This week, the CBC’s Carol Off interviewed Tarek Loubani, a palestinian-Canadian MD who works in Shifa Hospital and in Ontario, and was wounded during the latest “march of return” riots. In the interview, Loubani recounts how one of the paramedics who helped him was shot dead.
Did you have a tourniquet that you could use on your own legs?
I had a tourniquet in my pocket. We had eight left.
The rescuer, a paramedic named Musa [Abuhassanin], came to me and he sort of made a gallows humour comment and then started taking care of me, looked at my leg, and said: “What do you think, doctor? Should we put on a tourniquet?”
I looked at it and I knew that if we were in London or anywhere else we’d tourniquet this thing, but we just had too few and I knew there’d be so many more worse injuries, so I said no.
We bandaged it up as best as we could. It bled like hell for a while, but obviously I was fine. And the tourniquet did get used — the one in my pocket and the other eight were used over the next few hours.
That doctor you just mentioned, a member of your team, Musa, what happened to him?
Musa’s my rescuer. He was a very bright guy. Incredible man.
About an hour after he rescued me, he was trying to get another patient, and ended up getting shot in the chest.
In fact, Loubani’s supposed shooting was the impetus for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to call for an investigation.
Well, it looks like Musa Abuhassanin aka Musa Jabr Abu Hasanin was not an innocent paramedic as Loubani would have us believe. He was a Hamas terrorist.
According to the poster released by Hamas, he was a Captain (verified by an Arabic speaking friend of mine)
Here he is again, bottom left. As you can see, he is not exactly dressed as a medic here either.
One can only surmise what he was actually doing at the time of his death, and I am guessing it was not putting on tourniquets.
Update: I suspect Loubani was lying.