The tightly edited [[not doctored?!]] video shows a woman identified as the medic, Rouzan al-Najjar, throwing what appears to be a tear-gas canister. The video does not appear to have been taken the day Ms. Najjar was killed, and the canister does not appear to be aimed at anyone.
In a second scene, according to the video, Ms. Najjar tells an interviewer, “I am here on the front line and I act as a human shield” [[no mention of deleted words!]].
Since she was killed at a protest at the Gaza-Israel border fence last Friday, Ms. Najjar, who was 20, has become a powerful symbol of the conflict there. Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules Gaza, has portrayed her as a hero [[only Hamas?!]] and an innocent victim of Israeli aggression.
The video Israel released Thursday did not try to make the case that Ms. Najjar’s actions [[what actions?!]] provided a justification for her shooting. Rather the clip, published in English and Arabic, appeared to be part of the battle over her story’s narrative [now it’s her narrative versus the Israeli narrative!] and an effort to chip away at Ms. Najjar’s image of fresh-faced innocence [[oh, her “fresh-faced innocence” is just an “image”]].
Hamas officials have blamed Israel for the deaths of the protesters [[only Hamas?]], but they have sought to exploit them to advance their cause [[but of course Israel would never exploit Jewish deaths—6,000,000 to be exact—for its cause]]
Hamas officials have also released a video to portray their version [[now it’s Hamas’s version versus Israel’s version!]] of Ms. Najjar’s story. That video, released Saturday, shows Ms. Najjar and other medics walking toward the Israeli fence in white coats and with their hands raised. A Gaza health official said the video was taken shortly before Ms. Najjar was shot.
A similar public relations battle [[now her death is a p.r. battle]] erupted after the death of an 8-month-old girl, Layla Ghandour, who died after having been exposed to tear gas at the Gaza protest last month. The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said she had been killed by the tear gas.
[[Finally, buried in paragraph 20!!!]] The Israeli video released Thursday appears [!] to be an excerpt from a longer video* produced by Al Mayadeen News, an Arabic satellite channel based in Beirut, Lebanon.
In the longer video, the comment that the military translated as “I act as a human shield” was part of a sentence in which Ms. Najjar said, “I’m acting as a human rescue shield to protect the injured inside the armistice line.”
The Mayadeen interview suggests that Ms. Najjar may have been a more complex person than either side is making her out to be [[pray tell: how does this video show she was more “complex”?!]]. While she said she saw her role as a health care worker, she also saw herself as part of the protest [[I’m shocked, shocked! Stop the presses! Will the Times get a Pulitzer for this scoop?!]].“With all my strength, will and persistence, no matter what you do to me, what dangers I’m subjected to, bullets, explosives or tear gas, I will continue on my course and journey,” she said. “I will save all the injured so that they can go back and defend their land, and take back our land.”
FUCK THIS NAZI RAGSHEET!