Israel’s claims about October 7th are lies. All the beheaded babies, rape, torture, and even targeting of civilians are lies. The same lies used to put down slave rebellions and anti-colonial movements all the time. They call the native people savages in order to savage them. Israel has lied to create atrocity propaganda, and the western world gleefully distributed it. Together, they have done all the things they accused Hamas of and worse. Every accusation is really a confession.
The funny thing is that Israelis actually release the truth— in Hebrew media and government statistics. Only after the western media has run the genocidal headlines, when it doesn’t matter. The genocide has already been incited. The truth is actually out there in the open and will be in the history books, but Israel doesn’t care. They’re taking the land and killing the people now, which was always the colonial point.
The fact is that the Al Aqsa Flood from Hamas et al was a legitimate hit on an occupying army. Everyone is supposed to scrupulously condemn them, but for what? Breaking out of a concentration camp and hitting the guards? Far from targeting civilians, the Al Aqsa Flood hit military targets. Many of the civilian dead were in fact killed by Israel, in their wild and incompetent reaction. This has all been admitted by Israel, as you’ll see below (or just look around).
To cover up their incompetent violence, Israel spread lurid lies like ‘beheaded babies!’ and ‘rape slaves’ to western audiences, people who have long been conditioned to hate Muslims as they hated Native Americans and whoever they were genociding before. But if you look in the Israeli press and government reports, they actually leak the truth. Many of the people killed in the Al Aqsa Flood were military, and many of the civilians were killed by the IOF themselves. Thus I can rely almost exclusive on Israeli sources here. They really don’t care if you know, they care about facts on the ground. The genocide has already been incited and they’re already expanding their colonization of Palestine, which was the point all along.
The Al Aqsa Flood
The facts of October 7th are that The Al Aqsa Flood bust out of a concentration camp to attack the guards — the military bases encircling the native population of Palestine. As you can see from the list of just over 1,000 names (not the commonly cited 1,400), many are soldiers. Unless ‘Major’ and ‘Sergeant’ are common Israeli names. These are the military occupiers of Palestine and legitimate targets for resistance. That’s what the Al Aqsa Flood was — a legitimate hit by oppressed people— while the colonizers try to smear it as a sea of savages. Literally the same lies used to suppress every slave rebellion and anti-colonial movement ever.
The classic colonialist lie is ‘they’re killing babies’ which was then, as now, used to actually slaughter native children en masse. Now it’s done with mass media support. Almost every British tabloid splashed the ‘40 beheaded babies’ lie across their front pages despite it being thinly sourced then and an outright lie in hindsight. What Blumenthal (above) graphs is the death count from Haaretz, an Israeli paper, and there aren’t 40 dead babies at all, let alone beheaded. The vast majority of people killed are military age, because the Al Aqsa Flood was a military hit.
Weaponizing fake dead babies, however, Israel began killing real ones. At a staggering scale, bombing them directly and also cutting off food, water, and electricity to kill them slowly by starvation and disease. At least 5,000 children have been killed as of press time, with more buried or slowly dying under the rubble.
The Gaza Base
Gaza is just an open air prison, a concentration camp for refugees from previous pogroms. That prison is (was) controlled from an office near the Erez Crossing, which the rebels attacked. That prison ‘watchtower’ was what Hamas et al over-ran, catching incompetent Israeli soldiers with their literal pants down. The commanders there — unable to actually fight — instead called in an airstrike on themselves. As Grayzone reports, citing the Israeli paper Haaretz:
According to Haaretz, the commander of the Gaza Division, Brig. Gen. Avi Rosenfeld, “entrenched himself in the division’s subterranean war room together with a handful of male and female soldiers, trying desperately to rescue and organize the sector under attack. Many of the soldiers, most of them not combat personnel, were killed or wounded outside. The division was compelled to request an aerial strike against the [Erez Crossing] base itself in order to repulse the terrorists.”
Rather than actually fight, Israel resorted to indiscriminate bombing of their own base. What the Al Aqsa Flood revealed was that the Israeli Army is not the well-trained, lethal force they advertise themselves as. They’re a bunch of cowards hiding behind computer screens and completely dependent on American stand-off weaponry. The IOF cannot actually stand and fight. They’re fundamentally cowards, used to beating up children and bombing apartment buildings. You can see from their effort to ‘save’ their own civilians. They just didn’t. They just bombed them too, in a total panic. Killing civilians is really all the IOF is good at it.
For some accursed reason, Israelis were holding a rave near the concentration camp. Not a ‘peace party’ but just people on E, blithely unaware of the misery just kilometers away. Because IOF collapsed, the rebels found themselves here, and they took hostages. Why did they take hostages? To exchange for the thousands of Palestinian hostages — including children — taken and regularly raped and abused by the Israelis. In this, the resistance underestimated the Israeli military, because they just didn’t give a fuck. They proceeded to just bomb the hostages, just as they bombed the civilians on October 7th.
As the Israeli outlet Yedioth Aharanoth reports, “the pilots realized that there was tremendous difficulty in distinguishing within the occupied outposts and settlements who was a terrorist and who was a soldier or civilian… The rate of fire against the thousands of terrorists was tremendous at first, and only at a certain point did the pilots begin to slow down the attacks and carefully select the targets.” As the Israeli military told their own outlet Mako, “The Apache pilots testify that they fired a huge amount of munitions, emptied the ‘belly of the helicopter’ in minutes, flew to re-arm and returned to the air, again and again. But it didn’t help and they understand it.” ‘As the commander of the Apache unit, Lt. Col. E., told Mako in a separate report,’ “I understand that we have to shoot here and quickly,” “Shooting at people in our territory — this is something I never thought I would do.” This is all via Max Blumenthal at Grayzone, if you want to read the lurid detail in more detail.
