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FTR #719 Interview with Philippe Karsenty about the Mohammed al-Dura Incident

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Intro­duc­tion: As the 10th anniver­sary of the alleged death of Mohammed al-Dura [3] approach­es, this broad­cast details a sem­i­nal media hoax [4] 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 [5].

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 [6] 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 [7] are accept­ed by glob­al media out­lets as fact, stir­ring out­rage against Israel and Jews, in gen­er­al. The pro­fes­sion­al sources [8] 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 [9] 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.