Shocking: Evidence Indicates Child Whose Death Was Blamed on Israel, Was Actually Killed by Hamas Rocket (VIDEO)

November 18, 2012 9:08 am 40 comments

Image of a dead child in Gaza. Photo: Screenshot.

A dead Gazan child, whose picture made world media headlines claiming him to be a victim of an Israeli airstrike, appears to have been killed by a Hamas rocket that fell short of its target, landing inside Gaza instead of Israel, according to evidence brought to light by anonymous pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon.

According to most accounts, the 4 year old boy Mahmoud Sadallah, was from the neighborhood of Annazla, close to Gaza City.

International publications including CNN and Britain’s Mirror ran the tragic images of Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh and others cradling the dead child, and the media outlets explicitly blamed Israel for the child’s death.

“Egypt’s Prime Minister wept today as he kissed the forehead of a boy killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza,” reads the Mirror’s caption under the photo. CNN reporter Sara Sidner referred to the boy as “another victim of an [Israeli] air strike.”

But even the New York Times was more cautious in its reporting:

“It is unclear who was responsible for the strike on Annazla: the damage was nowhere near severe enough to have come from an Israeli F-16, raising the possibility that an errant missile fired by Palestinian militants was responsible for the deaths.”

After reviewing CNN’s footage of the scene of the blast, Yiftah Shapir, a ballistics expert who is the Director of the Middle East Military Balance Project at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel confirmed to The Algemeiner, “It is reasonable to say that this damage is from a relatively small explosion at close range.”

“You see a lot of small holes,” he added, “If it was a very heavy bomb the damage would be worse, and at long range the shrapnel would be spread much more widely because of the long distance.”

Israel National News Reports that the IDF published statistics last night indicating that of, 824 rockets that have been fired at Israel since the start of the most recent hostilities, 100 of those rockets have landed in Gaza.

The IDF strongly denied any involvement in the incident saying that it had not carried out any airstrikes at that time in that area.

The Associated Press report on the story provided additional details that cast further doubt over Israel’s involvement in the child’s death:

“Mahmoud’s family said the boy was in an alley close to his home when he was killed, along with a man of about 20, but no one appeared to have witnessed the strike. The area showed signs that a projectile might have exploded there, with shrapnel marks in the walls of surrounding homes and a shattered kitchen window. But neighbors said local security officials quickly took what remained of the projectile, making it impossible to verify who fired it.”

“Furthermore,” writes Elder of Ziyon, “The Palestinian Center for Human Rights , which is keeping track of everyone killed in Gaza (and which admits that most of the dead have been “militants,”) did not list Mahmoud Sadallah or Aiman Aby Wardah in their list of victims of Israeli airstrikes, although they even include one person who died of a heart attack.”

CNN did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner’s request for comment on this story.

The CNN video which blames Israel for the child’s death can be viewed below.


  • when the “majority moderate” muslims apologize for their invading christian, zoroastrian, hindu, buddhist and jewish lands across north africa to central asia and eastern europe (began by mohammad himself as depicted in the Hadiths)and giving back to christians the capital of christianity(constantinopol)which was stolen by imperialist muslims, then we can talk about a fairer solution for palestinians.
    until muslims admit to their colonization and coerced conversions against nonmuslim nations, the west should refuse to apologize for the crusades (a defense against jihadist attacks against europe)and any collateral mistakes or overreactions by israel against implacable enemies that use human shields.

  • anonymous pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon

    toooooooo funny

  • Roberto Reichle

    Where is the EVIDENCE? Conjecture is not evidence…

    • On the Balcony

      Roberto: There is good reason for the saying that “The first casualty of war is truth.” We always interpret evidence through our prejudices. In this case there is insufficient evidence to blame either an Israeli airstrike or an errant Palestinian rocket for the child’s death. However, no one can deny that this child and many other children are the victims of a war for which both sides bear some responsibility.

    • Joshua Tan Kok Hauw

      Israeli loves children so much, Israeli will not simply kill the children of others. Most of the Israeli are kind-hearted and generous to the others.

      Yahweh bless Israel, Yahweh loves Israeli, Yahweh knows the problems facing Israeli.

  • sarah goldmann

    It would have some credibility if this was analysed by someone who is impartial. This comes from a ballistic expert who works for the IDF (just google him).

