My friend Dubai Pauli, an avid news junkie and Times reader, is on the job again. Because he lives in the Emirates, with the eight hour time difference, I get early warnings of items of interest from the “paper of record.’
Pauli sent me early notification of this Shmuel Rosner NY Times blog post on the Israeli al-Dura report. Rosner says he now believes (sort of) the report after years of questioning Israeli attempts to debunk the original French news story. But the Rosner post sheds little light on why he or anyone would now believe the Israelis.
The conclusion of the Rosner’s post is interesting because the writer is basically a shill for the his country’s right-wing, but even he cannot fully swallow the hasbara hook.
This evolution [from skeptism to belief in Israeli version of al-Dura video] brings me relief: I want to be able to trust what my government says. But that carries its own problem: what about my own motivations? Have I really been swayed by the new evidence, or am I finally giving in to a deep desire of letting Israel off the hook?
Yesterday the online Times removed Isabel Kershner’s controversial pro-Israel piece on the al-Dura report from the news section and placed it in the “Lens” blog. This seemed like an attempt to distance the news department from Kershner’s advocacy journalism. However with today’s inclusion of the Rosner post, it seems more like pro-Israel advocacy is alive and well at the Times.
Jamal al-Dura, Mohammed’s father, has called for an international investigation of the incident and is willing to open his son’s grave and exhume the body for an autopsy. Neither Kershner nor Rosner mentioned al-Dura’s offer in their pieces.
Maybe these writers should get on Dubai Pauli’s news mailing list.
Or they should read this Facebook post by Palestinian Authority spokesperson, Nour Odeh:
I will not dignify the report purporting that the brutal murder of Mohamad Al-Dura thirteen years ago was a Palestinian hoax – so I will not share it on my timeline. I will say this however: This panel and its fantastical report is a reflection of a revolting and senseless attitude of supremacy and racism against Palestinians; to have the audacity to claim that a Palestinian father faked the shocking images of his son’s killing and to maintain this lie for 13 years with the supposed active participation of the entire society, is a statement of the dehumanization and demonization of the Palestinian as a human being and of the entire society. Mohamed Al-Dura was killed with chilling inhumanity; that image will haunt the perpetrators always and all the panels and so-called experts cannot and will not change the fact: Thirteen years ago, we all lost a piece of our humanity when that boy died in his father’s helpless arms. On a professional note, it is dismaying and so very disappointing that media should be involved, directly or indirectly, in disseminating this kind of preposterous propaganda whose racism cannot be ignored, without so much as questioning the validity or motive of these false claims. Final note: the dark history of this on-going belligerent military occupation of Palestine does not need any hoax or staged incidents to expose its brutality; that evidence is clear for those who refuse to be blinded or side-tracked by hate, propaganda, and spin. May God rest your soul Mohamad….