Another Shirley Temper Lie Unfolds

Ynet reports┬áthat the mother of Shirley Temper claims she was injured at home during Friday’s demonstration:

Palestinians girl who cursed IDF troops ‘hit with rubber bullet’

The mother of a Palestinian girl who was filmed cursing Israeli troops during a protest in Nabi Saleh last week says her daughter was shot with a rubber bullet during another demonstration on Friday.

According to the mom, the girl, Waad Tamimi, was sitting at the entrance to her home when troops fired gas grenades and rubber bullets at the direction of the house. She was lightly injured and taken to a Ramallah hospital.

I am a bit confused by this story, since “Shirley Temper” is A’hd Tamimi, with Waad being her brother.

But assuming this is just a case of Ynet sloppiness (not unheard of) and the claim is Shirley was injured at home, one has to be highly skeptical, given the absence of any evidence, photographic or otherwise. And we all know Tamimi Press would have been quick to upload such images if they existed.

But more than that, I present to you the below video from Friday’s demonstration.

From 0:31-0:39, look clearly at the girl on the left with her face covered and red pants, holding the Freedom banner. That’s Shirley!

She appears again at 3:36-3:43 standing among some stone throwers facing off against IDF troops. She may have even been doing so herself, but that is not clear from the footage.

In other words, one has to doubt this girl was injured while “sitting at the entrance to her home when troops fired gas grenades and rubber bullets.” She is caught on film being at the demonstration, running around a group of people hurling stones at the IDF no less. If she was injured (and that’s still an if in the absence of any evidence), chances are it was from being right in the thick of a group of people engaging in violence against the IDF.

Update: Here’s some photos from Friday’s demo that show even more clearly that the masked girl was Shirley.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media