Israeli report on al-Dura case is vengeful and ‘surreal,’ says Haaretz — but ‘NYT’ treats it as gospel

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Al Dura family at his grave
From a Paldf.net: al-Dura family, including Jamal (l), at Mohammed al-Dura’s grave

Famously, 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura was killed in the second intifada, during a shootout in Gaza in September 2000; haunting footage of the boy’s cowering with his father, first broadcast on French public television, became a symbol of the brutality of the occupation. But this weekend the Israeli government produced a report asserting that the boy and his father may well have escaped the shootout unscathed.

The Guardian emphasizes the political stakes for Israel in making this assertion:

Yuval Steinitz, the minister of strategic affairs, who presented the report, described the affair as “a modern-day blood libel against the state of Israel … The France 2 report was utterly baseless.”

But the French reporter who first broadcast the footage on France2, says that Israel didn’t even interview the boy’s father, Jamal, and that witnesses to the killing are willing to undergo polygraph tests. Charles Enderlin:

Aucune autorité israélienne n’a contacté France 2, Jamal al Dura, Talal Abou Rahmeh le cameraman à des fins d’enquête ou d’autres protagonistes.

Barak Ravid in Haaretz says the report is “surreal” because it comes out 13 years after the event, then he goes on to describe it as vengeful and :

The report also appears to be a campaign of revenge launched by the State of Israel against a single French journalist, Charles Enderlin, who first reported Mohammed al-Dura’s death. Committee members tried to saddle Enderlin, an Israeli Jew who has been living here for over 30 years, with all of Israel’s problems and those of the Jewish people.

The committee went even further and hinted at Enderlin’s responsibility for the massacre of Jewish schoolchildren in Toulouse. “His report inspired many terrorists and contributed to the demonization of Israel and to the rise of anti-Semitism in Muslim and Western countries”, wrote committee members. “In some cases, the implications were deadly”.

The damage done by this report could be greater than any doubtful utility. Its publication, accompanied by an international public relations campaign only threatens to awaken sleeping dogs, for if the international press picks up on the report, it could lead to a renewed discussion on Palestinian children getting hurt during IDF operations.

 

Now let’s turn to the stenographic New York Times. Its account by Isabel Kershner treats the Israeli government report as absolutely credible–it hints that the shootout was staged and even says the boy in the footage “was identified as Muhammad al-Dura,” as if there’s even dispute over who he was:

[T]he facts behind the images have been disputed almost from the start, and on Sunday, the Israeli government asserted that there was no evidence for the original account of the event, which was that the boy was hit by Israeli bullets — and that it was even possible that neither the boy nor his father had been struck by any bullets at all….

The Israeli government review suggested, as other critics have, that the France 2 footage might have been staged. It noted anomalies like the apparent lack of blood in appropriate places at the scene, and said that raw footage from the seconds after the boy’s apparent death seem to show him raising his arm.

“Contrary to the report’s claim that the boy is killed, the committee’s review of the raw footage showed that in the final scenes, which were not broadcast by France 2, the boy is seen to be alive,” the review said.

It’s not until paragraph 8 that Kershner reports on disagreements with the Israeli report. She leaves till the last paragraph Enderlin’s assertion that the Israelis never interviewed Jamal al-Dura or other witnesses.

Here are a couple of English tweets from Enderlin raising questions about the Israeli government report:
 

The Israeli report: Jamal al dura was not injured.. Did the King of Jordan knew it when he visited him in hospital in Amman?

the Israeli report: jamal al dura was not injured so, the Jordanian surgeons who operated him 48h later are they liars?

A friend points out:

The New York Times has a reporter, Fares Akram, in Gaza City. Jamal al-Durah lives in Bureij refugee camp, 40 minutes from Gaza City. The Israeli report suggests Jamal was not even wounded in the shooting, much less his son injured or killed.
 

Couldn’t the NY Times have done the simple due diligence of interviewing him and asking if he says he was shot? Does anyone believe that after 13 years of this he would be hard to locate?

