Palestinian media presents terrorist as victim after attacking soldier

17-year-old Atallah Rayyan attempted to kill an IDF soldier and was shot, but Palestinian media presented him as a victim, and Israeli soldiers as executioners.

A Palestinian woman walks past a mural against Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 14, 2020. (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS)
A Palestinian woman walks past a mural against Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 14, 2020.
(photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS)
Atallah Rayyan, 17 years old, attempted to kill an IDF soldier and stab her at a junction near Ariel on Tuesday. But certain Palestinian media sources claim that he, and not the soldier who shot him in defense, was the victim.
The Palestinian chapter of Defense of the Child International (DCI-P) claimed that he had been executed by the IDF.
DCI-P released a photo of Rayyan, who was a minor at the time of his death, calling him a “child” and reporting he was “the first Palestinian child” Israel killed in 2021.
Some Twitter users objected to the emotionally-charged language, pointing to how the alleged "child" was holding a knife and that the event was recorded by the traffic cameras at the junction. Others expressed their repulsion at the acts of the IDF based on the tweet. 
He “died as a Martyr after being shot by the occupation’s soldiers while ‎he was at the junction,” the Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported. Not including the actions which led to this result, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported in a Friday press release.
The newspaper goes on to describe how the IDF allegedly left Rayyan laying in his own blood without offering any medical aid.
According to Israeli media, Rayyan was already dead when emergency services arrived on the scene. 
Cpl. Lian Harush, a lone soldier from London, was the IDF soldier who defended herself from the attacker.  
“This is the kind of thing we prepare for during training, and we will always be prepared and ready to deal with it,” Harush said.  


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