Israeli President Isaac Herzog claimed in an interview with BBC on Sunday that Israeli forces found a copy of Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” in a child’s bedroom in northern Gaza in his latest attempt to justify the mass killing of Palestinian civilians.
Herzog claimed the child’s bedroom was turned into a “terrorist base” and that the book was found on the body of a Hamas fighter. “The terrorist wrote notes, marked the sections, and studied again and again the ideology of Adolf Hitler to hate the Jews, to kill the Jews, to burn and slaughter Jews wherever they are,” he said. “This is the real war we are facing.”
The Israeli president had previously presented a document that he claimed was an al-Qaeda manual that detailed how to make chemical weapons he said was found on the body of a Hamas fighter in southern Israel. But according to Middle East Eye, what he displayed was the cover of an amateur biography of World Trade Center attacker Ramzi Yousef, which contains no directions on making chemical weapons.
“It’s al-Qaeda material. Official al-Qaeda material. We are dealing with ISIS, al-Qaeda and Hamas. And in this material there were instructions on how to produce chemical weapons,” Herzog said of the document.
Israeli officials have pointed to the US war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, which incurred massive civilian casualties, to justify its brutal bombing campaign in Gaza. Israeli officials have also invoked the US and Allied strategic bombing campaigns of World War II, including the bombing of Dresden and the use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Herzog has previously argued that there are no innocent civilians in Gaza. “It is an entire nation out there that is responsible,” he said on October 13. “It is not true this rhetoric about civilians not being aware, not involved. It’s absolutely not true.”
Since Israel unleashed its assault on Gaza in the wake of the October 7 Hamas attack, more than 11,000 Palestinians have been killed in the enclave, including over 4,500 children. The numbers are based on what Gaza’s Health Ministry is reporting, which a US State Department official has said is likely an undercount.