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The BBC headline reads “Israelis Kill Man in Wheelchair,” noting that he was shot when troops opened fire to disperse ‘protesters’ who were “throwing stones near an airport.” Sure makes the IDF out to be a bunch of thugs.  But wait, there’s more.  More over at CBS that is: “Palestinians also said a 30-year-old paralyzed man was killed Sunday near an Israeli checkpoint north of Jerusalem while drinking coffee. They said Arafat Yaacoub was shot as Palestinian youths threw stones at soldiers nearby.”

Oh, so they were throwing the stones at the soldiers.  A trivial detail I imagine.

But wait, there’s still more.  The BBC notes that the paralyzed man “had been confined to a wheelchair since being wounded in the first intifada in 1987.” Yet, it remains vague to me.  Back to CBS: “Yaacoub had used a wheelchair since being shot in the back in a clash with Israeli troops in 1987.”

Okay, shooting people in wheelchairs and in the back is not a good thing.  The IDF says it’s investigating, and I hope they do.  However, it also seems clear that the BBC has put a dog in this fight.

I also have to ask:  why is it that a 13 year old boy was clashing with armed troops in the first place?  And wait, his name was Arafat?


Written by martinipundit

June 7, 2004 at 11:03 am

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