Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Forthcoming: the Mohamed Al-Dura Affair Revisited

A reminder that I post on Trans-Int typically every other weekday: Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

On September 30, 2000, the nightly news program of the French public television station France2 shows images of a Palestinian boy and his father apparently caught in the crossfire of a clash between Palestinian militants and Israeli troops in the town of Netzarim in the Gaza Strip. The voice-over of the France2 reporter, Charles Enderlin, explains the situation as follows: "Here are Djamal and his father. They are the target of fire coming from the Israeli position. The child signals, but...there's a new burst of fire....The child is dead and his father is wounded."
Subsequently, "Djamal" would come to be known around the world as Mohamed Al-Dura and the supposed images of his death, captured on film by a France2 cameraman, would become some of the emblematic images of the 2nd Intifada.

Relatively soon, however, questions started to be raised about Charles Enderlin's version of what transpired in Netzarim on September 30, 2000. Whereas France2 has defended their story for four years now, the credibility of the Enderlin version has just been dealt a serious blow.

I'll be back tomorrow with more....