Thomas Wictor

The bomb in the trash bin

The bomb in the trash bin

After almost a year of studying the photo and videos of the Hamas deception that I call Operation Four Little Martyrs, I was finally able to locate where the bodies of Mohammed Bakr, Ahed Bakr, and Zakaria Bakr were hidden on the beach. To recap, my theory is that Hamas murdered those three boys and Ismail Bakr on July 15, 2014, and concealed them on the beach. I could never figure out where the bodies were placed. Well, it came to me a few days ago: They were in a steel trash bin behind the Avenue Restaurant and Coffee Shop.


The boys were placed on top of an improvised explosive device (IED) that would hurl them out of the trash container onto the beach a few seconds after the IDF fired an air-to-surface missile at the steel shipping container in the Hamas naval compound.


Remember that the reporters arrived on the beach about two minutes after the missile strike. Hamas’s plan was that there would be four bodies for the press to find. However, the IED in the trash bin failed to detonate. Since there was no way to stop the thundering herd of journalists, Hamas had to improvise. First the commander in the purple shirt (green arrow) showed the ambulance where to park.


The paramedics ran to the shipping container.


They collected the body of Ismail Bakr from the naval compound and carried him back to the ambulance, followed by every single journalist on the beach.


After Ismail Bakr was put in the ambulance and driven away, all the journalists went back to their hotels.



Now Hamas sent a bomb expert to the trash bin to see what he could do. He tried to disarm the IED; there’s no question. Regardless of what the plan was, they had to render this extremely unstable IED harmless first.

The Hamas bomb expert and his assistant were in the trash bin when the IED exploded.


The rushes I bought show the dead bomb expert wearing a Kevlar helmet and an armored vest that has a radio on the back. The legs are bare, indicating that the man’s pants were blown off. So were his arms and his head.

Since the bomb expert wore an armored vest, he protected his assistant from the brunt of the blast. The assistant had to have been in the bin too. He was hit in the back with ball bearings; they severed his spine, rendering him paralyzed from the waist down. He crawled to a nearby tent until he was rescued.


The three big questions were where were the boys’ bodies; where was the IED; and why were Ahed and Zakaria so horribly mutilated, while Mohammed had only four round holes in his chest from shrapnel?

I’ve often felt over the past year that I was destined to solve this crime. Not because I’m special, but because I experienced many horrific things as a child. They ruined me. I was unable to live a normal life in any way whatsoever, and I have to take psychotropic medication in order to function. I knew the second I heard this story that it was fake. There was never any doubt. Although I couldn’t bring back Ismail, Mohammed, Ahed, and Zakaria Bakr, I could expose the truth about what happened to them. Doing so helped me recover memories that explain why I failed to launch.

Another odd twist: My knowledge of World War I weaponry allowed me to determine where the boys’ bodies were hidden and what sort of IED was used.

One the most creative and eccentric men in the British army during World War I was Royal Engineer Lieutenant William Howard Livens. I was lucky enough to find a postcard of him on active duty, wearing an enlisted man’s uniform with no rank markings.


Livens led from the front, so he had to disguise himself as a private to keep from being targeted by snipers.

Inventor of several nightmarishly dangerous flamethrowers, Livens also created the Livens projector, a steel tube that fired drums of poison gas or flammable oil.


It was buried in the ground at an angle of forty-five degrees, and the drum was expelled by an electrically detonated explosive charge.


The Hamas IED in the trash bin would’ve been identical to a Livens projector. It would’ve had a base plate, and it would’ve been angled so that the boys’ bodies would fly out and land in the sand. The boys would’ve been laid on top of each other, covering the open end of the tube. This is why Ahed was the most mutilated, Zakaria was slightly less so, and Mohammed had only four shrapnel holes in him.

If this isn’t macabre enough for you, ponder another fact: The man who made the bomb would’ve had to practice with other children in order to get the size of the charge right. Where did he acquire children?

On July 12, 2014, the IDF bombed the house of Gaza police chief Tayseer Al-Batsh, 48.


As always, everybody lied about what happened. The Times of Israel didn’t bother to do any fact checking.

Palestinian sources put the number of dead at 21 on Sunday morning, although medics had earlier said that between 15 and 18 people were killed…

The strike against al-Batsh’s house came as a large group of Palestinians exited an adjacent mosque after prayers. Many of them were injured, according to Palestinian reports.

In all, some 35 people were wounded in the strike.

