (The GOP-e said "Beat a Marxist with a Liberal!" What a colossal blunder.)
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To: SeekAndFind; ntnychik; devolve; FARS; Fred Nerks; onyx; little jeremiah
Mark Levin covered this today.

Elsewhere the victims who get up when the cameras quit rolling, the dead babies who are bags of laundry.

The Great One played part of a three minute clip of an AP guy taking a Hussein propaganda harpie in dog collar to school:

What are you doing about Turkey a NATO partner and US ally calling Israel "terrorist"

Hussein pretending to not be a Muslim enemy of Israel

Between Turkey's radical Islamist and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood puke, Hussein can't squirt enough ink in the sea to obscure the ugliness

Behold the US leads in the wrong direction for anything but a cheezy Showtime of Revelations and Mayan Sayonara

No way does CONUS get through the next four years without reaping the harvest of sowing Taqiya John's reup

22 posted on 11/19/2012 5:59:11 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Fakistan)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.

CNN wasn’t fooled — it was spreading, and continues to spread, anti-Israel agitprop. That’s one of the few things CNN does well and consistently.

23 posted on 11/19/2012 6:01:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (
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To: COBOL2Java; Mears

Send that to Mears. They are the one that needs to get the picture.

24 posted on 11/19/2012 6:05:52 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred; Mears
Mears doesn't really care all that much about the reality of the situation, and that real people are actually dying.

Mears and that ilk are much more concerned about the manipulation of the perception of reality, and whether or not the misinformation/propaganda efforts still works properly for his/her/its cause.

Shame on all of us who dare to openly call evil acts, evil.

We are just way too judgemental and unforgiving of complicated political nuances!

25 posted on 11/19/2012 6:20:33 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: sarasmom

“Mears doesn’t really care all that much about the reality of the situation, “


Nope,Mears doesn’t believe in clubbing kids over the head.


26 posted on 11/19/2012 6:54:43 PM PST by Mears
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To: Mears

People club their kids over the head, to death, everyday all throughout the world.
In Islamic countries it is always tacitly excused for political/religious reasons.

In the USA, it is never excused, but it still sometimes happens.

Your supposed personal moral superiority is less than worthless.
Other than chiding citizens of the USA who are just starting to understand how pervasive and evil Islam is, what have you personally done to stop the murder of children born in third world nations?

Is it OK in your world if children are strapped with explosives and trained to explode themselves in public?

Claiming you care, and proving it are two different issues.

Chiding someone for no longer caring about the weapons of killers does not prove anything, except your own ignorance of the problem.

27 posted on 11/19/2012 7:50:13 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: sarasmom

“Your supposed personal moral superiority is less than worthless.”

Well I certainly can do something about that. I now approve of people clubbing kids over the head.

Feel better?


28 posted on 11/19/2012 8:35:58 PM PST by Mears
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To: Mears

But I would “feel better” if you stopped trying to shush people who actually do care about the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians who are considered expenable collateral damage in this type of war.

It is war.
And you are guilty of helping to prolong it, by pretending it is not war.

Do you “feel “ better now?

29 posted on 11/19/2012 9:13:37 PM PST by sarasmom
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