The Israeli intelligence has accused the UN refugee agency of collusion with Hamas and the media have taken the accusations at face value. Israel has been making these claims for years and the latest allegations are seen as a distraction tactic, especially as they coincided with the International Court of Justice’s order for Israel to prevent genocide. The media have fallen for this tactic so far. An investigation by the New York Times into Israeli allegations of sexual violence by Hamas during attacks on October 7 is being called into question. In Germany, there is a ‘Palestine exception’ to free speech, which stifles pro-Palestinian dissent due to historical guilt.