One of the the most chilling images of the Second Intifadah came from the video showing the death of Mohammad Al-Durrah. The 12-year-old boy and his father were caught in the crossfire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip in September, 2000. The two are seen on video, cringing for cover behind a concrete cylinder, until both are wounded — the boy fatally.
At least, that’s the story that’s been told ever since. It’s taken years for the truth to dribble out.
A documentary aired on German public television has scrutinized all the available evidence on the death of the boy, and their findings are disturbing:
• Biometric analysis suggest that the boy who was filmed by France 2 is not the boy presented at the Gaza morgue and buried later.
• Lip-reading analysis suggests that the boy’s father Jamal al Dura gave direction to the people who were behind France 2’s cameraman during the filming of the scene.
• In France 2’s news report, there is no blood – neither on Mohammed nor on Jamal al Dura’s body, yet the two were supposed to have received 15 bullets all together.
• The boy shown at the funeral as Mohammed al Dura arrived at the hospital before 10am, whereas France 2’s news report was filmed after 2:30pm.
For eight and a half years, Israel has been cudgeled with the al Dura story — and it may have very well have been Pallywood’s finest accomplishment.
The world may never know fully what happened on that street in Gaza back in 2000. But it’s becoming clearer what didn’t happen.
(Hat tip to Meryl Yourish.)