Ali Abunimah comments

NYT puts out any old conspiracy theory fed to it by Israel. Doesn’t speak to a single Palestinian of course

Unlike the Times, Harriet Sherwood in the Guardian gives  prominence to Enderlin’s rebuttal of the report, and explains why the case is so important for Israel:

 
the committee’s conclusions were rejected by France 2, the French public television channel that broadcast the report, its reporter Charles Enderlin, and the boy’s father, Jamal al-Dura. All said they were ready to co-operate with an independent international investigation into the incident, and Enderlin and Dura added they were willing to undergo polygraph tests….
According to the Israeli government press release that accompanied the report, “the narrative spawned by the France 2 report has served as an inspiration and justification for terrorism, antisemitism, and the delegitimisation of Israel”.
The committee, set up in 2012 by the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to examine the incident “in the light of the continued damage it has caused to Israel”, concluded that IDF gunfire was not responsible for the death of Muhammad and injuries to his father. Its 36-page report said France 2’s “central claims and accusations had no basis in the material which the station had in its possession at the time … There is no evidence that the IDF was in any way responsible for causing any of the alleged injuries to Jamal or the boy…”
After receiving the report, Netanyahu said the incident had “slandered Israel’s reputation” and was a “manifestation of the ongoing, mendacious campaign to delegitimise Israel”.
Yuval Steinitz, the minister of strategic affairs, who presented the report, described the affair as “a modern-day blood libel against the state of Israel … The France 2 report was utterly baseless.”
 
My media-savvy friend continues:
 
It would seem that to believe Israel’s version, you have to believe that in a chaotic situation an organized Palestinian conspiracy somehow may have staged this shooting and/or its aftermath (with active complicity from France2), putting the father and son up to it. In the best case Israel has claimed that Palestinians actually shot them– not entirely impossible in a chaotic situation– but in the worst case in this new report Israel asserts they may not even have been shot and raises doubts that the boy was ever really killed! Where does Israel claim the boy went? One has to have to have such a distorted view of Palestinians as fundamentally manipulative liars, willing to do absolutely anything in order to go along with the Israeli report’s suggestions.”
It is interesting that Times reporter Isabel Kershner’s husband, Hirsh Goodman, working for Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, 3 years ago called on Israel to mount a “public diplomacy” offensive to get out its side of such stories: “in the context of post-Goldstone realities and the concerted campaign to besmirch Israel and de-legitimize the country, it is probably as important, if not more so, than the conventional battles Israel faces.”

46 Responses

  1. eGuard
    May 20, 2013, 2:57 pm

    Yes. Mondoweiss is right.

  2. Annie Robbins
    May 20, 2013, 3:06 pm

    well, i can’t improve upon my tweet about this report earlier this morning, so i’ve dug it up: link to twitter.com

  3. gingershot
    May 20, 2013, 3:08 pm

    I wish Isabel Kershner could be humiliated professionally for this just as Israel is already being humiliated for this as just another example of it’s well-known and criminal institutionalized habit of lying.

    Like Bronner she has just fixed herself at her post – like sludge in a sewer pipe – and she might as well be an IDF reservist running an Israeli hasbara operation.

    Can’t wait to see Kershner’s ‘expose of Israel’ once this Israeli report has been utterly debunked internationally – or if there ever is DNA testing, etc. I’m sure she’ll be ‘shocked, shocked’ to discover there’s been gambling at Ricks in the article she writes but will never file for publication.

  4. just
    May 20, 2013, 3:24 pm

    “After receiving the report, Netanyahu said the incident had “slandered Israel’s reputation” and was a “manifestation of the ongoing, mendacious campaign to delegitimise Israel”.”

    Wrong again Mr. Netanyahu…. Israel is delegtimising itself.

    • seafoid
      May 20, 2013, 4:08 pm

      Israel is a joke. Like 36 pages of smoke and mirrors about a dead Palestinian are going to undo the daily barrage of self delegitimisation coming out of Judistan.
      Like there is a form of words that can wipe out the PR losses of Cast Lead.

  5. Donald
    May 20, 2013, 3:29 pm

    The biggest problem with the NYT rep0rt is not just the details of this particular shooting–it’s that Kershner tacitly adopts the Israeli government viewpoint of the importance of it. Suppose for the sake of argument that this boy was killed by Palestinian bullets–we already know there were hundreds of Palestinian children killed by the Israelis during the Second Intifada. There’s no doubt about this. For the Israeli government, the significance of this particular case is that it was caught on camera, so they think that if they can refute this story it is a huge propaganda victory. Maybe so, from the purely amoral perspective that propagandist hacks adopt, but it doesn’t change the overall record and so there’s no reason for the NYT to frame the story this way, unless they want to serve a propagandist role themselves.

    • David Samel
      May 20, 2013, 5:03 pm

      Amen, Donald. It’s another case of employing great resources to make an absurd PR point that even if believed, should be treated as insignificant.

