Canada's Trudeau leads rush to blame Israel for Gaza hospital bombing

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 October 19, 2023

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quick to condemn Israel for bombing a hospital in Gaza, even though Israel disavowed the attack and it is now thought to have come from a Hamas bomb that may have gone astray.

The Gaza health ministry reported on Tuesday that Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza had been bombed and that up to 500 people were killed.

Trudeau told reporters hours later, “The news coming out of Gaza is horrific and absolutely unacceptable. International humanitarian and international law needs to be respected in this, and in all cases. There are rules around wars and it’s not acceptable to hit a hospital.”

Apparently, Trudeau and others who rushed to condemn Israel for the attacks never considered what should have been apparent--that Hamas and Gaza might try to propagandize the bombing to make it look like Israel did it in order to make them look bad.

Backing off

Note that Trudeau didn't actually come out and say that Israel did it, so now media spin machines are trying to say he didn't blame Israel and that the government isn't saying who is behind the bombing.

Conservative Canadian commentator Sabrina Maddeaux isn't letting Trudeau off that easily, however.

In a piece for the National Post, she called Trudeau's rush to judgment an "embarrassment to Canada" and blasted him for taking Gaza at its word.

She noted that members of Trudeau's cabinet were still condemning the hospital attack and implying that Israel was behind it on Wednesday, even as U.S. President Joe Biden was in Israel telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu it looked like the bombing was launched by the “other team, not you.”

Biden continued, “But there’s a lot of people out there who are not sure. So we’ve got to overcome a lot of things.”

International embarrassment

"That those people he referred to appears to include senior Canadian cabinet ministers and the prime minister should be an international embarrassment," Maddeaux wrote.

She questioned whether the hospital itself was even bombed, since most of the damage surveyed Wednesday in broad daylight looked confined to the parking lot. Whether 500 people were killed by a parking lot bomb is now unclear.

She accused Trudeau and Canadian liberals of having an "internalized belief that Israel is the inherent aggressor and that it is violating international law."

All signs point to the opposite being true. Israel was attacked by Hamas, and continues to warn civilians of impending air strikes so they can get out of the way before it defends itself.

If people like Trudeau can't see the reality of what's going on in Israel, it's because they have biased blinders on and don't want to see it.

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