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Fabricated Narratives and Forensic Neglect

By Morgan Chase, originally published on TruthBomb substack.

The aftermath of the October 7th events has been marked by a series of unverified allegations of Palestinian attacks, including claims of rape, that have overshadowed subsequent discourse. Despite the lack of tangible evidence or direct accounts, these accusations have resonated, with ‘esteemed’ media outlets such as CNNBBC, and The New York Times, providing a conduit for their distribution, but without carefully examining its foundation. Leaders in Canada have also backed up the claims, which has led to the funding of a $1 million investigation.

The absence of real victim testimony or conclusive evidence of rape has not diminished the seriousness with which these allegations have been received. It seems that in Israel, if enough people claim something happened, evidentiary support is not necessary. For the rest of us, we’re expected to bypass critical thinking entirely, accept every outlandish allegation as genuine; otherwise, we are deemed anti-Semitic.

Noa Tishby, former special envoy for combating antisemitism and delegitimization of Israel, stated,

“It’s been overwhelming to see, especially when it comes to sexual violence, how determined so many people and institutions are to frame Israel as an oppressor, even when it is a victim.”

This phenomenon highlights a fundamental disconnect in Israeli society where loyalty to a specific narrative takes precedence over the search for factual truth, as does the expectation for others to follow suit.

All these people and groups need to do is condemn the sexual violence. It’s not hard”

Tishby overlooks the fact that these are the same insidious people who depict wild scenes from ’80s horror movies, fabricate atrocity propaganda, and create false narratives about sexual violence. They don’t seem to understand that this pattern not only undermines the credibility of the accusers but also jeopardizes the integrity of any other statements or discussions that might arise from these groups, or at least it should.

Co-opting existing advocacy movements to propel political agendas is never okay. The theatrical nature is what makes these claims even more disingenuous.

The Association of Rape Crisis Centres in Israel (ARCCI) Report

Despite that no tangible evidence has been presented to support the claims made by The Associatin of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI). Their report titled “Swords of Iron: Hamas’ Sexual Crimes on October 7,” details fabricated brutal sexual assaults allegedly carried out by Hamas. The report describes graphic sexual abuse, torture, and murder, focusing on arenas of assault such as the Nova Festival, kibbutzim, and villages in the southern region, and military bases. It aimed to prove a “pattern of sexual assault”, including what’s described as “systematic rape” during war, gang rape, rape in the presence of family members, sexual offenses against males, execution during or after rape, sadistic practices such as binding, mutilation, destruction of genital organs, and insertion of weapons in intimate areas.

It’s interesting in the following video , these male, third party testimonies mention having proof of “systematic violence.” That’s some coincidence.

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UN Experts’ Endorsement

Two UN-appointed experts, Alice Jill Edwards and Morris Tidball-Binz, have irresponsibly endorsed Israel’s baseless narrative by demanding accountability for alleged violence. In a statement, they claimed that any reported sexual violence would be a severe breach of international law, amounting to war crimes and could also be considered crimes against humanity due to the supposed scale and premeditation of the attacks.

They further emphasized the nature of the purported evidence of sexual violence, asserting that every victim deserves recognition, irrespective of their background, which is an interesting focus. However, in over ten years of experience in a relevant field, I’ve yet to witness a sexual assault survivor seeking recognition over justice.

The assertion of a mounting body of evidence regarding reported sexual violence is baseless; in reality, there is no evidence to substantiate these claims. Moreover, these allegations are based entirely on testimony from individuals who should be regarded as highly unreliable and who do not prioritize the importance of evidence.

ZAKA’s Role in Shaping the Narrative

It’s no secret that certain entities with political goals are consciously shaping the narrative surrounding the events of October 7 in an effort to influence public perception in their favour. At the forefront of this manipulation stands ZAKA, ostensibly a ‘volunteer organization’ dedicated to providing dignified burials. Yet, beneath this veneer, ZAKA harbours a disturbing track record of sexual violencefinancial irregularities, and participation in disinformation campaigns, casting a shadow over its proclaimed missions.

