On Tuesday, Hamas authorities reported that Israel had allegedly bombed the hospital and killed more than 500 people, yet no evidence has been presented to substantiate their claim. Consequently, Tlaib’s reaction appeared to reflect pro-Hamas propaganda instead of being based on factual evidence.
“Israel just bombed the Baptist Hospital killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that,” Tlaib reacted.
It has been confirmed that Israel did not bomb the hospital as previously thought. In reality, a rocket launched by terrorists in Gaza fell into a parking lot at the hospital compound and resulted in fatalities.
There is no evidence of the casualties reported by Hamas. Furthermore, it appears that the hospital sustained minimal structural damage, if any at all.
When asked to retract her unfounded allegation on Wednesday, Representative Tlaib declined to comment and refused to accept responsibility for her inaccurate statement.
“I just asked @RashidaTlaib multiple times why she hasn’t deleted this tweet—and whether she has seen evidence that refutes it. Rep. Tlaib refused to say anything as she rushed from the House floor to a car waiting to pick her up outside the Capitol building,” reported John McCormack of the National Review.
“Tlaib wouldn’t respond just now when I asked if she had considered taking this post down, after Biden said he believes Israel didn’t bomb this hospital,” reported Max Cohen of Punchbowl News.
Unfortunately, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has not retracted her claims, despite American intelligence confirming that Israel did not strike the hospital.
In fact, on Wednesday she reiterated her allegations. Conversely, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who had also blamed Israel for the bombing of the hospital, retracted her accusation later on Wednesday evening.
However, she shifted responsibility to the Associated Press for her conclusion. The AP report which Omar referred to as a source of information was from the Gaza Health Ministry which is under Hamas’ control – a fact that Omar likely knows.