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Palestinian Boy Killed By Israelis Returns From The Dead

by | 8th, April 2010

WITH so much troubel in Israel and Palestine, why make stuf fup? Well, after the Jenin massacre of 2002, read the case of teenager Muhammad Zen Ismail Al-Farmawi, shot dead by the Israelis only to come back to life in Egypt. Honest Reporting reports:

CREDIBILITY of Palestinian medical sources questioned as teen allegedly shot dead by the IDF returns to his family alive only days later.

A March 30 report from the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency claimed that a Palestinian teen had been killed by the IDF, a charge subsequently denied by the IDF.

According to the original Ma’an report:

Muawiya Hassanein, director of ambulance and emergency services in Gaza, said Muhammad Zen Ismail Al-Farmawi, 15, was shot dead near the southeasterly border by Israeli forces, while local sources who wished to remain anonymous said the death may have been an internal matter.

Hassanein said ambulances had been unable to retrieve the body because of ongoing clashes in the area, while an Israeli military spokesman said he had no knowledge of the incident.

The story was picked up by a number of mainstream media outlets, including the BBC, New York Times, CNN and UPI. These outlets did, however, include the doubts over the information. The NY Times, for example stated that “it was unclear who was responsible for the death” and that there were “questions about whether he [the Palestinian teen] could have been the victim of internal violence.”

The AFP along with the Arab press, while including IDF denials, omitted the important information above squarely placing the emphasis on the IDF. In addition, the AFP’s headline read: “Palestinian teen killed as Israelis fire on Gaza protests”, leaving little doubt as to who was likely responsible for the death.

Only a few days later, however, Ma’an reported:

It turns out Al-Farmawi was among 17 Palestinians detained by Egyptian forces shortly after they infiltrated the Egyptian side of Rafah via one of Gaza’s numerous underground smuggling tunnels. The detainees, among them 12 minors, were returned to security forces at the border on Friday. They had been questioned about tunnel locations, leading to at least three closures, Egyptian security sources said.

Relatives expressed “overwhelming happiness” that their son was unharmed during the violence, our correspondent reported from Rafah.

Muawiya Hassanein, Health Ministry director of ambulance and emergency services in Gaza, told Ma’an that after “huge efforts and contacts” to return the boy’s body, officials found him among those who were detained. He was assumed to have died in the clashes Tuesday after a Palestinian ambulance crew was refused permission to access to the area following reports of deadly fire, Hassanein explained at the time.

In what would turn out to be a second erroneous explanation that day, local residents also told Ma’an at the time that while the boy was indeed killed, the Israeli military was not involved. The purported death was an “internal matter,” locals said, insisting on anonymity.

The JPost, meanwhile, reports Al-Farmawi’s horrific experience of three days in an Egyptian prison where, according to him, he and his friends were beaten and tortured with clubs and electric wires.

The BBC, NY Times and AFP covered the apparent happy ending to this story although they failed to question Egypt’s treatment of the Palestinian teenagers. However, the entire incident raises many more… – HR

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