NARRATIVE COLLAPSE: Washington Post retracts Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s Oct. 7 Hamas rape claims

At the behest of the Israeli government, the Washington Post has self-censored a report it published claiming, falsely, that Hamas militants had specific orders on Oct. 7 indicating “which commander should rape which soldiers.”

The fabrication came from none other than Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant who apparently lied to the Post about Hamas militants raping Israeli soldiers as part of the Oct. 7 attack that left around 1,200 Israelis dead.

The original Post article, published on Nov. 12 as an “exclusive” piece about the events of Oct. 7, contained a quote from Gallant that read as follows:

“We know from interrogations that Hamas came in with detailed plans of their attack, including which commander should rape which soldiers in different places.”

A few days after publishing, the above quote was quietly removed by the Post and replaced with a “correction” that reads as follows:

“A previous version of this article included a quote from Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant that was not authorized for publication. The quote has been removed.”

(Related: Just days after Oct. 7, a Hamas leader warned that Hezbollah both in Lebanon and Iran is ready to “join the battle” in Gaza.)

Israel lies to journalists to spread propaganda, then media outlets “correct” the record quietly

A random social media user is credited with spotting the self-censorship, describing it as “the Israeli way” of engaging in propaganda.

“Privately lying to a journalist to shape her coverage, then scrambling to correct the record when the journalist accidentally prints the lies you told her in confidence,” the social media user in question wrote about the discovery.

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Other media outlets, including the Associated Press (AP), ran with the same lies early on, claiming that Hamas committed “widespread” sexual crimes against Israelis on Oct. 7. So far, not a single alleged victim has come forward to back that claim.

Even so, senior U.S. government officials in lockstep with senior Israeli government officials continue to spread the lie that Hamas raped women and baked babies in ovens, among other such fables.

President Biden has repeatedly condemned these made-up tales as “appalling,” going into detail about “reports of women raped – repeatedly raped – and their bodies being mutilated while still alive – of women’s corpses being desecrated, Hamas terrorists inflicting as much pain and suffering on women and girls as possible and then murdering them.”

These scary-sounding scenarios never happened, as far as we can tell. Not a single piece of evidence exists to show that Hamas committed any such atrocities, it turns out.

The twisted minds behind these tales comes from certain Israeli soldiers as well as members of ultra-Orthodox Israeli “rescue organizations” that immediately exploited these made-up stories to raise millions of dollars for themselves.

Evidence continues to emerge pointing to Israel as the culprit in many of the deaths supposedly caused by “Hamas.” Israelis who fled to Kibbutz Be’eri, as one example, have come forward to reveal that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) killed Israeli civilians, while Hamas simply held live hostages.

A law firm representing 42 survivors of these attacks now seeks $55 million in damages from IDF, Israeli intelligence, and Israeli police for failing to prevent the Oct. 7 attack, as well as for failing to notify organizers of the Nova music festival about what had transpired.

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“All that the defendants had to do was to call the organizers responsible [for the party] to disperse the festival in light of the warnings that were received,” the legal claim states.

“It is incomprehensible that the defendants did not order the immediate dispersal of the festival.”

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