A lot has happened since the news of a bleeding Palestinian boy in East Jerusalem made rounds on social media. And just like plenty of other videos surrounding the last few weeks of conflict, the footage may not have been the whole story.
The reigning narrative among pro-Palestine supporters and Palestinian news agency Ma'an news was that Manasra bled to death on the street, an outcome made worse by the footage of taunting onlookers and apathetic policemen.
But last week, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a rebuttle video on Facebook, claiming the Manasra had actually not died at the scene but was instead being cared for in an Israeli hospital. Here's the video. Warning: Footage is graphic and may be disturbing to viewers.
That doesn't change the effect the video had on pro-Palestine viewers.
The footage is, by all counts, disturbing — it shows the boy, later identified as 14-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Manasra, strewn on the sidewalk after he and his 12-year-old cousin allegedly attacked a young Israeli boy with a knife in Jerusalem. You see onlookers surrounding the Palestinian and shouting insults in Hebrew and Arabic, asking security forces to "give the boy [a bullet] in his head."
As the violence intensifies on the ground in Israel and Palestine, so does the media war online.
This is hardly the first time narratives and counternarratives have followed headlines, and the more they mass, the harder it's becoming to piece together what's happening.
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