On the internet you can find a lot of misinformation and many erroneous assertions pertaining to Israel as a whole, and more specifically, the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Presented below are several prevalent claims, along with strategies for their refutation.

It is important to understand these basic truths:

  1. Israel is fighting Hamas, not Palestinians.
  2. Hamas are not just terrorists. They have effectively built an Army of Terror.
  3. October 7th was not an attack on Israel, but rather on Israelis and our way of life – a peaceful collaboration of Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouins.
  4. Hamas threatens Israelis and Palestinians alike. Palestinians are Hamas’ victims as well.
  5. This is a war for the future of humanity, a pure struggle between the good and the evil.
  6. Israel follows the international humanitarian law.
  7. Israel values life, while Hamas values death.
There are many more Palestinian deaths that Israeli deaths! It’s genocide!

Reality: This is a so called “Dresden” defense that was used by the Nazi in the Nuremberg trials. There were also much more German deaths than British deaths during WWII. Does it mean that the Germans Nazis were right and the British were wrong?

The main difference between Hamas and Israel is that Hamas purposely targets and murders Israeli civilians. Hamas did not invent it, though – the Palestinian atrocities go way back. One of the first PLO terror acts was the murder of 9 children aged 9 to 14, and 3 adults in the Avivim school bus, back in 1970.

Hamas are using the Palestinians as human shields, while Israel refrains as possible from killing Palestinians, in this impossible situation. They even kill their own people, as you can learn from the Battle of Gaza between Hamas and Fatah in 2007, or shooting Gazans that tried to fled to South Gaza.

Israel blockades Gaza!

Reality: Regarding the issue of cross-border movement between Gaza and Israel, it’s important to consider the complexities involved. While it is true that a significant number of Gazans have been employed in Israel and that Palestinians from the West Bank also work in Israel, the control of these crossings is a matter of security and international agreements.

There have been 17,000 Gazans that worked in Israel as far back as 2022, and a total of 150,000 Palestinians are working in Israel.

But lets not forget – Gaza has a border not only with Israel, but also with Egypt, and has an operational crossing between Gaza and Egypt, called Rafah crossing. The Egyptians are also vary of opening the border, due to a fear that terrorists will infiltrate Egypt and join the Al-Qaeda terrorists in the Sinai desert.

As of why Israel does not permit an unregulated crossing between Israel and Gaza – the October 7th massacre teaches us what would happen if it did. If we are to treat Gaza as a sovereign entity, with Hamas terrorists as its elected government – then it is completely understandable why Israel does not want any Gazans entering Israel.

While the vast majority of Gazans are poor, Hamas and its operatives enjoy a high income, mostly from looting the international aid coming to Gaza.

There are a lot of goods entering Gaza on a daily basis. In fact, the Gazan businessman Muhannad Shuhaiber, opened the largest luxury car showroom in Gaza. These cars have to enter Gaza somehow, right?

Israel is an apartheid state!

Reality: This is one of the laughable claims, that is easily debunked by anyone living in Israel.

There is no apartheid in Israel. All citizens in Israel are equal under the law.  All citizens have the right to vote and run for office. Israel has no legislation whatsoever preventing or limiting non-Jewish citizens from doing anything they chose to do, as long as it is legal.  They may attend the school or university their choice, and reside in the neighborhood of their choice.  Non-Jews use the same public transport, same medical clinics and hospitals, same theatres, restaurants, beaches and public toilets as any Jewish citizen. In sum, Israel is an integrated society.

There are a lot of Druze and Bedouins in the police and the army, a lot of Arab doctors, nurses and pharmacists. There are Supreme Court Justices who are Arab, and in 1999, Rana Raslan, an Israeli Arab Muslim, won Miss Israel beauty pageant.

The stories of the Hamas massacre are lies fabricated by Israel.

Reality: The stories of the Hamas massacre are proven by the videos recorded by Hamas terrorists themselves, as well as autopsies of the brutalized victims. There are Americans who are mirroring the rhetoric of Holocaust deniers, rejecting evidence about how Hamas butchered Jews. A man with his eyes gouged out. A woman’s breasts sliced off. A mother and child burned alive while hugging each other. These atrocities happened. Videos from Hamas terrorists show it and prove their depravity and evil—was for us.

Israel occupies Gaza. This justifies the attack.

Reality: Israel removed all of its citizens and settlements from Gaza in the summer of 2005. The only Israelis in Gaza today are hostages—from a 6-month-old baby to elderly Holocaust survivors—being held captive by Hamas. Gaza is an independent territory governed by the Iranian-backed Hamas.

Palestinians are not allowed to vote in Israeli elections.

Reality: Palestinians are supposed to be voting in Palestinian Authority elections. The last Palestinian election was held in January 2006. P.A. head Mahmoud Abbas, almost 88 years old, is in the 18th year of a four-year term. Hamas has ruled Gaza after violently removing the P.A. from power in 2007 and could have held elections at any time but didn’t. Hamas leaders prefer to subject their citizens to a dictatorship.

