Faking a Killing

Some of you will remember the controversy involved in the alleged killing of a young “Palestinian” boy by the Israeli’s. I stated then that the incident was highly questionable after reviewing the position of the Israeli’s and the location of Muhammad al-Dura and his father.
Strange things do happen in fire fights and this no doubt was a strange event to casual viewers. I am no firearms forensic expert, however, based upon the position of the IDF and the young boy, the rounds that allegedly killed him, if fired by Israeli soldiers, would have had to make a sharp 90 degree right hand turn in mid flight to strike him in the abdomen. Both he and his father were behind cover protecting them from Israeli bullets.The original video footage was also highly suspect and appeared a staged incident to me as were many other alleged incidents involving the “Palestinians” and Israel.

Oh but not to the “Jew haters”. To them this was just one more incident in the long list of alleged atrocities committed by Israel and a reason for more violence.

Read for yourself….

An updated timeline for review can be found here.

Mohammed al-Dura was not killed

Melanie Phillips explores a modern-day blood libel that has caused innumerable actual deaths. “Faking a Killing,” in Standpoint, July 2008

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”.

But we now know that this whole fiesta of violence and incitement was based on a lie. For whatever people think they saw in those 55 -seconds, it was not the death of that boy. He was not killed by Israeli bullets; he was not killed at all. At the end of France 2’s famous footage, he was still alive and unharmed. The whole thing was staged, a fantastic piece of play-acting, an elaborate fabrication designed to blacken Israel’s name, and incite the Arab and Muslim mobs to mass murder.

It was, in short, a modern-day blood libel, an updated version of the medieval calumny that the Jews target gentile children for murder — which itself caused the murder of thousands of Jews over the centuries.

How do we know the footage was a lie? Because many of us have seen the evidence for ourselves in a French courtroom. Ironically, this blood libel was only exposed to public view because France 2 and its correspondent Enderlin brought a libel suit against a French media watchdog, Philippe Karsenty, for saying that the “killing” was “pure fiction” and that al-Dura wasn’t dead at all.

To begin with, a Paris court ruled in favour of the TV station. But in May this year, the appeal court ruled that Karsenty had every right to say what he said in the light of the evidence. This included the “inexplicable incoherence” of footage, whose images did not correspond to Enderlin’s commentary; the “inexplicable inconsistencies and contradictions” in Enderlin’s explanation; and the lack of credibility of France 2’s Palestinian cameraman Talal Abu Rahma, upon whose -account of the events at Netzarim Enderlin — who was in Jerusalem at the time — had depended.

Read the entire story here.
More perspective on this issue here and here.

Supporting links:

Myth, Fact, and the al-Dura Affair

Pajama’s Media

Mohammad Al-Dura “murder” a HOAX! Karsenty wins case!

News Busters

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Are You Accessory to Genocide?

We are informed, by a special bulletin from Palestinian Media Watch, that the official PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida

prominently placed a picture of the killer on the front page, with the caption, “The Shahid Alaa Abu D’heim.” In a Page One article on the terror killings, his act is again defined as a “Shahada achieving” action.

The SandMaggot who murdered eight Yeshiva students and wounded elleven more received the highest honor from the official mouthpiece of the Fallestinian Authority. The mass murderer is a ‘holy martyr’. What more do we need to know?

The report quotes five Fallestian Authority ‘religious leaders’ extolling the virtues of Shahid. I will quote one of them here.

Sheikh Imad Hamato:

“When a man sees one of his brothers being killed for Allah, a person with no head, no legs, his body completely burned. Intestines outside, fingers are gone… The most difficult thing which we fear is what the Shahids [Islamic Martyrs] wish for most of all. They ask Allah: ‘Oh God, bring us back [to earth] to be killed by the Apache, so the planes will blow us up, that our heads will be cut off…’

We shouldn’t forget that Allah, praise him, in blessing the blood of the Shahid, He forgives him from the first gush of blood. And he sees his place in Paradise. He is shielded from the Great Shock and marries 72 Dark-Eyed Maidens (virgins).”

-PATV religious program, Nov. 3, 2006


The report reminds us of our own government’s subsidization of the ultimate genocidal evil.

Last week the US Administration sent a request to Congress to allocate $150 million to the Palestinian Authority.

How can a sentient and moral person know this without cursing? It is necessary to speak out, and disrespectfully demand the withholding of all aid, financial and material, to the Fallestinian Authority. I therefore now exhort you to sign the Defund HAMAS Petition, copy it, paste it into an email and send it to your entire downstream.

Go to http://www.congress.org, enter your zip code, click the Federal Officers link and send the petition’s url to President Bush, your Representative & Senators.

I will not willingly be accessory to murder & genocide. I will bitterly bitch, curse & protest. What will you do?
It is time to drop the pretense. HAMAS is Islam. Islam is genocidal war. There is no real difference between HAMAS and the Fallestinian Authority.

  • Burn the Goddamn Road Map.
  • Disband the Gang of Four.
  • Discountenance the Fallestinian Authority.
  • Give Israel the green light to expel all Muslims from its territory, purging & annexing Yesha in its entirety..

Ben 03/10/08

Are You Accessory to Genocide?

We are informed, by a special bulletin from Palestinian Media Watch, that the official PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida

prominently placed a picture of the killer on the front page, with the caption, “The Shahid Alaa Abu D’heim.” In a Page One article on the terror killings, his act is again defined as a “Shahada achieving” action.

The SandMaggot who murdered eight Yeshiva students and wounded elleven more received the highest honor from the official mouthpiece of the Fallestinian Authority. The mass murderer is a ‘holy martyr’. What more do we need to know?

The report quotes five Fallestian Authority ‘religious leaders’ extolling the virtues of Shahid. I will quote one of them here.

Sheikh Imad Hamato:

“When a man sees one of his brothers being killed for Allah, a person with no head, no legs, his body completely burned. Intestines outside, fingers are gone… The most difficult thing which we fear is what the Shahids [Islamic Martyrs] wish for most of all. They ask Allah: ‘Oh God, bring us back [to earth] to be killed by the Apache, so the planes will blow us up, that our heads will be cut off…’

We shouldn’t forget that Allah, praise him, in blessing the blood of the Shahid, He forgives him from the first gush of blood. And he sees his place in Paradise. He is shielded from the Great Shock and marries 72 Dark-Eyed Maidens (virgins).”

-PATV religious program, Nov. 3, 2006


The report reminds us of our own government’s subsidization of the ultimate genocidal evil.

Last week the US Administration sent a request to Congress to allocate $150 million to the Palestinian Authority.

How can a sentient and moral person know this without cursing? It is necessary to speak out, and disrespectfully demand the withholding of all aid, financial and material, to the Fallestinian Authority. I therefore now exhort you to sign the Defund HAMAS Petition, copy it, paste it into an email and send it to your entire downstream.

Go to http://www.congress.org, enter your zip code, click the Federal Officers link and send the petition’s url to President Bush, your Representative & Senators.

I will not willingly be accessory to murder & genocide. I will bitterly bitch, curse & protest. What will you do?
It is time to drop the pretense. HAMAS is Islam. Islam is genocidal war. There is no real difference between HAMAS and the Fallestinian Authority.

  • Burn the Goddamn Road Map.
  • Disband the Gang of Four.
  • Discountenance the Fallestinian Authority.
  • Give Israel the green light to expel all Muslims from its territory, purging & annexing Yesha in its entirety..

Ben 03/10/08