Libel Debunked: IDF Troops Shot Female Palestinian Journalist in the Neck

A group called the Good Shepherd Collective has posted the following video, purporting to show a palestinian Arab journalist after having been deliberately shot by IDF troops.

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Note in the video how she is touching her neck, suggesting that is where she was shot.

Now I am no ballistics experts, but to paraphrase an iconic Seinfeld episode, that is one magic bullet. One would expect her neck to be gushing with blood had she truly been shot.

Many pro-Israel folk jumped on this to claim this is Pallywood, but I want to be sure I know as many of the facts before posting. So I searched ‘palestinian journalist Beita’ in Arabic and discovered this report, which mentions (according to auto-translate)

Palestinian medical sources said that journalist Laith Jaar was hit by a gas bomb in the neck while covering the Jabal Subaih confrontations in the town of Beita, south of Nablus.

Other reports suggest she was shot in the face with rubber bullets, which is also clearly not supported by the footage.

I think inadvertently “hit by gas bomb in neck” is most likely, and is certainly a way different from the libelous allegation that troops deliberately shot her in the neck.

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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