Muhammad Tamimi, the 15-year-old cousin of Ahed Tamimi, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid carried out by Israeli authorities Monday morning at his home in Nabi Saleh. Muhammad is the Tamimi family member who was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet back in December and had to have part of his skull removed as a result. The shooting preceded by just hours the famous incident in which his older cousin, Ahed, slapped an Israeli soldier.
In the wake of that incident, Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, ludicrously asserted that members of the Tamimi family are paid actors (see my post of December 29, Ahed Tamimi Becomes Global Cause Célèbre; Israelis Beginning to Panic ). Now another Israeli official has come out with an equally absurd claim.
Major General Yoav Mordechai, who holds the official title of “Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories,” has denounced the story of Muhammad being shot by a rubber bullet as “fake news,” and says that instead the boy actually hurt his head in a “bike accident.”
The Israeli general apparently bases this idle fancy upon an admission allegedly made by Muhammad during interrogation following his arrest on Monday.
Here is what RT is reporting, based upon a report from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:
Haaretz reports that Muhammad Tamimi was among 10 Palestinians, including five minors, taken from his bed in the middle of the night in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Tamimi was seriously injured on December 15, 2017 when he was struck in the head by a rubber bullet fired by an Israeli soldier.
The article notes that Muhammed was in a coma for four days after he was shot, and that he underwent two surgeries to have the bullet removed from the back of his brain. It then goes on to add:
His family has refuted claims by Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai that the teenager said his head injuries had actually been caused in a bike accident. Mordechai said the 15 year old made the comments while being interrogated after his arrest on Monday. The Tamimi family refuted the claims by releasing medical records stating he suffered a bullet injury.
Residents of the Nabi Saleh believe that the latest arrests are revenge against the Tamimi family for their activism and the wider village. Speaking to Middle East Eye following his release after Monday’s raid, Mohammad accused Israeli soldiers of trying “to put words in my mouth to confess names of people, because they knew I was scared of being kicked and them touching my head.” RT has reached out to the IDF for comment.
A report on Muhammad’s arrest has also been published by the Washington Post. Perhaps tellingly, the writer of the article also expresses skepticism at the Israeli general’s claim:
A spokesman for the Israeli military declined to comment whether there was a record of anyone having been shot with a rubber bullet in Nabi Saleh on Dec. 15, the day in question. A medical report provided by the family from a hospital in Ramallah says that Mohammed was admitted with a bullet injury. The hospital confirmed that it was genuine.
This may well be the only known instance of the Washington Post and RT agreeing on anything.
The Post article also notes that Mordechai, the Israeli general, made his preposterous allegations in a post on Facebook–and it includes a brief quote in which the official would appear to be casting slanderous assertions upon the entire Tamimi family. Muhammad’s alleged admission of having fallen while riding a bicycle exposes a “culture of lies and incitement,” said the general, a culture which, he further insists, “continues among the children and adults of the Tamimi family,” the Post quoted.
That even the Washington Post seems to place little credence upon Mordechai’s claims would appear to speak volumes.
And as to any “culture of lies and incitement” which may exist, given the inane squawking of first Oren and now Mordechai, it looks very much as if Israelis are operating under the assumption that any lie they tell, no matter how absurd or ridiculous, will be believed by millions of gullible, unsuspecting goyim.
This has nothing to do with the story on Muhammad Tamimi, but according to a report published by Newsweek, Israeli settlers in the West Bank have come up with a new use for stolen Palestinian land. They are now turning some of this land into cemeteries–for purpose of burying dead settlers.
Israeli NGO Kerem Navot said that over 40 percent of settler graves have been dug on Palestinian land near or around settlements, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday.
The NGO, which monitors Israeli settlement activity beyond the Green Line—or what was Israel’s demarcation line with the Arab armies it fought during the 1967 Six-Day War—said the graves had been built on land expropriated by Israel on grounds of “security concerns”.
The article reports that there are more than 30 settler cemeteries (up from just two in the 1980s), and that “at least ten of them have been built on private Palestinian land.”