  • Actually all the deaths of Gazans are the fault of Hamas. If Hamas has concentrated on building infrastructures and serving their people instead of constantly provoking Israel, there would have been no war.

    • Ron Holzwarth

      If Hamas was not inciting war, terrorism, and murder, it would not be Hamas.

    • The constant provocation by Hamas has one purpose.

      First you must remember that ‘They love death as much as Israelis love life’

      Suicide by Israeli bullet used to delegitimise Israel

      Islam is a death cult.

      Their children are brought up with this attitude

      They WANT to die as martyrs

  • mahatmacoatmabag

    The Arabs have been faking such things since 1948. During the 1948 War of Independence in the arab village of Deir Yassin, around 30 members of the Grand Muftis Terror gang were killed in battle with the Irgun, however the recently buried bodies of arab men, women & children from neigbouring villages who died of natural causes, were dug up, riddled with bullets & presented to the western & arab media as having been masacred by the Jews in Deir Yassin & thus the Myth of the Deir Yassin Massacre was born, a myth often repeated by the BBC, the NYT , the Guardian, CNN ,MSNBC, Al Jazeera & others use at every oportunity to attack Israel with. Over the years the Arabs have created many fake stories of killings that the int’l left wing dominated media has helped spread, the Jenin Massacre myth, the Muhamed Dura shooting myth, the Operation Cast Lead massacre myth, the Marvi Marmara flotila myth. No doubt many more myths will be created by the terrorists now that the the fighting in Gaza has ended, all helped & disseminated widely by an Int’l left wing media bent on seeing Israel destroyed & another 6 million the Jews Exterminated !

  • What amazes me is how stupid those idiots that fire their AK47s into the air for all sorts of reasons – do they not realise that what goes up must come down? It reveals their intelligence.

  • Israel First Then All of Us !
    All the problems of rabid-islam are actually Noble Israel’s fault loud and clear. For 1400 years the noble jews have let rabid-islam fester on this planet like rabies in a dog .
    The noble jews should have dealt with islam with an iron hand then and there when that main instigator of rabid-islam was alive. Now see what has happened…rabid-islam is destroying the full world. It is all the fault of the noble jews for not being full of foresight and dealing with rabid-islam then and there when the number of savages or vermin in human clothing a.k.a muslims was not significant.
    Now the noble jews are the first to be doomed . The noble jew will be the first mass extinction by savagery that television will help us witness. The numbers of rabid and ready savages are just too many to deal with.
    It is now too too too late for the noble jews and we are all politely next in line. Rabid-islam will now infect and swallow the world country by polite country and polite culture after polite culture . With our good manners and co-existant thoughts we have gently and politely placed our necks on the guillotine of rabid-islam.
    We are ready to die rather than fight and hurt feelings of savages and vermin. Why shoot dead -as prescribed- the rabid dog in this age of political correctness and rampant idiocy passing around as lucid thoughts.
    Telescopes and microscopes we had but we denied ourselves our lives because we refused to put on our reading glasses and read and understand just one rabid book called the Koran. Even our supreme courts did not read and question it because the feelings of savages and vermin might be hurt ? So sad….so what ?
    The poisonous and rabid bite of islam has today in just a mere 1400 years got the planet gasping and frothing for life. We are all finished and the noble jews are to be blamed once again for letting islam fester and putrify on this lovely planet. It’s has to be the fault of the noble jews …they should have seen islam coming 1400 years back. Finished…the savage numbers are against the Jews. Rabid-islam is making monkeys out of humans…this is scientifically classified as Reverse-Darwinism. This is the our planet’s last thought as islam renames Planet Earth as the true Planet of the Apes. WOW !!!
    Sometimes don’t you think the savages are angry at their own misfortunate births in the wrong wombs. Once misfortunately born to a muslim mother there is no escape from the misfortune of forced savagery and compulsive idiotic thoughts and this dim realisation in the dimmer recesses of their self–made dark minds fills them with the rage that is pent up in them since the birth of this savage cult.
    The self-realisation of being vermin and being recognised in society as vermin… Deadly!! Can you imagine a savage’s plight and anger at all of us that can see him or her as he or she sees himself or herself today…PURE VERMIN. As long as there is even one non-muslim on the planet muslims know they will be viewed only as vermin….which they know they are…so we just have to be all wiped–out.
    We have to be wiped-out for islam’s dirty sake. So what ???
    The leftist politically right exclamation these days is not “God Forbid”!…. but rather “SAVAGERY FORBID” !!
    Israel First Then All of Us !

