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Israel says video of crying Palestinian boy was staged ‘to make cheap anti-Israel propaganda’

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Robert Mackey, at the Times Lede blog, picks up the video we posted on Tuesday. Just when I think I can’t be shocked anymore, Israel finds a new way to surprise me:

Israel’s border police force insisted in a statement on Thursday that video of a 5-year-old Palestinian boy reacting with dismay to the arrest of his father this week in the West Bank, which has been broadcast internationally, was staged. . .

While the Jaber family told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that the boy’s grief was spontaneous, the border police said, “the family chose to make cynical use of a 5-year-old boy” who had been “well instructed and directed.”

The official statement added:

Instead of the family acting responsibly toward a child and removing him from the situation, they chose to make cheap anti-Israel propaganda, whose sole purpose is to present us in a negative light around the world. As is seen in the pictures, and in order to remove any doubt, the authorities on site acted lawfully against the unacceptable phenomenon of water theft.

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