Days after Hamas terrorists attacked Israel, killing over 1,000 civilians, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib remained silent. But she wasted almost no time taking to social media to lambaste Israel for allegedly launching an airstrike on a hospital and “killing 500 Palestinians”
The Michigan Democrat, joined by left-leaning media outlets that also ran with the narrative, also slammed President Joe Biden for not facilitating a ceasefire.
“Israel just bombed the Baptist Hospital killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that,” tweeted the member of the progressive “Squad” of Democrats in the House.
“[President Biden] this is what happens when you refuse to facilitate a ceasefire [and] help de-escalate,” she added. “Your war and destruction only approach has opened my eyes and many Palestinian Americans and Muslims Americans like me. We will remember where you stood.”
Israel just bombed the Baptist Hospital killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that. @POTUS this is what happens when you refuse to facilitate a ceasefire & help de-escalate.
Your war and destruction only approach has opened my eyes and many… https://t.co/mZYoifT7bj
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) October 17, 2023
Fellow Squad member, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, also spewed her outrage at Israel.
Bombing a hospital is among the gravest of war crimes. The IDF reportedly blowing up one of the few places the injured and wounded can seek medical treatment and shelter during a war is horrific.@POTUS needs to push for an immediate ceasefire to end this slaughter. https://t.co/dPJ48dyDe8
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 17, 2023
Others also joined in spreading the story, including The New York Times which changed its own headlines multiple times.
💥Video of a failed Islamic Jihad rocket which hit a hospital killing many and injuring many more.
🔥Now Hezbollah has declared Wednesday as a “day of unprecedented anger” against Israel.
❓Isn’t this also the day of Biden’s visit❓
— 🌴♥️🇺🇸Dixie ♥️s America & Trump🇺🇸♥️🌴 (@DixiDarlen) October 17, 2023
It’s like the “Homer into the Bushes” meme just with NYT pic.twitter.com/w2lOIwUgTc
— American Prometheus (@daniopp) October 17, 2023
But just as quickly as the anti-Israel Tlaib and others unleashed their indignant fury, word came that, in fact, Israel did not launch an airstrike at a Christian hospital in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the claims in a tweet on X.
The entire world should know: It was barbaric terrorists in Gaza that attacked the hospital in Gaza, and not the IDF.
Those who brutally murdered our children also murder their own children.
— Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) October 17, 2023
“From the analysis of the operational systems of the IDF, an enemy rocket barrage was carried out towards Israel, which passed through the vicinity of the hospital when it was hit,” a spokesperson from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted on an official account.
Breaking: IDF Spokesperson
From the analysis of the operational systems of the IDF, an enemy rocket barrage was carried out towards Israel, which passed through the vicinity of the hospital when it was hit.
According to intelligence information, from several sources we have,…
— Israel ישראל 🇮🇱 (@Israel) October 17, 2023
A failed rocket launch by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization hit the Al Ahli hospital in Gaza City.
IAF footage from the area around the hospital before and after the failed rocket launch by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization: pic.twitter.com/AvCAkQULAf
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 18, 2023
Tlaib and others were excoriated on the social media platform.
The missile attack you rightly condemned was fired by Islamic Jihad targeting Israeli hospitals.
If it killed 500 Israelis you would be silent.
Will you condemn Islamic Jihad for killing 500 Palestinians (doctors,children, patients)?
And those American hostages? anything? https://t.co/Qb0CbD6iAf
— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) October 17, 2023
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) October 17, 2023
What a weird thing to be stored on hospital grounds.https://t.co/iSCkT4ukwv
— Federalist Musket🇺🇸 (@Patriot_Musket) October 17, 2023
Your friends did, actually.
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) October 17, 2023
May in fact be a misfired Hamas rocket as the IDF appears to not have had operations in the area.
Talk to your Hamas friends and get the hostages released. Else, you support terrorism, Rashida.
— Sandy 〽️ (@RightGlockMom) October 17, 2023
There is a video of this and its a Hamas Rocket, why she hasn’t updated her tweet or deleted it shows she only wants to promote a terrorist groups narrative
— Brandon Saario (@SaarioBrandon) October 17, 2023
Look at how quickly the Hamas Squad reacts when they believe Israel is responsible for deaths.
— J.G. Petruna (@jgpetruna) October 17, 2023