Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets. Psalm 55:11
Muhammad al-Dura mural 390. (photo credit:REUTERS)
This image of Mohammed cowering behind his father has been used around the world. It has portrayed Israel as heartless killers of Palestinian children, causing the western world to turn against Israel and the Muslim world to rise to avenge the blood of this young martyr.
However, although Israel’s culpability has been assumed it has never been proved. The IDF was (too) quick to apologize for the fatality. The Palestinian Authority refused to allow an autopsy to be carried out and refused to co-operate in any investigation. So what really happened?
Nahum Shahaf, a physicist working in the optical intelligence department of the IDF collected and analysed all the available material that was shot on that day and cross checked events shot by different cameramen, from different angles. This was cross-checked against the testimonies of cameramen and other witnesses. Shahaf’s testimony was strong enough to enable charges to be pressed in the French courts against France 2 TV station for their use of the story in their report, "The Death of Little Mohammed."
There were around twenty cameramen present at the event, but the story of Mohammed’s death hinged on the testimony of just one, Abu Rahma. He later denied claiming that the IDF killed the boy and gave conflicting accounts of the alleged shooting of the ambulance driver who came to attend the boy.
The collected raw footage verified the testimony of the IDF soldiers that the IDF position was surrounded and fired upon from three sides at various times during the day. It contained no evidence to confirm Mohammed’s father’s claim that he was shot in the back by the IDF.
The unedited footage shows "victims" of IDF shooting in close proximity to crowds of onlookers and passers by who show no fear, going about talking and smiling. One victim is seen with blood running from a head wound, something which would have not been physically possible after suffering a bullet wound to the head, and he is running towards the junction – not towards cover. UN and Red Crescent ambulances arrive to assist him and he runs backwards, raising his hand as if under fire. However none of the people near him flinch or take cover.
In the area that is supposed to be under heavy IDF fire there is an audience of close to two hundred men, teenagers and children, in three rows, with the front row sitting on the kerb. Meanwhile, teenagers ride past on bicycles. In another section of footage, people can be seen acting out taking cover, while behind them there are men and children walking around and smiling, along with a Palestinian cameraman. In other shots there are rock throwing teenagers and armed terrorists, some uniformed, all aiming at nothing in particular, as there is no IDF presence.
The collected footage suggests a staged event, from which material was selected and edited to tell a story of IDF brutality. The world media was supplied with material which had already been edited to the point where it was only necessary for the networks to add a condemnatory voiceover in their language before broadcasting it. German ARD TV network held an inquiry into the screening of this story and concluded that Mohammed Al Dura was not killed by the IDF. They concluded that the Palestinian and foreign journalists and UN personnel cooperated in staging an event to produce a story of the death of a Palestinian child. This material was obtained from a report by Amnon Lord, published by the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs
Another investigation was carried out, which included building a replica of the location on an IDF firing range and shooting at the location of the fatality from the relevant angles with various weapons.
The implications of this investigation are even more chilling!
The line from the IDF position to the place where Mohammed Al Dura died was at an angle of thirty degrees to the wall.
This means two things.
1 Mohammed and his father would both have been protected from IDF bullets by the concrete filled barrel.
2 Shots from the IDF position would have produced glancing holes in the wall; not the clean round holes that were found.
It is known that the bullet which killed Mohammed passed straight through his body and into the wall. The line of this shot must have come from across the road, in the trees, nearly at right angles to the wall. The video footage showing the moment Mohammed was shot goes fuzzy, as if the cameraman was startled, and the sound of an automatic weapon close to the camera can be heard. This confirms that the gunman was firing from close behind the cameraman. Since the IDF forces were all pinned down in their stronghold, the killer must have been a Palestinian. The killing must have been the cold blooded creation of a "martyr" for world media consumption !
This information was gleaned from part of the World Net Daily facility, at www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=18774
The story of Mohammed's death served to inflame passions against Israel around the world and to give momentum to the Palestinian Intifada, which had started that month. The key image has since been recycled in various media, including TV advertising exhorting Palestinian children to seek martyrdom.
Those concerned about the appalling way in which the world's media have handled the conflict in Israel and desperate to see an authoritative challenge will be glad to see the Second Draft site. The site is produced by communication professionals and gives analysis of the issues and a glossary of terms. This will help you to understand the issues behind the media war against Israel.
The Analysis of the propagation of the story about the death of Mohammed al Dura on this site is particularly important, since this incident has been the cause of a major escalation of world hatred of Israel. This site presents all the video evidence so that you will be able to prove to your satisfaction that the coverage was a cynical media fabrication. The evidence suggests that the 59 second piece showing the "death" of Mohammed was actually the result of 5 takes. www.seconddraft.org/selections.php?theme=5takes The site carries articles to help you understand the dynamics of media coverage. www.seconddraft.org
Footnote March 2012 - Caroline Glick reports....
The France 2 story was exposed as a fraud by an appellate court in Paris in 2008. The appellate court overturned a lower court’s libel ruling against Internet activist Philippe Karsenty who wrote on his personal website that the al-Dura story was a hoax.
The appellate court viewed France 2’s unedited footage from the scene. That footage showed al-Dura moving after the France 2 cameraman had declared him dead. The footage led the court to overturn the decision of the lower court that had found Karsenty guilty of libel.
Apparently the same French establishment that now declares solidarity with France’s Jews is unwilling to part with the al-Dura hoax that incited the spilling of so much Jewish blood in the past decade. Last month, France’s Supreme Court overturned the appellate court’s ruling and ordered it to retry the case.
As far as the Supreme Court of France is concerned, the appellate court had no right to ask France 2 to provide evidence that its story was true. According to the court, the unedited footage which proved the story was a blood libel should never have been admitted as evidence. The truth should never have been permitted to come to light.
20 May 2013
by Simon Plosker
It’s been thirteen years since the Mohammed Al-Dura incident took place at Netzarim Junction in the Gaza Strip. Thirteen years since the image of a Palestinian boy, allegedly killed as a result of IDF gunfire, inflamed the Arab and Muslim world, egged on by a media only too willing to accept Palestinian claims. Thirteen years of investigating and campaigning for the truth of what really happened on that day.
Finally, the Israeli government has released the findings of its official investigation. The committee determined that:
[For a recap on the Al-Dura story, view H.R.'s video above] - - Report continues
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