I’ll include another report from the Israeli outlet ynet (autotranslated) because it’s telling:
After the pilots realized that there was tremendous difficulty in distinguishing within the occupied outposts and settlements who was a terrorist and who was a soldier or civilian, a decision was made that the first mission of the combat helicopters and the armed Zik drones was to stop the flow of terrorists and the murderous mob that poured into Israeli territory through the gaps in the fence. 28 combat helicopters fired over the course of a day. The fighting all the ammunition in their stomachs, in rearming rounds. These are hundreds of 30 mm cannon shells (the effect of a spray grenade for each shell) as well as the Hellfire missiles. The rate of fire against the thousands of terrorists was tremendous at first, and only at a certain point did the pilots begin to slow down the attacks and carefully select the targets.
The Hamas army, it turns out, deliberately made it difficult for the helicopter pilots and the operators of the UAVs: in the investigation it became clear that the invading forces were asked in the last briefings to march slowly into or within the settlements and outposts, and under no circumstances to run, in order to make the pilots think they were Israelis. This deception worked for a considerable time , until the Apache pilots realized that they had to skip all the restrictions. It wasn’t until around 9:00 that some of them started spraying the terrorists with the cannons on their own, without authorization from superiors.
What this tells is the sheer amount of firepower Israel unleashed, without much brainpower to go with it. They unloaded genocidally named Apache helicopters, then flew back to reload and do it again. We’re talking about millions of dollars of explosives fired from billions of dollars of attack helicopters. It’s the American military industrial complex in action, ‘shock and awe’ on their own (occupied) soil. The Israeli military tries to dump this failure on the grunts, but superiors obviously had to authorize reloading and engaging targets, unless they’re completely incompetent. They also try to blame resistance fighters for being competent and not just running around and getting shot like good ‘terrorists’. At the end of the day, we know who the real terror is. You can tell who shot up the place. Just look at the damage:
These are all the cars the IOF destroyed and carted back as perverse trophies. This is a still from a video, the line of cars just keeps going and going. Palestinian militants, who bust out of the camp on foot and in pickup trucks, simply do not have this firepower. This is the work of Hellfire missiles and Apache helicopters, as the Israelis are telling you. Israeli just lit up their own civilians, like raving lunatics.
What’s tearing up the Internet now is something Grazyone actually reported weeks (was it years?) ago. Israeli helicopters targeting and killing people without any sense of who they were. You’ve seen them saying they shot up cars, you’ve seen the burnt cars, now you see them doing it. It’s not clear where this footage is from, but the footage is clear enough.
The IOF just lit up anything that moved which, given how late they were to the scene, was primarily their own people. Then they used their own carnage as an excuse to go kill even more civilians in Gaza, in the same cowardly manner. This is all the IOF is actually good at, killing civilians. They’re too scared to get on the ground and face the much braver Hamas soldiers in a fair fight. They’d rather just kill anything that moves and use it as an excuse for further genocide. It’s a literally vicious cycle. Lying and dying, over and over.
The Killing Goes On
I could go on. About the shelling of Kibbutz Be’eri, where the security chief ‘told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that as desperation began to set in, “the commanders in the field made difficult decisions — including shelling houses on their occupants in order to eliminate the terrorists along with the hostages.”’ Or what ‘an Israeli woman named Yasmin Porat confirmed in an interview with Israel Radio that the military “undoubtedly” killed numerous Israeli noncombatants during gun battles with Hamas militants on October 7. “They eliminated everyone, including the hostages,” she stated, referring to Israeli special forces.’ But as you can see, I’m just quoting from Grayzone, so you should read more there, or from Middle East Eye.
The fact is that the proof goes on and on, but it doesn’t matter. The lie went around the world before the truth could get its pants on. The fact is that there were no baby beheadings, just Israel doing that and worse to thousands of babies with industrial bombs. There were no rapes, though there are well-documented cases of Israel raping prisoners, and children, in their illegal custody. There was no torture, though Israel detained and tortured Gazan workers, tagging them with numbers and even killing at least two of them. There was also no targeting of civilians by the liberation forces of Palestine, though the occupation is doing that in front of the whole world.
Every accusation is a confession. And it’s not hypocrisy, it’s hierarchy. This is how colonizers are, and always were. They want you to believe the most lurid lies about the native population, so they can do much worse to them. Why? To kill the people and take the land. Same shit, different day, as my historical thesis goes. When the history is written, the lies of Israel will be shown. But right now, we have to watch the bloody truth in front of us. The open genocide of the Palestinian people, by a state, Israel, which should not and cannot exist at all.
Israel is a lie, only be propped up by massive American violence and propaganda. Without American bombs they’d crumple within a week, and their violent, divide-and-conquer, ethnostate would be gone. Jews, of course, could and should live as they did before, with Muslims and Christians and all, not apartheid from them. As the American Empire falls, so will Israel, but unfortunately it’s going out ugly.
A dying Empire is really the most dangerous, especially when it’s nuclear armed and has few brain cells to speak of. The White Empire’s flag was always death, and now they have nothing but death to offer, and nothing to live for. Just ask the Palestinians being genocided, or the Earth being ecocided. It’s the same phenomenon. It’s all one pyramid scheme, which is violently toppling in front of us. We live in interesting times, as the curse goes. It’s awful to watch the lies these monsters get away with, and to know the historical truth. As Gramsci sorta said, the old world is dying, and the new one struggles to be born. Now is the time of monsters.