Ilhan Omar’s Latest Anti-Israel Propaganda Backfires
Palestine supporter and staunch anti-Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tried to save after spreading false information on Israel.
Omar, who has an extensive history of making falsehoods about Israel, promoted Hamas’ claim that Israel bombed a hospital inside Gaza, killing over 500 people.
BREAKING: The Gaza Health Ministry says at least 500 people killed in an explosion at a hospital that it says was caused by an Israeli airstrike. https://t.co/QXPgbAvtQ6
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 17, 2023
The Associated Press shared a post on X stating “BREAKING: The Gaza Health Ministry says at least 500 people killed in an explosion at a hospital that it says was caused by an Israeli airstrike.” Omar quickly shared the post, blaming Israel for the alleged attack on the hospital.
“Bombing a hospital is among the gravest of war crimes. The IDF reportedly blowing up one of the few places the injured and wounded can seek medical treatment and shelter during a war is horrific,” Omar wrote on X, sharing the false post with her nearly 3 million followers. “@POTUS [President Joe Biden] needs to push for an immediate ceasefire to end this slaughter.”
However, Israeli and U.S. intelligence and President Biden have all confirmed that the hospital explosion was caused by a Hamas rocket that misfired.
Facing a huge backlash and criticism for spreading Hamas propaganda, Omar was forced to backtrack from her initial claim while also blaming The Associated Press for her actions.
Our office cited an AP report yesterday that the IDF had hit a Baptist hospital in Gaza. Since then, the IDF denied responsibility and the US intelligence assessment is that this was not done by Israel.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 19, 2023
“Our office cited an AP report yesterday that the IDF had hit a Baptist hospital in Gaza,” she wrote. “Since then, the IDF denied responsibility and the US intelligence assessment is that this was not done by Israel.It is a reminder that information is often unreliable and disputed in the fog of war (especially on Twitter where misinformation is rampant),” she continued. “We all have a responsibility to ensure information we are sharing is from credible sources and to acknowledge as new reports come in.”
Omar’s latest anti-Israel propaganda comes only a few days after she was caught spreading another misinformation about Israel. Omar shared an Image showing dozens of dead children wrapped in white clothes, blaming the children’s death on Israel. The lawmaker claimed the children were from Palestine and died as a result of an Israeli air strike
Ilhan Omar has reposted an image purported to be from Gaza but is actually a 2013 image of child victims of the Assad regime's Eastern Ghouta gas attack.
This is a sitting Congresswoman. I have absolutely no words. pic.twitter.com/To3qrHIGP3
— Kareem Rifai 🌐 (@KareemRifai) October 14, 2023
However, the image was taken from a National Geographic article from August 2013. The children also died in Damascus, Syria, shortly after they succumbed to chemical weapon poisoning.