When an IDF general stoops to shameless lies to discredit an entire Palestinian family engaged in non-violent resistance against Israeli Occupation, something’s up. In this case, Maj. Gen. Yoav “Poli” Mordechai, the commander of COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories), the Israeli military unit responsible for administering the Occupied Territories (West Bank and Gaza), had the chutzpah to post to his Arabic Facebook account this bit of delusional propaganda:
Here is the English translation:
What is the truth about Muhammad al-Tamimi?
In December 2017, the boy suffered a skull injury. Today, his father, Fadl al-Tamimi, claimed in the media that his son was hit in the head by a rubber bullet during clashes in the village of Nabi Saleh. Doctors were forced to remove part of his skull to remove the rubber bullet – so his father said.
What a wonder! Today, the boy himself confessed to the police and a COGAT officer that in December he had smashed his skull when he fell while riding his bicycle, and was hit by the bicycle’s seat. The children and adults of the al-Tamimi family continue the culture of lies and incitement.
I’m not a doctor. But even I know that a bicycle seat doesn’t rip off a third of a teenage boy’s skull no matter how severe the accident. Further, if there was a bicycle accident, the IDF should be able to produce the damaged bicycle and link it to the family. Have they even bothered to do so? No. Because they don’t even believe their own lies. This entire venture is rotten to the core.
For a big more COGAT lore: it is the agency which created a list of foods permitted for import into Gaza and then measured how much of each foodstuff could enter by weight; it determined how much to permit based on the calorie counts of the various foods. This was intended to offer Gazans minimum amounts to eat that would prevent starvation.
History of Nabi Saleh Protests
Now a bit of context: several weeks ago, IDF forces invaded the village of Nabih Saleh, which conducts regular nonviolent protests against the Separation Wall dividing their village. Some children were alleged to have thrown stones at the heavily armed troops. When 14 year-old Mohammed al Tamimi raised his head over a stone wall at his home, he was immediately shot by an IDF sniper.
The bullet tore through his skull and lodged in his brain. An operation to remove the bullet forced the removal of one-third of his skull. He is scheduled for yet another surgery to repair the damage next month.
About an hour after Mohammed was shot, the Israelis took up a position in the garden of the al-Tamimi family home. The family’s 17 year-old daughter, Ahed, went outside, berating the soldiers both for invading her property and severely wounding her cousin. She scolded them, even swatted at one of them, all the while trying to physically push them off her property.
This was the ‘slap heard ’round the world.’ The slap of an 80-pound girl, which threatened an entire nation; which sent it into a paroxysm of hysteria and recrimination: how could our boys, our valiant boys, permit a mere girl to insult not only their manhood, but the entire Israeli nation??
The result–a spasm of revenge: a 4AM raid which nabbed the little terrorist in her bed, before she could plan any further acts of sabotage against the State. Her parents, not knowing where she’d been taken, went searching for her. In this way, her father and mother were also arrested, accessories to the heinous slap. Another sister, and cousins were arrested. The machinery of the entire Israeli state was mounted against a single Palestinian family. It only made the family look like lions and the State look like mice.
Ahed remains in custody, facing years in prison for the slap. This week, Mohammed, still sans a third of his skull, was arrested. Not as an accessory to Ahed’s “crime spree.” No. The Israeli police, in collaboration with those brave protectors of national honor the IDF, would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were innocent; that they had no culpability for Muhammad’s wounds.
How would they achieve such an astonishing outcome? Don’t forget those amazingly skilled interrogators who manage to elicit confessions without the suspect even knowing he’s doing so. Poor Mohammed, he didn’t stand a chance. A 15 year-old in the face of professionals bullies, aka Israeli police. He would have admitted to mass murder if they determined he would.
So what narrative did these bullies foist upon him? Wait for it…He lost a third of his skull in a bicycle accident when he flew over the handle-bars and hit his head. What’s this like? Like the abusive husband who beats his wife silly, then tells her she suffered those black and blue bruises when she fell down the stairs. It’s the same shameful bit of bullying by grown men of a mere children.
And what are you proving? That you can make a boy with a brain injury say what you want him to? Big f%$king deal. Who does that impress? A couple of sycophantic Israeli journalists and their exceedingly credulous audience? Shame.
This is the best they could up with. A shameful, stupid, base lie. A lie to match the baseness and evil that Israeli police and army represent. These national institutions, admired by so many Israelis, peddle fakery and hoaxes. Why? Do they think they’re protecting the nation’s honor? Or covering their own asses? Your guess is as good as mine.