Famous Israeli newspaper revealed on Tuesday that Israeli army had spread lies about the wounds of Mohammed Tamimi, who was shot by an Israeli rubber-coated metal bullet in the head.
Mohammed Tamimi, the 15-year-old cousin of Ahed Tamimi –who was caught on film slapping Israeli occupation soldiers on 15 December, 2017, and is currently facing trial inside Israeli jails– was shot minutes before that incident in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.
At the time, Tamimi was seriously wounded and was operated on by doctors who extracted bullet fragments from his skull. Tamimi was arrested Monday in his village, along with nine other Palestinian youths, half of whom are minors.
Writing on Almunasseq, COGAT's Arabic-language Facebook page, Mordechai challenged the original story behind Tamimi's head injury.
He wrote that while being questioned by police, the teen admitted that, as opposed to claims by his father that he was injured by rubber-coated metal bullets, "he was injured while he was riding his bicycle and fell off it."
According to the Israeli general, the fall "caused a blow to his skull when hitting the handlebars." Mordechai claimed that it was the injury from this accident, and not a bullet, that prompted doctors to operate and remove a part of the teen's skull.
Mordechai added: "Wonder of wonders. Today, the boy himself confessed to the police and to COGAT that in December his skull was injured when he was riding his bicycle."
he went on in the post to blast what he described as Tamimi's "culture of lies and incitement." His post included an image of the story he referenced with the words "fake news" plastered on it in Arabic.
However, the version of events described by Mordechai does not coincide eyewitness accounts obtained by Haaretz, according to which the day Tamimi was injured, Israeli occupation forces were firing at Palestinians who were throwing stones, with the aim of dispersing them.
Tamimi, witnesses said, was standing on a ladder behind a wall and was hit in the head the moment he raised it above the ledge.
Haaretz has also seen Tamimi's CAT scan and images of the bullet fractures removed from his skull.
Residents of Nabi Saleh said Tamimi told the police that he had been hurt in a bike accident and not shot by the IDF so that he would be released after being detained.
They said he was scared and worried that if he said he had been shot, there would be evidence against him and his detention would be extended.
After Mordechai's post was published, the Tamimi family responded that "what began as a bizarre attempt to prove that we are not even a family has deteriorated into a denial of reality."