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'Innocent protestor' killed by IDF was a terrorist, told his family 'I Intend to be a martyr'

Analysis: Israel was widely condemned over the death of the 'innocent' double-amputee Ibrahim Abu Thuraya in Gaza protests. But digging into his history shows he was a member of a terror group that morphed into Hamas and an agitator who wanted to 'die a martyr.'

Ibrahim Abu Thuraya during the clashes

Last Friday, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a disabled person who uses a wheelchair, who participated in a protest meters from the border fence in Gaza, was killed. Israel was widely criticized for killing Abu Thuraya and in some cases accused that an IDF sniper deliberately shot him.

Zeid al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, published a condemnation claiming the protester did not pose a threat so there was no justification for his death. The Guardian published the story under the title “'A shocking and wanton act': Israel accused over death of wheelchair user”. The Telegraph reported “How a dead man in a wheelchair became a symbol of Palestinian anger over Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision”.

Israel gave a different version of events. According to the IDF’s investigation, “Riot control equipment was used in the protest area. A few live rounds were fired towards the main instigators. Troops received approval prior to shooting each round by a senior commander in the field. No live fire was aimed at Abu Thuraya”.

In reports worldwide, Abu Thuraya has been described as an innocent victim, having lost his legs as a result of an Israeli bombing during Operation Cast Lead in 2008 and as a protester brutally shot without any justification.

However, new information recently uncovered, makes the story questionable. Tomer Ilan, an Israeli activist, has researched Abu Thuraya’s history and found that his family members have reported to the media on his last words the day before the protest. Russia Today reports he told his family, “Brother, forgive me. This is the last night you will see me. And you, my mother, forgive me, and you my sisters, you all forgive me... He kissed the hand and the leg of my father and said to him: Father, forgive me. This is the last night you will see me, as I intend to be a martyr. I am bored of this life, I have no legs and I have nothing. I want to die and rest from life.” Mondoweiss quotes similar a testimony by a family member.

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Ben-Dror Yemini | Ynet News

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