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Denis Jeambar, the director of L’Express, and TV producer Daniel Leconte saw the untransmitted rushes and subsequently wrote in Le Figaro: “In the minutes that precede the gunfire, the Palestinians seem to have organised a staged scene. They ‘play’ at war with the -Israelis and simulate, in most of the cases, imaginary injuries.” At the moment when Enderlin declared the boy to be dead: “Nothing permitted him to affirm that he was really dead and even less that he was killed by Israeli soldiers.”

The implications for France 2 are shattering. The state-funded TV station is now appealing to the highest court in France. Enderlin has blustered that Karsenty is backed by US and French “right-wing”, pro-Israel organisations. This is the desperate flailing of a journalist whose reputation now lies in shreds. For he never imagined that his attempt to silence Karsenty would lead the court to order France 2 to produce the evidence it had hitherto refused to make public — the untransmitted 27 minutes of footage that Abu Rahma claimed he had filmed.

I was in the Paris court on the day France 2 reluctantly complied and I saw the footage (minus a few minutes that Enderlin had excised and which are said to be even more explosive). This showed clearly that the whole thing was a set-up from start to finish.

The cameraman said the Israelis had fired continuously for 45 minutes. Yet the footage did not show people falling under fire. It showed instead Palestinians demonstrating, throwing rocks and so forth, in a positively carnival atmosphere. Youths strutted about, giving declamatory interviews and grinning at the camera; boys rode by on bicycles. And no one showed any sign of injury. There were no wounds; there was no blood. From time to time, demonstrators were pushed on to stretchers and into ambulances — but with no evidence of any disturbance to their anatomy.

Enderlin said he had cut out the scenes of al-Dura’s actual death agony because “it was unbearable”. But when the footage was shown, it became clear no such scenes existed. There was no agony and no death. Al-Dura and his father showed no sign of any wound or injury throughout. Supposedly riddled with bullets, their bodies remained totally unmarked. There was no blood anywhere. A red stain on the child turned out to be a piece of red cloth, which suddenly materialised.

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Mladen Andrijasevic
June 28th, 2008
9:06 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
3:06 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
11:06 PM
If I were Melanie Phillips I would sue Simon Evans for libel.

marceau
June 27th, 2008
10:06 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
9:06 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
9:06 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
6:06 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
6:06 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
4:06 PM
It's called taqiyya. Lying in the cause of Islam

Anonymous
June 27th, 2008
4:06 PM
Another worthwhile article regarding Mohammed al-Dura http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2008/06/25/just-dont-touch-their-symbol-...

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