- Hamas claimed Israel bombed the Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza, killing over 500.
- Evidence reveals it was a failed rocket from Gaza, not an Israeli attack.
- Rep. Rashida Tlaib declined to retract her initial claims, while Rep. Ilhan Omar did, though indirectly.
In a stunning display of evasion, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) allegedly darted away from reporters this Wednesday when presented with the actual facts surrounding the Al-Ahli Hospital incident in Gaza.
Tlaib had previously propagated the Hamas claim that Israel ruthlessly bombed the hospital, resulting in the tragic death of over 500 individuals.
“Israel just bombed the Baptist Hospital killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that,” she exclaimed.
But this narrative couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality? It wasn’t Israel’s doing at all. A misfired rocket from Gaza terrorists, not an Israeli airstrike, tragically landed in the hospital’s parking lot.
While this indeed resulted in loss of life, the claims of Hamas about the number of casualties remains unsubstantiated. Moreover, the hospital didn’t suffer significant structural damages.
Yet, when confronted by reporters who demanded clarity on her previous accusations, Tlaib chose silence over admission.
John McCormack of the National Review reported, “I just asked @RashidaTlaib multiple times why she hasn’t deleted this tweet—and whether she has seen evidence that refutes it. Rep. Tlaib refused to say anything as she rushed from the House floor to a car waiting to pick her up outside the Capitol building.”
I just asked @RashidaTlaib multiple times why she hasn’t deleted this tweet—and whether she has seen evidence that refutes it.
Rep. Tlaib refused to say anything as she rushed from the House floor to a car waiting to pick her up outside the Capitol building. https://t.co/HxvvgqKZyS— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) October 18, 2023
Another reporter, Max Cohen of Punchbowl News, reiterated Tlaib’s evasion, stating, “Tlaib wouldn’t respond just now when I asked if she had considered taking this post down, after Biden said he believes Israel didn’t bomb this hospital.”
Tlaib wouldn’t respond just now when I asked if she had considered taking this post down, after Biden said he believes Israel didn’t bomb this hospital https://t.co/SJwBwq3Glu— Max Cohen (@maxpcohen) October 18, 2023
Despite clear intel from American agencies confirming Israel’s non-involvement in the supposed bombing, Tlaib has yet to retract her claims. Astonishingly, she amplified her stance.
Contrastingly, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who had also pinned blame on Israel for the same incident, withdrew her accusation. However, her retraction seemed more like passing the buck.
She pointed fingers at the Associated Press for her misguided conclusion, referencing an AP report that sourced the “Gaza Health Ministry” – an entity under the control of Hamas, the de facto government of Gaza.
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