Israel accuses Abbas of inciting violence after ‘dead’ boy alive – USA TODAY
Israel has accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of inciting people to violence after erroneously claiming that a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israel.
Israeli police said that Ahmed Manasra and his 15-year-old cousin stabbed two Israelis, one of whom was also a 13-year-old boy, in Jerusalem on Monday.
After a smartphone video of Ahmed lying on the ground and bleeding from the head while an Israeli curses at him went viral, Abbas was reported by media as saying that Israel engaged in the “execution of our children in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Manasrah and other children in Jerusalem and other places,” in a speech aired on Palestinian TV on Wednesday.
Thursday, the Palestinian Liberation Organization released a revised English version of the speech, which quotes Abbas as talking about the “shooting of our children in cold blood as they did with the child Ahmed Manasrah and other children from Jerusalem,” the Jerusalem Post reported. The paper says the Arabic version of the speech uses “execution” rather than “shooting.”
Thursday, Asher Salmon, deputy director of the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, said Ahmed is alive, and in a light to moderate condition in the facility, Israeli website Ynet reported. Salmon said he believed the boy can be discharged in the next few days. Photos purporting to be Ahmed were released by officials.
Israeli police said they “neutralized” the boy after he and his cousin, Hassan Manasra stabbed a 24-year-old man and a 13-year-old Jewish Israeli boy riding his bike. Hassan was shot and killed and Ahmed was not shot but was hit in the head with clubs, suffering a severe head injury, Ynet reported.
The man who was stabbed is in a stable but serious condition and the 13-year-old is in a stable condition following emergency surgery, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Speaking Thursday, Ofir Gendelman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson for Arab-language media, said “Abbas intentionally lied about the boy because he wants a symbol to incite Palestinians to perpetrate more terrorists attacks,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
Eight Israelis were killed in attacks by Palestinians and 31 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the past month, 14 of them identified by Israel as attackers.
After the U.S. State Department suggested that Israel might be using excessive force to deal with the attacks, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon accused Washington of “misreading” the conflict and said shooting Palestinian attackers wielding knives was self defense, Reuters reported Thursday. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called the USA’s remarks “foolish,” the news agency added.
Secretary of State John Kerry is due to travel to the Middle East soon to try to calm the situation.
Israel’s military deployed hundreds of soldiers to cities Wednesday to assist police in an attempt to stop shooting and stabbing attacks on Israelis by Palestinians over the past several weeks.