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About those Tunnels under Al-Shifa Hospital ...

Nov 27, 2023

CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour got thrown for a loop in her interview with Ehud Barak, former Israeli Prime Minister and general.

She asked him if the Israeli military and government had done a "good enough job of proving their claim" that there was a “major” Hamas command center and bunker under al-Shifa hospital, the biggest hospital in Gaza, which was besieged and then taken over by Israel’s military this week. Barak responded, "It was many decades ago ... that we helped them build these bunkers in order to enable more space for the operation of the hospital within the very limited size of these compounds."

At that, Amanpour paused, apparently shocked: "When you say it was built by Israeli engineers, did you misspeak?"

Ehud Barak: "No, decades ago, we were running the place ... we helped them to build these bunkers."

Amanpour: "OK. That’s sort of thrown me a little bit."

Yes, because Israel has been talking about this bunker for the entire time of its campaign against Gaza. The bunker under the hospital justifies Israel’s attacks on the hospital, justifies cutting its power—which left three babies in incubators to die. It helps justify the killing of 14,000 people in Gaza.

Maybe it helps us to see a little more clearly how they use the news as propaganda in their war effort.