ZAKA, which stands for Zihuy Korbanot Ason (Disaster Victim Identification), is an Israeli volunteer organization established in the early 1990s. It was founded by Yehuda Meshi-Zahav and Rabbi Gelbstein following a series of terrorist attacks in Israel, with the aim of providing a dignified “burial for victims of terrorism and disasters’.

It has bizarrely been involved in training emergency response teams globally, claiming to share its “expertise” in disaster victim identification. This is peculiar considering they have no medical qualifications and less than standard basic education.

Despite being unqualified, ZAKA members are tasked with handling forensic materials at crime scenes, compromising evidence integrity and, by extension, an already troubled Israel ‘justice’ system. This disregard for professional forensic standards is a deviation from international norms, indicating neglect for a proper education and training for such a critical role.

Additionally, the complete absence of professionalism becomes evident in interviews with ZAKA volunteers, where the penchant for sensationalism and fabrication is notable. They have made claims of “dozens of beheaded babies” and compared violence to the Holocaust and despite being debunked on countless occasions, and they still gain traction.

These statements lacking substantiation, are accepted by most as fact, highlighting a troubling readiness to exploit tragedy for personal gain, victimhood and narrative control. They’ve also been caught staging photos of bodybags to post on their website so they can entice donations for their hard work. They’ve managed to illicit around 50M USD despite also receiving government funding.

ZAKA, while claiming to be part of a religious sect that preserves the dignity of the deceased, has been criticized for disclosing graphic and potentially confidential information. Yossi Landau (above) has been notorious for making demonstrably false claims when speaking to the media

Another-example of this is a ZAKA member’s graphic account outside a home in kibbutz Be’eri, which was presented as factual despite lacking supporting evidence.

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“When the parents moved, the grenade blew up. So the parents died first but they saw the kids getting tortured and then they shot the kids. All these things are things we had evidence for everything… Three children were shot but they weren’t shot right away; they saw their parents get killed first.”

His indifferent demeanor and candid admission of possessing evidence is highly unusual. Even if he were telling the truth, this behavior still shows a disregard for the sensitivity due to “victims” and a tendency to exploit tragedy, traits also associated with ZAKA. Moreover, this approach breaches basic confidentiality and obstructs the vital discourse required for legal proceedings, exhibiting a complete lack of professional tact.

Corruption at the Helm

Unethical behavior often originates from the upper echelons of leadership, setting a precedent for the entire organization. This is certainly the case for ZAKA by the actions of its founder, Yehuda Meshi-Zahav. He has been accused of sexual assault, rape, and abuse by numerous individuals , including men, women, and children. These allegations covered several decades, with some claims dating back to the 1980s. The accusers claimed that Meshi-Zahav used his public prominence and position of power to commit these acts. There were also reports that the ultra-Orthodox community shielded community may have shielded him with a code of silence. Despite these accusations, they remained unreported, indicating a systemic issue within the organization.

One would think any government would want to disassociate from such discrepancies, however, recently Benjamin Netanyahu’s praised the organization  for its significant influence in shaping public opinion reflecting its close ties with the Israeli government.

 “First of all, I want to thank you for the strength of spirit to see such things and yet continue. I hope that you are taking care of yourselves; that is also important. Of course, you are also doing this sacred work and when you talk among yourselves and to the outside world, you must speak out. These are powerful stories and we are in a major fight.”

This collaboration ZAKA and the Israeli government, reflecting a broader shift from empirical forensic practices to religiously motivated procedures, and narrative control  challenges the impartiality and professionalism expected in critical response operations. This shift, characterized by conflicts with secular laws, compromises crime scene integrity, evidence collection, and investigation thoroughness, significantly impacting prosecution.

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Forensic Concerns and Religious Convictions

The ultra orthodox practices preventing forensic protocol are particularly problematic when these same individuals are the primary source of so many outrageous claims about sexual violence. This bias threatens any sort of judicial system’s integrity and fosters a culture that values storytelling over accuracy, undermining the fundamental principles of justice and accountability.