      • Philip Weiss
        May 21, 2013, 9:19 am

        Yes I wish I’d understood that and included that insight. Thanks gents

      • Donald
        May 21, 2013, 10:00 am

        I remember thinking this ten years ago when I read the Fallows piece that Peter in SF links to below–there was all this attention given to one particular incident when the overall pattern was clear no matter what the truth was about this one incident. The most charitable thing you could say about journalists when they do this is that maybe it’s just typical journalistic superficiality and laziness. But I think it’s deeper–if they were talking about a particular atrocity in Syria no serious person would claim that if one were faked that all of them were faked. The same goes for the Holocaust–only Holocaust deniers think that if they can identify a few examples of false claims or stories it discredits the overall picture regarding the Holocaust. Anyone who argues this shallow way on any major human rights issue has a dishonest agenda.

  6. seafoid
    May 20, 2013, 3:42 pm

    Israel’s case is 100% horseshit. They do not have a leg to stand on. It’s embarrassing.
    Enderlin had to be humiliated for daring to diss Israel. End of.

    They are all over wikipedia

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    and youtube

    link to youtube.com…0.0.0.6520.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0…0.0…1ac..11.youtube.

    but there is no 25 year old in Burj camp

    I feel sorry for Jamal Al Dura. It must be very hard to have to prove yourself to a nation of WTFers. How do you take anything seriously when you have a son dead and the people who killed him say it never happened ?

    link to haaretz.com

    ” On Sunday, an Israeli panel said “there are many indications” that Mohammed al-Dura and his father Jamal were never hit by gunfire – neither Israeli nor Palestinian – in the shootout early in the second intifada. According to the report, complete footage shows that the boy was still alive when the shooting stopped.
    “I am prepared for an international investigation in which people from the outside investigate and see who is right – the government and the soldiers or the al-Dura family. Israel is afraid,” Jamal al-Dura told Army Radio on Monday.
    Later, speaking to Haaretz, al-Dura said he would “do anything to reveal the truth, including opening my son’s grave … and to examine the circumstances of his death.”
    According to al-Dura, “What saddens me is that I feel alone in the face of the Israeli propaganda machine, and no one is at my side – whether from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah or the Hamas government in Gaza.”
    Al-Dura told Army Radio that his son had died on the spot, from the soldiers’ gunfire. “He was killed next to me and was buried in the Bureij refugee camp,” he said.
    “They can lie as much as they want …. I saw it all with my own eyes and I know what happened there. Why did Israel use bulldozers to knock down all the walls at Netzarim Junction? So there wouldn’t be any evidence.”
    According to al-Dura, “When they killed Mohammed, Bill Clinton came out and condemned the incident and gave Israel a bad image, so Israel is lying. The bullets the Israelis fired are in the possession of the Palestinian Authority. How come on the first day of the intifada when they killed Mohammed and I was wounded Israel said it had killed Mohammed?”

    This classic Hebrew echo chamber.
    And it shows Zionism for what it is. They will hunt down anyone they fancy on the flimsiest of pretexts.

    I don’t know what Bibi thinks this is going to achieve.

  7. seafoid
    May 20, 2013, 3:46 pm

    link to haaretz.com

    “Al-Dura told Army Radio that his son had died on the spot, from the soldiers’ gunfire. “He was killed next to me and was buried in the Bureij refugee camp,” he said.
    “They can lie as much as they want …. I saw it all with my own eyes and I know what happened there. Why did Israel use bulldozers to knock down all the walls at Netzarim Junction? So there wouldn’t be any evidence.” ”

    But’s like climate change I guess. There are 2 versions of the story. In one the child died. In the other he didn’t and there is no conclusion.

    WTF Khaalis.

  8. pabelmont
    May 20, 2013, 4:05 pm

    [1] The committee went even further and hinted at Enderlin’s responsibility for the massacre of Jewish schoolchildren in Toulouse. “His report inspired many terrorists and contributed to the demonization of Israel and to the rise of anti-Semitism in Muslim and Western countries”, wrote committee members. “In some cases, the implications were deadly”. OK, I agree, it was the reporting of the shooting that did the damage (if any), not the shooting, and in any case, even if the report was true, the ill-effects due to the reporting show that it should not have been published in the first place.

    OK, let’s not print any more atrocity stories about anyone, beginning with the holocaust ™.

