A Palestinian source reported on Saturday that an Israeli had shot a six-year-old Palestinian boy, but according to the IDF who investigated the incident alongside Palestinian authorities, it was just a cover story to protect the boy’s brother.
The orginal [sic] report claimed the child was next [to] a road near Qalqilya, just over the West Bank barrier from Kfar Saba, where an Israeli driver stopped, shot him in the stomach and fled the scene.
The IDF initially rejected the report, saying that no Israelis had been involved, then later said the boy was wounded while playing with a gun owned by his brother, a Palestinian police officer.
According to the IDF, the family invented the story of an Israeli attacker to protect their older son and additionally to get a paycheck from the Palestinian Authority as victims of terror at the hands of Jewish settlers.
This is a classic combination nurtured and encouraged by the Palestinian leadership:
- Blameless – Absolve yourself from all blame
- Pallywood – Create a false narrative
- Incitement – Make sure you blame the Jews – incite, incite, incite!
- Professional Victim – Get paid for your woes
And if you live in a Western country, be aware: you are paying for this. You are encouraging it.
Two points to finish.
First, it’s worth reading the immediately following post alongside this one, for some important perspective about where the incitement leads.
Second, the next time there’s a claim by the Palestinians of violence against them, remember this incident. It’s generally safer to be a cynic about such stories.