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On September 30 2000, two days after Ariel Sharon, then the leader of Israel's opposition Likud Party, went for a walk on Temple Mount, Palestinians mounted a demonstration at Gaza's Netzarim Junction. A 55-second piece of video footage of that demonstration, transmitted that day by the French TV station France 2, was to cause unprecedented violence in the Middle East and throughout the world.

The footage, with a voice-over by France 2's Jerusalem correspondent, Charles Enderlin, showed what was said to be the killing of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura by Israeli marksmen. Viewers saw the child crouching in terror behind his father, Jamal, as they sheltered next to a barrel under what Enderlin said was Israeli gunfire, and then slumping to the ground as Enderlin pronounced that he was dead.

That image of the boy screaming in terror before being killed was uniquely incendiary. It portrayed the Israelis as diabolically gunning down a child in cold blood, even as he cowered for his life. It ignited the Arab and Muslim world with apparent proof that the Israelis were deliberately killing their children, inciting a murderous frenzy.

Al-Dura became a poster boy for the Palestinian and Islamist war against Israel and the West. The day after the France 2 broadcast, the second intifada erupted in its full fury; according to the 2001 Mitchell report, the two events were directly connected. Twelve days later, a mob of Palestinians shouting, “Revenge for the blood of Mohammed al-Dura” lynched two Israeli army reservists and dragged their mutilated bodies through the streets of Ramallah.

When al-Qaeda decapitated the journalist Daniel Pearl, the video of this atrocity was punctuated with references to al-Dura. After -September 11 2001, Osama bin Laden said: “Bush must not forget the -image of Mohammed al-Dura.” Several Arab countries issued postage stamps with his picture. On Palestinian Authority TV and in its school books, al-Dura’s example is used to encourage other children to emulate his spirit of “sacrifice”.

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Mladen Andrijasevic
June 28th, 2008
8:06 AM
The Israelis definitely have a blind spot for public relations. If the Mossad managed to obtain Khrushchev’s Secret Speech at the 20th Party Congress of the CPSU (1956) , kidnap Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann (1960), and organize the defection (and the rescue of his family) of the Iraqi pilot who flew his MiG 21 to Israel (1966), surely the Shin Bet could get hold of Al Dura and through DNA testing prove that the whole affair was staged once and for all. This would be as effective as the IAF obtaining the new F22s.

Some American
June 28th, 2008
2:06 AM
Gideon Levy's article posted by Stefan Denis says it all. Thank you! Indeed! I highly recommend the Levy article to left-wing anti-semites who cannot accept that any one of there cherished beliefs might be defective. Maintain the purity of the discourse!!

Christopher Nicholson
June 27th, 2008
10:06 PM
If I were Melanie Phillips I would sue Simon Evans for libel.

marceau
June 27th, 2008
9:06 PM
shame on the Israeli Government for not providing support for Karsenty. one wonders if Chirac had not left office that the verdict might not have been reversed. The evidence is very conclusive in that the Al durah incident was just one of many staged fake incidents carried out on that day for the benefit of the western press eager for plausible evidence of israeli attrocities. Shame on all those agencies.

Anonymous
June 27th, 2008
8:06 PM
How am I unsurprised in the deception of the Palestinians. They have been playing to the camera for many, many years.

Bring Back Freedom!
June 27th, 2008
8:06 PM
There was a picture of a bullet ridden wall in Lebanon, which was called 'Evidence of Israel using cluster bombs'... To everyone who knows a rifle bullet from a cannon shell, it was obvious that the wall was sprayed with machine gun fire, but have anyone in the media investigated? Nope!

Susan
June 27th, 2008
5:06 PM
Melanie, You are a treasure-bless you. I'm organizing a letter writing blitz to my local paper on this. Thank you. Susan in Texas

Anonymous
June 27th, 2008
5:06 PM
My favorite protest organization here in the states is "Gays for Palestine". The irony being what happens to gays in actual "Palestine".

Stephen Gash - SIOE England
June 27th, 2008
3:06 PM
It's called taqiyya. Lying in the cause of Islam

Anonymous
June 27th, 2008
3:06 PM
Another worthwhile article regarding Mohammed al-Dura http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2008/06/25/just-dont-touch-their-symbol-...

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