There’s a very gruesome video on YouTube of corpses being removed from the al-Batsh house. It’s the middle of Saturday night. Nobody was exiting a mosque, and there are no wounded people in sight. I counted the bodies of eleven military-aged males.

Here are the names that the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.

145. Nahed Naaem Subhi Albatesh, 41, male
146. Bahaa Majed Subhi Albatesh, 28, male
147. Samah Alaa Subhi Albatesh, 20, female
148. Aziza Yousef Ahmed Albatesh, 59, female
149. Mohamed Essam Subhi Albatesh, 17, male
150. Ahmed Neman Albatesh, 27, male
151. Yehya Alaa Subhi Albatesh, 18, male
152. Jalal Majed Subhi Albatesh, 26, male
153. Mhamoud Majed Subhi Albatesh, 22, male
154. Marwa Majed Subhi Albatesh, 25, female
155. Majed Subhi Ismaeel Albatesh, 48, male
156. Khalid Majed Subhi Albatesh, 20, male
157. Ibrahim Majed Subhi Albatesh, 18, male
158. Manar Majed Subhi Albatesh, 13, female
159. Amal Bahaa Majed Albatesh, 4, female
160. Anas Alaa Subhi Albatesh, 10, male
161. Qoussai Esam Subhi Albatesh, 13, male

Here are the names that the International Middle East Media Center reported.

Nahedh Naim al-Batsh, 41, Khan Younis
Baha Majed al-Batsh, 28, Khan Younis
Qusai Issam al-Batsh, 12, Khan Younis
Aziza Yousef al-Batsh, 59, Khan Younis
Ahmad Noman al-Batsh, 27, Khan Younis
Mohammad Issam al-Batsh, 17, Khan Younis
Yahia Ala Al-Batsh, 18, Khan Younis
Jalal Majed al-Batsh, 26, Khan Younis
Mahmoud Majed al-Batsh, 22, Khan Younis
Majed Sobhi al-Batsh, Khan Younis
Marwa Majed al-Batsh, 25, Khan Younis
Khaled Majed al-Batsh, 20, Khan Younis
Ibrahim Majed al-Batsh, 18, Khan Younis
Manar Majed al-Batsh, 13, Khan Younis
Amal Hussein al-Batsh, 49, Khan Younis
Anas Ala al-Batsh, 10, Khan Younis
Qusai Ala al-Batsh, 20, Khan Younis

And here are the names of the children that the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights reported.

Anas Alaa’ Al Batsh, 7, male
Manar Majid Al Batsh, 13, female
Marwa Majid Al Batsh, 7 female
Amal Bahaa’ Al Batsh, 1.5, female
Qusai Issam Al Batsh, 12, male
Mohammed Issam Al Batsh, 17, male

Anas al-Batsh went from ten to seven.

Marwa al-Batsh went from twenty-five to seven.

Amal al-Batsh went from four to forty-nine to eighteen months.

Qusai al-Batsh went from thirteen to twenty to twelve, and he was counted twice by the International Middle East Media Center.

Samah Alaa Subhi Albatesh is a twenty-year-old woman listed by the Ministry of Health but not the International Middle East Media Center.

We’ll never know who died in the al-Batsh house, but my guess is that it was mostly Hamas terrorists. Photos of the funeral show twelve bodies, not eighteen or twenty-one.


Hamas murders Palestinians and then puts them on casualty lists. For Operation Four Little Martyrs, the bomber figured out the charge he needed in the trash-bin explosive by using the bodies of dead children. Then he himself was blown to pieces by his own IED.

The ball bearings in the bomb would not have pierced the sides of the steel trash bin, because all the force was channeled upward. The death of the bomber made tensions run high; here’s New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks screaming.

Hicks screams, “Hamood! Get back! Hamood! Hamood! Get back!

He’s screaming at one man to get back, and he’s calling his driver Hamood Abu Kwaik (blue shirt) over to help him.


Now, if you’re on the beach after three small boys have been killed by a nation’s armed forces, do you scream like that at civilians trying to recover the victims’ bodies? Or do you scream like that at dangerous criminals who you know respect only superior force?

American photographer Heidi Levine got threatened by a Hamas killer after she didn’t get out of the way when he told her to.


She looks…afraid, doesn’t she? Cringing away from him.

Today an Israeli soldier asked me how the world rationalizes its behavior toward Israel. In my opinion, the world doesn’t even get that far. Nobody ever asks the world why it does what it does.

So I’ll ask.

Tyler Hicks, how could you take part in this obscenity? Don’t you have a soul anymore?

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