Palestinian propagandists have never been shy about parading their dead, especially when the dead are children. But during Operation Pillar of Defense, the propagandists took it to a whole new level.
One of the most dramatic images of the entire conflict showed Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh holding a dead child, indicating that the child died as a result of an Israeli military strike.
Deeper inquiry into the event, however, revealed that Hamas itself was responsible for the child’s death when one of the rockets aimed for Israel failed to reach its destination and landed in a Palestinian area. Even Human Rights Watch agreed that Hamas was responsible for the death.