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The death of a baby is tragic, always.  But for the terrorists in Gaza and their supporters, the death of a child provides an irresistible public relations bonanza. Even when the killer of the baby isn’t their enemy, but their own weapons.

So when the Egyptian Prime Minister, Hesham Kandil, paid a visit to Gaza as a show of support for his fellow Islamists, a dead four-year-old child, Mahmoud Sadallah, was furnished for the photo opportunity.  The staging was perfect: Kandil, gently laying a kiss on the dead child’s forehead, while Ismael Haniya, a Prime Minister of Hamas, holds the child aloft, as dozens of concerned men look on in the background.

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Kandil fought back tears as he said to reporters gathered to record the moment, “What I saw today in the hospital, the wounded and the martyrs, the boy … whose blood is still on my hands and clothes, is something that we cannot keep silent about.”

CNN referred to Mahmoud as the “symbol of the war in Gaza.”  Kandil told the cameras,”I saw the child who was martyred,” and called on Israel to halt “the offensive.”

CNN, The Mirror (UK) and other media, including Norway’s Dagbladet showed the touching scene.

But there is one problem: Israel isn’t responsible for Mahmoud Sadallah’s death.  Hamas is.

Sadallah was brought to Shifra Hospital in Gaza City after having been struck while playing outside of his home.  Although his family members told reporters that Mahmoud was killed in an airstrike from Israel, the facts don’t add up.

Israel agreed to a ceasefire during the time the Egyptian Prime Minister was in Gaza. Terrorists from Gaza continued firing during Kandil’s visit, but Israel held back, and certainly did not fire anywhere near where Kandil was visiting.

In addition, no one saw the strike, although there were reports that an explosion was heard.  The damage was consistent with that of a much smaller weapon, such as a qassam or morter shell.

But what really seems to point away from Israel having been responsible is that although there was evidence of what caused the explosion, that evidence was immediately removed from the area and has not been seen since.

Lebanon’s Daily Star had this to say:

Mahmoud’s family said the boy was in an alley close to his home when he was killed, along with a man of about 20, but no one appeared to have witnessed the strike. The area showed signs that a projectile might have exploded there, with shrapnel marks in the walls of surrounding homes and a shattered kitchen window. But neighbors said local security officials quickly took what remained of the projectile, making it impossible to verify who fired it.

But the pictures have been taken and the CNN video has aired.  Hamas now has its own Mohammed Al-Durah-style fake martyr with which to demonize Israel.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

49 COMMENTS

  1. I gues when yo are the lowest form of life (Terrorists) you will have no problem lying through your teeth about this even whenyouknow you are responsible for his death. These people make me sick and so does the western media that publish this rubbish a if it is factual.

  2. Pedophilia is permitted in the Qur'an and Muhammad, Allah's pedophile prophet, was also bi-sexual as was Arafat; so, this 4 year old boy could be martyred by one of their many followers.
    More than likely, stock piles of rockets were stored next to his play ground, school or home. Also, more than likely, they were told not to follow the instructions on the thousands of notes of warning the IDF sent to all the people in Gaza to stay away from the terrorists; so, he got killed. CNN is now an accomplice to this crime.

  3. CNN is paid by Quatar. Saw an interview on RT of CNN journalist that did a story about Bahrain protests! She was fired by CNN because she pointed out the truth. They don’t want truth exposed! Look at Bradley Manning imprisoned n tortured for exposing the truth! We live in an upside down world!

  4. CNN is paid by Quatar. Saw an interview on RT of CNN journalist that did a story about Bahrain protests! She was fired by CNN because she pointed out the truth. They don’t want truth exposed! Look at Bradley Manning imprisoned n tortured for exposing the truth! We live in an upside down world!

  5. "But neighbors said Local Security Officials quickly took what remained of the projectile, making it impossible to verify who fired it." So the innocent child was slaughtered for the visiting Egyptian FM, who preferred kissing the child dead than alive.

  6. It should be noted that scenes like these have happened in almost every war Israel has had with the PA/PLO, and with all the surrounding Arabs. During such wars, the dead were brought out from the hospitals in front of the cameras as victims of "Israel's aggression". Anybody who had died or who had been murdered for reasons of crime during these wars were brought to the CNN cameras as victims of "Israel's aggression". The murderers in crime go free and Israel gets blamed. Even the deathly sick that can still walk are sent to Israel's check points wearing a suicide belt.

    Nobody really knows the cause of death of any of their dead because they will not allow an autopsy.

  7. As Archie Bunker learned in All In The Family, it's difficult to argue who caused a traffic accident with a carful of nuns. However, Israel media need press the issue articulated concisely by Netanyahu. The Palestinians are committing war crimes with a double edge sword: attacking Israeli civilians, and hiding behind their own.

  8. I Want to say this with all fear and repect to all life , but it is not easy to say this , but I feel I have to ays this , Israel can not wait on the Usa or the UN no more , it is time to declear full war against the terrorist ; Hamas , Hazbola , Iran and who ever need to atack because the Israel will only have peace until all the terrorist are finhed once and for ALL! The more Isreal waits the worst it is! ISRAEL GOT GO FULL FORCE TO TAKE HANDS IN THE MATTER OF FINSHING THE ENMY ONCE AND FOR ALL SAKES!

  9. i can not understand why all tv news shows keep talking about israel like that. Its impressive how all of them keep saying the same things about what happened in israel. Why are they so blind? its easier to blame israel? we are always guilty and murders and things like that! I can't stand listenging anti israel comments or that we are always complaining about different things or for example that we made up the whole holocaust history. It's just sad how people dont know the truth or dont want to know it. Please take care.

  10. As always, everyone has to blame Israel for a situation that the Palestinians themselves are responsible: how many civilians die every time a bastard immolates himself in Israel? simply because their leaders deceive them with false promises and illusions, how many children have died because of the missiles that they throw and then crawl as they do rats in the sewers? Terrorists will always be terrorists and Israel is a nation that tiend every right to defend especially those, cowardly, used children as human shields, and then display them before the television cameras to stimulate the feeling of sorrow and pity towards them. Israel is Real, israel live forever and ever…

  11. Amazing how CNN is so anti Israeli. The media clearly wants to show Hammas as victims of unmeasures attacks, while the true is that those terrorist initiated the crisis and awns more than a 1000 rockets to target civilians in Israel. CNN can not fool us permanently.

  12. its time for UN and Nato to step in and to end this war Israel started against everybody. Its time Israel terrorists are put into prison and that the country gets back to its owners. Israel now kills babys. How brave of those idiots.

  13. Pallywood is re-directing our attention away from the double war crime by Hamas: Hamas starts wars against its neighbors because they want to wipe out non-Muslims according to their holy books and then they hide behind, sacrifice and abuse their own people by hiding rocket launchers in/near homes and apartment buildings.

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