"I Wish That Muhammad Was With Us Now"

by
Abby Zimet

Thirteen years after the iconic photo of his shooting helped spark the Second Intifada, Israel has issued a report finding that 12-year-old Muhammad Al-Durra was not killed by Israeli forces, and in fact might not even be dead. Yes. It says that. The new report, focusing on the infamous image of the terrified Muhammad huddling against his father amidst gunfire moments before he slumped to the ground, argues that the shooting was either staged or the fault of Palestinians and has long been unfairly used to justify terrorism and "the delegitimization of Israel." Muhammad is one of nearly 1,400 Palestinian children killed since 2000 as a result of the Israeli occupation. The latest travesty from Israel has sparked outrage from many, here and here. Muhammad's father Jamal's response struck at the broken heart of the matter.
 
"Israel says my son is not dead? Then let them bring him to me."
 

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