CNN Steps in the Pallywood Doodoo: Heartrending footage Staged by Norwegian Doctors

This morning CNN ran a heartrending story:

(CNN) — At a Gaza hospital, doctors tried to revive a 12-year-old victim of the violence, but their efforts were in vain. Mahmoud died.

Recording the tragedy at the hospital was his brother, freelance cameraman Ashraf Mashharawi.

Just a short time earlier, Mashharawi had been filming other, less personal images of the war– scenes like incoming missiles and the damage they do. Then, he got a phone call. Mashharawi was told the family home had been hit by a rocket.

His brother, Mahmoud and his 14-year-old cousin Ahmad, had been allowed to play on the roof after days of being cooped up inside as Israel continued its assault on Gaza.

Both boys died after the rocket hit.

The family had believed their house — now pockmarked by shrapnel and splattered with blood — was safe from the conflict. The family says the rocket was fired by a pilotless Israeli drone.

Mashharawi filmed the doctors’ efforts to save his brother’s life at the hospital; he also captured images of relatives cradling the boy wrapped in a white sheet after his death. Why? Because he said his family wanted the world to see the human toll of the conflict.

Just hours after play turned to death, Mahmoud was laid to rest.

Israel says it does not target civilians and it does all it can to avoid civilian casualties. Israel says it is unaware of the incident in this report.

With it, they ran an even more heartrending video of the cameraman’s footage.

Except, the footage seems to be a fake. A medical doctor commented at the indispensible Little Green Footballs:

I’m no military expert, but I am a doctor, and this video is bullsh-t. The chest compressions that were being performed at the beginning of this video were absolutely, positively fake. The large man in the white coat was NOT performing CPR on that child. He was just sort of tapping on the child’s sternum a little bit with his fingers. You can’t make blood flow like that. Furthermore, there’s no point in doing chest compressions if you’re not also ventilating the patient somehow. In this video, I can’t tell for sure if the patient has an endotracheal tube in place, but you can see that there is nobody bag-ventilating him (a bag is actually hanging by the head of the bed), and there is no ventilator attached to the patient. In a hospital, during a code on a ventilated patient, somebody would probably be bagging the patient during the chest compressions. And they also would have moved the bed away from the wall, so that somebody could get back there to intubate the patient and/or bag him. In short, the “resuscitation scene” at the beginning is fake, and it’s a pretty lame fake at that.

So the question is, were they re-enacting the resuscitation scene by repeating their actions on a corpse, because the child had died earlier? It’s likely that the answer is no, that child is still alive, and is just an actor pretending to be a child who was killed. Why do I say that? Because the big guy in the white coat, if he’s really a doctor, nurse, nurse’s aid, EMT, or any sort of health care provider at all would be entirely aware that tickling the boy’s sternum doesn’t really look like actual chest compressions. If the boy was dead, the man would have done a more convincing job in compressing the chest. The taps on the chest that he’s doing are the sort of thing you see in bad TV dramas, when you don’t want to make the poor actor playing the victim uncomfortable by really pushing on his chest. I think the man in the white coat knows this child is actually alive, and is making the simulated chest compressions gentle so as not to hurt the child. My guess is that he assumed the videographer, like those on better TV shows, would have been smart enough not to film as far down as the man’s hands on the chest.

CNN has now taken down the video, but left the story up. England’s Channel 4 has a similar story, also emphasizing the pathos of the affair:

Despite his own family tragedy Ashraf Mashharawi managed to send us the images surrounding his brother’s death and the impact on his family.

The family were keen that the story of what happened to them today should be told.

This incident deserves close attention. Like the Gaza Beach tragedy which the Palestinians turned into a Pallywood extravaganza, blaming Israel for a Palestinian “mistake,” this one has many of the usual suspects:

  • The Palestinian child who plays a part in the tragedy “for the camera,”
  • The Palestinian cameraman who, “with his little camera has a humanitarian message for the whole world” — his excuse for exploiting grief, for making propaganda out of tragedy.
  • The Western “volunteer” there to help the beleaguered Palestinian people. Then it was “military expert Mark Garlasco,” here it’s Norwegian radical and occasional doctor, Mads Gilbert, a radical Marxist (there still are some!) who thinks the US deserved 9-11 and who has spent many hours telling reporters what a disgusting people the Israelis are.
  • The Western media, ever eager to have their heart-rending story of Israeli cruelty and Palestinian suffering, who, when caught making an error, quietly remove the problem without admitting the error. (In a section entitled “From the blogs: Commentary, Controversy, Debate, none of the three that appear mention the problem.)

If indeed this is a false story, it tells us, above all, about how radically unreliable our information from Gaza. Here we have a European doctor engaged in staging a scene for the camera. As with the scenes from Netzarim Junction on September 30, 2000, we’re dealing with a public secret: staging is permissable.

All of our statistics and stories about what’s happening in Gaza come from Palestinian sources and NGO’s/UN personnel. Many who might discount Palestinian sources nonetheless credit the UN spokespeople and NGOs. In my viewing of the coverage, I’m struck by the Pallywood-style editing we are presented: no long shots, almost every sequence is less than 3 seconds, and it’s impossible to see whether the person is genuinely injured (e.g., many with no sign of blood). I am not denying that there are dead and wounded, but it may be that the numbers are significantly less that we are told, in particular the percentage of civilians, which, with every day, has become increasingly inflated.

Some have argued that it’s a good thing that the MSM has not made it into Gaza. I’m not so sure. Although I think the Western media is exceptionally badly behaved — an Augean Stables of bad habits — it’s not as wretched as the full-bodied weaponized mode of the Palestinian and Arab media. There is a difference between dupes and demopaths. I think had they been there, it’s very likely that a fair amount of the open faking that goes on might not happen so openly. Who knows, among the swarm of Western reporters, maybe somone would have the courage to say, “this is loony.”

And loony it is: the Western news media serve as the major battalion for Hamas in their battle with an Israel they cannot hope to defeat militarily. Alas, they serve a master who desires their destruction every bit as much as they desire the destruction of the Jews.

PS. I’m going to have to start giving out Most Valuable Idiot of the Hour awards at this rate.

12 Responses to CNN Steps in the Pallywood Doodoo: Heartrending footage Staged by Norwegian Doctors

  1. oao says:

    PS. I’m going to have to start giving out Most Valuable Idiot of the Hour awards at this rate.

    even if you give 5/hour you will have too many to choose from.

  2. Mark M says:

    According to Little Green Footballs, CNN has reposted the video. See .

    And, I agree with oao’s appraisal that there are so many “contestants,” that choice would be difficult even if RL were to give five “most valuable idiot of the hour’ awards every hour of every day.

  3. wanderer says:

    I know its late in the game, but I think we should change the term ