Al-Jazeera May Have Run False Testimony Of Former IDF Soldier Claiming She Was Ordered To Kill Kids

The Al-Jazeera TV channel published a news report last week, featuring a Ukrainian woman who volunteered for service in the Israeli Defense Forces. In her alleged testimony, the woman says she was asked to kill civilians and children during her time in the army.

However, Israeli news service Ynetnews disputes the Al-Jazeera report, revealing that the video clip that the Qatari-based news agency ran with was refuted almost 4 years agoand that it came from a highly-scripted Ukrainian gameshow.

The report follows in the wake of the Israeli governments increased scrutiny of Al Jazeera operation in Israel, due to the apparent bias in its reportage of the country and its citizens.

Ynetnews says that the woman in question, Elena Zakusilo, did volunteer for the IDF and served in a junior administrative position. They say that her testimony is entirely false, and was proven to be fake shortly after the show aired. It was aired on a TV show called Lie Detector, in an episode that aired in November 2013.

In the clip used by Al-Jazeera, the woman who said she served in the IDF for six years was asked a question about whether she was a professional soldier, and whether she was still working with the military or any Israeli intelligence agencies.

She responded yes to both questions, adding that she now provides security for an Israeli airline operating out of a Ukrainian city.

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