While it’s a lengthy read, and there is still a Part II to come, I really recommend Iain Davis’s article here:
According to Propaganda 101, any headline phrased as a question can always be answered “no”. In this case I think the answer is significantly more nuanced. Clearly, many many hours of research went into this, and there are so many links to sources that it would take many hours to explore fully.
Just at the point where I was wondering when Iain would mention the Nova Festival, he does exactly that.
As has become quite well-known, this rave did not have a settled venue until quite near the time it was to start, or it may have been moved from one site to another with little forewarning: I’ve heard both versions. I hadn’t realised before that the festival was due to have ended on the evening of Friday 6 October but was extended into Saturday with little prior notice. That would explain the reasonably authentic-looking footage of tired partygoers gathered in a tent looking a bit wrecked but otherwise unharmed.
What seems very clear is that any Hamas assault on this event was opportunistic, at best . . . and yet surprisingly disciplined in execution by many accounts.
DD_Geopolitics (formerly Donbass Devushka) devotes a very recent blog post solely to the festival; this is also quite worthwhile. It’s much shorter but includes some interesting links/video clips. It focuses quite heavily on the implausibility of some of the reportage - those destroyed cars especially - in the light of the restricted capabilities of the Hamas fighters. Debunking what is supposed to have happened may not be the same as asserting what actually happened, of course.
… and if you haven’t seen Simon Elmer’s two-part ‘Ten questions about Gaza’, reproduced at OffG, well… there’s another hour or two of your day to set aside