A Finnish journalist reported seeing a rocket being fired from a hospital in Gaza, but after some people took that as proof that Hamas was using highly populated areas to fire rockets into Israel, the journalist is lashing out against them.
Aishi Zidan reported from the Shifa hospital in Gaza City and initially said that she witnessed a rocket being launched into Israel from the backyard.
“Also, a rocket attack was conducted from the ‘backyard’ of the hospital at 2 o’clock in the morning,” said Zidan, according to a translation. “It [the rocket launch], in fact, happened somewhere close by because the noise right here at the hospital area was really loud. Indeed, these rockets launched here from the Gazan side [of the border] are headed into Israel.”
After her report started to spread online, supporters of Israel started quoting her and sharing video of her report to prove that Hamas was firing rockets into Israel from areas with large civilian populations as a way to get Israel to attack back and kill large numbers of civilians. Zidan didn’t like her words being used to support that side, however, and took to Facebook to defend herself.
Zidan posted on her Facebook page:
Don’t use me as your propaganda weapon.
I spent a night at the Shifa hospital in Gaza two weeks ago. I was covering the situation in Gaza for my newspaper.
My story was about the Palestinian civilians who were victims of war. My article started with a story of four little boys who were killed on the beach the same day. They were playing on the beach when Israeli army hit them without any clear reason or warning. I interviewed a boy who survived from the attack. The Shifa hospital was full of women and children who were victims of this ugly war. I described their stories in detail.
During the night someone launched a rocket somewhere behind the hospital. Now this sentence from my article is spreading in the pro-Israeli medias. I mentioned this in my article because I’m a professional journalist. I try to cover the events truthfully as I see them and I strongly condemn these kind of actions.
But I find it very disgusting how this one sentence was taken out context to be used as an excuse to target civilians in Gaza. My story became quickly a tool of propaganda. The people sharing this story are not even trying to understand the situation as a whole. They are just looking for excuses to Israeli actions in Gaza.
I refuse to be part of this kind of propaganda.
Take a look at the video of Zidan’s report below.