Dispute Over Viral Video of Shot 13 Year Old Palestinian Sums Up Israel-Palestinian Conflict [VIDEO]
Disturbing video of a bleeding Palestinian boy writhing on the pavement while Israeli bystanders hurl verbal abuse has spread like wildfire on social media — along with sharply differing accounts underscoring the depth of anger and emotion driving a complex conflict.
An injured Ahmed Manasrah, 13, was filmed on Monday. What happened to him both before and after that roughly two-minute video has been fiercely disputed and characterized on opposite ends of the spectrum.
One video of Manasrah posted on YouTube opens with a shot of the boy lying on the ground with his legs awkwardly bent under him, a pool of blood beneath his head. Voices are heard shouting "die, you f*****" and "die, you son of a whore" as Israeli authorities mill around, trying at times to push back the gawkers and the person filming.
Manasrah squirms on the ground in distress as an ambulance passes, at times attempting to lift his head and move his legs. The camera cuts away to show people walking before panning back from a distance to show the boy lying on the pavement in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem. An officer lifts his shirt and appears to check him as the boy sits up, then nudges the boy with his foot and pushes him back into a lying-down position.
The circumstances preceding the the video could not be independently verified by NBC News.
Israeli police say Manasreh and his 15-year-old cousin stabbed and seriously wounded two Israelis and then ran away before being shot. They released a surveillance video on Tuesday amid the online furor that police said shows what appeared to be Manasrah and his cousin calmly walking past a camera then running back into the frame with what appear to be knives raised.
Manasrah's family denies he attacked Israelis.