The credibility rating of Palestinian terrorist groups has never been particularly high even among the usual suspects in the media who love to believe some of their inane outpourings and who even cite from these sources or those close to them as if they were the absolute truth.
This week, as rival groups jostled among each other to claim responsibility for the suicide bombing atrocity in Dimona, their farcical boasting led to confusion as to who was really responsible.
For some background to the confusion see - Hamas Claims Responsibility for Blast by Isabel Kershner of the New York Times.
"The Hamas claim on Tuesday was made amid growing confusion in Israel and in Palestinian cities and towns over the true identity of the Dimona bombers and their dispatchers. Soon after the bombing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades militia in Gaza, which is loosely affiliated with Fatah, the mainstream rival of Hamas, claimed responsibility for the attack in conjunction with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a third, unknown group.
"The Aksa Martyrs Brigades, particularly in Gaza, often contravene the instructions of Fatah leaders in the West Bank who are engaged in peace talks with Israel.
"Those groups identified the bombers as two Gaza residents: Louai al-Aghwani, 21, a resident of Gaza City, who was said by his family to have been a Fatah supporter; and Musa Arafat, 23, a Popular Front activist from a village near Khan Yunis.
"There were conflicting statements from the Aksa Martyrs Brigades about whether the two bombers had entered Israel via Egyptian territory or directly from Gaza.
"But Hamas identified the bombers as Muhammad al-Hirbawi and Shadi al-Zaghair, both from Hebron."
This gave the media at least four sets of devasted parents of would be/could be suicide bombers about who they could focus their stories of pain and suffering in their mourning. There were more of photo opportunities for bereaved relatives on the following day when the IDF caught and killed some more terrorists on their way to commit mayhem in Gaza. Plenty of coverage for these people; much less than for those who mourned the Israeli terror victim.
At least we also had some pictorial evidence that Gazans were not starving as some in the media would have us believe judging by the volume of sweets and cakes being handed out in celebration of the murder of a 73 year old lady for no reason other than that she was Jewish.