Clips and images were published Thursday of a 13-year-old Palestinian terrorist who was hit by a car while fleeing from police earlier this week, disproving claims by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who said Wednesday he was “executed” by Israel.
The pictures, distributed by the Government Press Office, show Ahmad Manasra awake and sitting in a bed at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
In one picture he is seen making a hand gesture some have interpreted as an Islamist symbol.
Manasra is accused of carrying out a stabbing spree on Monday with his cousin Hassan Manasra, 15, seriously injuring a 13-year-old boy and 25-year-old man. Hassan Manasra was shot and killed after charging at police with a knife, while Ahmed Manasra was injured after being hit by a car while fleeing.
On Wednesday night, Abbas accused Israelis of “executing our boys in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Manasra and other children in Jerusalem and other places.”
Other Palestinian officials and relatives have also claimed that Manasra and his cousin were not involved in an attack.
The Prime Minister’s Office quickly issued a statement after the PA president’s speech saying he was spreading “lies and incitement.”
“The boy he is referring to is alive and hospitalized in Hadassah after stabbing an Israeli child who was riding his bicycle,” the statement said.
On Thursday, the independent news website Room 0404 published on its site and Facebook page a short clip clearly showing Ahmad Manasra alive and relatively well.
In another clip, the deputy head of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where Manasra is hospitalized, says he is “in moderate to light condition, hospitalized in one of our department and receiving good treatment. From a medical point of view, we will probably be able to discharge him in a few days.”
13 y old Ahmad Mansara – who Abbas claimed "executed in cold blood" – in full conscience today at Hadassah hospital pic.twitter.com/gWxZR1CXy7
— Tal Shalev (@talshalev1) October 15, 2015
The 25-year-old victim of Monday’s stabbing is in moderate condition. The 13-year-old is still unconscious. His condition was upgraded from critical on Monday, when he was stabbed, to serious but not life threatening on Tuesday.
The attack was one in a series of nearly two dozen terror attacks over the last two weeks, many of which have involved East Jerusalem teens involved in stabbing attacks in the capital.