After being released, Mohammed Nazzal is seen embracing relatives with both of his arms in tact and perfectly normal.
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Recently, a picture has gone viral on pro-Israel social media accounts, claiming to depict Mohammed Nazzal, a Palestinian child released in a prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel during the recent humanitarian truce. The picture shows him with an injured hand, wearing a cast. Simultaneously, another video has been shared, allegedly showing Nazzal embracing his relatives with a seemingly uninjured hand, implying that his reported injury was falsely claimed.
Misbar investigated the claim and found it to be misleading. Contrary to initial impressions, the person featured in the video is not the child Mohammed Nazzal but rather another prisoner who was released as part of the recent exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.
The Freed Child Prisoner Mohammad Shatara
The aforementioned video, was posted on November 29, features the released prisoner Mohammed Shatara reuniting with his family at a hospital in the town of Al-Issawiya in occupied Jerusalem after his release.
Mohammed Shatara went to the hospital for necessary medical examinations. In an interview with the Wadi Hilweh Information Center (Silwanic), he revealed suffering from skin rashes and inflammation in his fingers due to physical abuse during his detention. His family mentioned that he was not allowed to return to his home in Al-Issawiya immediately upon after release due to clashes erupting in the town.
In the video, Shatara appeared wearing the same outfit he had upon release, identical to the attire worn by Mohammad Nazzal.
Misbar Debunks Israeli Claims Regarding Mohammed Nazzal’s Alleged Injury
Following his release, Mohammed Nazzal recounted harrowing details of physical abuse endured in Israeli prisons during subsequent televised interviews, supported by visible fractures and contusions. His story quickly went viral on social media.
In response, Israeli accounts launched a campaign against Nazzal, sharing a video of him boarding a Red Cross bus after his release, claiming it contradicted his previous statements as his hands appeared uninjured.
Misbar investigated these allegations and found them to be misleading. Referring back to Nazzal's interview with Al Jazeera upon arriving in Ramallah, he affirmed that the Red Cross had provided medical treatment for him on the bus transporting them from the prison, and “his fingers were indeed broken, and he was unable to move them properly."