Israel Releases Photos of Hospitalized Palestinian Boy Abbas Claimed Was Executed

13-year-old Ahmed Mansara was injured after taking part in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem. Hadassah hospital: his condition is improving.

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13-year-old Ahmed Manasra, suspected of taking part in a stabbing attack, in Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, October 15, 2015.
13-year-old Ahmed Manasra, suspected of taking part in a stabbing attack, in Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, October 15, 2015.

The medical condition of Ahmed Mansara, a 13-year-old boy who took part in stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Monday, has improved and considered light-to-moderate, Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem said on Thursday.

On Wednesday evening Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of "executing" Ahmed, even though he was still alive.

The Prime Minister's Office on Thursday released photos of Mansara in the hospital to the local and international media. A senior Israeli official said the move was meant to refute Abbas' claim that Mansara was executed by Israeli soldiers.

In response to the publication of Mansara's picture, the Israeli Physicians for Human Rights organization released a statement saying that the group takes a grave view of the release of the photo, calling it a violation of juvenile law, privacy laws and medical ethics.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister's Office released a video of the attack in Pisgat Ze'ev with captions in Arabic. The clip was distributed to Arab media outlets and was posted in Arabic on official social media accounts. Mansara's photos were also sent to Arab media.

Ahmed and his relative, 17-year-old Mohammed Mansara, carried out a stabbing attack in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev on Monday. The attack left two Israelis wounded: A 13-year-old boy, who was riding his bicycle was critically wounded, and a young man in his 20s, who also suffered severe wounds.

Ahmed Mansra was seriously injured after he was hit by a car when passersby began chasing the two Palestinians. The other assailant continued to flee until he ran into a contingent of Border Police, who ordered him to drop his knife. When he refused to do so and instead continued running toward them, they shot him to death.

Abbas' bureau and the PLO's negotiating department, which is also responsible for international advocacy activities on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, circulated on Thursday a "reinvented" version in English of Abbas' speech from Wednesday night. In the English version, they changed the words "execution" of 13-year-old Ahmed Mansara to "shooting in cold blood." 

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