    • A typically cynical strategy from the terrorist lackeys of Iran.

      Indifferent to the targets of their own indiscriminate attacks on the Israeli civilian population and yet the first to ‘cry foul’. It staggers me how so many of the western press agencies particularly the BBC and CNN automatically presume Israel is at fault here. They slaughter their own people like sheep and hence have no problem with using the sad death of a child for political gain.

      Go Israel…

    • Brendan Holleran

      Hi, Just wondering…..Are you a Jew?

    • let the leftists go to hell. let political correctness go to hell. Just wipe out Islam from the face of earth. That is the most sacred task for all of Humanity. Even Gods will be pleased. GOD will bless the Nation of Israel for doing HIS Task.No sin will accrue to the Jewish warriors.

    • Unfortunately we don’t have the ability to see the future clearly enough.

      The big mistake is treating Muslims with values they don’t respect. Ours.

      They are brought up to believe that Infidels,us, Have no right to be on this earth.

      The Koran teaches them that is every Muslim’s duty to cut the throat of the Infidel who is unclean an evil.

      Our lives are of no more importance than cattle & dogs

      We can’t in all conscience be expected to negotiate with this death cult!!!

  • How is this shocking? It’s well known that Palestinians kill more of their own people than Israelis do, either through purges of suspected “collaborators” (aka people working toward peace) or political rivals, in-fighting, or just random screw-ups like this one because they are too inept to use the weapons Iran is sending them. If the people of Gaza had any sense they would have risen up against Hamas a long time ago and kicked them out. It’s no question that they do much more harm than good.

  • WordsPerMinute

    In Old Testament times God would have ordered Israel to kill every man woman and child. So actually Gaza is fortunate that their lives are being spared by God. However, excepting for minor children, any deaths among Muslims are certain to be met in Judgement in the afterlife. Who threw the first stone? I believe it was the Islamic puppets of Satan if I’m not mistaken.

    This child, killed by his people’s own failure to have sense enough to leave Israel alone, is now being comforted in the bosom of Abraham. And one day I will be a fellow citizen of Heaven along with him. The soul of the child will be forever separated from the souls of Islamic savages.

  • you must be really mad,
    Hundreds of people were killed brutally
    More than 30 children died in the last 6 days
    He died seven pregnant women
    14 units of elderly people died

    so funny

  • Doctor Who Fan

    CNN aka The Communist News Network aka The Muslim News Network and The Huffington Post are both anti-Israel, anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic. Ariana Huffington is from a Nazi family and she hates Jews. This is what the sleazebags at the Huffington Post wrote today:
    This was written by a Muslim.

  • Why is CNN picking on Israel?

    Aljazeera also feels they are fair. The only tv networks that are honest is that of Israel.

    Grow up media with propaganda.

    • CNN is a rag news outfit and should not be taken seriously.

      God bless Israel and her people.

      Hamas is headed by liars, murders and rapist! The blood of children in both Israel and in Gaza are on their hands!

  • CNN who ?????who is watching that crap even Al Jazeera disputed the claim the boy was killed by Israeli strike.

  • Ms Sidner, you are desquilified

  • Rabbi HAPPYMAN

    In acts of war under The Laws of War, the death of civilians is not itself illegal or immoral. No clearer case of proper retaliation exists than Israel-Gaza. The main problem is that Muslims have superior speech in this conflict. We Jews are catching up however. Deeper Israeli action in Gaza will occur as better missiles are sent from Gaza, resulting in higher civilian losses, which is justifiable. “He who values life highly is inscribed in the Book Of Hashem/Allah/G-d/Creator”

    • William Darnell

      Rabbi I am praying for Israel to prevail and that a new understanding of this shenanigan they call Palestine will result. Shalom to my Dear Spiritual Brothers and sisters in Israel!

