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May 21, 2013 11:18 pm

Activists Praise Israel for Breaking Silence on Al-Dura Hoax

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Jamal and Muhammad al-Dura take cover in the Gaza Strip in 2000. The IDF is not responsible for the 2000 al-Dura shooting, a new Israeli government report found. Photo: France 2.

Two of the men at the forefront of the battle to expose the truth behind the Mohamed al-Dura hoax, applauded a report released by the Israeli government Monday that officially debunked a French television report suggesting the boy was killed by direct IDF fire.

“This official report is important because one of the main arguments of our opponents has always been the silence of the Israeli authorities,” Phillipe Karsenty, who was one of the first people to accuse the France 2 TV network of airing the false report and is currently involved in a court case with the reporter of the news story, Charles Enderlin, told The Algemeiner in an email.

The incident took place on Sept. 30, 2000, when Jamal al-Dura and his 12-year-old son Muhammad were filmed as they were taking cover behind a concrete barrier after they were caught in a crossfire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian Arab police forces at the Netzarim Junction, on the Gaza Strip’s main north-south highway.

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Enderlin then reported for France 2 that the boy was killed by direct fire from a nearby IDF post. The story then reverberated around the world and has been a source of outrage for many in the Arab and Muslim communities ever since.

Richard Prasquier, President of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, told The Algemeiner that he was pleased with the release of the report.

“This report gives support and credibility to the fight that had been carried on by Philippe Karsenty and others, including the CRIF and myself, in order to advance the idea that the broadcast of the death of Mohamed Al Dura on September 30th, 2000 is severely flawed,” he said in an email.

“I am therefore very glad and I want to thank Mr. Yossi Kuperwasser, director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, who took this matter very seriously, acknowledging that this broadcast had  dreadful effects for the image of Israel, has brought about numerous vocations of terrorists in Israel and staunch foes of the Jewish state in our countries.”

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  • Raya Rozen

    Indeed Mr. F, why not read the report first, and after you read the report, why not take a good look at what’s happening in Syria? Do love your children enough to stop lying to yourselves and them…the problem in the arab world is that playing victim seems so easy, fix yourselves first and then go pointing fingers at Israel..

  • David

    The really tragic aspect of both sides insisting on their version of how a small came to be killed, is that a little boy should never be killed by big, stupid men blinded by hate. Children in Israel and Palestine are simply instruments of war now and this little boy even got his own report as if that exonerates either side from causing his death. A pox on both your houses . . . . .

  • France is an overwhelmingly Catholic country. In the middle ages, the priest, bischop or cardinal stood in the center of town and made a slanderous speech about the Jews, the so-called blood libel. The masses would then rise up against the Jews and kill and rape. These days religion in France is no longer popular. The new g-ds are the Wallet and the Media. In the 60’s and 70’s, when the Arabs started using oil as a weapon by making embargos, the French chose for their wallet. Now the French listen to their Media priests who spread lies over the Jews and initiate world wide killings through the masses who rise up (also in Toulouse, see http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/05/13/report-israeli-government-concludes-al-dura-death-was-staged/ )

  • Fayez

    And who said that the Israeli government is a reliable source when it comes to investigating its own crimes….

    • Baroukh

      Read the report before accusing the Israeli government.

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