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Egypt’s leader ups the political ante and kisses dead babies: but who killed Mahmoud Sadallah?

by | 19th, November 2012

BRENDAN O’Neill writes: “If you think it is cynical of Western politicians to kiss living babies during election campaigns, look at this Egyptian politician kissing a dead baby in front of the world media’s clicking cameras. There is something grotesque about the way in which dead Palestinian children are being paraded across the Western media.”

Of course, there is also something grotesque about dead children. But is it right that a child’s life is reduced to a photo opportunity for racists and politicians?

 

Egyptian Prime Minister, Hesham Kandil  said  of the moment:

“What I saw today in the hospital, the wounded and the martyrs, the boy … whose blood is still on my hands and clothes, is something that we cannot keep silent about.”

But who killed Mahmoud Sadallah? Lebanon’s  Daily Star  reports:

Mahmoud’s family said the boy was in an alley close to his home when he was killed, along with a man of about 20, but no one appeared to have witnessed the strike. The area showed signs that a projectile might have exploded there, with shrapnel marks in the walls of surrounding homes and a shattered kitchen window. But neighbors said local security officials quickly took what remained of the projectile, making it impossible to verify who fired it.

Who really killed the child?

The  Sunday Telegraph :

But there were signs on Saturday that not all the Palestinian casualties have been the result of Israeli air strikes. The highly publicised death of four-year-old Mohammed Sadallah appeared to have been the result of a misfiring home-made rocket, not a bomb dropped by Israel.

The child’s death on Friday figured prominently in media coverage after Hisham Kandil, the Egyptian prime minister, was filmed lifting his dead body out of an ambulance. “The boy, the martyr, whose blood is still on my hands and clothes, is something that we cannot keep silent about,” he said, before promising to defend the Palestinian people.

But experts from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights who visited the site on Saturday said they believed that the explosion was caused by a Palestinian rocket.

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  • mahatmacoatmabag

    ” But experts from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights who visited the site on Saturday said they believed that the explosion was caused by a Palestinian rocket.”
    Hamas never misses an oportunity to get gullable left wing western reporters & TV crews to report a Lie as the Truth. the boy was a victim of a Hamas ” Own Goal ” His parents are guilty of complicity in his murder by allowing him to be near the Hamas rocket team as they attempted to launch their missile at Israel that was intended to kill Israeli children with ( 2 grad missiles hit seperate schools in the town of Ashkelon today 19/11/12 – fortunately the schools had been closed as a safety measure )