15 May 2008

Palestinian Miracle: Fatality "victim" of occupation resurrected

I have thoughtlessly copied the headline of this article by Ami Isseroff. The story is not that complicated, while still wondrous:

Muhammad al-Harrani, a father of six from Gaza diagnosed with cancer who reportedly died while waiting for a permit to enter Israel, miraculously "came back to life." This was not the result of a miracle, but rather, just part of the tactics used by al-Harrani's family in a bid to secure a permit for him.

On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, al-Harrani's story was published. His family reported to the "Physicians for Human Rights" organization that he died. "The sick man could not withstand the wait for the permit," claimed Ran Yaron, Director of the Occupied Territories Department who blamed the Shin Bet for adopting cruel policies against cancer patients.

However, the next day, the organization discovered that al-Harrani was still alive. Members of group estimated that his brother, who reported the death, "killed" him so he does not report to the questioning session.
I think that both Ami and Physicians for Human Rights underestimated the boundless cruelty of Shin Bet. The correct headline of the article should be (and I fully expect several media organs to pick it up):

Shin Bet forcibly revives its victim to continue the torture!

Mmm... now it's much better.