Israeli Forces 'Undoubtedly' Shot Their Own Civilians, Kibbutz Survivor Tells Israeli State Radio

Chris Menahan
Oct. 16, 2023

An Israeli woman who survived Hamas' Oct 7 raid on Kibbutz Be'eri told Israeli State Radio in a now censored interview that Israeli civilians were "undoubtedly" killed by Israeli forces who "eliminated everyone, including the hostages" in intense crossfire.

From Electronic Intifada, "Israeli forces shot their own civilians, kibbutz survivor says":
Yasmin Porat, a survivor of the bloodshed at Kibbutz Be'eri, near the boundary with Gaza, says many Israeli civilians were killed by Israeli forces.

An Israeli woman who survived the Hamas assault on settlements near the Gaza boundary on 7 October says Israeli civilians were "undoubtedly" killed by their own security forces.

It happened when Israeli forces engaged in fierce gun battles with Palestinian fighters in Kibbutz Be'eri and fired indiscriminately at both the fighters and their Israeli prisoners.

"They eliminated everyone, including the hostages," she told Israeli radio. "There was very, very heavy crossfire" and even tank shelling.
The woman, 44-year-old mother of three Yasmin Porat, said that prior to that, she and other civilians had been held by the Palestinians for several hours and treated "humanely." She had fled the nearby "Nova" rave.

A recording of her interview, from the radio program Haboker Hazeh ("This Morning") hosted by Aryeh Golan on state broadcaster Kan, has been circulating on social media.

[...] Notably, the interview is not included in the online version of Haboker Hazeh for 15 October, the episode in which it apparently aired.

It may well have been censored due to its explosive nature.

Porat, who is from Kabri, a settlement near the Lebanese border, undoubtedly experienced terrible things and saw many noncombatants killed. Her own partner, Tal Katz, is among the dead.

However, her account undermines Israel's official story of deliberate, wanton murder by the Palestinian fighters.

[...] And in a half-hour interview with Israel's Channel 12 on Thursday, Porat speaks of intense gunfire after Israeli forces arrived. Porat herself received a bullet in the thigh.

[...] "They did not abuse us. They treated us very humanely," Porat explained to a surprised Golan in the Kan radio interview.

"By that I mean they guard us," she said. "They give us something to drink here and there. When they see we are nervous they calm us down. It was very frightening but no one treated us violently. Luckily nothing happened to me like what I heard in the media."

"They were very humane towards us," Porat said in her Channel 12 interview. She recalled that one Palestinian fighter who spoke Hebrew, "told me, 'Look at me well, were not going to kill you. We want to take you to Gaza. We are not going to kill you. So be calm, you're not going to die.' That's what he told me, in those words."

"I was calm because I knew nothing would happen to me," she added.

"They told us that we would not die, that they wanted to take us to Gaza and that the next day they would return us to the border," Porat told Maariv.

In the Channel 12 interview, Porat elaborates that although the Palestinian fighters all had loaded weapons, she never saw them shoot captives or threaten them with their guns.

In addition to providing the captives with drinking water, she said the fighters let them go outside to the lawn because it was hot, especially as the electricity was cut.
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Another Israeli woman who was captured by Hamas along with her children also told Israel's Channel 12 how she and her kids were treated humanely.

"Don't worry, I am Muslim, we will not hurt you," she recounted the fighter telling her.

The Israeli government lied about Hamas "beheading 40 babies," lied about them committing "mass rape" and lied about Hamas being ISIS.

Contrary to what U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has claimed, Hamas' attack was not the "equivalent of ten 9/11s" -- it wasn't even the equivalent of one 9/11.

The Israeli government has been pushing atrocity propaganda nonstop for the past week to justify their own long-planned brutal siege of Gaza and ethnically cleanse two million Palestinians from their homeland.

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