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Tuesday, September 13, 2005 

French video propaganda exposed as fake

David Gelertner at the Jewish World Review talks about a new Commentary article that exposes a French TV video that fabricated "Jewish attacks" on Arabs as fake and staged:

A 55-SECOND video report, produced in 2000 by a French TV station and distributed free of charge around the world, has caused untold injury and grief to Israeli civilians. This month, the French author Nidra Poller analyzes the evidence in Commentary magazine and shows that the video is a fraud — "an almost perfect media crime," the retired French journalist Luc Rosenzweig calls it.

(snip)

More than 500 Israeli civilians have been killed in the intifada, the Palestinian uprising that began five years ago. They were ordinary people chatting on a bus, eating ice cream in a restaurant; suddenly, a bright flash. The next moment the walls are spattered with blood and the bomb's hellish odor fills the air. Some people are blinded, others are cut to pieces. Parents living the worst seconds of their lives cast about wildly for their children in the screaming, smoky chaos.

What explains such bestial crimes? The reported death of a Palestinian child, Mohammed Dura, in Gaza did as much as anything else to ignite the current uprising. In the short video segment produced on Sept. 30, 2000, and distributed immediately, a state-owned French television station called France 2 accused the Israeli army of deliberately shooting and killing the 12-year-old.

You may remember the footage: A man and boy crouch in fear. Shots hit a wall far from the pair; a final round of gunfire kicks up a dust cloud that hides father and son, who are "targets of gunfire from Israeli positions," says the voice-over. When the dust clears, the boy is stretched at the man's feet. The voice says that he is dead.

This version of the story was retold around the world — and it has figured in countless wall posters, an Al Qaeda recruiting video, an epic poem. Last June an aspiring suicide bomber was arrested on her way to a hospital — to kill Israeli children, she said, in memory of Mohammed Dura.

But, according to the Commentary article, the video is a fraud. The footage itself is ambiguous, the alleged main event hidden by dust. The voice-over is what makes us understand what we are seeing. It comes from Charles Enderlin, a correspondent at France 2 (and a French Jew who became an Israeli citizen 20 years ago). Enderlin has never claimed to have been anywhere near the scene of the alleged shooting. His Palestinian cameraman told him the story.

Lots of supporting evidence was supposed to back up the cameraman's story — more footage of the supposed father and son pinned by Israeli fire, footage showing the child's death throes. France 2 has since admitted, according to Poller, that no such footage exists.

The voice-over reports that the child is dead, yet the rest of the segment — which wasn't aired but survives — shows the child propping himself on an elbow, shading his eyes with his hands. Poller saw the tape.

A boy named Mohammed Dura did die in a Gaza hospital that fateful Sept. 30. His face doesn't match the face in the video. Presented with these facts, France 2 officials said that "they would look into the matter."
If they're smart, they'll confess to their media crimes and apologize, and perhaps even make it clear to the Arab world that they're the ones at fault, NOT the Jewish community. France 2 should be boycotted for this atrocity that they committed, and for covering it up. In fact, as Betsy Newmark reveals, Andrea Levin spoke about this in the Jerusalem Post last February. Atlas Shrugs also spoke about it at the time too.

Big hat tip: Michelle Malkin.

Others on the subject include: WorldNetDaily, Strange Women Lying in Ponds, Polipundit, The American Thinker, NIF, Committees of Correspondance, Neo-Neocon.

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Thanks for the link did you like the video of the PLO funeral?

You need to watch it several times to catch all the nuances, like the man walking over to the stretcher and laying down before they covered him with a flag and its obvious from the crowds reaction that they did not realise the man was dead when got dumped off and jumped up. LOL

Yeah, that was certainly interesting news. Thanks for visiting.

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