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I need to tell you a story – and even by normal standards for Israeli PR, this is particularly disturbing. As you read this thread, remember how many still hail Israel as an outstanding liberal democracy. The story begins with 15-year-old Palestinian child, Mohammad Tamimi...
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
On 15 December, 2017, Mohammad was shot in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet by Israeli occupation forces in his village Nabi Saleh. Later that day, Ahed Tamimi would be filmed shoving a soldier in her backyard. He lived, but doctors had to remove part of his skull.
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
But that's not the end. Yesterday, at around 3am, Israeli occupation forces detained a number of residents of Nabi Saleh – including Mohammad. Note: Israeli soldiers routinely snatch Palestinian children from their homes at night, & place them in a system of military detention.
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
Then, last night, the Israeli army – in the name of Major General Yoav Mordechai, who oversees the daily workings of the occupation – announced that Mohammad had 'confessed' his injury was actually sustained *falling off his bicycle*. Yep. The Israeli army actually posted this.
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
Note that Mohammad, a 15-year-old child recovering from major surgery after being shot in the head, taken from his house in the middle of the night, was subsequently interrogated without either a lawyer, or parent, present. Again, this is standard Israeli practice.
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @LTCPeterLerner
This morning, the Israeli army’s claim was picked up & amplified by people like – formerly an IDF spokesperson, now a ‘consultant’. He won’t understand why this is funny (he’s too far down the rabbit hole), but he called the IDF version ‘almost unbelievable’…
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
And so, Mohammad’s family, aside from dealing with everything else, have now had to publish a letter/records from the hospital, as well as a picture of the bullet, *and* a hospital scan. To prove that their son was, in fact, shot.
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
Sounds grimly familiar? That's because it's an all too common story. See this thread from December, about the Israeli army's killing of Ibrahim Abu Thurayyah. Israeli army & conspiracy theorists vs. Palestinians, Israeli & int'l human rights NGOs.
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
And guess what? 15-year-old Mohammad, without a lawyer or parent present, did tell his Israeli military interrogators that he fell off a bike. Why? Because he was a scared boy, who knew he could be charged for participating in a protest.
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
So, either: - the Israeli military genuinely believed a fake 'confession' from an unaccompanied child that directly contradicted a mountain of evidence (& chose to publicise it). - or, the Israeli military knew the 'confession' was a lie - & publicised it anyway.
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
The shameless cruelty & absurdity of it all is extraordinary. As Mohammad's family has stated: "Israel arrested an injured, post-traumatic 15-year-old in the middle of the night and got him to lie out of fear of being sent to prison in his condition".
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
The extent to which Israeli authorities will go to blame the victim & fuel anti-Palestinian conspiracy theories stands in stark contrast to their 'inability' to find & prosecute whoever shot Mohammad (& other Palestinians killed/wounded by live fire/rubber-coated metal bullets).
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Ben White Feb 27
Replying to @benabyad
Dehumanisation and apartheid go hand in hand. And so I'll finish this thread by pointing you to this report about today's reunion of Mohammad - who has another surgery due Saturday - with his family.
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