Blood Libel of The Day: Injured Palestinian Kids Edition

Ma’an News reports on an incident that, although not clear, is almost certainly yet another blood libel against Israel.

New details emerged Friday afternoon about the case of four Palestinian Jerusalemite children who were injured under contested circumstances Thursday in an incident involving an Israeli settler.

Initial reports from locals, which Ma’an received and published, said that the four boys were “deliberately run over” by an Israeli settler vehicle in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan early Thursday evening.

On Friday, however, the Silwan-based Wadi Hilweh Information Center released a statement saying that the settler, who lives in an illegal Israeli settlement built on the lands of Silwan, “started driving his pickup truck while the children were sitting in the trunk of the vehicle.”

Let’s stop there for a second. Again, yet another blatant lie disseminated – that the boys were deliberately run over. How often do we see this? That’s a rhetorical question by the way.

“The Israeli settler began driving the vehicle very fast, passing the grocery store that the children wanted to go to,” the statement said, “the children started hitting on the back glass of the vehicle to tell the settler to stop, but he didn’t, and continued driving away at a high speed, frightening the children and leading them to jump from the speeding vehicle.”

The children reportedly told the center that they were scared the settler would kidnap them or “take them away from their homes.”

It was the jump that caused the four boys’ injuries, not being hit head-on by the car, as was previously reported.

It remained unclear as to why the boys were in the back of the settler’s vehicle.

None of this makes any sense. The report indicates the Israeli did not stop at the grocery store as the kids wanted, suggesting he was supposed to take them there (i.e. they had asked for a ride). Yet why does it “remain unclear as to why the boys were in the back of the settler’s vehicle”?

Also, Israelis do not kidnap palestinians or their kids. It is not a phenomenon.

I am guessing they were hiding in the vehicle without the Israeli’s knowledge.

The center identified the four children as 6-year-old Hamza Tayser Abu Sbeih, 9-year-old Yousif Mazin Raman, 9-year-old Amir Tayser Abu Sbeih, and 11-year-old Anas Himoni.

Raman broke a tooth in the fall, Amir Abu Sbeih sustained a “deep injury in his knee” that required stitches, while the two others sustained bruises.

According to the center, a group of Israeli forces were stationed at the scene where the boys jumped and sustained injuries. The soldiers “just stood without intervening, while locals called an ambulance to the area that transferred the children to Hadassah hospital,” the center said.

The statement added that after Israeli police did not show up at the hospital to investigate the incident, the boys’ families called the police, who told the families that the settler had traveled to a police station and reported the incident.

The center highlighted that the families were demanding an investigation be opened.

Note despite all the complaints about uncaring Israeli forces, the boys were transferred to Hadassah hospital. An Israeli hospital.


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

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