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|Israel officially denies responsibility for death of al-Dura in 2000, Ronny Sofer|
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Seven years after death of
Seven years after the death of the Palestinian boy Muhammad al-Dura in
An official document from
The document argued that the images, which showed al-Dura being shot beside his father and have become a symbol of the second intifada, were staged.
"The creation of the myth of Muhammad al-Dura has caused great damage to the State of Israel. This is an explicit blood libel against the state. And just as blood libels in the old days have led to pogroms, this one has also caused damage and dozens of dead,"
said Government Press Office director Daniel Seaman.
The arguments were based on investigations that showed that the angles of the IDF troops’ fire could not have hit the child or his father, that part of the filmed material, mainly the moment of the boy’s alleged death, is missing, and the fact that the cameraman can be heard saying the boy is dead while the boy is still seen moving.
The incident lasted some 45 minutes, 27 of which were filmed by Palestinian cameraman Talal Abu Rahma, who was working for the
The report has been investigated by various bodies over the years, and four intensive journalistic inquiries examining the incident said there was no evidence that the boy was shot by the soldiers. Some of the inquiries stated that according to calculations of the angle in which the boy and his father were hit, they were most likely shot by the Palestinians.
During the past seven years,
The document argued that based on investigations that were carried out, the boy’s death was staged by the French network’s cameraman, Talal Abu Rahma.
In a letter to Shurat HaDin, Seaman wrote,
"It turns out that the events could not have occurred as they were described by the network’s reporter Charles Enderlin, since they contradict the laws of physics Furthermore, it was not even possible to hit them (the boy and his father) in the place they were hiding according to the report."
Nonetheless, following consultation with Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, the GPO director decided that
In his letter to Shurat HaDin, Seaman said he was instructed by the attorney general the treat the matter "on the public-media plane and not on the criminal plane".
Shurat HaDin Chairwoman Nitzana Darshan-Leitner said she did not accept the GPO’s position.
"Shurat HaDin plans to continue to act in order to bring the truth to light," the chairwoman said.
Among other things, we plan to petition the High Court of Justice and demand the journalist certificates and other GPO certificates are revoked from all France 2 crew members in Israel – reporters, cameramen, produces, etc – as long as the network does not publicly announce that the al-Dura report was staged and was biased.
In addition, Shurat HaDin is considering filing a damages claim for the accumulated damage the report has caused, and specifically for the line of attacks and riots it has led to. This modern-day blood libel has led to the death of hundreds of Arabs and Jews and has ignited hatred solely for the purpose of ratings and poor journalism. We will demand that those responsible for this crime pay for their deeds."
Charles Enderlin, the
"This is not the first time that Seaman makes such allegations against me – it is nonsense. It is pure slander. The video that we filmed is authentic and I stand behind it. We plan to show the film in court in
, and I am certain it will end the repeated mudslinging," France
the French reporter said.
© Ynet News
Mis en ligne le 3 octobre 2007, par M.