Muhammad Fadel Tamimi is part of the infamous Tamimi clan. He had one-third of his skull removed after supposedly being shot in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet at close range by an IDF soldier. At least that was his story.
Warning: not for the faint of heart
It was Muhammad’s shooting that also supposedly set Ahed “Shirley Temper” Tamimi and her cousin Nour off on their slap-happy shenanigans (although we know better, given we have seen it was not quite the spontaneous show of frustration and anger the other side would have us believe)
But according to Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), it turns out Muhammad’s story is also bogus. He admitted to police the injury was not caused by the IDF, but rather after he fell from his bicycle and hit his head on the handlebars.
(I am not sure why this is on only the COGAT Arabic page and not the English version – they need to get their act together!)
The Tamimi clan have turned lying and incitement into an art form. And this is just the latest example of this.
And no doubt it will continue when they claim his confession was forced under threat of, or actual, torture. They are predictable that way.
Update: According to Ha’aretz:
However, the version of events described by Mordechai does not coincide eyewitness accounts obtained by Haaretz, according to which the day Tamimi was injured, IDF forces were firing at Palestinians who were throwing stones, with the aim of dispersing them. Tamimi, witnesses said, was standing on a ladder behind a wall and was hit in the head the moment he raised it above the ledge.
Haaretz has also seen Tamimi’s CAT scan and images of the bullet fractures removed from his skull.
Residents of Nabi Saleh said Tamimi told the police that he had been hurt in a bike accident and not shot by the IDF so that he would be released after being detained. They said he was scared and worried that if he said he had been shot, there would be evidence against him and his detention would be extended.
After Mordechai’s post was published, the Tamimi family responded that “what began as a bizarre attempt to prove that we are not even a family has deteriorated into a denial of reality.”
In response to request to comment from Haaretz, army sources said that Tamimi was questioned by the police, and they cannot confirm the origins of his injury.
Let’s wait and see how this pans out. Even palestinian medical sources have in the past not been truthful, let alone the Tamimis. But I will be the first to post an update in the event the boy did lie for the reasons mentioned above.
Update: There seems to be contradictory Palestinian accounts as to what Muhammad Tamimi told the IDF.