Headline RoundupOctober 12th, 2023

Did Hamas Behead Babies and Toddlers in Attacks on Israel?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Numerous reports that Hamas beheaded children during its attacks on Israel have circulated this week. Here's what journalists across the spectrum and officials have said.

Initial Reports: An Israeli journalist reported Tuesday that Israeli soldiers found "babies with their heads cut off" after clearing kibbutz Kfar Aza, which Hamas attacked over the weekend. The video has been viewed nearly 12 million times on X as of Thursday morning. Israeli Defense Forces officials initially said they "cannot confirm it officially, but you can assume it happened."

Quotes from Officials: President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he "never really thought that I would see and have confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children." A spokeswoman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that babies had been found "decapitated" in Kfar Aza, and an IDF spokesman said later that day that "we can now say with relative confidence that unfortunately this is what happened."

How the Media Covered It: Left-rated media outlets like CNN and NBC News (both Lean Left bias) highlighted anonymous U.S. government sources who said Biden was citing media reports and hadn't actually seen pictures of Hamas beheading kids. Many left- and center-rated sources framed the reports of beheaded children as unconfirmed. Some right-rated outlets tended to frame the reports as fact-based and focused on IDF comments suggesting the reports were true. Read more about the differences in coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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