Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on October 14 of “executing” a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who had stabbed an Israeli boy in Jerusalem earlier in the week, said that the Palestinians “will not agree to Israel’s policy of occupation.”
However, clips and images that were distributed by the Government Press Office on October 15 showed the 13-year-old Palestinian boy awake and sitting in a bed at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, thus disproving Abbas’s claim that Israel had “executed” the boy.
The young terrorist, Ahmed Mansara, is shown in one picture making a hand gesture that some have taken to be an Islamist symbol.
Mansara is accused of carrying out a stabbing spree with his cousin Hassan Mansara, 15, that seriously injured a 13-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man. Hassan Mansara was shot and killed after attempting to attack police with a knife, while Ahmed was injured after being struck by a car during his flight from the police.
During the night of October 14, Abbas accused Israelis of “executing our boys in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Manasra and other children in Jerusalem and other places.” Other Palestinian officials and relatives have denied that Mansara and his cousin were involved in the attack.
Abbas claimed that Israel killed the two boys “cold blood.”
The Prime Minister’s Office quickly released a statement after Abbas’s speech saying that he was spreading “lies and incitement.”
“The boy he is referring to is alive and hospitalized in Hadassah after stabbing an Israeli child who was riding his bicycle,” the statement said. “As Israel maintains the status quo at the Temple Mount, Abbas in his words of incitement is making cynical use of religion and thus bringing about more acts of terror.”
On October 14, Israeli police released footage that showed the two boys flourishing their knives and chasing a man before one is shot after attempting to run at police.
During Abbas’s speech, which was touted as an “important speech,” Abbas said that Israel’s “rejection” of peace and continued building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank were to blame for the current increase in violence. Abbas also maintained that he supports peaceful resistance against Israel.
Palestinians “will not agree to the continuation of the situation on our lands, nor to the policy of occupation and aggression of Israel and its settlers who are terrorizing our people, homes, trees, holy places and who execute our boys in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Manasra and other children in Jerusalem and other places,” Abbas said. “We will continue our national struggle, which is based on self-defense.”
Recent footage, however, has belied Abbas’s comments and has shown that Mansara is alive and well.
On October 15, the independent news website Room 404 published on its site and on its Facebook page a short clip that clearly showed that Ahmed Mansara was alive and relatively well.
In another video clip, the deputy head of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital says that Mansara is “in moderate to light condition, hospitalized in one of our department and receiving good treatment. From a medical point of view, we will probably be able to discharge him in a few days.”
The 25-year-old victim of the October 12 stabbing is in moderate condition, but the 13-year-old is still unconscious. His condition was upgraded from critical on the day that he was stabbed to serious but not life threatening the next day.
Israeli officials have slammed Abbas and his comments, noting that they are just fueling the hatred.
Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid called the speech “a miserable performance showing lack of leadership.”
“Instead of calming the situation and condemning the despicable terrorists who are trying to murder innocent Israelis, Abbas chose to mount a miserable performance showing lack of leadership and cowardice of the lowest level,” Lapid said. “Terrorists should know that Israel will stand strong and fight terrorism anywhere, anytime and with great force. Whoever tries to harm us – their blood is upon their heads.”
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said the claims “sanction (the actions of) murderers and terrorists, some of them children, to go and carry out attacks. The blood of our wounded and murdered citizens is on his hands.”
Netanyahu’s main opposition party in the Knesset, the Zionist Union, called Abbas’s claims “grave, defamatory statements that distort reality, border on utter irresponsibility and only serve to further fan the flames of hopelessness and hatred in the region.”
Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said that Abbas’s claims proved that he was “the head of the snake and leader and tutor of killers.”
Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin said that Abbas’s speech was “blood libel” and that his words proved that Palestinian Authority incitement was behind the recent wave of civil unrest and terrorism.