[Photo Credit: By Chad Davis from Minneapolis, United States - U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush Line 3, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=125286595]
Ilhan Omar, a member of the Democratic Party’s infamous far-left “Squad,” received major flak after retweeting a picture of dead children with the message “CHILD GENOCIDE IN PALESTINE.”
The only problem? The picture turned out to be a fake.
The image was actually from a 2013 sarin gas assault in Ghouta, Syria, not the Israel-Hamas conflict, according to a community note from X, formerly known as Twitter.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a fellow “Squad” member from New York, warned about the “incredibly high” volume of false information about the continuing conflict on social media and advised her followers to “pause” and “check” for accuracy.
Omar removed the tweet of the image after backlash.
Guy Benson, a contributor to Fox News, also went after Omar for attempting to pin the deaths of the children on Israel.
“She was claiming through that retweet that Israel had killed these children. And of course, the photo was from a decade ago in a different country. It was a lie. But her impulse, her instinct was to try to blame the Israelis for the death of children,” Benson said.
“Here’s the sad part. Palestinian children have been killed already. More Palestinian children will be killed in the days to come. Cutting through the fog of war, it is important when we get those reports, verified or otherwise when that happens, is that Israel goes out of its way to avoid that, whereas Hamas goes out of its way to kill innocent people,” he continued.