Back in January, Snapped Shot reported on a particularly odd funeral over in the Palestinian territories of a 10-year-old girl named Abir Aramin
, who was supposedly killed by the Israeli Defence Forces at an "anti-barrier" protest.
Imagine my surprise, then, to learn from freelance journalist Hélène Keller-Lind
over the weekend (en Anglais
for we non-Francophiles) that this poor girl's father has been shamelessly using her death as an anti-Israeli prop, during a "neutral" peace conference hosted by the Shimon Peres Centre for Peace
The first sign of trouble was the fact that the event was scheduled on the 40-year anniversary of the Six Day War. For such a date to escape the notice of the "peace movement" by accident seems unlikely, so one is left to wonder whether the event organizers were trying purposefully
to single out Israel for scorn by picking such a controversial date. The Al Quds Association for Democracy and Dialogue
, in fact, confirmed
that as far as they were concerned, the date was selected for that very
Which brings us back to Bassam Aramin, the father in question, who just happens to be associated with the Al-Quds group
According to Hélène, when she personally spoke with Mr. Aramin, he claimed that the Israeli Defence Forces shot
his daughter for no reason
, and claimed that there was no demonstration going on around her at the time. In fact, he goes so far as to claim that she was killed by a soldier while she was on the way home from school
, and that the soldier told him
that "they were told to kill Palestinian civilians deliberately
Sound odd to you? It sure does to me, considering that the news wires all
quoted Bassam as saying that, and I quote verbatim: "[Abir] was struck on the head by a rubber bullet
fired at close range by Israeli security forces during a demonstration Tuesday against Israel's separation barrier
in the West Bank town of Anata, near Jerusalem," and that she "suffered a fractured skull."
What's also cute is to see that he told her he, "had been in an Israeli jail for 7 years for having thrown stones and raised a Palestinian flag
." What makes that cute? The touching
caption, which were passed along with Kevin Frayer's pictures of this girl's wake, indicated that Mr. Aramin was, "an ex-Fatah gunman."
The man definitely seems to have developed a penchant for stretching the truth... The question is, to whom is he lying? Were the initial press reports correct? We've discovered, via CAMERA
, that an autopsy indicated that rocks could also have been to blame for her death
, but that her death was not
caused by a normal bullet. Was he a peace activist before her death?
And again, I can't stress enough that no "demonstration" goes unseen in the West Bank. I've seen thousands
of photographs of these types of events, which tend to happen every
Friday, immediately following afternoon prayer services at the local mosques. Without fail. And for each protest that happens, there are dozens
of photographers who witness each and every one
To make matters worse, the dozen Palestinian children who were brought along on this "Peace Trip," with the intent of bringing them together with a dozen Israeli children for a picturesque and friendly bike ride, were all instructed to wear t-shirts with Abir Aramin's photo on them
--along with drops of blood and the question "Why?" written in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. It looks like it was intended for these children to be trotted out in front of the press wearing these heart-rending (but utterly false
) t-shirts, in order to make an emotional strike against Israel in what was intended
to be a "peaceful, non-partisan" get-together.
The Al-Qods Association's plans were foiled when some of the event's participants protested that the shirts were "inappropriate" for a peace gathering, as they were excessively inflammatory. Thankfully, Al Quds
If you want to see some of the photographs which aroused my original suspicion, be sure to check out the Snapped Shot archives
.Cross-posted at Newsbusters.