A while ago I came across this post, that featured a few pictures of a boy who’s arm is crushed by a car as punishment for stealing, a punishment under sharia law in Iran, or at least: that was the claim. The pictures are prefaced by some comments in both English and Hebrew. From what I can understand of unvocalised modern Hebrew, the texts are more or less similar. Now, whenever negative comments on Islam are accompanied by anything that might come from Israel, I get suspicious, just like anything about Israel or Jews from the Arabic world arouses my suspicion.
Crushing a child’s arm is a weird way of applying sharia law, however barbaric the version you might want to adhere to. Then I thought: can you actually break an arm by running a car over it? The blanket under the arm seems to be an effective way to counter any damage. I’ve had a car drive over my foot without mishaps. Finally it occurred to me that the numbers on the numberplate, which read ‘2662’ are Arabic numbers. An Arabic ‘6’ looks like this: ٦ while a Persian ‘6’ looks slightly different: ۶. Iranian number-plates use Persian numbers -as I have seen myself over there- so this could not be Iran.
So I posted a comment and a while later the poster found a very amusing site that specialises in checking urban myths. According to this information, it’s a circus act performed by poor people on the streets.
Why do people do this? If you want to make critical or negative comments about Islam, Muslims or sharia law, there are plenty of perfectly accurate comments you can make. Nobody needs fiction!