    [2] It took 13 years to get this straightened out? Why now? Are there other “investigations” by Israeli military slowly chugging their way along, so Israel can claim that all matters said to be under investigation are, in fact, and indeed, under — slow — investigation?

  9. DavidK
    May 20, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Next they’ll say Cast Lead was a hoax perpetrated by dastardly Hamas.

    • David Samel
      May 20, 2013, 5:58 pm

      David K, I was thinking the same thing – even thinking of writing a post about it

      • tree
        May 21, 2013, 2:49 am

        Be careful, David. You know how hard it is to carry off satire. ;-)

      • Donald
        May 21, 2013, 10:06 am

        “You know how hard it is to carry off satire. ;-)”

        Yeah, we’ve seen that here a few times, I think with David once and also with one or two others. The problem is that it really is hard to make a satirical argument defending Israel’s actions that is any dumber than some of the ones people actually do make. Someone is bound to think you mean it. In fact, if you do a really effective job you might find that your satire will be adopted by the hasbarists as one of their standard arguments.

        I’m only half-joking. On a related note, Norman Finkelstein compared Israel’s history with how the US treated the Native Americans. He was not being satirical, but making a serious comparison intended to be critical. Nowadays, starting with Benny Morris AFAIK, the hasbarist brigade uses the comparison to defend Israel.

      • David Samel
        May 21, 2013, 11:51 am

        thanks for the warning, tree and Donald. The problem is that it really is hard to make a satirical argument defending Israel’s actions that is any dumber than some of the ones people actually do make. A perfect way to describe the problem.

    • Erasmus
      May 21, 2013, 3:05 am

      LOL!! Grand. Thanks for this one.

  10. DICKERSON3870
    May 20, 2013, 5:48 pm

    ● RE: “One has to have to have such a distorted view of Palestinians as fundamentally manipulative liars, willing to do absolutely anything in order to go along with the Israeli report’s suggestions.” ~ Phil’s media-savvy friend

    ● MY COMMENT: And, psychological projection will do the trick! ! ! Fundamentally manipulative liars merely “project” their attribute (i.e., being manipulative liars) onto the Palestinians.

    ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Psychological projection]:

    [EXCERPTS] Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person unconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, such as to other people. . .
    . . . The theory was developed by Sigmund Freud – in his letters to Wilhelm Fliess, “‘Draft H’ deals with projection as a mechanism of defence” – and further refined by his daughter Anna Freud; for this reason, it is sometimes referred to as Freudian Projection.
    According to Sigmund Freud, projection is a psychological defense mechanism whereby one “projects” one’s own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings onto someone else. ‘Emotions or excitations which the ego tries to ward off are “split out” and then felt as being outside the ego…perceived in another person’.[4] It is a common process.[5] . . .
    . . . In one example of the process, a person might have thoughts of infidelity with respect to a spouse or other partner. Instead of dealing with these undesirable thoughts consciously, the subject unconsciously projects these feelings onto the other person, and begins to think that the other has thoughts of infidelity and that the other may be having an affair. In this way, the subject may obtain ‘acquittal by his conscience – if he projects his own impulses to faithlessness on to the partner to whom he owes faith’.[7] . . .
    . . . Projection can also be established as a means of obtaining or justifying certain actions that would normally be found atrocious or heinous. This often means projecting false accusations, information, etc., onto an individual for the sole purpose of maintaining a self-created illusion. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    ● ALSO SEE: “The Paranoid Style of Anti-Islamism”, By Jack Ross, Institute for Policy Studies, 8/02/11 [EXCERPT]

    . . . Nearly fifty years ago Richard Hofstadter published his classic “The Paranoid Style in American Politics”, which provides a wealth of insights for understanding anti-Islamism today. One of Hofstadter’s brilliant insights was what we might term his “projection principle”:
    “It is hard to resist the conclusion that this enemy is on many counts the projection of the self, both the ideal and the unacceptable aspects of the self are attributed to him. . . ”

    ARTICLE – link to rightweb.irc-online.org

    ● ALSO FROM WIKIPEDIA [Defence mechanisms]:

    Projection: Projection is a primitive form of paranoia. Projection also reduces anxiety by allowing the expression of the undesirable impulses or desires without becoming consciously aware of them; attributing one’s own unacknowledged unacceptable/unwanted thoughts and emotions to another; includes severe prejudice, severe jealousy, hypervigilance to external danger, and “injustice collecting”.

