The Curious Case Of the Palestinian Farmer

Today there were reports that a palestinian farmer was shot by IDF troops. According to the IDF, it identified a suspect approaching a restricted area in the southern Gaza Strip and troops first fired warning shots into the air. When the suspect failed to halt, it said forces fired at him and he fled the area. The palestinians claims he was minding his own business, tending to his land.

But as usual, we cannot get one version of the story from the palestinians.

According to Ma’an News, the farmer, a member of the Abu Jame family, suffered a moderate injury.

A Palestinian farmer was injured on Saturday as Israeli forces opened fire on lands in the southern Gaza Strip district of Khan Younis.

Spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said that a 59-year-old Palestinian farmer sustained a moderate injury after he was shot in the back by Israeli forces while he was tending to his land in eastern Khan Younis.

The farmer was only identified as being from the Abu Jame family.

The Palestinian Information Center reports the same thing, adding he had a bullet wound.

A 59-year-old Gaza farmer was shot and injured by Israeli gunfire on Saturday east of Khan Younis along the southern border of Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The unidentified farmer was transferred to hospital with a bullet wound to the back, spokesman for the ministry said.

His condition was described as moderate, he added.

AP reports that the farmer died from his wounds.

The Palestinian Health Ministry says a farmer has died after being shot by Israeli troops near the Gaza border.

The ministry says the 59-year-old farmer was shot in the back Saturday as he worked his land near the border fence and died hours later from his wounds.

The farmer Mohammed Atta Abdel Mawla. Or was that Mohammad Ata Abu Jame?

The New Arab also reports the farmer died, but his name was Mohammed Atta Abdel Mawla, not Abu Jame. He was shot five times (not once), wad rushed to the hospital, before his condition deteriorated and he died late afternoon.

Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian farmer in the bordering Gazan city of Khan Younis, the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said on Saturday.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the farmer, identified as Mohammed Atta Abdel Mawla, 59, was shot five times by Israeli forces. He was rushed to hospital where his condition deteriorated and he died due to his wounds late afternoon.

According to IMEMC News, his name was Mohammad Ata Abu Jame, he was shot at noon and died this evening.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported, on Saturday evening, that a Palestinian farmer died from serious wounds he suffered at noon, when Israeli soldiers shot him while working on his land, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Health Ministry said that Mohammad Ata Abu Jame’, 59, was shot by the soldiers, and suffered a serious injury, while working on his own land, in Khuza’a area, east of Khan Younis.

He was rushed to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, but died from his serious wounds, on Saturday evening.

So which is it? Was the farmer Mohammed Atta Abdel Mawla or Mohammad Ata Abu Jame? Was he shot once or five times? Did he arrive at the hospital in moderate condition (and is still alive) or was he rushed to hospital in more serious condition and deteriorated, dying in the late afternoon? Or did he die this evening?

As I keep emphasizing, if the palestinians are telling the truth, we would not keep finding multiple versions of the once incident.


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