بتسيلم – قاسم طلال حمدان
בצלם – קאסם טלאל חמדאן
THE B’TSELEM FALSE NARRATIVE:
(taken from the B’Tselem webpage)
Qassem Talal ‘Ali Hamdan
22 years old, resident of Beit Hanun, North Gaza District, killed on 13 Jul 2014 in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza District, by a missile fired from an aircraft. Participated in hostilities member of the military wing of Hamas. Additional information: Killed while present with other operatives in a military branch on farmland to the east of Beit Hanun.
THE FALSE NARRATIVE
“Killed while present with other operatives in a military branch on farmland ….”
THE FACTUAL NARRATIVE:
IZZ AL-DIN AL-QASSAM BRIGADES WEBSITE
” …and launched to prepare the rocket launcher to fire on the usurper entity, and in these moments has been spotted by the planes of The Zionist treachery aircraft It will be launched, and then it was fired by the second missile, which resulted in the injury of the rocket fragments in the neck and chest, and the death of his soul to join with the martyrs, prophets and friends….”
Qassem Talal Hamdan was not with other operatives when he prepared his rocket launcher to fire missiles into Israel. He alone was targeted, hit by shrapnel and killed.
“Killed … on farmland” , or some similar expression referring to agricultural land, 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, in most cases, 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 Qassem Talal ‘Ali Hamdan narrative is an example of this misinformation.
Hamdan, 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 Hamdan was targeted, 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. Hamdan WAS NOT present with other operatives and killed on farmland. He was present, alone, on a rocket launching site, preparing a launcher for firing when the IDF spotted him, fired a missile which Hamdan was able to escape, fired a second missile which killed him.
The trope, killed on farmland, conceals how he died, where he actually was when killed and what he was doing when he was targeted. The false narrative pictures Hamdan as dying in a pastoral setting, with other operatives by his side. The B’Tselem story depicts Hamdan as a victim, simply killed on farmland, with “others”, when he died.
Qassem Talal ‘Ali Hamdan, 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, Qassem Talal ‘Ali Hamdan 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.