Hamas debunks Israeli female soldiers video

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 May 2024

Hamas resistance group debunked a video published by Israeli media that shows the capture of female soldiers during Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on 7 October.

An image grab from a handout video released by the Hamas Media Office shows a Hamas fighter helping a newly released Israeli captive Maya Regev into a Red Cross vehicle. AFP


Hamas said in a statement that the footage shows female soldiers at a military site who were captured while on duty at the Gaza Division headquarters.

The soldiers appeared in civilian clothes because they were on a break when the attack occurred early in the morning on Saturday, 7 October, which was their day off. 

They avoided to mention that whom they described as “girls” were actually Israeli soldiers on-duty, not civilians.

The Palestinian resistance group asserted that the footage has been manipulated, and the authenticity of what it contains cannot be confirmed.

Hamas emphasized that the footage underwent deliberate editing and fragmentation, with selected images and clips chosen to support the occupation's claims and lies about the assault on the female soldiers.
"The footage shows deliberate distortions and manipulation in the subtitled English translation, and adding words that were not spoken by any of the fighters who appeared in the footage, whether in Arabic or English. This proves that the Zionist narrative is false," Hamas said.

In one sequence, a Palestinian fighter says in Arabic "Here are the captured women (sabaya), here are the savages," but the Israeli video's subtitle translated as "here are the women who can't get pregnant, these are the Zionists."

What was audible as "No beautiful" was translated as "You are so beautiful" to imply Hamas was complimenting the female soldiers.

"The traces of blood or minor injuries for some of the female soldiers is something to be expected in such operations and the stampede that could occur,” the Palestinian group added, noting that the scenes did not show any physical attacks on any of them, rather showing a dialogue between the fighters and the female soldiers without any assault or violence. 

The Captives Families Forum in Israel on Wednesday released footage of seven female Israeli soldiers captured by Hamas from a military base.

The three-minute video showed the women, all Israeli army personnel, sitting on the ground, some bruised and bloodied, with their hands tied after their capture from the Nahal Oz base in southern Israel.

"This footage at this time comes in the context of the occupation’s failed attempts to distort the image of our people’s valiant resistance by publishing fabricated narratives that have been proven false by evidence through several media investigations,” the statement added.
The group also stated that "all images and scenes in the recent prisoners' exchange confirmed the good treatment the captives had received from the resistance in Gaza, in contrast to the oppression, abuse, and murder that our prisoners received in the occupation prisons."

History of lies

Since the outbreak of the bloodiest war on Gaza, Israel has sought to promote a series of lies and allegations without providing any evidence, many of which have actually been proven false.

In November, a video of men with weapons speaking Arabic, purported to be Hamas fighters with what appears to be a captured Israeli woman, has been shared online with English and Hebrew subtitles that falsely claim one captor says she is going to be raped.

The onscreen subtitles in the nine-second video open a new tab, which, mistranslated from Arabic to English and Hebrew, read: “No, no, take her back, this is not a prisoner, this one is for rape. Go back to your place!”

The subtitles, however, do not represent the remarks made in Arabic.

At no time in the video is rape mentioned, according to a Reuters translation of the Arabic audio on the video, nor do any of the men say the woman is going to be raped.

In the video, one man says: “No, no, she is a female captive, leave her, leave her, she is a female captive. Take her back, take her back, she is a female captive. Go back to your place!”

Furthermore, eight months after the war began, an Israeli who reported allegations on Hamas' 7 October "sexual violence" recants account in an interview with Associated Press news agency on Wednesday.

In the initial days of the war, Chaim Otmazgin, an Israeli volunteer commander with ZAKA, an Israeli search and rescue organization, saw the body of a teenager, shot dead and separated from her family in a different room. Her pants had been pulled down below her waist. He thought that was evidence of sexual violence.

He alerted journalists to what he’d seen. He tearfully recounted the details in a nationally televised appearance in the Israeli Parliament.

In the frantic hours, days, and weeks that followed the Hamas attack, his testimony ricocheted across the world.

But it turned out that what Otmazgin thought had occurred in the home at the kibbutz hadn’t happened.

Similar atrocious accounts on 7 October, like Otmazgin’s, proved untrue.

“It’s not that I invented a story,” Otmazgin told AP in an interview. “I couldn’t think of any other option” other than the teen having been sexually assaulted, he claimed.

“At the end, it turned out to be different, so I corrected myself.”

Immediately after 7 October, Israel used a fabricated story that Hamas beheaded babies to shore up Western popular support for its genocidal war on Gaza.

US President Joe Biden and other Western officials credited the Israeli story to rally their population behind their support for Israel.

The story was later proven a hoax.

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