May 15, 2024 | Commentary

The Gaza Health Ministry Flimflam

Its casualty data are incomplete, unsourced, manipulated, or perhaps invented—and taken as gospel
May 15, 2024 | Commentary

The Gaza Health Ministry Flimflam

Its casualty data are incomplete, unsourced, manipulated, or perhaps invented—and taken as gospel

Excerpt

For six months, the Gaza Ministry of Health presented its data as the authoritative source of information about the number of lives lost in Gaza since October 7. Then, in April, it quietly acknowledged that its records for more than 10,000 of the war’s fatalities include “incomplete data.”

A spokesman for the organization portrayed the admission as proof of the ministry’s commitment to transparency. Yet the ministry has said little about how much information is missing from its incomplete records or how it collected that information in the first place. What’s more, the ministry has continued to make sudden and unexplained revisions to the data.

David Adesnik is a senior fellow and the director of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. @adesnik. Kevin Chen is an intern at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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