Monday, September 12, 2005

Of course, we will wait on the apologists for Palestinian murder and mayhem to try to wriggle out of this one!


DAVID GELERNTER
When pictures lie
A TV report that helped fuel the deadly Palestinian intifada appears to be false. So how is truth supposed to compete with a video fraud?

DAVID GELERNTER
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. That Poller's piece is conclusive is merely my own judgment, of course. But we are all required to make such judgments, in the light of such reports. There is a wider story here also. We are vulnerable to video lies. Against purposeful lies, truth has never been so helpless, so weakly defended.

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.

7 Comments:

Blogger Oscar said...

I see you try to gather pity for Israeli victims of terror without mentioning a basic statistic, found on the Umkahlil blog: 250 Palestinians were killed before the intifada started:
http://umkahlil.blogspot.com/2005/07/250-palestinians-killed-before-any.html

...and many more were killed during the intifada.

Either way, I believe Commentary has an obvious agenda, but "misunderstandings" can surely be cleared up if Israel followed international law and common decency.

7:23 PM, September 12, 2005  
Blogger Oscar said...

**sorry, before any suicide bombings occured (which is what you mention).

7:27 PM, September 12, 2005  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Yes, there were certainly many Palestinians killed. And there were suicide bombings before the second intifada.

But the post has nothing to do with pity, just the lies told by Palestinians to invoke a semse of righteousness.

But when you have to lie about it, then it doesn't work.

7:52 PM, September 12, 2005  
Blogger Oscar said...

And getting their land back isnt righteous? I think you may have some misperceptions.

12:40 PM, September 13, 2005  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Who is getting what land back? You can't claim it by sovereignty as there was none. You can't claim it as having lived there long as the refugee status only means you lived there for 2 years.

1:01 PM, September 13, 2005  
Blogger Oscar said...

Try CENTURIES.

2:02 PM, September 14, 2005  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

That is not the UN definition of a Palestinian refugee. 2 years residency is all that is required. The Palestinians refused to accept a longer time frame.

8:21 PM, September 14, 2005  

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