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Global Criticism of Israel Mounts as Media Becomes Hamas Mouthpiece

March 15, 2024

by: Maya Bar ~ Ynetnews

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Hamas directly influences reports that level false accusations against Israel (illustrative).

Friday, 15 March 2024 | As the conflict in Gaza persists, Israel awaits Hamas’ response to the most recent cease-fire proposal. Amid reports suggesting that the Biden administration might restrict the transfer of arms to Israel if Israel Defense Forces [IDF] initiates a military operation in Rafah, global attention was now drawn to Palestinian testimonies from the IDF’s operation in a Khan Younis hospital last month.

The BBC recently reported that British Foreign Secretary David Cameron is seeking “answers from Israel” following the receipt of “disturbing evidence” of violent arrests of medical teams. The Guardian also reported that at least 13 patients died following the entry of forces into the hospital.

The BBC report included testimonies from three doctors at the hospital, claiming that IDF soldiers humiliated and assaulted them. It was also alleged that Palestinians detained by the forces were “forced to kneel for hours.” The British broadcaster noted that it had investigated these stories for several weeks and cross-referenced information, finding the evidence remained consistent. However, many of the sources cited in the report are from the Palestinian Ministry of Health, which Hamas manages.

The IDF stated that its intelligence indicated that Hamas terrorists were present at the hospital. It also determined through evidence found there that Israeli hostages taken captive by Hamas on October 7 were held at the hospital, with some of them publicly confirming this. The IDF did not respond to specific reports of abuse but denied that any medical team was harmed. “Any abuse of detainees is contrary to orders and is therefore absolutely forbidden,” the IDF said in a statement. The terrorist organization Hamas denied that its members operate within medical facilities.

Aside from the extensive focus on the military operation at the hospital, which was previously the largest functioning hospital in the Strip, global reports are also highlighting the famine crisis in Gaza. Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, told the Wall Street Journal that “Hunger is being used as a weapon of war.”

Borrell further argued that the severe shortage of humanitarian aid in Gaza is a “man-made disaster,” attributing its cause to Israel’s refusal to allow aid trucks to enter northern Gaza directly. “As hunger is being weaponized, we must condemn what is happening in Gaza,” he said.

In contrast, it was reported today that a World Food Program convoy used a new land route constructed by the IDF parallel to the fence. Consequently, aid trucks could enter the Netzarim corridor in the northern Strip via “Crossing 96,” adjacent to Kibbutz Be’eri.

Posted on March 15, 2024

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by Ynetnews on March 13, 2024. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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