It's not enough that Israeli soldiers gunned down 15-year-old Palestinian Mahmoud Baderan. Now a spokesman from the Israeli Foreign Ministry blames Palestine itself for the boy's untimely death from an “accidental” shooting.
The teen was fatally shot by the IDF, who apparently mistook him for a terrorist who injured three Israelis with rocks earlier in the day.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon responded to the Palestinians by accusing the Palestinian Authority of inciting violence against Israel.
“If it weren’t for the difficult security situation, which is entirely the fault of Palestinian incitement and terrorism, Israel wouldn’t have been forced to make use of lethal force in order to protect its citizens,” he said.
“Unfortunately the list of Israelis killed by stones thrown by Palestinians at roads is a long list and every injured Israeli is proof of the need for taking security measures,” he added.
Israel is no stranger to placing blame on Palestine for Israel's own actions. The Israeli government also blamed Palestinian authorities for the water shortage crippling Palestine.
Israel cut off water supplies to large areas of West Bank in the sweltering heat, with no regard to the ongoing month of Ramadan, a period when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
According to Uri Schor, the Water Authority spokesman, the shortage developed because the Palestinian Water Authority is refusing to approve additional water infrastructure in the West Bank through the joint water committee, “which has led to the old and limited pipes being unable to transfer all the water needed in the region.”
However, according to Haaretz, “…the internal records of the Palestinian Water Authority show that in May of this year there was a cut in the water supplied to the town of Bidya, with 12,000 residents, from 50,470 cubic meters in March to 43,440 in May. In May of last year, Bidya received 45,000 cubic meters.
"In the town Qarawat Bani Hassan, consumption in May was higher than in March (17,000 cubic meters compared to 15,000), but last May consumption reached 20,000 cubic meters, and according to a Palestinian official there’s no way to explain the drop in usage other than by a drop in supply. The supply cut in June, meanwhile, has been much sharper — of up to 50 percent per hour.”
Outrageous as the claims may sound, it is nothing new. Israel has time and again blamed Palestine and Palestinians for things that defy common sense.
In October 2015, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, claimed it was the Palestinian mufti of Jerusalem who convinced Hitler to exterminate the Jews.
"Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews," Netanyahu said, speaking of a 1941 meeting between Husseini and Hitler in Germany. "And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you expel them, they'll all come here.'
'So what should I do with them?' he asked. He said, 'Burn them.'"
He, of course, had to later eat his words but the blame game has been going strong. Israel, specifically Netanyahu, does not let go of any incident it can use against and somehow blame on Palestine.
In 2014, using the tragic death of American journalist James Foley as an opportunity to defend his atrocities in the Gaza Strip, he said, “Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas. They’re the enemies of peace. They’re the enemies of all civilized countries.”
Similarly he made the most of the disappearance of the three Israeli teenagers who went missing and were later found dead, by not only blaming Palestine but also carrying out mass arrests, night-time raids and bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip, leading to Israel's largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade.
Although there wasn’t — and still isn’t — any concrete evidence linking the notorious Islamist group Hamas to the suspected abduction.