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Israel Moves to Counter Claims over Injured Boy ; Officials Accuse Abbas of Lying about Video That Fired Palestinian Outrage

Newspaper article International New York Times

Israel Moves to Counter Claims over Injured Boy ; Officials Accuse Abbas of Lying about Video That Fired Palestinian Outrage

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Israel has accused the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, of lying about a video showing a 13-year-old Arab boy bleeding profusely on an East Jerusalem street.

Israel has accused the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, of lying about a video showing a 13-year-old Arab boy bleeding profusely on an East Jerusalem street on Monday that has provoked outrage in the Arab world.

The graphic clip, which has been viewed nearly three million times on the Facebook page of a Palestinian journalist, was said to have been recorded and shared online by an Israeli bystander who jeered and heckled the boy, Ahmad Manasra, after, the police say, he attacked a Jewish boy his age with a knife and was hit by a car while fleeing the scene.

But in a statement distributed by Israeli government officials on Tuesday, Hadassah University Hospital said that "in stark contrast to circulating rumors," Ahmad was in stable condition and fully conscious. The hospital also released a photograph of the boy in bed on Thursday, which was displayed prominently in the Israeli news media. Nonetheless, Mr. Abbas held up a still image from the video of Ahmad in a televised address broadcast Wednesday and asserted that the boy had been killed.

"We will not submit to the logic of overwhelming force," Mr. Abbas said in his address on Wednesday, "the policies of occupation and aggression practiced by the Israeli government, and a herd of its settlers, who practice terrorism against our people and our holy sites, our homes and our trees, executing our children in cold blood, as they did with this child, Ahmad Manasra, and other children in Jerusalem and other parts of Palestine."

Many viewers of the clip have expressed sympathy for the wounded teenager and anger at the Israeli who recorded the video. The unseen man, who was eventually pushed away from the boy by officers, stood over him, cursing and shouting, "Die, son of a whore!"

As the images spread on social media, so did misinformation about the boy's fate -- with many captions asserting, incorrectly, that Ahmad had been shot and killed, either by an Israeli soldier or a settler. …

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