Israel sends message through Hamas leader’s mouth as psychological battle deepens

Gazans hear Khaled Mashaal speak of his luxury hotel that cost more than “a hospital and three tunnels,” as Hamas news channel hacked.


The Jerusalem Post (July 26) — Tens of thousands of Gaza residents on Thursday saw  Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on their screens, but with a surprising message.

The visuals were of Mashaal, but it was Israel who was speaking through his mouth. This happened during the broadcasts of Al Aqsa TV and Al Quds TV – two of the biggest television broadcasters in Gaza.

In a video obtained by The Jerusalem Post, a speech by Mashaal is distorted to bring Gazans a message that the Hamas leader is a corrupt politician who lives a lavish life abroad, while benifitting  from the suffering of Palestinian civilians.

“In the name of Allah, most gracious, most compassionate,” says Mashaal in the mock video. “I want to start by thanking the excellent staff of the kitchen at my hotel.”

Later, the leader speaks about hearing about what is happening in Gaza and adds:  “The hotel cost me the same as the price of a hospital and three tunnels in Gaza.”

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