In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a video was posted on Twitter on Monday of “rioters” being ferried to a West Bank protest in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.
Posted by the Israel Defense Forces, young men can be seen unloading from the back of a Red Crescent ambulance — the Red Cross uses the Red Crescent name in Muslim dominant countries.
“Earlier today, near Ramallah, a Red Crescent ambulance transported Palestinian rioters to a violent protest against IDF soldiers. This is an unacceptable and dangerous violation of the trust placed in medical organizations,” the IDF tweet said.
Earlier today, near Ramallah, a Red Crescent ambulance transported Palestinian rioters to a violent protest against IDF soldiers. This is an unacceptable and dangerous violation of the trust placed in medical organizations pic.twitter.com/IH8CBxwQuj
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) December 11, 2017
Protesters were “disguised as wounded civilians during a violent riot,” according to The Jerusalem Post.
The photo below captured rioters wearing similar flags around their shoulders as was seen from the protesters exiting the Red Crescent ambulance.
Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, sent a letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in the West Bank and Gaza condemning the incident, The Post Reported.
“A Red Cross ambulance was documented helping Palestinian rioters in Ramallah, under the guise of medical treatment … Sees this very seriously and demands that the case be investigated and updated on the findings,” he wrote.
“Either the Red Crescent is lying, or it has explanations to give. We are waiting for his response,” Mordechai added.
Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the act: “An outrageous misconduct by the Palestinian Red Crescent.”
An outrageous misconduct by the Palestinian Red Crescent. https://t.co/CVA2Be4t7c
— Israel Foreign Ministry (@IsraelMFA) December 11, 2017
Here’s a sampling of responses from social media users speaking out against what was accurately described as an “outrageous abuse” of the Red Crescent’s protected status as a humanitarian organization.
This is absolutely shocking. The Red Cross (@ICRC) should launch an immediate investigation and, if necessary, penalize the Palestine Red Crescent Society (@PalestineRCS) for this outrageous abuse of its protected status as a humanitarian organization. https://t.co/kJvpN2G6Q8
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) December 11, 2017
This is just the latest in a string of horrific abuses by the Palestine Red Crescent Society, whose ambulances have been used to transport explosive belts (https://t.co/NaWSKgwEMK) and suicide bombers (https://t.co/NdGij6HU6l). https://t.co/kJvpN2G6Q8
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) December 11, 2017
Next time you hear claims about ambulances being stopped in security checks, remember this one. They helped terrorists in the past, they do it now. https://t.co/YmloT2VAFb
— Tzippy Yarom-Diskind 💉 صِپورة (@zpyarom) December 11, 2017
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) December 11, 2017
In Gaze 2014 conflict Red Crescent ambulances were a cover for Hamas militants. What most anti-Zionists refuse to acknowledge is that paramedics and physicians are often combatants too. https://t.co/AU4B2DpZy5
— Fairbrit (@wealdengirl) December 12, 2017
To all who support righteous causes. https://t.co/a76X0nQpTM #Palestine is the only place on earth where, when you see an ambulance with emergency flashing lights, it is rushing to take people to a riot! Fake ambulances, Fake cause: conning human rights campaigners like you daily
— KendoDodd (@KendoDodd) December 12, 2017
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