Another Arab lie: "martyr" Mohammed al-Dura exposed as hoax
March 11, 4:42 PM ·
LA Middle Eastern Policy Examiner
There is an important fact in the Arab war against Israel which is underappreciated: To put it bluntly, the Arabs lie much more than the Israelis. Whether or not this is the religiously-sanctioned technique “taqqiya,” or a natural consequence of the lack of democracy in the Arab world is not an issue for today. The point is that the Arab side exaggerates and prevaricates as an integral part of its strategy against the Jewish state.
It’s a harsh fact. It’s an unfortunate fact. It’s a regrettable fact. But since it’s a fact, we have to face up to it.
How is the untruthfulness manifested? Leave to one side the Holocaust denial, the promotion of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” and other anti-Semitic fantasies. Here are some recent examples of Arab lies concerning Israel:
* The Jenin “massacre.” In April 2002, after a horrific campaign of suicide bombings murdered dozens of Israelis, Israeli military forces entered the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank/Samaria to kill or capture terrorists. Palestinians claimed that much of the camp was leveled, with a death toll of 500, or perhaps 3,000. A subsequent United Nations investigation revealed that only 52 Palestinians died, more than half of them terrorists.
* 2006 Lebanon war. Hezbolla launched the summer 2006 Lebanon war by kidnapping two Israeli soldiers. Again, casualty figures were inflated. For example, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said that Israel had deliberately massacred 40 people in the village of Hula. This was duly reported. He later admitted that there had been only one death. The systematic use of doctored and staged pictures gave us the word “fauxtography.”
* Gaza shortages. After Hamas violently took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel closed its border crossings with Gaza. Hamas exaggerated the effect of the closures. An almost comic example is the self-imposed blackout. The media published photos of a “candlelit” meeting of Parliament, despite the fact that sunlight was peeking through the heavy curtains!
There are no comparable Israeli lies about their Arab adversaries.
One of the most serious Arab falsifications is the “martyrdom” of Mohammed al-Dura. Al-Dura was a 12-year-old Palestinian boy who supposedly was shot by Israeli soldiers while his father Jamal tried to shield him. His name became a byword for Zionist brutality.
From the start, there were doubts, ballistic evidence indicating that Israeli bullets could not have hit al-Dura. Now, a documentary on German television has shown that the entire al-Dura affair was a complete swindle.
Philippe Karsenty, a French journalist who heroically pursued the truth of the al-Dura case, summarizes the evidence in the documentary as follows:
Thanks to a biometric analysis of the faces, it has been proven that the boy who was filmed by France 2 is not the boy presented at the Gaza morgue and buried later. The eyebrows and the lips are very different.
The German TV used the lip-reading technique to read the father's lips. They discovered that Jamal al-Dura gave instructions to the people who were behind France 2's cameraman during the filming of the scene.
The boy filmed by France 2 moves a red piece of cloth down his body for no specific reason.
In France 2's news report, there is no blood - neither on Mohammed nor on Jamal al-Dura's body, whereas the two were supposed to have received 15 bullets altogether.
The boy shown at the funeral as Mohammed al-Dura arrived at the hospital before 10 am, whereas France 2's news report was filmed after 2:30 pm.
In short, not only did Israel not kill Mohammed al-Dura, he doesn’t seem to be dead.
The press has a lesson to learn. In order to do accurate journalism, as opposed to simply repeating whatever they’re told, journalists will have to acquire the habit of doubting Arab stories regarding Israel. Journalists must dig deeper, with a skeptical attitude. (Journalists who knowingly publish Arab lies are beneath contempt.)
News “consumers” must do the same. When it comes to Israel, Arabs deserve a reputation of unreliability.
May the day come when that is no longer true.