B’Tselem Accuses Israel, Hamas Exonerates
A left-wing Israeli civil rights group accuses
Arab affairs correspondent Yehonatan Dehoah-HaLevy, writing for the News-1 Hebrew-language website, has found further proof of his thesis that “not everyting B’Tselem reports must be believed.” He writes that the organization continues to blame
B’Tselem classified the death of Al-Ahres under the heading “Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and it is not known whether they took part in the fighting against
HaLevy says that information available on the Hamas website for at least six years totally negates this, yet B’Tselem continues to blame
HaLevy notes that B’Tselem neglected to mention the fact that Al-Ahres was a member of the Al-Kassam terrorist wing of Hamas, and that he had been involved in no fewer than 19 shelling attacks in the months before his death – including one the day before he was killed.
Al-Ahres is documented as having fired 18 mortar shells in seven attacks at the now-destroyed Jewish town of
In any event, HaLevy concludes, “this case and many others like it show that the information reported by B’Tselem cannot be accepted with closed eyes and must at least be checked precisely for accuracy.”