International leaders, reporters, and activists helped make anti-American riots worse in the Middle East this week by sharing Hamas’s lies claiming that an Israeli airstrike had killed 500 Palestinian citizens at a hospital within Gaza.
Frances Martel of Breitbart News reported that groups of people attacked the U.S. UN and Israeli facilities all over the region:
“A large group of people in Jordan’s city, Amman, poured into the streets and tried to break into the Israeli embassy complex. Police used tear gas to calm down the crowd,” according to reports.
“Protesters attempted to storm the US and French embassies in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, but were unsuccessful. In the capital, protesters also went after the offices of a UN program for the Middle East. Local news outlets released a video of an area on the outside of the UN building on fire.”
“There were groups of furious Muslim men in Ankara, the country’s capital, and Istanbul, the biggest city, as well as in a number of other medium-sized cities across the country. Cumhuriyet, a secularist newspaper, said that a crowd gathered outside of the Israeli consulate in Istanbul, stopping traffic and making threats against the building. Lots of primarily male demonstrators with Palestinian flags along with anti-Israel chants filled the city’s main streets.”
People also marched in Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen, Iraq, and, of course, Iran, where the government backs Hamas.
The facts that came to light overnight showed that it was probably a rocket that was shot by the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) that went off target and fell in the hospital parking lot, where it did little damage to the building and killed no one.
But leaders such as Justin Trudeau of Canada didn’t think twice. He said, “It isn’t okay to hit a hospital,” as if Israel had really done that. Kent of Breitbart News pointed out that many other politicians and news outlets also shared Hamas’s claims.
They said it was Israel’s fault and didn’t show up to a meeting with President Biden where they were meant to talk about how to help the Palestinian people. Several other Arab countries also said Israel was to blame.
Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) in the U.S. said, “Israel just struck the Baptist Hospital and killed 500 Palestinians right there—doctors, children, and patients.” The fact that she was a U.S. leader gave her claim extra weight, which made people even more angry.
After the hospital blast, a former British MP said that Israel had “given up any right to exist.” This meant that Israelis should be killed because they didn’t have a state and would likely be subject to Hamas-style violence.
Violence wasn’t just happening in the Middle East and Africa. this week, a church in Berlin, Germany, was set on fire in unity with Israel. This happened on the same day that a hospital in Gaza exploded.