    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    • DICKERSON3870
      May 20, 2013, 5:57 pm

      P.S. RE: “Projection . . . includes severe prejudice, severe jealousy, hypervigilance to external danger, and “injustice collecting”. ~ from the above Wikipedia excerpt

      SEE: “Injustice Collecting”, By Nando Pelusi, Ph.D., psychologytoday.com, published on November 01, 2006
      You can’t let go of a grudge, says Nando Pelusi, Ph.D., because there are deep-seated emotional payoffs.

      [EXCERPTS] We have a complicated relationship with the grudges we hold. We get obsessed and aggravated by the many slights [not to mention far more grievous victimization - J.L.D.] that befall us, but we’re ever reluctant to bury our pain and move on. Like an illicit affair, our beloved grudges usually end up creating misery for all involved.
      The tendency to itemize every unfair knock we’ve ever suffered is known as injustice collecting.
      Sometimes the injustices are personal, as in, “My boss unfairly promoted Rick over me.” This kind of self-talk leads to anger. At other times, the catalogued outrages lead to overwrought generalizations, such as, “Nothing ever goes well; this is too unfair.” This type of thinking leads to hopelessness and rage.
      Enough grudge holding and soon you’ll see more iniquity than actually exists. The injustice collector becomes a trigger-happy perceiver. If you walk down the street recounting the affronts you’ve suffered lately, you’ll kick up quite a cloud of dejection.
      Injustice collecting springs from a sensible motive: the monitoring of fairness as a form of self-protection, an impulse that evolved among social creatures who depended on one another. Nursing grudges may have raised our odds of survival and reproduction, however unconsciously. . .
      . . . But injustice collecting is about more than just resentment toward cheaters; just as often, it’s resentment on a mass scale—about anger at the very order of the universe. If a tree falls on a school bus or an earthquake levels our home, we’re stricken by the absolute injustice of it all. Islamist radicals, for example, resent the West’s development, and many are willing to die for their version of justice.
      Self-pity plus religious outrage—a combination that fuels suicide bombers—might also be a cognitive virus, replicating itself because humans are so easily attuned to believing in absolute justice.
      Fairness is a desirable abstraction, and one we’d better reach for, but it is not a concrete measurement, however much we might wish the courts, God, or the Constitution to decree it. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to psychologytoday.com

      • DICKERSON3870
        May 20, 2013, 6:05 pm

        P.P.S. POSSIBLE EXAMPLES OF “INJUSTCE COLLECTING”:

        [EXCERPT] . . . After receiving the report, Netanyahu said the incident had “slandered Israel’s reputation” and was a “manifestation of the ongoing, mendacious campaign to delegitimise Israel”.
        Yuval Steinitz, the minister of strategic affairs, who presented the report, described the affair as “a modern-day blood libel against the state of Israel … The France 2 report was utterly baseless.” ~ from Harriet Sherwood’s article in the ‘Guardian’ (excerpted above by Phil)

  11. Hostage
    May 20, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Here’s a link to the text of the report itself. link to scribd.com

    It doesn’t even rise to the level of the crappy dramatizations of news reports you’ve come to expect from one of the many fictional police procedural/forensics shows that have overstayed their welcome in cable re-runs. There’s no evidence of any expertise on display here. It’s just a prop the wire services and media can wave in the air, while they talk around the subject and plant some seeds of doubt.

    It reminds me of the exchange between Jack Warden and Paul Newman’s characters in The Verdict. Jack Warden is trying to convince Newman’s character to accept an out of court settlement for his client who is in a permanent vegetative state:

    Mickey Morrissey: Do you know who the attorney for the Archdiocese is? Ed Concannon!
    Frank Galvin: He’s a good man…
    Mickey Morrissey: He’s a good man? Heh, heh, he’s the Prince of fucking Darkness! He’ll have people testifying they saw her waterskiing in Marblehead last summer. Now look, Frank, don’t fuck with this case!

