“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,” writes Daniel Seaman, Government Press Office director, concerning the Mohammed Al-Dura incident, filmed by Palestinian cameraman Talal Abu Rahma, who was working for the France 2 television network.
“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,” continued Seaman.
Seven years after death of Gaza boy captured by France 2 cameraman was blamed on Israel, Prime Minister’s Office issues first official document stating incident was staged. 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.
Shurat HaDin Chairwoman Nitzana Darshan-Leitner has been investigating the incident for years. “Shurat HaDin plans to continue to act in order to bring the truth to light,” she was quoted as saying. “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.”