Thursday, October 29, 2015

  • Thursday, October 29, 2015
  • Elder of Ziyon
Yesterday, I quoted a new Amnesty International report that supposedly showed how Israeli forces routinely murder Arabs at checkpoints for no reason at all. All of the evidence given comes from Palestinian "eyewitnesses" who often say contradictory things and who even Amnesty researchers have concluded often lie.

Let's go into more detail on the first case Amnesty supposedly "researched," the case they they claimed was the worst of all:

In an especially egregious case, Israeli forces shot dead 19-year-old Sa’ad Muhammad Youssef al-Atrash in the Old City of Hebron as he attempted to retrieve an ID card at an Israeli soldier’s request on 26 October. The Israeli police labelled the incident an “attempted stabbing” but an eyewitness watching the events unfold from her balcony said he had posed no threat when he was shot. One of the soldiers had asked him for ID, and as he reached into his pocket to grab his card another soldier standing behind him shot him on his right side, she told Amnesty International. The eyewitness said he was shot six or seven times and bled profusely as he lay on the ground for about 40 minutes afterwards, while soldiers failed to provide medical treatment. She also reported seeing soldiers bring a knife and place it in the dying man’s hand.

After I originally posted this I was made aware of Sa'ad al-Atrash's Facebook page, which is still up. Here is the profile picture he used:

It is a promo for a music video called, literally, "The Lovers of Stabbing."

A relative of Sa'ad Al Atrash named Mohammed, possibly his brother, posted this short essay on his own Facebook page:

First of all, “in the name of Allah”. I’ll tell you the story of a Palestinian hero. A (regular) guy from among the youth of Palestine and Hebron. He had dignity and manhood. This guy congratulated the father of the (female) shahid Bint Rashid, and said “Congratulations (for her martyrdom), her blood will not go unavenged.” He went and burnt the container [not sure what this means]. The next day he went and said hello to all his friends and asked for their forgiveness. He then went home and ate. He performed the ritual ablution before the prayer and read the Quran. He left his phone and his ID card (at home). He then went, as usual, to the Study Center and our Lord granted him martyrdom on his way. This is what he yearned for all the time. This is the heroic young man, the Lion of Hebron, Sa’ad Muhammad Yousef Al-Atrash. May Allah have mercy on his soul and put him in Paradise."
Mohammed then posted this immediately afterwards as his own Facebook cover photo:

Sons of Zion
Feel your necks... Slaughter is coming at them
Death to Israel (Hebrew)

This is not a man who is mourning his relative. It is someone who is proud of him.

The man whom Amnesty used as their most "egregious case" of Israeli crimes is now shown to have planned his attempted murder.

The "witness" was lying. And Amnesty's "researchers" Jacob Burns and Sunjeev Bery ignored the advice from their own about the dangers of believing people with an agenda and chose to believe her - not in spite of her agenda, but because they share it!

Amnesty must apologize and amend their slanderous report. In addition, if Amnesty wanted to retain a shred of credibility, it should for once address the real issue of anti-Israel incitement that drives people to want to stab the closest Jew they can find - incitement that often comes from the PA government and ruling political party, as I have shown many times.

But Amnesty won't do any of that.  Because their goal in the Middle East, proven over and over again, is not truth nor is it justice. It is to find or help manufacture evidence to slander Israel.

(h/t Ibn Boutros)

UPDATE: Mohammed's page was taken down, but it is archived here.  (h/t Bob Knot, Nathan)

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