Mohammad Reza Bagheri, who is a TV host on Channel 3 (Iran), said on an October 8, 2023 morning show that there should be no mercy for Israeli women or "old ladies" wounded or killed in the Hamas invasion of southern Israel. He said: "They are wounded [or] killed? To hell with them!" He said that Israel is the aggressor, and he compared Israelis wounded in the invasion to a person who took over another person's home and complains that he chipped his nail when the other person attempts to take it back. During Hamas's October 7, 2023, invasion of southern Israel, nearly 1,000 Israelis were murdered, thousands were injured, and over 100 were taken captive, many of them children and elderly.
Mohammed Reza Bagheri: "I have seen many Israeli social media accounts that are trying to garner sympathy and engage the public on an emotional level, by saying: Look what happened to this woman here, or that kid there, or to that Israeli man who was wounded...
"First of all, the Israelis are the aggressors. Imagine someone showing up and taking your home, and when you try to take it back, that same person complains that he chipped a nail or was wounded. They were wounded? To hell with them! They were killed? To hell with them! They occupied Palestine and now they are upset that they are being mistreated?
"As for the other things that they are saying – all that talk about women and old ladies... Look, there is no such country as 'Israel.' They have gathered from various countries to go and live in occupied lands. They went to live in a military base called 'Israel.' They are all part of this Israeli-Zionist land grab, crime, and aggression. There should be no mercy for them. Like our literature says: 'Mercy for a sharp-toothed tiger is a crime against the sheep.' Showing mercy to any of them is nothing short of betrayal of the Palestinians."