I had the opportunity to debunk this vicious, dehumanizing libel to the face of one such propagandist when I appeared on CGTN’s The Heat on Thursday.
The show begins with an interview with Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi.
Then I was on a panel with two Israeli propagandists, Jeremy Saltan, a settler from Chicago and a member of Yamina, an alliance of extreme right-wing political parties, and Amotz Asa-El, a commentator for The Jerusalem Post.
Both regurgitated a predictable barrage of talking points aimed at justifying Israel’s targeting of Palestinian civilians.
Saltan claimed that the Palestinian resistance group Hamas “is putting the rocket launchers on top of the residential apartment buildings” and “choosing deliberately to put those innocent civilians in a place to have a situation of collatoral damage.”
It’s a version of the perennial lie that Palestinians use their children as “human shields.”
As this clip below shows, I responded to Saltan that if there was a shred of truth to his claim, Israel – with its drones and surveillance technology – would undoubtedly be able to provide evidence.
But instead, we have fabrications.I pointed out that earlier this week, Ofir Gendelman, a senior spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, posted on Twitter a video he claimed showed Hamas firing a barrage of rockets from right next to an apartment building.
In fact, as The Electronic Intifada reported, the video was more than two years old and came from Syria.
Twitter actually labeled it “manipulated media” – in other words a lie – and Gendelman eventually deleted it.
You can watch whole episode of The Heat at the top of this article.
A family massacre
As of late Friday, the health ministry in Gaza reported that more than 125 Palestinians had been killed since the Israeli bombardment began on Monday, including more than 30 children and 20 women.
Almost 1,000 people have been injured. But that dreadful toll is growing by the hour.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, a reported Israeli airstrike hit a residential building belonging to the Abu Hatab family in Gaza’s Beach refugee camp.
At least 10 people – eight children and two women – were killed.
Pictures circulated by media show a months-old baby who was rescued from the rubble under which his family was killed.