Wednesday, October 14, 2015

"Israeli Settlers Assassinate 13-Year Old Child"?

Last week, shocking news were being propagated on websites, blogs and social media with titles such as the following:

13-year-old Ahmad Elmahania brutally killed by Israeli settlers

Israeli Settlers, Police & IDF Assassinate 13-Year Child Ahmad Saleh Elmahania Today

The RIP Humanity – Israeli Police Shot A Palestinian Boy, 13 Years Old

PURE EVIL - The Sadistic Murder of 13 Year Old Ahmad Saleh Elmahania

The evidence presented is indeed very disturbing: a video shows a child lying in agony in a pool of his own blood on the light rail tracks in Jerusalem, surrounded by Israeli security forces and Israeli bystanders who shout insults at him and wish him to die.


The comments below the video mince no words at what seems to be appalling Israeli cruelty:
Terrorist Israeli Settlers chased Ahmed through the streets of the illegal Besgat Za'if colony in occupied Jerusalem, screaming for his blood. When they saw Israeli soldiers & police, they screamed the child had stabbed a settler. It was an evil lie. So the police and soldiers opened fire on Ahmed's tiny body. He didn't die at once. He struggled for life, crying for help, but nobody helped him. Instead, they screamed in Hebrew & Arabic, "die, die you mother f****r, die. Die you faggot, die. Die you son of a b***h, die." These were his final terrified moments before death took him. Who are these terrorists? What is this evil? What is the Israeli "state"?
Other commentators are equally harsh in their condemnation of this "brutal crime."

But is this what really happened? As it turns out, almost everything in the above caption is wrong.  First, the boy's name is not Ahmed Elmahania but Ahmad Manasra. Second, the boy was not killed, but was only wounded. Third, a new video surfaced, documenting what actually happened. The video shows that the 13-year-old was in fact out on a murderous rampage. Together with his 15-year-old cousin Hasan Manasra, he attacked and stabbed multiple times a 13 year-old Israeli boy and a 25 year-old Israeli man, seriously injuring both. As the Times of Israel reports:
When eyewitnesses began to run toward the scene of the attack, the two assailants fled. While escaping, one was hit by a car [Ahmad] and seriously injured. An Israel Police officer and Border Police officer eventually caught up with the second attacker [Hasan], who began running toward them with a blade in his hand. A police spokeswoman said the officers fatally shot the stabber after he ignored their calls to halt.
The video confirms the report, showing the attack on the Israeli boy who had just left a shop and was getting on his bike, and then one of the Palestinians (evidently Hasan) charging the Israeli security forces with his knife, prompting them to shoot him.

Following the attack, the 13-year old terrorist was sent to an Israeli hospital for treatment. The moral of the story: don't believe everything you see or hear in the news, especially when reported by pro-Palestinian journalists and activists.

Ahmad Manasra, one of two cousins who went on a stabbing frenzy in Jerusalem on October 12, 2015 is seen at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on October 15, 2015. Manasra was hit by a car while fleeing from the scene of the attack.  (Source: Times of Israel)