The curious case of Mohammed Al Durrah


By mattpryor
November 19, 2010
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We all remember the video footage of the killing of Mohammed Al-Durrah, a 12 year old Palestinian, supposedly at the hands of the IDF in September 2000. The video was shown all over the world and had a huge influence on public opinion towards Israel, and it is claimed led to the second Intifada in which scores of Israelis and Palestinians were killed in a horrendous wave of violence.

A French journalist, Philippe Karsenty, has been fighting a ten year legal battle to prove that the video in question was in fact a complete hoax, featuring (not very good) actors. He has been attacked by the world's press and sued by the French media.

Now, in a landmark case, the French Court of Appeal has upheld Philippe Karsety's assertion that the video was in fact a hoax.

PJTV has an interview with M. Karsenty, including the "extra" footage which was not shown, which supports his case. Definitely worth a watch (although registration may be required):

http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=174&load=4447

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mattpryor

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 13:04

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More on the Al-Durrah incident and its context here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_al-Durrah_incident


Jon_i_Cohen

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 13:10

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Ten years to expose this lie! Well done Philippe Karsenty.


Kahina

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 13:52

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Thanks Matt for posting this.


jose (not verified)

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 14:14

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In fact, Philippe exposed the hoax much earlier, as soon as 2004. Since then, he has worked full-time on this, attacked by the French governmental channel France2 and the French-Israeli reporter Charles Enderlin.
He was condemned for libel in 2006, a judgement later overturned by the French Court of Appeal in 2008, despite the journalists' caste support to Enderlin.

That was in 2008.

Since then, and even before, Philippe Karsenty has been exposing the hoax around the globe, including Israeli governments that have until now totally ignored the symbolic importance of this 'reality TV' modern "blood libel", while they have been outraged by the TV series in Turkey portraying Israeli soldiers as children-killers.

Now, thanks to the work of Philippe Karsenty, many countries are aware of the hoax and know there is an industry in the West Bank and Gaza which goal is to renew the antisemitic "blood-libel" with modern means. Of course the actors are not very good, moving when they should be 'dead', quietly smoking while supposed to be under heavy enemy fire, smiling in the middle of supposedly tragic scenes, showing no blood while supposedly being hit by many bullets (those explosive pseudo-blood bags are so expensive!), etc.
The hoax is so evident that any expert in any relevant field, ballistics, war medecine, would laugh at the movie. Despite that, the "death" of Mohamed Al Dura has been swallowed by the French media (because of the French journalist Enderlin), the Arab countries (because of their antisemitic hate) and many others worldwide (because of their anti-'zionism').


amber

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 15:06

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Now which members of the mainstream press will cover this? I bet none.

Charles Enderlin, the "journalist" who "reported" this lie in 2000, is Jewish. He wasn't even there at the time.

He is responsible for countless deaths. This footage was even cited by Daniel Pearl's murderers, before they brutally murdered him.

The old blood libel. Thanks for letting us know Matt.


telegramsam

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 15:13

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"Amber, given that Israel's southern command acknowledged that its soldiers killed al-Durah at the time, this whole debate is a bit moot."


jose (not verified)

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 15:13

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Charles Enderlin received the Legion d'Honneur from Sarkozy, the most prestigious decoration in France. He published a book that was advertised by all media, where he complains of the bad people of the rabid right-wing persecuting him.
This is of course ridiculous. Enderlin is still living in Israel and continues to make his poor job. Since then, he returned to anonymous status.

But lately, there has been some changes in the Israeli government's attitude towards Philippe Karsenty's lonely fight. The PM Office published a letter mentioning that the Al Dura could be a hoax, among many others !
Charles Enderlin's "nightmare" is not finished.


jose (not verified)

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 15:19

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And by the way, tsam, the Israeli military also acknowledge that they had hit the Jabalya school during the Cast Lead operation. You know why? Because John Ging implied that the victims were hit inside the school.
Since then, we know the truth: the school was not hit. The victims were all outside the school and John Ging is the biggest liar in history, especially when he pretends to be pro-Israel.

Similarly, the military denied being involved in the shooting (in the Hollywood sense!) in Netzarim.

Tsam's information stops where he wish them to stop, just like his alter-ego Avraham.
And don't believe that the Al Dura affair is closed: it is not and the French Court of Appeal proved it in 2008. Philippe Karsenty won. And he hasn't finished the job.


jose (not verified)

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 15:39

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HonestReporting coverage of the case:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3Z4_11wLjw

What happened ten seconds after Charles Enderlin proclaimed "the boy is dead":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75hiDGp89Xk

This part was never showed by the French France2 channel. They refused to show it in the first trial that led to the condemnation of Philippe Karsenty. France2 was forced to show it to the Court of Appeal judges and the judgement was reversed.

Truth prevailed!


Jon_i_Cohen

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 15:55

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Facts:-

October 1, 2000
Southern Command general Yom Tov Samia denies fault in the boy’s death, pending an investigation (Israel TV Channel 1).

October 23, 2000
Physicist Nahum Shahaf and engineer Yosef Doriel lead a re-enactment of the scene under the auspices of Yom Tov Samia. The analysis raises serious doubts about Israel’s culpability.


Robert Snodgrass

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 16:35

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Dear Sam

You can't argue with facts. A fact is a fact not an opinion. People who argue with facts are irrational, and irrationality is a trait often found in children.

If you can come on here and argue your argument with facts, even if they are against Israel, i'm sure that will engage people in an interesting debate that i'd look forward to seeing.

However, if you are unable to do this, then perhaps this blog topic isn't for you, but that's just my OPINION!

Kind Regards

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