Hours after Mohammed's release, Mordechai posted on Facebook that the 15-year-old had admitted to interrogators that he had sustained his head injury from falling off of his bike and hitting his head on the handlebars.
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5:54 a.m. EST The headline and text of this post were updated to report the Israeli military's new claim that Mohammed Tamimi was not shot by one of its soldiers during a demonstration in December.
His family has refuted claims by Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai that the teenager said his head injuries had actually been caused in a bike accident.
The first page of the hospital records from Muhammad Tamimi's visit on December 15, 2017. "The Palestinian culture of falsehoods and incitement is relentless among the Tamimi family".
A 2015 investigation held by a Knesset subcommittee led by deputy minister Michael Oren (Kulanu) probed whether the Tamimi family was "real" or composed of hired actors. His teenage cousin, Ahed Tamimi, known for spreading anti-Israel propaganda through "Pallywood" clips, was arrested in December after being filmed assaulting an IDF officer; she now faces charges in a military court, where she claims she was reacting to the violence afflicted on Mohammed.
"We have become a symbol of nonviolent resistance, and they [Israel] don't want the voice of Palestine to be heard from anywhere or anyone", Bassem said, "who knows what they will do next".
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The "cynical exploitation" of this situation by a major-general in the IDF only shows how far the Israeli authorities are willing to go to harm the Tamimi family, she said. She had heard that Israeli soldiers shot her cousin just minutes before. His cousin, Ahed Tamimi, was arrested later for slapping an Israeli soldier shortly after Mohammed was shot. "I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did", Tamimi testified.
As the Israeli columnist Gideon Levy reported, the boy had spent three months in an Israeli military prison previous year, when he was 14, after being accused of throwing rocks at an Israeli army jeep that had broken down near the entrance to the village.
Muhammad's injury required doctors to put him in a coma and remove a portion of his skull.
An army spokeswoman told The Times of Israel that "the 15-year-old was checked by an IDF medic and was found fit for custody".
Muhammad was questioned by police and a civil administration officer and then released, the representative said.