Does this look like a dying child to you?

The Mohammad al-Dura film that France2 TV showed sparked the second, bloody Intifatah, since the video appeared to show a 12 year old boy being killed by Israeli gun fire.  In the years since then, analysts have demonstrated that, given where the Israelis were positioned, it would have been virtually impossible for them to have fired the fatal shots.  However, there have also always been rumors that al-Dura’s death was staged, and that he didn’t die at all.  Thanks to a trial in France that is forcing publication of video shots that were withheld from the original inflammatory footage, this second theory may gain some evidentiary ground.  For example, Danny Lemieux sent me to this newly revealed 10 second shot, which shows the boy in the famous death pose, except he doesn’t look as if he is either dead or dying.  You can see more rejected footage (that is, footage French television deliberately elected not to show) at Augean Stables.

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    You are young yet‥but the time will arrive when you will learn to judge for yourself. ‥Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.
    [1845 E. A. Poe in Graham’s Mag. Nov. 194]

    It’s a good plan to believe half you see and nothing you hear.
    [1933 ‘R. Essex’ Slade of Yard xix.]

    I listened with the old magician’s warning lively in my mind; believe nothing of what you hear—and only half of what you see!
    [1979 D. Kyle Green River High ii.]

    The Democratic candidates are lined up, and they are making hot and heavy pitches for our votes. But, as the old saying goes, believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.
    [2002 Washington Times 16 Aug. A19]

    It goes without saying, that when it comes to reporting events in Gaza, Israel, West Bank and surrounding neighborhoods either by France 2, Al Reuters, AP, UPI..IT’S EVEN A BETTER IDEA TO BELIEVE NOTHING OF WHAT YOU SEE OR HEAR, until the investigation is completed.



    To example why we have to question reporting read the attached and note that while the headline is that the UN is unable to distribute food due to fuel shortages due to Israel, it isn’t until you get to the last paragraph that you find out why.

    Of course, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of Qassam rockets ever to report about.

    The United Nations on Thursday stopped distributing food to Palestinian refugees in Gaza because its vehicles have run out of fuel following an Israeli blockade, a UN official said.

    The official, Adnan Abu Hasna, said 700,000 Palestinians who depend on the UN for basic food packets, won’t be getting them. He said the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) used the last of its fuel on Thursday. That forced it to stop distribution.

    Abu Hasna, the UNRWA spokesman, said that without fuel for its vehicles, the agency could not bring new shipments to its warehouses or distribute it to needy Palestinians.

    As of Thursday evening, he said, “all of our regular food operations have stopped because of the fuel shortage.”

    There was no immediate Israeli comment about the UNRWA move.

    There is some fuel stored in Gaza – but a local strike by distributors means it is not reaching the public.

    Palestinian distributors have been refusing to pick up about a million liters that Israel pumped earlier this month into the Palestinian side of the border fuel depot, saying the quantity is insufficient.