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Israeli army frames slain medic Razan al-Najjar as ‘Hamas human shield’

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Just when you thought Israel couldn’t get any lower… The Israeli army has just released an incitement video, titled “Hamas’ use of human shields must stop”, in which it frames the slain medic Razan al-Najjar as a “Hamas human shield”– two days after it claimed she was killed by accident.

This is more than adding insult to injury. This is adding malice to crime.

The propaganda effort is based on twisting al-Najjar’s own words. I have consulted with three Arabic experts, who have looked at the original Arabic interview from which the IDF took the “human shield” text, and it is clear to them beyond a doubt that the IDF was knowingly and cynically manipulating Razan’s words to mean something other than what she said.

Bear with me, this requires close analysis:

First the video features Razan throwing away a gas grenade in the field.  Obviously, this is one of the tear gas grenades fired by the Israeli army, which she is taking up and throwing to a safe distance. By this visual, the IDF is trying to create the impression that Razan is a kind of ‘combatant’.

Then comes the short clip from an interview. The original interview has been found to be from Al Mayadeen News, a channel based in Beirut. The IDF video runs subtitles, saying: “I am Razan al-Najjar, I am here on the frontlines and I act as a human shield…”

That’s all the IDF needs. Now, with the ominous music in the background, the IDF text states:

“Hamas uses paramedics as human shields”.

But the IDF cut out a very significant part of the sentence. Razan actually says:

“I the Paramedic Razan al-Najjar, I am here on the Front Line acting as a human shield of safety to protect the injured at the Front Line. No one encouraged me on being a Paramedic, I encouraged myself. I wanted to take chances and help people…” (my emphasis).

The very critical term here is obviously “human shield”. The IDF cuts Razan off after she says “darea bashari” ( درع بشري ), which in itself means “human shield”, but she is actually saying “darea bashari munqith” ( درع بشري منقذ ):  human shield of safety, where the third word (cut out) makes it obvious that she is not meaning it as the classical military notion of “human shield”. The continuance of the sentence and the next make that also very obvious. My translators say that “munqith” contains overtones of “relief” and “protection.”

Razan is describing herself as a protector of the injured, by being a medic.

I have not seen Razan affiliate herself with Hamas. The IDF doesn’t show it either. It doesn’t even seem necessary. Israel has framed the Great March of Return protests as a Hamas operation, and thus everyone there is essentially a “terrorist”, and now, Razan al-Najjar is made into a Hamas-terrorist-human-shield.

This video is now making rounds in the Israeli media. Before long, it will be out everywhere – the “news” – Razan al-Najjar was actually another cynical ploy by Hamas, who made us kill her (by mistake).

How low can you get?

Many thanks to Sena Sugihara, Reham Darwish, Khalid S. Barghouti, Ofer Neiman, Rawan Natsheh

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17 Responses

  1. John O
    June 7, 2018, 2:06 pm

    Thanks, Jonathan.You’re a star.

    • Misterioso
      June 8, 2018, 10:29 am

      Any reasonably informed person with an IQ over room temperature knows the army of the entity known as “Israel” is lying and makes a habit of it.

  2. eljay
    June 7, 2018, 2:34 pm

    Throwing away a gas grenade and acting as a human shield of safety to protect the injured: That’s all a Zionist needs to know in order to determine that a Palestinian is not-innocent and, therefore, eligible for massacre.

    • inbound39
      June 8, 2018, 4:23 pm

      No.,no,no eljay…..not massacred……..Bibi told Michael Howard,former Tory M.P. that those killed were accidents and only those trying to climb the fence were shot. Michael Howard said he was not convinced….lol

      • inbound39
        June 8, 2018, 4:42 pm

        The following link is to Guardian article where Howard asked why they were not shot in the legs. We know in other reports that 13000 have been wounded some with leg shots but most injured are permanently disabled. No mention of Butterfly bullets being used.

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/07/tories-michael-howard-confronts-israel-over-gaza-protesters-deaths

      • mondonut
        June 8, 2018, 6:27 pm

        @inbound39 No mention of Butterfly bullets being used.

        Possibly due to butterfly bullets not being used.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 8, 2018, 7:08 pm

        denial – not river in eqypt..

      • eljay
        June 8, 2018, 6:45 pm

        || inbound39: No.,no,no eljay…..not massacred……..Bibi told Michael Howard,former Tory M.P. that those killed were accidents and only those trying to climb the fence were shot. Michael Howard said he was not convinced….lol ||

        Well, it’s clear that Bibi’s bullshitting because jon s’ Zionist rule of law states that it is acceptable to massacre any persons deemed to be not-innocent – or, as he vaguely defined them, “armed terrorists and criminals”.

      • inbound39
        June 8, 2018, 8:17 pm

        I kinda thought it must be a very thick fence given some killed were tens of metres away climbing up the fence. Bibi said those shot were climbing up the fence and Bibi is worried about Iran getting nukes because Israel has harmless nukes that smile at people as they fly past.

  3. Maghlawatan
    June 7, 2018, 5:42 pm

    Israel is addicted to murder. It cannot stop. And it is losing support internationally. The end has already begun.
    A bit of Diggers- always classier than anything out of Israel

  4. Maghlawatan
    June 7, 2018, 5:44 pm

    The IDF is like Comical Ali, the hapless Iraqi Defence minister who couldn’t stop lying either.

  5. JLewisDickerson
    June 7, 2018, 7:08 pm

    RE: “Hamas uses paramedics as human shields”. ~ IDF text

    SEE: Israel’s “Human Shield” Hypocrisyhttp://www.thepolemicist.net/2014/08/israels-human-shield-hypocrisy.html

  6. Sheldon Richman
    June 8, 2018, 5:26 am

    Thank you.

  7. Misterioso
    June 8, 2018, 11:35 am

    https://medium.com/@MatthewZGindin/todays-attempt-by-the-idf-to-excuse-the-shooting-of-a-palestinian-medic-d2d90537baca

    “Today’s Attempt By The IDF To Excuse The Shooting of A Palestinian Medic”

    Medium, by Matthew Gindin, June 7/18

    EXCERPT:
    “The IDF released a video which shows al-Najjar throwing a tear gas canister (it is not clear in what context- is she disposing of one thrown at Palestinians? Is she throwing it at the IDF? We don’t know) along with an interview in which she says she is there at the protest ‘as a human shield.’

    “The problem is that the IDF has edited the original interview so as to stop her in mid-sentence. In the original, she says, as translated by Israeli journalist Mairav Zonszein, ‘I am here as a rescuing human shield to protect and save the wounded on the front line.’

    “So what the IDF has done here is released a deceptive video in order to retroactively justify their shooting of a medic- a shooting they say was accidental. So the message, then, would be: ‘Yes, we accidentally shot a medic, but she was doing bad things, so it’s ok.’”

    • Maghlawatan
      June 8, 2018, 1:46 pm

      How Zionists see themselves: as the light
      When did the darkness win ?

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/08/gena-turgel-holocaust-survivor-bride-belsen-dies
      Jonathan Sacks, a former chief rabbi, said Turgel was “one of the most remarkable Holocaust survivors I had the privilege to know”.

      He said: “She was a blessing and inspiration to our community. Her work to educate generations about the horrors of the Holocaust was as powerful as it was tireless. Throughout her life, she lit countless candles in the human heart and helped bring much light to the world.”

  8. John O
    June 9, 2018, 5:10 am

    Good to see that Razan’s story gets the whole of page 4 in today’s Guardian:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/08/mother-shot-gaza-medic-razan-al-najjar-white-coat-strategy

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