Mordechai said that during his interrogation, Muhammad confessed that the handlebars of a bicycle caused his injury after he fell off.A statement put out by his office tried to water down the impact of his Facebook post by explaining that it was based on taped and documented testimony Muhammad gave to an officer of the civil administration.The statement explained that the post also gave Muhammad’s father’s version of the story and that the headline was: “What is the truth about Muhammad Tamimi.”Due to the teen’s age, the tape itself was not released.
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The Tamimi family said in response that “Israel has gone out of its mind in its attempt to discredit our family. What began as a far-fetched claim we are not a real family has descended into an attempt to deny documented reality.“Poli Mordechai and the State of Israel have proven only one thing – that they will stoop to any depth to harm our just struggle for freedom and an end to the occupation,” the family said.To prove that their son was truly wounded they released an English copy of his medical records regarding the injury from Istishari Medical Hospital in Ramallah, which stated that it had treated him for a “bullet injury.”“Patient underwent craniotomy with bone fragments gently removed, dura sutured to the bone edges around the window,” the medical record stated.“Patient also underwent bullet removal with left maxillary sinus repair. Wound closed by layers, patient intubated and transferred to ICU,” it said.Joint List MK Ayman Odeh said that there were also a number of witnesses to the shooting.Gaby Lasky, who represents members of the Tamimi family including Ahed, said that Muhammad was questioned without the presence of a parent or any other adult.He is still recovering from his surgery and is expected to undergo another one next week, she said.“I sent the police Muhammad’s medical records and reports, so they would understand his condition,” she said.Lasky said she has not seen Muhammad’s confession but said the teen was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder related to the shooting and appears to have referenced a bicycle accident to ensure that he would be released.The “cynical exploitation” of this situation by a major-general in the IDF only shows how far the Israeli authorities are willing to go to harm the Tamimi family, she said.Lasky called on the IDF to release Ahed Tamimi from jail, adding that, “it’s clear now, if it hadn’t been already, that this military establishment cannot mete out justice in Ahed’s case.”