B’TSELEM – ISSA SALAM AL-QATRY

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THE B’TSELEM FALSE NARRATIVE:

(taken from the B’Tselem webpage)

‘Issa Khaled ‘Issa Qatri

22 years old, resident of al-Am’ari R.C, Ramallah and al-Bira District, killed on 10 Sep 2014 in al-Am’ari R.C, Ramallah and al-Bira District, by live ammunition. . Additional information: Shot in the chest by soldiers who came to the refugee camp to make an arrest. He was standing with a group of youths watching the troops’ actions. The military alleges that he was shot when he tried to lob a pipe-bomb at the soldiers.

THE FALSE NARRATIVE

Shot in the chest by soldiers who came to the refugee camp to make an arrest.

He was standing with a group of youths watching the troops’ actions.

“The military alleges that he was shot when he tried to lob a pipe-bomb at the soldiers.”

Concealment of his terror operative affiliation with Fatah

SUMMARY OF FALSE NARRATIVE

1- Soldiers came to the camp to “make an arrest.”
2- Qatari was standing with a group of youths watching the Israeli troops.
3- The military alleges that he was shot when he tried to lob a pipe-bomb at the soldiers.

THE FACTUAL NARRATIVE:

Issa Salam al-Qatry was a Fatah terror operative

Soldiers came to the camp to arrest a terrorist, a Hamas terrorist. Qatari wasn’t standing with a group of youths watching, he was one of the main instigators of the clash with Israeli troops. The fact that he was shot when attempting to throw an explosive device was not an allegation of the Israeli military, it was reported by witnesses.

On September 10, 2014, Israeli forces entered the al-Amari refugee camp to arrest a Hamas operative, Alaa Jalaita, and clashed with dozens (around 50) of protesters who hurled burning tires, stones and petrol bombs at them.

It was reported that Issa al-Qitri was shot and killed while trying to throw an explosive device at the soldiers. He was identified by witnesses as a “main instigator”.

Issa Salam al-Qatry above, on the left. The logo of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades on the right. The al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades is the military wing of Fatah and a U.S. designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Read Issa Salam al-Qatry’s entire narrative by clicking HERE .

B’TSELEM’S USE OF THE TROPE

DEFINITION

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 … WHILE … STANDING …”

“Killed … while … standing …” or some version of it, such as killed together with another person while they were standing with others, or killed while standing with other people, or killed … where he was standing with others, is a common trope used by the B’Tselem database, 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 with others, just standing with them and he was needlessly killed.

The B’Tselem trope creates an image of a peaceful setting, no hostilities, just people standing together. In the case of al-Qatry, just standing together with a group of youths watching the troops’ actions. There is 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

VICTIMIZATION

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 Issa Salam al-Qatry narrative is an example of this misinformation.


Al-Qatry, B’Tselem alleges, was killed, shot in the chest, while standing with a group of youths, not engaged in any hostilities when killed. By using this trope that conjures up a tranquil setting, B’Tselem conceals why al-Qatry 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. Al-Qatry WAS NOT standing with youths watching Israeli troops, when he was shot in the chest. He was killed while throwing a pipe bomb at Israeli soldiers. Witnesses reported that he was the main instigator in the clashes with the troops: “A main instigator attempted to hurl an explosive device at the force who opened fire in response” (The Telegraph)


The trope, standing with a group of youths, conceals how al-Qatry died, where he actually was when killed and what he was doing when he was targeted. The false narrative, in effect, has defined al-Qatry as the victim.

Issa Salam al-Qatry, the terror operative, re-imagined by B’Tselem as the victim.

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