بتسيلم – عبد الله مرتجى
בצלם – עבדאללה מורטג’ה
THE B’TSELEM FALSE NARRATIVE:
(taken from the B’Tselem webpage)
‘Abdallah Fadel ‘Abd a-Salam Murtaja
26 years old, resident of Gaza city, killed on 25 Jul 2014 in Gaza City, by a missile fired from an aircraft. Participated in hostilities member of the military wing of Hamas. Additional information: Killed in the a-Shuja’yah neighborhood where he was with other people.
THE FALSE NARRATIVE
“Killed … where he was with other people.”
THE FACTUAL NARRATIVE:
IZZ AL-DIN AL-QASSAM BRIGADES WEBSITE
In addition to his media work in the press, he did not delay his jihadi duty with his brothers, where he went with a group of his mujahedeen brothers to to hit the Zionist settlements with 80-caliber mortars in the market area of Friday evening, 25 August 2014, at which time they were targeted by the planes of the Zionist enemy, they went to the Supreme, and they are defending the wealth of beloved Palestine, and with him martyrs Mohammed Habib, Farid Fadi Habib, Farid Fadi Habib, Nour Junda and Sheikh Amr.
Abdallah Murtaja was not killed “where he was with other people“. Murtaja was killed where he was firing 80-caliber mortars into Israel attempting to hit Israeli settlements and kill civilians, a war crime.
Read Abdallah Murtaja’s entire narrative by clicking HERE.
“KILLED … WITH OTHER PEOPLE” is one of the common tropes found in the B’Tselem databases.
B’TSELEM’S USE OF THE TROPE
A trope is a theme or plot element used many times, it creates recurrent images that influence an audience’s senses helping a writer achieve a desired effect. The meaning of the text is not literal, it is figurative.
B’TSELEM’S USE OF THE TROPE, “KILLED … WITH OTHER PEOPLE”
“Killed … where he was with other people” or some version of it, is a trope used by the B’Tselem database. It has a few versions, such as Killed while STANDING, HE WAS, HE WAS TOGETHER, OUT ON THE STREET, with other people. In most cases it is literally not true. The martyred Palestinian may have been with other people when killed but he wasn’t simply killed when he was innocently with other people, he was engaged in an act of terrorism or combat when killed, he was killed while engaged in hostilities.
The figurative use of this expression achieves the following effect: It adds the element of victimization to the narrative, that Palestinians, terror operative and civilian alike, are victims of Israeli aggression and systemic human rights abuses. By stating that the terror operative combatant was killed while … with other people, B’Tselem creates an image of a Palestinian who was a victim. B’Tselem would have readers believe that the terror operative combatant was not engaged in hostilities at the time he was killed therefore his death was uncalled for, that he was a victim of a war crime or a human rights abuse.
Nothing in the narrative reveals what the terrorist was literally doing when he was targeted, nothing about why he was targeted, a figurative expression is all that B’Tselem uses to describe the death of the Palestinian terrorist. The trope does what it is suppose to do, achieve a desired effect and influence the reader’s senses.
As stated above, the B’Tselem databases represent Hamas terror operative combatants as victims, “Killed in the a-Shuja’yah neighborhood where he was with other people”. B’Tselem has made Hamas terrorists the victims. The United States Department of Justice recently closed down a Hamas fundraising scheme and will redirect their assets to victims of terrorism, victims of Hamas terrorism. The event documented below occurred in August 2020:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SEIZURE
The original Humanize Palestine website memorialized Hamas and al-Qassam Brigades terror operatives, and B’Tselem represented them as victims, ‘Abdallah Fadel ‘Abd a-Salam Murtaja is one example.
Now the real victims have been identified. The U.S. Department of Justice has seized al-Qassam Brigades assets, funds and websites, used to finance their terror campaigns. The monies will be directed to the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund.
To read about the United States’ largest-ever seizure of cryptocurrency in the terrorism context, click HERE.