Gaza is an open-air prison, a concentration camp.

Reality: Hamas has been the independent government of Gaza since 2007, when it violently seized control from the Palestinian Authority. Hamas is free to build schools and improve the lives of Gazans, yet it chooses to divert most of its funds to buy concrete, fortify tunnels and build rockets. Any Palestinian suffering is caused by the terrorists that impose their will on civilians living there.

Palestinians do not have agency—the power and resources needed to thrive.

Reality: Palestinians do have agency, but Hamas has never provided a better life for its citizens. The Palestinians receive more aid per capita than any country in the world, including $40 billion from 1996 to 2020. Arab and European countries have poured billions into Gaza, which have been used by Hamas to build bombs, rockets and terror tunnels.

There are Palestinian children in Israeli prisons.

Reality: Any Palestinian children detained by Israel are held by the Israel Prison Service, which is civilian-run. Reasons for the detainment of Palestinian children include violent acts such as rock-throwing, Molotov cocktail attacks, and even murder. Palestinian media, government officials, and religious leaders frequently encourage their youth to take violence against Israeli civilians. One of the most monstrous aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict is how Palestinian terror groups radicalize and conscript their youth into service as child soldiers.

The U.S. sends $3.8 billion in foreign aid to Israel every year, more than every other country, combines.

Reality: Israel receives military credits from the United States. This is money that has to be spent in the US on American weaponry, which benefits the American economy. Israel remains an important partner in global counter-terrorism efforts.

Israel was founded on genocide.

Reality:

In May 1948, the modern state of Israel was established in the historic homeland of the Jewish people. Israel’s founders drafted the Declaration of Independence to guarantee rights for all future inhabitants:

“[The State of Israel] will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education, and culture…”
—Declaration of Independence, Provisional Government of Israel, May 14, 1948

The War of 1948 and the consequent refugee crisis did take place during the war, but was due to Arab leaders who sought the destruction of the Jewish state.

The U.S. sends police offers to Israel to receive training that targets minorities and people of color.

Reality: Those with firsthand knowledge of US-Israel police exchange programs have thoroughly refuted this libel. As CAMERA’s Ricki Hollander has noted, “the [Deadly Exchange] campaign is built entirely on fabrications brazenly promoted by Israel’s antagonists whose main goal is to stir up hatred against the Jewish state and Jewish organizations in the U.S.” When Deadly Exchange activists liken these two issues, they wrongly assume that American social issues apply equally everywhere, diminishing the context behind each case and disrespecting the memories of the deceased.

Israel’s separation wall is illegal.

Reality. Israel’s security barrier was put up in response to terrorism, and its main job is to prevent the death of innocent people. The barrier is not illegal under international law. It is, as the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has noted, “a necessary and proportional response to a campaign of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes by Palestinians.”

Israel steals Palestinian water.

Reality: In order to increase the water supply for agriculture and to replace sources of sweet water, an extensive network was constructed in recent years for the recycling of waste water, which is purified and returned into use for agriculture and industry. The rate of reclamation in Israel is the world’s highest, mostly for agricultural use. In addition, further steps are being taken to increase the supply of sweet water, by desalination of seawater, desalination of brackish water, preservation of freshwater sources against salinization and pollution, reclamation of wells, and collection of runoff. – Israel Accountant General

Palestinians Deserve the right of return

Reality: In 1948, most Palestinians voluntarily left or fled during the violence. Arab leaders even urged Palestinian Arabs to go, with the promise that once the Israelis were all killed, they would be able to return to their homes. However, the Arab armies failed to annihilate the Jewish state.

Those who fled are today considered refugees and remained so because the surrounding Arab nations refused to absorb them as citizens, instead settling them into refugee camps, like in Lebanon, where they are treated like second class citizens. Jordan was the only nation to accept Palestinians, granting citizenship to 200,000.

The “right of return” demand is a continued attempt to destroy Jewish existence in the region. The large=scale right of return would be catastrophic and make Jews second-class citizens in their own land.

Hamas are Freedom Fighters

Reality: Since 2001, Palestinian terrorists have launched tens of thousands of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip, all but a few thousand of them since Israel withdrew in August 2005. On October 7, 2023, Hamas terrorists murdered over 1,200 Israeli citizens and foreign nationals, including 40 babies, and kidnapped 240 civilians into Gaza and wounded thousands. The Hamas charter explicitly calls for the destruction of Israel—and the genocide of Jews—leaving no room for peaceful coexistence.

Israeli settlers are committing violence against Palestinians

Reality: Claims of rising Israeli settler violence against Palestinians are false. A Jerusalem Post columnist wrote, “There has not been a significant increase in Jews being violent against Arabs in Judea and Samaria since the beginning of the current Gaza war compared to the period of January-July 2023. There certainly has been no uptick or “surge” in settler violence in October-November as compared to the same period in 2022.” The author critiques the sources of such reports.