The Palestinian violence that began in September of 2000 cost over a thousand Israeli lives, and about 4000 Palestinian lives. The violence began with demonstrations on the Temple-Mount al-Aqsa compound that were admittedly stage-managed by Marwan Barghouti, as he admitted an interview with the newspaper Al-Ayyam, London, on September 29, 2001, It was inspired and amplified greatly by the supposed murder of a little child, Muhamad Al Dura, by Israeli troops, on September 30, 2000. France-2 television filmed the child cowering helplessly with his father as the evil Jewish troops shot round after round of semi-automatic fire at him. The films were shown everywhere. Al-Dura's picture appeared everywhere in
The deaths caused by the story of al-Dura were real enough, but in all likelihood, and according to the verdict of a French court of law, the story of al-Dura itself was fabricated by a Palestinian stringer, Talal Abu Rahma, and willingly "improved" and disseminated by Charles Enderlin of France-2. Without the persistence of a handful of "bloggers," notably Phillipe Karsenty and Richard Landes (Augean Stables) and a few others others, the lie would not have been exposed.
We should be careful and conservative in interpreting the meaning of the verdict of the French court. It does not mean that there is proof that al-Dura was certainly not killed by
The media do not simply report the conflict. They have become actors in the conflict. The probably fabricated death of Al-Dura was only one of several media productions that have had a key role in shaping the conflict. In the Second Lebanon War, the role of the media in lionizing the Hezbollah and villainizing
Unfortunately, exposure of the truth does not prevent repetition of the same fictions, and even perpetuation of the original ones. A few journals published low-key, back page retractions of the 'Jenin Massacre' fable, but the mendacious 'Jenin, Jenin' film continued to win praise and anchored the lie as history. A graduate student, Teddy Katz, created a sensation when he 'exposed' a 'massacre' committed by the Alexandroni brigade at Tantura in 1948. Examination of his evidence, taped interviews, in court showed that Katz had falsified the testimony in his transcripts. There was no massacre. But the 'massacre' made it into the history books and is now cited in Wikipedia and elsewhere. A vicious lie was created from nothing. The exposure of the Jenin farce, and the farcical manipulations of the Hezbollah in
Thus far, Israeli and "Jewish" media are almost alone in reporting the Al-Dura verdict. Among French journals, Liberation appears to be the only one that gave it any coverage. Watch carefully for this story, and see if it is reported and what space it gets. Media do not like to admit they are wrong. After the event, it makes little difference anyhow.
What is at stake is not the al-Dura incident or another incident. The question of Al-Dura will fade into history.An ominous trend has been created, in which the press and willing historians are fabricating reality. In Orwell's 1984, the government fabricated wars that didn't happen, but we have passed 1984. The importance of the virtual media reality is that it has very real consequences. Israel, and not only
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