Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Blood Libel

The al Durah blood libel

14th November 2007

I am in Paris where I have attended the Court of Appeal special session called to witness the 27 minutes of hitherto unseen footage of the ‘killing’ of Mohammed al Durah which the court had required France 2 to produce. For readers who are unfamiliar with this scandal, I wrote about it here, here and here.

Suffice it to say here that the iconic image of the child Mohammed al Durah, pictured crouching with his father behind a barrel next to a concrete wall in an
apparently vain attempt to shelter from the gun-battle between Israel and the
Palestinians that was raging around them before he was allegedly shot dead by
the Israelis, served to incite terrorist violence and atrocities around the
world after it was transmitted by France 2 at the beginning of the second
intifada. Yet it is clear to anyone looking at this in detail that the whole
thing was staged, not least from the devastating evidence here which shows the boy
raising his arm and peeping through his fingers seconds after the France 2
correspondent Charles Enderlin said he had been shot dead. [link]

In a hurry so can't comment atm.

*update: This scene was partially (if not wholly) responsible for the 2nd infitada against Israel and is utterly fake. It behooves responsible news people everywhere to not only look at what they have, but to check and make sure they are actually reporting and not making it up (yes I'm looking at you Dan). No one knows if things would have been different without this heinous video from France2, but that doesn't stop one from wondering exactly how much bloodshed this newsman and his camera man have on their hands.

Will they pay for it? I seriously doubt it. In the minds of the public they may get raked over the coals for a few weeks or months, but it is very hard for me to believe that the government will pose any severe penalties on these monsters.

The Thunder Run has a nice roundup of news from the MSM, the front and bloggers: here

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