Saturday, September 10, 2005

Killed Palestinian School Kids Turn Out to Be Terrorist Groups' Members

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz will next week open an investigation into the deaths of five Palestinians in an IDF operation in the West Bank city of Tul Karm last month.
The announcement comes after Haaretz reported Tuesday that its joint investigation with the human rights group B'Tselem repudiates the army's version of events concerning the August 24 operation.
The official IDF announcement described the late-night undercover operation as follows: "Five terrorists from the terror network responsible for the attacks at the Stage club and [Hasharon mall] in Netanya were killed in Tul Karm…"
However the material collected by Haaretz and B'Tselem reveals that the three teenage boys killed - Abu Zeina, Mohammed Othman, 17, and Mahmoud Ahadib, 17 - are not known members of any terrorist organization. The two adults killed were low-ranking operatives who did not behave like wanted militants and were unarmed at the time.

Haaretz.com 7/9/2005


I would have been deeply saddened by the death of three youth who “are not known members of any terrorist organization” and two “low-ranking” terrorists, had not I known that Palestinians often conceal the fact that their casualties actually belonged to some terrorist group. While Palestinian mass media (especially the English-language media) loudly express their outrage over the deaths of teens and call them “children”, Palestinian terrorist organizations produce flash presentations such as this.

Screenshot:


The Arabic text says:
“The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the Southern Region. Heroic Shaheed Suleiman Muhammad Al-Akhras”.



“The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the Southern Region. Heroic Shaheed Mohammad Jamal Abdel Hadi”.

At the same time, both boys are included in the List of “Students Killed by Israeli Military” produced by the Palestinian Ministry of Education in order to expose the Israeli “crimes”. It’s curious that the list also contains entries such as this:


If you remember, these two guys blew themselves up in Ashdod and killed 10 people.
It’s even more interesting that both terrorists are said to be killed by “several bullets” according to the list of “martyrs” produced by the Palestinian National Information Center. By the way, Sheikh Yassin is also listed.

This boy also appears to be a member of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, though he looks really young. His name is Khalid Suleiman Masny, and I could not find any information about him.

The next guy’s name is Atwa Abu Mohsen. Here is what Islamonline.net wrote about his death:


GAZA CITY, October 10 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - A 20-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah Friday, October 10, raising to seven the number of Palestinians killed in a massive Israeli army incursion.
According to Palestinian medical sources, Atwa Abu Mohsen died after being hit in the chest by a bullet fired by Israeli occupation troops sweeping the Yibna section of the Rafah refugee camp reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).


As you can see, there is again no mention of Abu Mohsen’s membership in the Brigades.



One more example worthy of notice:

Palestinian National Information Center:

Al-Aqsa Intifada Update
21/08/2003

Time: 11:30
IOF [that is Israeli Occupation Army] blew up in dawn two houses owned by residents Raed A. Mesk, 28, and Ali Y. Halhla, 17, in the West Bank city of Hebron.

I have no information concerning Halhla, but Raed Mesk is the name of the suicide bomber that killed 20 people in Jerusalem. You can read more about him and his victims in the “Al-Fateh HAMAS Magazine for Kids” post in this blog.

As you see, Palestinian media and official information services have no credibility and can not be trusted when it comes to casualties reports. However, Palestinian sources are widely used by European mainstream media, and thus there is no wonder that anti-Israeli sentiments are popular in Europe.

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