  12. Sycamores
    May 20, 2013, 6:42 pm

    this is it, this is what we are all been waiting for. as sure as night turns into day this israeli lying propaganda is going to backfire on them and now that it got global attention they are in for one hell of a surprise.
    there is no back pedalling now, bring it on.

    the murderer investigates his/her own crime and absolves itself sounds like the Mavi Mamara all over again.

    why didin’t the israelis under international supervision with the go ahead from the childs father Jamal exhume the body of Mohammed?

    not to mention to examine the bullets store by the PA as evidence.

    as said already why stage this when they are hundreds if not thousands of Palestinians children kill by israelis- idf or illegal settlers.

    if you have any doubts look at the fear in their eyes that not something you can duplicate by staging and i hope none of you have to ever experience such fear to prove my point.

    read this article from the BBC news but don’t look at the date of publication until you finish. deja vu maybe but things have change a lot since then.

    link to news.bbc.co.uk

  13. Dutch
    May 20, 2013, 9:13 pm

    In February 2012 there was another ‘Israeli victory’ in the Al-Durra-case, when Netanyahu thanked a certain Dr. David for debunking Jamal al-Durra’s ‘claim’ to have been shot himself, and then winning a case in a French court.

    But than something unforseen happened (re. the tweets of Charles Enderlin in Phil’s above post):
    link to haaretz.com

  14. Philip Munger
    May 20, 2013, 11:46 pm

    Let’s see:

    The King David Hotel was caused by a faulty boiler

    Count Folke Bernadotte committed suicide

    The U.S.S. Liberty was attacked by Soviet pilots

    Egypt started the 6-Day War

    Rachel Corrie ran under the bulldozer blade after fighting with a boyfriend

    Emily Henochowicz poked herself in the eye

    The nine dead on the Mavi Marmara were the result of a fratricidal battle among ringleaders, only stopped by brave Israelis who intervened

    …. and so on

    • tree
      May 21, 2013, 2:53 am

      …. and so on

      …but you left out the most important part. All of these people did what they did because they are all anti-semites and just wanted to make Israel look bad. And that goes for that F***** Jew-hating boiler!

  15. Qualtrough
    May 21, 2013, 12:09 am

    Israel’s PR efforts have finally jumped the shark.

  16. Nevada Ned
    May 21, 2013, 2:08 am

    I hereby nominate Isabel Kershner and her husband Hirsch Goodman
    for the Judy Miller Award, which is of course named for the NYTimes reporter whose fake stories about Iraq’s nonexistent nuclear weapons helped provide the public rationale for George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. While many reporters helped to promote this propaganda claim, Miller’s journalistic was so terrible that she became an embarrassment, and was later fired by the New York Times. For details, see Judy Miller’s War on CounterPunch.

    Kershner richly deserves the Judy Miller Award for her degraded journalism, pretending that Israel didn’t shoot Muhammad Al-Dura, even though millions of people around the world have seen the footage. Kershner takes seriously Israel’s claim that this is all “blood libel,” a phrase that has been used before. When Begin and Sharon carried out their bloody massacre of Palestinians at Sabra and Chatila in 1982, killing up to 3000 people by some accounts, there was a worldwide outcry. Official Israel took out gigantic newspaper advertisements, headlined “Blood Libel”, going on to say that “any suggestion that Israel was involved, directly or indirectly, is blood libel, and is rejected with the contempt that it deserves.” Nobody bought the Israeli story. European reaction was exemplified by Andreas Papandreou, then the Greek Prime Minister, who said “Israel is doing to the heroic Palestinian and Lebanese people what Hitler did to the Jews!”

    So the take-home lesson is that when Israel officials cry “blood libel”, it’s a good sign that they’re trying to deny their atrocities and are totally desperate.

    • Hostage
      May 21, 2013, 8:22 am

      I hereby nominate Isabel Kershner and her husband Hirsch Goodman
      for the Judy Miller Award, which is of course named for the NYTimes reporter whose fake stories about Iraq’s nonexistent nuclear weapons helped provide the public rationale for George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

      Well, they are up against some stiff competition from their editors for that award. Media watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting documented an embarrassing lack of skepticism in New York Times stenography over the allegations about Syrian government use of chemical weapons.

  17. brenda at fol
    May 21, 2013, 2:35 am

    Thanks, Philip, for emphasising the media’s handling of this “story.” And thanks, Hostage, for the link to the original report. Funny how when I spotted the story just as it hit the media it was only Israeli press and the NYT that had the story–immediately spreading the latest game of switch the victims. Partners in propaganda?

    The point Netanyahu refuses to acknowledge is that the incident is emblematic of a pattern: Israel has routinely bullied, imprisoned, tortured and killed countless people deemed obstacles to the Zionist dream. Here is a tribute to the al-Durrah’s and to the many families who have suffered the same fate of finding themselves in the crosshairs of the Western Israeli Alliance: link to friendsoflebanon.org

  18. seafoid
    May 21, 2013, 3:03 am

    The report was more or less written for the NYT and the WSJ. Something with an air of galut credibility that hasbara central can use. There are no facts when it comes to israel. Just opinions.