A key player in this narrative manipulation is Chen Kugel, the Director of the Forensic Institute of Israel, who oversees organizations like ZAKA. Despite his official position, Kugel’s actions and statements deviate from the expected impartiality and professionalism of a forensic pathologist.

The Forensic Institute in Israel itself is tainted by controversies involving organ smuggling, undermining its credibility and countless ethical practices.

One prominent scandal involved Dr. Yehuda Hiss, a former chief pathologist at the institute, who was implicated in the illegal harvesting and sale of organs. Hiss later admitted to the theft of organs from the bodies of Palestinians in the institute, stating,

We took corneas, skin, heart valves, and bones… Almost everything was done unofficially to a large extent… and permission was not sought from the families.”

Chen Kugel’s appointment as the Director of the Forensic Institute was initially seen as a chance to address these issues and promote anti-corruption and transparency. However, Kugel’s seems to be engaged in similar misconduct.

He has been at the forefront of distributing atrocity propaganda that shows graphic and disturbing images, allegedly from the aftermath of attacks by Palestinians. Kugel is often seen in these videos displaying extreme emotion and claiming that he has never encountered anything like this in his 31-year career as a forensic pathologist, which is unusual for a forensic professional expected to maintain objectivity and detachment.

Contradictions arise in Kugel’s claims regarding the conduct of autopsies and adherence to standard forensic protocols. The reluctance to perform autopsies and collect forensic material for substantiation, influenced by religious beliefs, undermines the rigor of the investigative process.Interestingly enough, Chen may come from a long line of atrocity propagandist.

If the facility can accommodate multiple media outlets, it raises questions as to why official autopsy reports or accurate fatality figures cannot be provided.

Similarly, Golan Vach’s dissemination of unverified atrocities about serious incidents, including girls being raped and murdered, tanks striking civilians, and babies being beheaded, further undermines the credibility of the investigative process but its also indicative of some serious mental health issues.

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Jumping back to the report “Swords of Iron: Hamas’ Sexual Crimes on October 7,” there were recommendations to address sexual violence, premised on the credibility of such allegations. It suggests strengthening legal frameworks, enhancing victim support services, fostering international cooperation, increasing awareness, promoting gender equality, and offering specialized training for military personnel and law enforcement, among others.

However, the report’s lack of recommendation for expanded forensic oversight casts doubts on the commitment to conducting thorough investigations and ensuring accountability. This gap indicates a disinterest in real consequences or justice, especially if there was prior knowledge that the alleged rapes did not occur, as this would typically trigger legal actions and investigations.

Despite these recommendations, there has been no real attempt to implement or seriously consider them. In contrast, The National Library of Israel spearheads an effort to document the events of October 7th and the subsequent war period, focusing on preserving narratives rather than factual accuracy or accountability.

These initiatives, which aim to archive testimonies for accessibility in over 190 global institutions like museums, libraries, and universities, target diverse audiences including policymakers, NGOs, researchers, and content creators. This could potentially support legislation and policy changes in favor of Israel, essentially rewriting history without the involvement of key professionals such as law enforcement, indicating a disregard for authentic historical accuracy.

Among the institutions involved in these efforts are:

– The Oral History Division at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

– The Association of Israeli Archivists

– The Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University

– The USC Shoah Foundation

– The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)

– The Berman Archive at Stanford University

– The Israeli Civil Administration

– The Leadership Forum for War Documentation Initiatives

– Edut 710

– Moked Arava

If that wasnt enough, prominent Israeli filmmakers like Ari Folman, Hagar Levi, Jasmine Kainy, Eliran Peled, and Joseph Cedar have initiated the “Bring Them Home Now” online campaign, further documenting stories of hostages and contributing to the narrative preservation effort.

Ari Folman worked with Anat Schwartz on the Docudrama “Waltz with Bashir” one of the authors of “Screams Without Words“—New York Times about these sexual violence claims—which was heavily criticized for the quality of its reporting. There is a lot more to that story, but we’ll get to that another time.

