CBC News Report Repeats UNRWA & Hamas Casualty Data As Facts, Not As Wartime Propaganda

March 15, 2024

For more than five months, ever since Hamas launched an unprovoked murderous rampage across southern Israel, and the subsequent Hamas-Israel war, the death toll in Gaza has played a central role in news media coverage.

The only source of all casualty data from Gaza has been the “Gaza Ministry of Health,” which – like all government apparatuses in Gaza, is controlled by Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization, which habitually lies to world media in order to promote its agenda.

That has not stopped news media outlets across Canada from gullibly repeating those claims, falsely presenting them as fact.

On the March 14 edition of CBC Morning Live, host Heather Hiscox did exactly that.

Hiscox told viewers that, according to UNRWA, the disgraced United Nations agency with ties to Palestinian terrorism, “more children have been killed in Gaza since October 7 than in the four years previous in all wars around the world.”

Elaborating, Hiscox then said “here’s the number: at least 12,300 Palestinian children have died in the last four months, according to the UN.”

The United Nations, via UNRWA, like all organizations, is simply repeating claims made by Hamas’ “Gaza Ministry of Health,” though Hiscox did not point that out.

The problem with those numbers is not only the source of the data, but the unavoidable fact that they are almost certainly fake.

As pointed out by Abraham Wyner, a professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, casualty data presented by Hamas offer so many statistical anomalies that they are highly likely to be fabricated.

Over a matter of weeks, Hamas’ ministry published daily death toll figures, which increased by virtually the same level every single day, with almost no variation, which would be highly unlikely in an armed conflict.

Regarding the alleged deaths of large numbers of women and children, a figure quoted by Hiscox, the data is equally suspicious.

As noted by Wyner, from a statistical standpoint, “we should see variation in the number of child casualties that tracks the variation in the number of women,” saying that death toll data “should result in considerable variability in the totals but less variation in the percentage of deaths across groups. This is a basic statistical fact about chance variability.”

In other words, “on the days with many women casualties, there should be large numbers of children casualties,” and vice-versa, but according to Hamas’ data, this is not the case, a highly unlikely scenario.

Hiscox is far from alone in uncritically reporting casualty data as fact when it is wartime propaganda released by a recognized terrorist group; Hamas’ claims are widely reported, often with little to no context given, including how Hamas does not differentiate between civilian and combatant, and notably, how Hamas blames Israel for all deaths, even when the culprit is a Palestinian rocket.

As for UNRWA’s claims that more children have died in Gaza than in all wars over the last four years, even with Hamas data, those figures are similarly highly implausible.

Just in one country, Nigeria, and in one year, 2023, an estimated 8,000 Christians were massacred by Islamic terrorist groups, a figure that, given Nigeria’s demographics, likely includes thousands of children.

In the Syrian Civil War, more than 300,000 innocent civilians have been killed, including huge numbers of children, over just a 10-year period.

Even more noteworthy, even if Hamas’ total death toll is correct, Israel also states that upwards of 13,000 Hamas fighters have been killed, meaning that the civilian ratio in Gaza has been dramatically lower than in virtually any other armed conflict.

What also went unsaid by Hiscox is that the benchmark for ‘children’ is generally understood to be under 18 years old, and given Hamas’ proclivity of using youth combatants among its terrorist ranks, there is a high likelihood that among the “children” killed are numerous teenage Hamas fighters, who could not reasonably be considered innocent civilians, but in fact, active combatants.

CBC News’ March 14 report, rather than repeating allegations from UNRWA, an organization which should not be mentioned without citation of its scandalous ties to terrorism, failed to inform readers about the true nature of civilian casualties in Gaza.

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