Police on Wednesday released security camera footage showing the two teenage Palestinians who stabbed and seriously wounded a 13-year-old Israeli boy in Pisgat Zeev on Monday, in an effort to disprove claims the teens were innocent.
The video shows the two cousins, Hassan Manasra, 15, and Ahmed Manasra, 13, each brandishing a large knife, as they chase a man down the street in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood.
The video then shows a boy leaving a store on his bike, apparently before being stabbed by one of the two. The video ends with one of the attackers charging at police before being shot several times.
The 13-year-old Israeli boy and a 25-year-old man were both seriously injured in the attack. The younger of the stabbers was seriously injured when he was hit by a car while trying to flee. The older was shot dead by security forces.
However, several Palestinians, including politicians and the boys’ families, have insisted they were targeted in cold blood.
On Wednesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Hassan Manasra had been killed without reason. His father earlier told Channel 2 news that there is no way his boy could have stabbed the Israeli.
“My son cannot stab, he doesn’t know how to hold a knife,” the father, sitting with visitors who came to console him when he was sitting outside his home grieving, told the TV station.
On Monday, a spokesman of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud issued a statement accusing Israel of “executing” Manasra.
The statement was similar to other messages propagated on Palestinian social media pages, where knife-wielding terrorists who were killed by Israeli security forces are characterized as martyrs who were “executed in cold blood.”
The 13-year-old boy who was stabbed was in stable condition on Tuesday, hospital officials said, after surgeons performed emergency surgery to save his life.