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How Israel's propaganda machine works after the hospital massacre

 
A massive operation is underway by Israel's media apparatus to distort the facts around the bombing of hospitals in the besieged Gaza City.
 
Even before the attack, information was circulating in the international media that there are Hamas tunnels under the hospitals. The information was circulated by media outlets such as the BBC a day before the attack. 

During the first hours after the attack, fake photos (in fact photos of different times and locations) were circulated on the Internet, supposedly showing a Hamas rocket that went off course and hit the hospital. From very early on, social media users spotted and pointed out the scam.

As the international outcry over the hundreds of victims grew, the initial leaks became the official line of the Israeli government, trying to attribute the attack to Hamas. It should be noted that one of the first media to broadcast this information was i24news, which had broadcast the fake news about the alleged beheading of babies by Hamas.

Subsequently, however, the official Israeli army Twitter account was forced to delete messages it had promoted with false information.
 
 
Indicative of the panic that gripped Netanyahu's communications staff, is the fact that his advisors began deleting tweets through which they initially boasted about the hospital bombing. In particular, far-right Hananya Naftali, who has been hired as an assistant communications adviser to the Israeli prime minister, initially wrote that "the Israeli air force struck a Hamas terrorist base inside a hospital." A little later he deleted the message and wrote in its place that the organization "Islamic Jihad bombed a hospital in Gaza." The new message is accompanied by an old rocket video that was taken at a different time. 
 
 
A case study, is how Israel's related propaganda is already being channeled to Greek-language social media through anonymous accounts, while the arguments have begun to be reproduced by journalists on television stations that support Israel's murderous raid. 

We should note that according to secure information from info-war, in the last few days, ready-made material from Israeli sources containing videos and photos that could be used for the needs of the news bulletins, was reaching major Greek media. In one of the cases, journalists received a link to files on Google Drive. In the folder, which is available to info-war, there were translated videos but even ready-made posts for Instagram and other social media. In separate folders we see titles like "top five" videos but also references like "Ready to Publish" for material that can be published without further processing.
 
The senders of the material appear to be fake Facebook accounts that have never posted anything else. Although info-war's investigation does not directly link the specific accounts to Israeli government agencies, info-war has, in the past, explained (and participated in) hit-communications groups used by Israeli ministries to promote government positions and carry out character-assassination operations against those who criticize Israel.
 
Unfortunately, Greek journalism has a long tradition of reporting Israeli propaganda that is usually channeled through the Israeli embassy in Athens. Several journalists presented whole texts they received from Israeli government sources as their own reports. 

Article by Aris Chatzistefanou, translated from the original source:


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