Introduction: As the 10th anniversary of the alleged death of Mohammed al-Dura  approaches, this broadcast details a seminal media hoax  which has not only fueled global anti-Semitism, but contributed to jihadist propaganda that fueled the activities of Al Qaeda. This interview features investigator Phillippe Karsenty, president of French media watchdog organization Media-Ratings .
Allegedly killed by gunfire from Israeli soldiers, Mohammed al-Dura was a young Palestinian boy who, along with his father, was supposedly caught in a crossfire between Palestinian forces and the IDF. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence  that neither Muhammad nor his father were hit by Israeli fire at all. Moreover, this incident has served as something of an operational paradigm, in which obviously staged incidents  are accepted by global media outlets as fact, stirring outrage against Israel and Jews, in general. The professional sources  for many of the Israeli atrocity stories are, to say the least, suspect. Much of the so-called “expert” testimony to such atrocities comes from Marc Garlasco, forced to resign from Human Rights Watch because of his obsession with Nazi memorabilia. (He authored a coffee-table book on Third Reich anti-aircraft heraldry and decorations, pictured at right.)
Filmed and broadcast by France 2–the largest of that country’s public (government-owned) TV stations, the incident was an incendiary point for the second Intifada, precipitated the lynching of two Israeli soldiers at Ramallah on 10/12/2000 and was used by Al Qaeda to recruit prior to 9/11. Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s killers cited the al-Dura case when murdering the journalist.
After a German television station broadcast a documentary demonstrating that al-Dura could not have been killed by Israeli fire, Phillippe Karsenty began his political and legal odyssey to set the record straight.
Using the evidence uncovered by the German (and subsequent) investigations, Karsenty charged France 2 with broadcasting footage that they knew was fraudulent. In turn, Karsenty was charged with libel by France 2 journalist Charles Enderlin. After an initial victory by Enderlin, a French appellate court overturned the verdict and ruled in favor of Karsenty.
Among the points of information central to analysis of the case are: the fact that Enderlin was not present at Netzarim, Gaza, where the event took place; the angle from which bullets are striking  in the area are inconsistent with Israeli military positions [see photo above, left]; the fact that numerous Palestinians can be seen in outtake footage, casually conversing and smoking cigarettes in the middle of a supposed firefight; the fact that, despite allegedly being struck by three and ten bullets respectively, neither Muhammad nor his father evidence any bleeding at all, nor do they show any signs of being struck by gunfire [see photo at top right]; at one point, the allegedly mortally wounded Mohammed raises his head and looks at the camera, then lies back down and plays dead; the fact that Mohammed al-Dura’s [alleged] body was brought to the morgue before the incident actually took place!
In more detail, it should be noted that the fire was coming from roughly 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock relative to the Israelis. Al-Dura (father and son) were at roughly 10 o’clock relative to Israelis. A concrete barrel was due west to the al-Duras and a concrete wall was behind them.
The bullet holes in the wall behind the al-Duras show round holes which would be consistent to receiving fire from a shooter who was firing at a target at a direction of 12 o’clock. If the bullet holes were made by Israeli fire, you would expect to see more elliptical shaped holes, from firing on a 12 o’clock angle.
Program Highlights Include: The Israeli government’s unwillingness to support critics of the official version of the al-Dura incident; a letter from then French president Jacques Chirac supporting Enderlin and France 2; review and discussion of other faked incidents of supposed Israeli atrocities and war crimes; the French government’s awarding of the Legion d’Honneur to Enderlin (that decoration is the French government’s highest commendation); condemnation of Karsenty by prominent French media outlets and prominent intellectuals.