Dr. Raquel Ukeles, Head of Collections at the National Library of Israel, noted this will be a long-term, comprehensive process.

It is already clear that even after the war’s end, the need to understand, study, and research the events of October 7th and the current war, and their social, cultural, military, and political consequences will remain relevant and important for decades to come. The work of collecting, preserving materials, and making them publicly available requires the combined resources and joint commitment of all the organizations that deal with documentation and preservation, and we are grateful to all who participate.”

The project aims to create a comprehensive database that includes texts, photos, audio, and video from various sources, supporting Jewish communal memory and historical research. Contributors and partners in this extensive documentation effort include:

– The Israeli Archive of Testimonies

– The Forum of War Documentation Initiatives

– A project to commemorate photographer Dor Malka through artistic illustrations

– Digital applications like iwitness710, Drop Impact, and My Record

– AI-based interfaces such as Mapping the Massacres

  • They also have a WhatsApp chat for submissions

Despite the grave allegations of sexual violence and the supposed importance of the report, why is there a glaring absence of experts in evidentiary management, law enforcement, forensic science, justice, or sexual violence among the contributors and partners? The lack of professionals in these key areas not only raises serious doubts about the project’s ability to handle data ethically and accurately but also suggests they know this support wouldn’t be necessary.

It’s as if they’re more focused on gathering a crowd to weave a narrative rather than ensuring historical accuracy or justice.

They’ve even stated they’ll pay for any legal aspects of submission or technical difficulties. Yet, nowhere in these articles is there mention of collaboration with police, trauma professionals, experts on violence, or courts of law with critical evidence.

So submissions like this would be catalogued as fact, there would no means of verification and it would be submitted into a database for further use.

“I saw it with my own eyes what happened and what they went through, those young girls. We have tons of evidence that prove the systematic abuse of women, girls, mothers, even young children. You strip her out of her clothes, her boyfriend got shot in the head, spread her legs, and after they were done, they executed her. Survivors witnessed a concentration area of women who were brought by Hamas terrorists and raped. Gang rapes, so brutal that their pelvic bones were broken. We had GoPro cameras from terrorists, CCTV cameras from cars.”

In what context would it be appropriate to accept second-hand testimony like this? What compelled the festival producer to assert they have “tons of evidence” of systemic abuse against women, girls, mothers, and young children? Additionally, it raises the question of why a festival producer is the one testifying about severe allegations of sexual violence.

 

There are even government initiatives in place that offer significant financial incentives to individuals connected to hostage situations. For example, they provide $25,000 every three months to people who are related to hostages. Additionally, there are compensation programs available for individuals who claim to have attended events such as the Nova Festival. These financial incentives create a strong motivation for individuals to fabricate their testimonies and attendance at these events, leading to misinformation and false claims.


Narrative Control Through “Art”

Another prime example of Israel’s preference for shaping public opinion over conducting investigations is the recreation of the Nova Festival in Tel Aviv into an art exhibit a month after the incident. This exhibit, which clearly emphasized the crafting of a specific narrative over an investigative or evidentiary approach, featured personal belongings of victims (provided by ZAKA), leading to concerns about the loss of critical forensic evidence. The display of items such as clothing and personal artifacts, which could contain DNA, fingerprints, or other vital forensic information, risked contaminating or losing evidence crucial for prosecution.

They also helped staged the cars for the exhibit..

This project is part of a larger trend observed since November, where artistic expression about October 7th seems to favour dramatization over factual accuracy, turning serious incidents into spectacles. From performances to installations like the construction of a mock tunnel, high-profile projects, including Zoya Cherkassky’s series and narratives around ‘The Destruction and Afterlife of an Israeli Art Gallery,‘ have been criticized for prioritizing compelling storytelling over factual scrutiny. involvement in displaying victims’ personal belongings at the exhibit reflects a disregard for preserving crucial forensic evidence, hindering the pursuit of justice and accountability.

