Despite widespread acknowledgment that Hamas was responsible for the rocket that struck al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza, contradicting the initial report blaming Israel, major media outlets, including The New York Times, continue to avoid admitting the true cause of the attack, according to a New York Post editorial.
“Even last week, the Times was reporting the horror’s cause as ‘contested,'” criticized the Post’s editorial board on Monday. “Does it just not want to admit its colossal error?”
This critique follows Human Rights Watch, an organization perceived as unfriendly toward Israel, acknowledging that the bombing of the hospital on October 17, early in the conflict, “resulted from an apparent rocket-propelled munition, such as those commonly used by Palestinian armed groups,” as highlighted by The Post.
“Armed groups — that is, terror factions like Islamic Jihad, the group Hamas operatives blamed in an audio clip intercepted and published by Israel,” asserted the editorial.
While urging further investigation into the rocket strike, Human Rights Watch also cast doubt on the death and casualty figures provided by Hamas, citing an “unusually high killed-to-injured ratio” that is “out of proportion” with the observed damage, suggesting a misfired rocket.
“The admission comes more than a month after the hospital tragedy itself — and the subsequent agitprop push by Hamas that was uncritically repeated by major media outlets like The New York Times,” noted the Post in its editorial. “This is the latest in a long series of independent investigations that have confirmed again and again that Israel did not fire that rocket.”
However, the editorial board argued that there is “no amount of evidence” that will satisfy “American wing of Hamas apologists” like Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who has embraced a “trutherism” stance on the attack. The Human Rights Watch findings, the Post contends, leave “no moral cover” for “Tlaib and the antisemites who hang out with her on Facebook.”
The Post pointed out that Hamas’ “useful idiots in the media” refuse to admit wrongdoing, having been “compromised for far too long.” The editorial referenced former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman, who claimed that the organization’s coverage of Gaza was “shaped by Hamas,” allowing terrorists to censor its reporters without informing readers.
Friedman also argued that Hamas has turned Gaza into a military landscape indistinguishable from the civilian one, comparing it to a suicide bomber. He noted that major Western press organizations are content to ignore this reality.
The editorial emphasized that major organizations use terms like “militants” or “fighters” to describe the “blood-soaked killers of children and the elderly.”
“As Israel continues its hostage exchange with Hamas, it’s critical to remember that the Jewish state is battling murderers and war criminals, not righteous freedom fighters, no matter how hard elite institutions seek to suppress that fact,” concluded The Post’s editorial.