In a column ironically about “[c]hildren get[ting] used by politicians all the time” (“Turning a child’s tears into war propaganda“), Ha’aretz‘s Anshel Pfeffer repeats the falsehood that an Israeli air strike killed 4-year-old Mahmoud Sadallah — even though this falsehood has been debunked and corrected for a week now. Pfeffer writes:
. . . . Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, during his visit on Friday to Gaza, posed for a joint photograph with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, holding together the body of a dead baby boy killed in an Israeli air strike.
For the benefit of those who missed it, Pfeffer among them, here is Reuters’ correction from a whole week ago, making clear that an Israeli air strike did not kill this boy:
Friday (Nov. 22), the same day that Pfeffer falsely blamed Israel for Sadallah’s death, Ha’aretz sent the following appeal to subscribers:
If Pfeffer’s piece is representative of Ha’aretz “best analyses,” it’s no wonder management finds itself among the media outlets with financial difficulties.
Stay tuned for news of a Ha’aretz correction.