Team member Ilhan OmarD-Minn., was criticized for retweeting a photo of dead children with the caption “CHILD GENOCIDE IN PALESTINE.”
The photo showed seven dead children wrapped in white and claimed they were among “614 Palestinian children murdered by Israeli forces (IDF).”
A community note from X, formerly known as Twitter, said the photo was from a 2013 sarin gas attack in Ghouta, Syria, and not from the war between Israel and Hamas.
The UN still does not classify Hamas as a terrorist group, despite the deadly attacks, and still does not sanction them.
“Squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., warned of the “incredibly high” amount of misinformation on social media about the ongoing war and urged her supporters to “take a break » and to “check” for verification.
“If you see a claim, photo, or video that triggers a strong emotional response, take a moment to pause and check multiple sources for veracity/confirmation,” she wrote on X.
Omar has since removed the photo after receiving criticism.
Fox News contributor Guy Benson criticized Omar for trying to blame Israel for the children’s deaths.
“She claimed through this retweet that Israel had killed these children. And of course, the photo was from ten years ago, in another country. It was a lie. But her impulse, her instinct was to trying to blame the Israelis for the deaths of children,” he said on “The Big Weekend Show.”
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“Here’s the sad part. Palestinian children have already been killed. More Palestinian children will be killed in the days to come. To break through the fog of war, it is important, when we receive this information, whether verified or not, that when this happens, Israel does everything possible to prevent it, while Hamas does everything possible to kill innocent people,” Benson continued.
Co-host Will Cain argued that every nation that has been at war engages in propaganda. “Truth dies in war,” he said.
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“Truth dies in war,” he said. “I consider it the job of our elected leaders to share the truth with their people. So I cannot accept that Ilhan Omar or anyone else participate in propaganda. And that places responsibility on us. C It’s our job to unravel the propaganda and do our best to tell the truth.”
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