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The Israeli Army Edited This Clip Of A Medic They Killed To Make Her Look Like She Was Acting As A Human Shield

"They edited video of Razan al-Najjar to justify her slaughter."

Last updated on June 10, 2018, at 7:33 a.m. ET

Posted on June 8, 2018, at 6:25 a.m. ET

The Israeli army released a video Thursday of a previously recorded interview with a medic they shot and killed last weekend.

Hamas' use of human shields must stop.

The video the Israel Defense Forces tweeted shows 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar claiming to be a "human shield" for an extreme Palestinian opposition movement against Israel.

Najjar was killed when she was shot in the chest in Gaza on June 1, as she tended the wounded on the front lines. After her death, thousands called her the #AngelOfMercy (#رزان_النجا).

The IDF has said she was not deliberately targeted.
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The IDF has said she was not deliberately targeted.

The IDF clip is headlined "Hamas' use of human shields must stop."

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In the short clip, Najjar appears to say she is a "human shield" for Hamas, a group opposed to Israel and designated as a terror organization by the US.

IDF

In the full clip, however, taken from an interview Najjar gave to Al Mayadeen TV, she stated, "I'm here as a rescuing human shield to protect and save the wounded at the front lines."

She goes on to state that no one forced her to become a medic. Her cousin Dalia al-Najjar told BuzzFeed News, "Being a nurse was her dream.""She challenged the whole community, society, of working as a female first responder," Dalia said. "She encouraged other female first responders to join and made it OK for the community to say that, yeah, female first responders can be on the field, they can help. She gained a lot of respect on the local level."
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She goes on to state that no one forced her to become a medic. Her cousin Dalia al-Najjar told BuzzFeed News, "Being a nurse was her dream."

"She challenged the whole community, society, of working as a female first responder," Dalia said. "She encouraged other female first responders to join and made it OK for the community to say that, yeah, female first responders can be on the field, they can help. She gained a lot of respect on the local level."

“Razan al-Najjar is not the angel of mercy Hamas propaganda is making her out to be,” IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee tweeted, sharing a slightly different edited clip.

#رزان_النجار لم تكن #ملاك_الرحمة كما تحاول دعاية #حماس تسويقها فاعترافها بأنها شكلت درعًا بشريًا للمشاغبين المحرضين يثبت كيف تستسغل حماس جميع فئات المجتمع الغزاوي لصالح أهدافها وأهداف #إيران. فهل المسعفون في العالم يلقون قنابل ويشاركون في أعمال شغب ويسمون أنفسهم دروعًا بشرية؟ https://t.co/kJ89kf9PN2

Ofir Gendelman, a spokesperson for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, also tweeted how Hamas used her as a "human shield."

This is #RazanNajjar, who came to the Gaza border last week to "serve as a medic" & unfortunately lost her life there. But, do medics participate in riots & say thay are human shields for terrorists? Hamas used her as a human shield for its terrorists who stormed our border. https://t.co/i1UT5XiGPv

Gendelman, responding to AFP, defended the use of the edited video, saying, "As (long as) she acts as a human shield, it means that she is not a medic."

Joe Dyke / AFP

The IDF's video was immediately criticized.

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An IDF spokesperson told BuzzFeed News: "This is a Palestinian video which was distributed throughout social media platforms with the purpose of displaying the activity of Razan Al-Najjar as a 'white angel'."

They continued: "In reality the video displays Hamas’ cynical use of civilians by placing them in dangerous areas and using them as human shields for terrorists who carry out acts of terror against Israeli civilians and security forces."

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