In its lead story August 1, the Hebrew edition of Ha’aretz online reported that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) claim that Hezbollah missile launchers and Hezbollah fighters were in and around the building in Qana which they shelled early Sunday morning was false.
Initially, Israeli military sources had reported that the deaths in Qana where caused not by the Israeli air attack early Sunday morning, but by an accidental explosion, many hours later, of Hezbollah ordnance that was stored inside the building. According to the Ha’aretz article, this is not true. Israeli Air Force sources have admitted, according to Ha’aretz, that the deaths in Qana were caused by the Israeli shelling. Between 30 and 60 deaths were reported as a result of the building collapse. Many bodies are still believed to be buried beneath the rubble.
Additionally, the claim of the IDF that leaflets were dropped on the weekend warning of an attack were also untrue. The leaflets were actually delivered “some days” before the weekend, according to military sources.
Michelle has attempted to make hay out of “asking questions” concerning the atrocity at Qana. Just as with our own military’s penchant for covering up massacres as they have occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan, the IDF went into CYA mode and found the jingoblogs to be willing victims of misinformation and exploitation.
As a proud Pajamahideen and member of the New Media, I’m sure Malkin will be eager to give her readers a quick update and will question the veracity of Israeli military spokesmen in the future.
[via LGF Watch]