What happened to 8-year-old Bashar al-Ghazal from Beit Furik on the occupied West Bank during Wednesday has become the source of conflicting claims between Palestinian and pro- Israeli occupation media.
What is known is that the boy was reported as missing on Wednesday morning after the death of his father (of causes unknown to us) and was handed over to Palestinian liaison officials the next night by the Israeli occupation forces.
Events between are contested.
According to Palestinian media, the boy would have been kidnapped, taken to the illegal Israeli colony of Itamar and he would have allegedly been ‘tortured’ by illegal Israeli settlers, who would have poured molten plastic on his skin.
According to pro- Israeli occupation media. Israel’s occupation forces would have supposedly ‘spoken’ to the boy without taking him to the illegal colony after finding him near it. He would have then allegedly said to the occupation forces’ soldiers that he would have been ‘abused at home’.
Israeli occupation forces have also claimed that the boy “apparently had a mental disability”.
According to Palestinian media, the boy is both deaf and mute, which would complicate knowing where he was and what was done to him – either by his family or illegal Israeli settlers.
Beyond this fact, a question arises how the boy would have spoken with the Israeli occupation soldiers, few of which know Arabic beyond the Druze. The boy, even if not mute, would be very unlikely to know any Hebrew.
Arabic and Hebrew sign languages have significant differences.