Tell My Why I Don’t Like Ma’an Days*
Ma’an News reports on the alleged hitting of a palestinian child by an Israeli police car.
An Israeli police patrol car hit a five-year-old Palestinian girl while on rounds of the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday, locals said, causing light injuries that sent the child to hospital.
According to Wad Hilweh Information Center, the incident followed fierce clashes between Palestinian teenagers and Israeli forces.
The clashes were prompted, locals said, by large numbers of Israeli police officers deployed in the neighborhood ahead of what residents feared would be the eviction of the home of Abdullah Abu Nab, which settlers have claimed belongs to Jewish groups.
I say alleged, because this has not been reported anywhere else. But Ma’an won’t let something like accuracy get in the way of a story demonizing Israelis, as evidenced by the photo and caption they chose to include in the report.
This is of course a photo of the incident that I dissected here. By including the photo, Ma’an is clearly implying that just as (the palestinians claim) was the case in October, so too here the child was deliberately hit by the car.
Leaving aside the lack of any evidence that a five-year-old child was hit, had she been hit, once can only guess what she was doing at the time.
And why her parents allowed it.
* With apologies to the Boomtown Rats