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Hamas employs Nazi propaganda tactics, senior Israeli official says

Just as the Nazis took the Red Cross on staged tours during the Holocaust, Hamas releases a few captives, the official said.

Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, speaks to reporters in Tel Aviv after Hamas released her, Oct. 24, 2023. Photo by Gideon Markowicz/TPS.
Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, speaks to reporters in Tel Aviv after Hamas released her, Oct. 24, 2023. Photo by Gideon Markowicz/TPS.

Don’t buy the propaganda of Hamas, a murderous terrorist organization that has adopted Nazi-like tactics, said a senior Israeli political official in response to the release of two hostages by the organization.

Hamas released Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, and Nurit Cooper, 79, both from Kibbutz Nir Oz, on Monday. Their husbands remain in captivity along with more than 200 abductees seized by the terrorists during their Oct. 7 rampage.

“Just as the Nazis carried out engineered and staged tours for the Red Cross of a ‘clean’ concentration camp to deceive the world and present themselves as humane, so Hamas, while slaughtering babies, raping women and shooting children, tries to present itself as humane by releasing a handful of abductees it supposedly took care of. Hamas are the new Nazis,” the diplomatic source said.

The Israeli official referred to tours Nazis gave to the Danish Red Cross and the International Red Cross in June 1944 of the Theresienstadt Ghetto in Czechoslovakia, a way station to the extermination camps.

“It was all an elaborate hoax. The Germans intensified deportations from the ghetto shortly before the visit, and the ghetto itself was ‘beautified.’ Gardens were planted, houses painted and barracks renovated. The Nazis staged social and cultural events for the visiting dignitaries. Once the visit was over, the Germans resumed deportations from Theresienstadt, which did not end until October 1944,” according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Lifshitz described to the press how she was treated well by the terrorists while held captive in Gaza, despite the fact that Hamas terrorists killed more than 1,400 Israelis, wounded thousands, decapitated babies and raped women, all while filming their crimes. 

The press conference has been described as a public-relations disaster by Israel advocates, which they say served to whitewash Hamas’s monstrous crimes.

Yoseph Haddad, a well-known Israeli Arab activist who has dedicated himself to explaining Israel’s positions to the world, posted his frustration on X, saying it “drives me crazy how we fall into the trap of Hamas’s psychological warfare.

“The ‘dedicated and humane treatment’ of ISIS-Hamas is already echoing around the world. They have already forgotten about the horrors we watched yesterday,” Haddad tweeted.

Even Ichilov Hospital (Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center) attempted to free itself of responsibility for the press conference held there, which has come under increasing criticism.

“Ichilov was asked to allow the hostage and her family and the media to speak in an organized and coordinated manner. Coaching the family regarding the style and content of the messages is not our responsibility, but that of official security and public relations figures, who have been in direct contact with the family,” the hospital said.

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