Other factors

The tradition of “lying for shalom” (lying for peace) in Jewish culture, which prioritizes maintaining peace over absolute truth, poses a significant discrepancy in information sharing. This cultural value is exploited in the context of the Hamas-Israel conflict to justify the suppression or manipulation of facts. The rationale is that deception is permissible if it serves the greater goal of peace or to save a life. This perspective encourages a willingness to lie or bend the truth to align with a particular narrative or to promote the idea of peace.

As a result, obtaining accurate fatality figures is challenging, with numbers constantly fluctuating. Official government websites   provide insufficient information on fatalities; they claim The identities and ages of civilian victims are available via Bituah Leumi. Furthermore, there are sites that multiple journalists claim to debunk fatality figures, but upon closer examination, it becomes apparent that these sites do not offer any substantial evidence or analysis.

The historical reluctance to count Jews, which is deeply ingrained in superstitions and religious beliefs, has been strategically exploited by Israel to its advantage in times of conflict. This cultural aversion to enumeration, traditionally rooted in fear of the “evil eye” (Ayin Hara) and plagues, has evolved into a mechanism for obscuring facts and avoiding accountability. Currently, when attempting to gather more information on this subject, the search results are overwhelmingly filled with content that denies the Holocaust. It’s clear that the Holocaust is not being questioned, but it’s puzzling how such a significant historical event seems to be an outlier when it comes to the availability of basic statistical data.

In the context of global census research, there’s a notable mention regarding Israel, indicating that “this country conducts its own population count.” Given this, how can we ensure the accuracy of reported fatality numbers? Is it possible for any figure to be presented without substantial verification? This deliberate ambiguity serves as a protective shield for Israel, enabling it to evade international scrutiny by cloaking itself in historical and religious justifications.

It has allowed them to make claims that work in their interest, such as a Canadian organization B’nai Brith, claim that violent events against Jews have increased by 733% in two years, without providing any further details. This use of random numbers or selective data illustrates how the cultural and historical context of not counting can be used to shape narratives in a way that serves specific interests.


Final Thoughts

If Israel genuinely sought justice for the individuals allegedly killed on October 7th, they would have made securing the crime scene and collecting all available evidence a top priority. Despite having methods at their disposal that wouldn’t conflict with their religious practices, there was a glaring lack of effort. This suggests they already knew the answer and saw no point in pursuing further. In a society where lying and deceiving are ingrained in the culture, this behavior is projected onto the world, with the expectation that everyone else will follow suit because of their cohesive messaging.

The apparent lack of commitment to gathering crucial trace evidence like fibers, hair, soil, and pattern evidence such as fingerprints or shoe prints raises serious questions. Instead of leveraging phone data or footage to aid the investigation, volunteers frequently shared “evidence” with the media, framing the attack as an absolute horror, and if we don’t believe them, we are considered antisemitic.

The pervasive unreliability of sources, the practice of “lying for shalom,” the preference for compelling narratives over hard evidence, and the long-standing tradition of evading the provision of accurate figures all contribute to the perpetuation of a profound deception. These practices, combined with significant efforts devoted to preserving a particular narrative, serve to uphold a sense of victimhood and provide justification for military actions against Palestinians.

The deliberate prioritization of narrative over truth and the disregard for essential forensic processes underscore a concerning departure from rigorous investigation, suggesting an agenda driven more by shaping public perception than by a genuine pursuit of justice. If Palestinians were to engage in similar practices, the international response and scrutiny would likely be swift and severe. It’s also worth noting, individuals who are truly suffering, don’t feel need for a Broadway production at every stop, they don’t care about recognition or proving to anyone they’re in pain.

It is imperative to critically assess the credibility of sources and strive for a deeper understanding of the motivations behind these narratives. No one should be considered a rape apologist or be accused of minimizing sexual violence because they’re asking for more information. If they lied about finding 40 beheaded babies, assume they lied about the rest as well.

 

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