Only it wasn't. The image was of children who were killed, but not by the IDF. These were children killed by a sarin nerve gas attack in 2013 by Bashar al-Assaid, the dictator of Syria.
Constitutional expert and popular legal commentator Jonathan Turley noted that Omar "has long been a leading voice among Democrats calling for censorship and speech controls in the name of combating disinformation."
However, her offense was the same, "posting a picture purportedly showing children killed by Israeli forces. In reality, it was a picture of victims of a 2013 sarin gas attack in Ghouta, Syria."
He explained, "The incident should, but is unlikely to, prompt Omar and fellow Democrats to reconsider their push for censorship and other anti-free speech measures. Such false imagery was quickly and effectively addressed in this incident without the need for bans and speech regulation."
He explained, "The false image was quickly identified and challenged, including in a community note from X, formerly known as Twitter. There are obviously children who have been and will be killed in Gaza. However, many will knowingly spread false images or claims as part of that debate. Whoever posted this picture had to have known that it was not showing children from Gaza."
He explained, "The incident shows that free speech allows for its own disinfectant. Bad speech is countered by better speech as the public judges what is true and what is false."
The New York Post, which posted Omar's propaganda image, said her "gruesome and false X post Saturday came after her fellow Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , D-N.Y., warned the public about the 'incredibly high' level of 'misinformation in all directions' on the platform concerning the Israel-Hamas war."
The level of misinformation in all directions at this moment is incredibly high, especially on this platform.
If you see a claim, photo, or video that triggers a strong emotional reaction, take a moment to pause and check for veracity/confirmation from multiple sources.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 13, 2023
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called Omar out, with, "@IlhanMN is spreading dangerous misinformation, blaming Israel for killing kids who were killed by Assad in Syria 10 years ago."