Iconic footage of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy being shot dead during a gunfight between Israeli and Palestinian soldiers has been proven in a court of law to have been faked and is the new form of ‘blood libel’. Muhammad al Dura’s death in the Gaza Strip was staged by France 2, the French television station that broke the story in 2000.
The pictures of Mohammed and Jamal al-Dura under fire in Gaza were shown around the world in 2000
Unforgettable: The camera cuts to a shot of the motionless child slumped in his father’s lap
The 44-page report of its investigation, ordered last year by Israel’s current Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, says it also ‘served as an inspiration and justification for terrorism, antisemitism and the delegitimizing of Israel’.
It said France 2 failed to broadcast peripheral footage, not aired in the original program, in which the boy ‘is seen to be alive’ and ‘moved his arm and turned his head’, adding that there was no evidence the boy was shot by Israeli troops or that he was even killed at all.
In September 30, 2000, The New York Times, Associated Press and other major media outlets published a photo of a young man — bloodied and battered — crouching beneath a club-wielding Israeli policeman. The caption identified him as a Palestinian victim of the recent riots — with the clear implication that the Israeli soldier is the one who beat him.
The victim’s true identity was revealed when Dr. Aaron Grossman of Chicago, who is an American Jewish student in Israel and the police man, was helping him after he had been beaten up by Palestinian as indicated in a letter to the New York Times who originally featured the fake photo and only much later after much damage omitted it was wrong.
“Regarding your picture on page A5 of the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian on the Temple Mount — that Palestinian is actually my son, Tuvia Grossman, a Jewish student from Chicago. He, and two of his friends, were pulled from their taxicab while traveling in Jerusalem, by a mob of Palestinian Arabs, and were severely beaten and stabbed. That picture could not have been taken on the Temple Mount because there are no gas stations on the Temple Mount and certainly none with Hebrew lettering, like the one clearly seen behind the Israeli soldier attempting to protect my son from the mob.”
The photo of a bloodied Tuvia Grossman became a symbol in the struggle to ensure that Israel receives the fair media coverage that every nation deserves.
In April 2002, a District Court in Paris ordered the French daily newspaper “Liberation” and the Associated Press to pay damages to Grossman in the amount of 4,500 Euro.
A fake picture of a solider standing on a little Palestinian girl. The soldier in the photo appears to be holding a Kalashnikov AK47 which is not used by the Israeli army, but used often by the Palestinian police forces and terror organizations. The IDF is known for using M16 and M4 weapons, and its uniforms are different.
In this picture it is pretty obvious the staged soldiers are not IDF soldiers and it is hard to take a selfie if you are actually trying to run away to save your life.
The Palestinian “Pollywood” fake videos and pictures are numerous and very damaging. Although these pictures are either staged or not even the Palestinian people they are used to promote a false narrative, encouraging terrorism and thus these very pictures have promoted successfully murder.
Be careful what you believe!