Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash: Innocent Bystander or Killed While Trying to Kill?

A few days ago, Israeli forces shot and killed 15-year-old Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash during a raid in the Balata refugee camp. According to the IDF:

The Israel Defense Forces said that during arrest operations in the refugee camp, shots were fired by Palestinians toward the troops, and the soldiers returned fire.

In addition, the IDF said, residents of the area threw bricks and other objects from the roofs of homes toward the forces

“During the clashes, a number of troops identified a suspect on the roof of a building, holding a large object with both his hands, and tried to drop it on a soldier standing beneath the building,” the IDF said.

One of the soldiers opened fire toward Hashash, and confirmed he had been hit, according to the military.

Israel-haters claim he was an innocent child bystander. Who do we believe?

My position that the anti-Israel propagandists constantly lie is well known and backed up by evidence. But it is not enough for me to solely rely on this. So I won’t.

Firstly, let us look at what the Israel-haters claim.

Some allege Hashash was merely watching the raid from the roof of his house. Others, like Democracy Now!, change the story from him as mere observer to actively documenting events:

Israel Shoots Palestinian Teen Dead as He Documents Raid on Refugee Camp

On Tuesday, 15-year-old Imad Khaled Saleh Hashash was shot in the head while standing on the roof of his home. At the time, he was reportedly attempting to use his phone to document Israeli troops raiding the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

Notice with the above specific allegations, no witnesses are quoted.

The Electronic Intifada further contradicts this version by alleging he was shot while sitting, not standing:

Then there’s today’s anti-Zionist-not-antisemite Suhair Nafal, who claims he was shot for the crime of not being Jewish:

This inconsistency of versions is the first sign of potential lying. Here’s the second:

Naturally, the haters don’t post this photo of him.

So ask yourselves: which version of events should you believe? For me, the answer is clear.

Update: Members of the military wing of the Islamic Jihad attended his funeral:


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