بتسيلم – أحمد ريحان
בצלם – אחמד רחנן
THE B’TSELEM FALSE NARRATIVE:
(taken from the B’Tselem webpage)
Ahmad Rajab Abu Jibbah Abu Rihan
24 years old, resident of Jabalya R.C, North Gaza District, killed on 17 Jul 2014 in Beit Lahiya, North Gaza District, by gunfire from an aircraft. Participated in hostilities member of the military wing of Hamas. Additional information: Killed on farmland in the al-‘Atatrah neighborhood. Three additional operatives in the Islamic Jihad’s military branch who were with him were injured.
THE FALSE NARRATIVE
“Killed on farmland ….”
THE FACTUAL NARRATIVE:
IZZ AL-DIN AL-QASSAM BRIGADES WEBSITE
17-7-2014 AD, the martyr Mujahid Ahmed rose to God as a martyr during the battle of the eaten storm after a record of jihad for the sake of God, where he was stationed in one of the advanced sites in the Atatrah region where the house in which he was located was targeted to repel the aggression of the occupation and raised a martyr accompanied by a number of His brother and what he had wished for his life, which is the testimony in the way of Allah.
Ahmed Rehan was not killed “on farmland“. Ahmed Rehan was inside a house when he was killed. He was stationed in one of the advanced combat positions in the area to ambush Israeli troops when they entered the neighborhood. The house was targeted by an Israeli missile and he was killed.
Read Ahmed Rehan’s complete narrative by clicking HERE
“KILLED ON FARMLAND” is one of the most 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 ON FARMLAND”
“Killed on farmland” or some version of it, is a common trope used by the B’Tselem databases, it is literally not true. It is a figurative theme or plot element used many times throughout their databases. The metaphorical use of this expression achieves the following effect: It adds the element of victimization to the narrative, it implies that the Palestinian terror operative was not engaged in hostilities when he died, he was just simply present on farmland and he was killed.
The B’Tselem trope creates an image of a peaceful pastoral setting, no hostilities, no combat and more significantly, no reference to the targeting of the terror operative or why he was specifically targeted. The narrative merely contains a figurative expression to account for the death of the Palestinian combatant. The trope does what it is suppose to do, achieve a desired effect and influence the reader’s senses.
As previously stated, the B’Tselem databases create the illusion that Palestinian combatants killed by the Israeli security apparatus are victims, victims of an “occupier“. The Ahmed Rehan narrative is an example of this misinformation.
Rehan, B’Tselem alleges, was killed on farmland, no explanation of why he was killed. By using this trope that conjures up a peaceful pastoral setting, B’Tselem conceals why Rehan died, what he was doing when he died, and it creates the illusion that this terror operative combatant was a victim in this incident.
The B’Tselem narrative above is patently false. Rehan WAS NOT killed on farmland. He was killed in a house where he was participating in an ambush, an advanced combat position established to ambush Israeli troops. The ambush site, the house, was targeted and Rehan was killed.
The trope, killed on farmland, conceals how Rehan died, where he actually was when killed and what he was doing when he was targeted. The false narrative, in effect, has defined Rehan as the victim.
Ahmed Rehan, the terror operative combatant, re-imagined by B’Tselem as the victim.
While the B’Tselem databases have re-imagined Palestinian terror operative combatants as victims, the U.S. Department of Justice has identified who the truthful victims were, they closed down a Hamas fundraising scheme and will redirect the Hamas assets to the factual victims, the victims of their 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, Ahmad Rajab Abu Jibbah Abu Rihan 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.