    • Shmuel
      May 21, 2013, 3:14 am

      There are no facts when it comes to israel. Just opinions.

      Says you ;-)

      • seafoid
        May 21, 2013, 4:04 am

        That is in the bot view, Shmuel. Check out the wiki entry for mohamed al dura

        link to en.wikipedia.org

        “The footage of the father and son acquired what one writer called the power of a battle flag. According to James Fallows the ‘harshest version’ of the case from the Arab side is that it proves the ancient blood libel, while the ‘harshest version’ from the Israeli side is that it proves the Palestinians’ willingness to deliberately sacrifice even their own children in an anti-Zionist war.”

        It is termed an incident . There are 2 narratives etc.
        Very similar to the Republican echo chamber where there are 2 sets of ways of seeing things.

        But death is like pregnancy, isn’t it? You can’t be half pregnant or half dead.

    • Annie Robbins
      May 22, 2013, 1:22 am

      i’m so looking forward to the definitive 2026 report on arafat jaradat’s death, confirming he was not tortured by israel.

  19. Peter in SF
    May 21, 2013, 4:01 am

    James Fallows had an article about this incident in the June 2003 Atlantic Monthly, and his last paragraph read:

    In its engagement with the Arab world the United States has assumed that what it believes are noble motives will be perceived as such around the world. We mean the best for the people under our control; stability, democracy, prosperity, are our goals; why else would we have risked so much to help an oppressed people achieve them? The case of Mohammed al-Dura suggests the need for much more modest assumptions about the way other cultures—in particular today’s embattled Islam—will perceive our truths.

    Just last month, Fallows wrote a follow-up “Ten Years Ago: The al-Dura Case”, but for some reason he chooses not to draw attention to his conclusion above. He writes, “I’m not getting back into this.” He also says that his article has been criticized by both sides, and then gives a helpful link “to give you a chance for full exposure to the argument and evidence in support of the ‘staged’ hypothesis” of the Israeli propagandists. For some strange reason, I guess just one of those oversights, he fails to give his readers a link where they can have full exposure to the opposite argument and evidence.

    • Donald
      May 21, 2013, 9:51 am

      “We mean the best for the people under our control; stability, democracy, prosperity, are our goals; why else would we have risked so much to help an oppressed people achieve them? ”

      That’s the royal we that cowardly mainstream pundits often adopt–the idea that it conveys is that all decent Americans think the same thing about the noble motives of our government and it’s just the weird irrational foreigners who perceive things differently. Fallows is trying to warn his readers that the rest of the world sees American actions and intentions as less than noble, but he does it in a way that covers his butt, by also implying that the rest of the world is wrong.

  20. Taxi
    May 21, 2013, 4:20 am

    Looking down at the corpse of a murdered boy and spitting and calling him a liar.

    Real classy move ziobots!

    This is bound to bring more world hatred towards the infanticidal zionist state.

    • seafoid
      May 21, 2013, 7:00 am

      As his father said they demolished the walls around Netzarim to remove the evidence.
      This case is proof that they want to make their own reality. It is so shoddy. The report is crap. Maybe the NYT will buy it but I can’t wait to see what le Canard Enchaine (French satirical magazine) says about it.

      • marc b.
        May 21, 2013, 9:19 am

        This case is proof that they want to make their own reality.

        from an FT review of ‘Israel has Moved’ by Diana Pinto:

        Pinto’s acute – and, in my view, apt – diagnosis of Israel’s defining ailment is that it is “autistic”: trapped inside its own increasingly comfortable, security-defended bubble, unable to connect with – much less identify with – its neighbours, starting with the Palestinians.

        link to ft.com

        of course, your point is that they are delusional. there is no ‘reality making’ when it comes to previously completed historical events. al-dura was either shot and killed or he wasn’t. since the Zionists can’t deny that they have killed thousands of civilians, their public relations/semiotics strike team goes around ‘debunking’ every recorded, impactful image of the mayhem. the photo of dead child in gaza was really taken in Lebanon 2006; and that photo of a dead child in Lebanon 2006 is really from the 2nd intifada. and on and on goes the shell game. since Palestinian suffering is irrelevant (or, Palestinians are incapable of sincere grief; it’s all staged, as a variation on the theme goes.) it certainly can’t be recorded.

