Muhammad was released later Monday afternoon.
The mystery as to why Israel would inflict such an obvious blow to its own image, by arresting a boy with severe head trauma, was resolved late Monday night in a Facebook post from Major General Yoav Mordechai, the senior Israeli official who oversees the military rule of Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank. Maj.
They explained that after considerable pressure from police, the 15-year-old told interrogators that he had fallen off of his bike because he thought standing by his original story would get him into further trouble.
"The culture of lies continues among young and old in the Tamimi family", Mordechai wrote in both Hebrew and Arabic posts, claiming the family were con artists. Images of the bullet, in a CAT scan of Mohammed's brain before surgery, and after it was removed, were published by Israeli journalists.
He had been hit a day before the row between Ahed and the soldiers, which seems to have resulted in her emotional outburst against the soldiers. What began as a far-fetched claim we are not a real family has descended into an attempt to deny documented reality. He was released upon interrogation by the police, the military confirmed. "I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did", Tamimi testified.
Over the course of the two months since Muhammad's injury and Ahed's detention, the extended Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh and its twin village Deir Nitham have seen over a dozen of their relatives arrested, at least three put on trial in military court, and one - 16-year-old Musaab Tamimi of Deir Nitham - shot and killed by Israeli forces.More news: Mark Cuban fined for 'tanking' comments
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Mohammed was shot in the face by a rubber bullet in December and is awaiting surgery to restore a part of his skull. Several members of the family have been detained and killed over the years.
According to Haggai Matar, an Israeli journalist who reports for the Tel Aviv digital magazine +972, the liquid known locally as "the skunk" is very hard to wash off and can leave a repulsive scent on objects for months.
Mohammed was among ten Palestinians, including five minors, arrested in the early morning raid.
It was then that Ahed was filmed kicking and slapping an armed Israeli soldier who had encroached on her family's property - an incident she would be detained for days later, along with her mother and cousin.
Residents of the Nabi Saleh believe that the latest arrests are revenge against the Tamimi family for their activism and the wider village.