  • marcelo oliveira

    besides all this there are people called “carpideras”,that make crying in funerals of people they dont know their way of living

  • Elizabeth Ann Cohen

    Hamas will have you believe that Israel would murder randomly, however it has been shown and proven that it is Hamas that murders randomly. It is Hamas that uses their women and children as human shields, and when they die they cry that Israel did it. Had Israel used an airstrike that day there would have been more than just one casualty. Hamas uses inferior weapons and it just fell short of it’s goal. Remember the GOD of ISRAEL is protecting them. Those evil men will continue to murder their own children and blame the children of the bible. I say to Hamas, GO TO HELL, and that is exactly where you will all go.

  • Anything associated with Ted Turner has to be suspect.

  • They are terrorist and liars. Israel needs to wipe them off the face of the earth

  • when media is being subjective, it stops doing its job as journalistic reports and becomes a political propaganda…. too bad, Ms Sidner

  • As usual, the press doesn’t help to show the truth… Israel is the first one to be blamed at, is the first one that does the bad and the wrong… they want war… but after 12 years of rockets, after more than 750 rockets thrown from Gaza to Israel in this last week, they still send trucks with medicines, water, food and basic needs to Gaza, the same that wanted to be released from Israel a few years ago, the same that was given in an exchange of peace and the same one that teaches their children how to kill in elementary school.
    I only want to ask to the world, please, get informed and read to know what goes on… don’t accept and say YES to everything the media says…! Go for the truth!

    • Mr. Yourself, please read my comment in ( ), and let me know what areyou talking about ?

      As usual, the press doesn’t help to show the truth…( I agree ) Israel is the first one to be blamed at ( I agree ), is the first one that does the bad and the wrong… they want war ( I agree ) but after 12 years of rockets( but after 60 years of invasion of peaceful lands, evacuation and burning of complete villages,assisinations, intruding in ALL neighbours lands and even not neighbours, burrying hostages alive, ignoring the whole international community demands ), after more than 750 rockets thrown from Gaza to Israel in this last week( a targeted assisination followed by more than 1500 sorties with F-16 ) they still send trucks with medicines, water, food and basic needs to Gaza(Do you mean the Gaza 5 years complete blockade for food, fuel, patients, and basic daily requirements? ) the same that wanted to be released from Israel a few years ago, the same that was given in an exchange of peace and the same one that teaches their children how to kill in elementary school( do you mean the military training given in the Israeli kiputz )
      I only want to ask to the world, please, get informed and read to know what goes on… don’t accept and say YES to everything the media says…! Go for the truth( Yes, I would like for you to for the truth )

      • True facts

        Israeli and Palestinian Children Killed
        September 29, 2000 – Present

        126 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,476 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000. (View Sources & More Information)

        Israelis and Palestinians Killed
        September 29, 2000 – Present

        1,096 Israelis and at least 6,568 Palestinians have been killed since September 29, 2000. (View Sources & More Information)

        Israelis and Palestinians Injured
        September 29, 2000 – Present

        10,792 Israelis and 59,575 Palestinians have been injured since September 29, 2000. (View Sources & More Information.)

        Daily U.S. Military Aid to Israel and the Palestinians
        Fiscal Year 2011

        During Fiscal Year 2011, the U.S. is providing Israel with at least $8.2 million per day in military aid and $0 in military aid to the Palestinians. (View Sources & More Information)

        Current Number of Political Prisoners and Detainees

        0 Israelis are being held prisoner by Palestinians, while 5,604 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by Israel. (View Sources & More Information)

        Demolitions of Israeli and Palestinian Homes
        1967 – Present

        0 Israeli homes have been demolished by Palestinians and 24,813 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israel since 1967. (View Sources & More Information)

        Israeli and Palestinian Unemployment Rates

        The Israeli unemployment rate is 6.4%, while the Palestinian unemployment in the West Bank is 16.5% and 40% in Gaza. (View Sources & More Information)

        Current Illegal Settlements on the Other’s Land

        Israel currently has 236 Jewish-only settlements and ‘outposts’ built on confiscated Palestinian land. Palestinians do not have any settlements on Israeli land. (View Sources & More Information)

        • Ron Holzwarth

          The fact is that the Arabs have consistently rejected a Palestinian state since November 19, 1949. It is unfortunate that the Arabs are so warlike, and refuse to reach an agreement that is acceptable to everyone.

          Until the Arabs agree to a settlement, there will be consequences.

          Is that clear enough?

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