David Frum

03.11.13

Hamas, Not the IDF, Killed This Man's Child

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Andrew Sullivan's The Dish, outspoken opponent of Israel's ruling coalition, calls out the Washington Post and the BBC for running a story that proved to be utterly fallacious. 

Not by Israeli forces, the UN now reports, contra previous stories from the WaPo and the BBC last November. The child was a victim of a Hamas counter-attack. Will they correct? We’ll keep you posted.

I'll let the Free Beacon's Adam Kredo, who reported on the UN report blaming Hamas for the child's death, take it from here.

“On 14 November, a woman, [an] 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel,” the report noted.

Some observers argued that the U.N. report was not referring to the case of Masharawi due to a factual error in the draft report that was later clarified.

However, a U.N. official familiar with the report confirmed to the Free Beacon early Monday that the report is referring to Masharawi.

“It is indeed the case of the death of family members of the BBC reporter,” said the official. “Our findings indicate that it may have been a rocket falling short.”

Masharawi’s son and sister-in-law were killed after a projectile struck the family’s home during Israel’s most recent war in Gaza, dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense. Israel launched the operation after Hamas bombarded civilians with hundreds of rockets.

As of this post's publishing, neither the WaPo nor BBC have corrected their stories.