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Shahaf then discovered from al-Shifa’s records that a dead boy named Rami Jamal al-Dura had been brought into the hospital the day before. According to Palestinian TV and the earliest accounts of the incident, the full name of the boy who was killed at Netzarim was -Mohammed Rami Jamal al-Dura.

Shahaf concludes: “It was just lie after lie after lie.” He also found several short films shot in the Netzarim area on and around the day of the incident. “They used directors, cameramen and volunteer actors,” he said. “You can see them shooting little horror scenes. Often the director scolds the volunteers for their bad acting. The wounded get up and go back for another take; Palestinian bystanders laugh and applaud.”

The implications of this scandal are enormous, going far beyond a disgraced journalist and his TV station. For France itself, it raises a century-old spectre. In 1894, a Jewish French army captain, Alfred Dreyfus, was convicted for treason on fabricated evidence that he was a spy, in an atmosphere of institutionalised state antisemitism. The al-Dura libel is being seen in some quarters as a second Dreyfus affair — but with Israel playing the role of the defamed army captain.

This perception of France’s revived shame was given fuel by the -extraordinary behaviour of the lower court, which found Karsenty guilty of libel. For most of that trial, it had looked as if France 2 would lose, not least because it had failed to answer any of Karsenty’s allegations. But at the last minute, Enderlin’s team produced a letter to Enderlin from the then French President, Jacques Chirac, extolling him as a brilliant and authoritative journalist. As a result, the three judges promptly found for France 2. This disgraceful piece of political nobbling and judicial grovelling has now been reversed by the higher court. But few in France would realise this — what scant coverage there has been of this judgment managed to suggest that the integrity of the al-Dura footage remained intact.

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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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