      • seafoid
        May 21, 2013, 12:00 pm

        One of the comments under the FT piece

        Harald Buchmann | March 25 11:46am | Permalink

        “I wonder if she also expounds on the psyche of a people that sends all of their youth to 2 years of military service, with high likeliness of actually killing people. Those traumatized youth then often go travelling after the service, and unload all over the world. Talk to hostel-owners anywhere about Israeli customer and you get extremely negative feedback.”

      • Taxi
        May 21, 2013, 4:35 pm

        Seafoid,
        I’ve seen it for myself, heard stories too – ’tis true that young traveling israelis don’t have a ‘mellow’, shall we say, reputation in the globetrotting circuit. Even the rare polite ones seem like such nice interesting folks till you mention the word Palestine then they start wigging out in places like Goa and Katmandu. Seafoid, I find this actually really sad. I find it tragic. I see no difference between precious youth wasted on zionism or wasted on heroine. Any youth wasted for any reason is a true loss. Youth used up as cogs in the war machine is most depressing of all. The saddest chapter in the book of zionism is the one where their youth are enslaved with the (false) promises of eternal security and everlasting superiority. Coming of age and straight to the killing fields – one killing field after another till retirement. This is your average israeli’s biography. It amazes me that israelis, with all their blahblah pulitzers and golden eggheads, can’t see that there are dire consequences for the future of a society that’s been on constant diet of killing and oppressing for some seventy years.

        “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
        madness, starving hysterical naked,
        dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
        looking for an angry fix.” – Allen Ginsberg

        Where’s the isreali Allen Ginsberg describing the soulful turmoils of his generation?

      • seafoid
        May 24, 2013, 9:20 am

        Taxi

        The killing ethos is embedded in modern Hebrew. It’s very hard for the average bot to see beyond family , friends and the education system and to understand that the whole society is severely dysfunctional.

        I work with Israelis occasionally and there are some things one just does not talk about. They assume we understand and share the same perspectives but we don’t.

      • Hostage
        May 21, 2013, 11:03 am

        Maybe the NYT will buy it but I can’t wait to see what le Canard Enchaine (French satirical magazine) says about it.

        We’re talking about an example of state-sponsored racism and xenophobia here.

        If anyone dared to publicly deny or condone the murders of the Jewish children in Toulouse in March 2012, much less suggest that their parents were somehow responsible, they’d be hauled into court and end-up behind bars. That illustrates just how tone-deaf Zionist propaganda really is.

  21. gingershot
    May 21, 2013, 8:40 am

    The entire Israeli/Neocon hasbara industry – as well as their machinations with US foreign policy – all comes down to one simple principle –

    It’s the ‘Endless Bites at the Apple Principle’ – backed up by a carte blanche ‘You’re an Anti-Semite’/Blood Libel/’Quit Holocausting me Bro’ charge ready to stab anyone who tries to stop them

    Same with the Israeli/Neocon hoax over Iran, the same with a William Kristol or a Kershner – because of ‘prepared echo chamber’ with an Andrea Mitchell, David Gregory or Tom Friedman providing the chamber walls, they have their ocean to swim in, and they are free, over and over again, to swindle the goys in the name of Eretz Israel. And to think themselves bright and wonderful and righteous as they fight for ‘mommy, Israel, and apple pie’ as they do it

    They aren’t just irresponsible or deluded – they ENJOY doing it in addition to being deluded.

    ‘Endless Bites at the Apple’ until they get the right combination that allows them to play the game and win it. Nice job if you can get it

    Netanyahu and William Kristol and Kershner should have had their apple taken away from them long ago. Anything else is just plain dangerous

  22. talknic
    May 21, 2013, 11:13 am

    The review revealed that there is no evidence that Jamal or the boy were wounded in the manner claimed in the report, and that the footage does not depict Jamal as having been badly injured. In contrast, there are numerous indications that the two were not struck by bullets at all. link to scribd.com

    Should be easy to produce some actual evidence Muhammad al-Dura is alive. The report is entirely speculation. Israeli propaganda is really quite pathetic

    • seafoid
      May 21, 2013, 12:15 pm

      “The report is entirely speculation. ”

      It’s like a Fox broadcast about how there is no such thing as global warming and it’s all a liberal fantasy. Say it enough times in Hebrew and the child never died.

      Very interesting to see the low bar required for publication by the state of Israel.

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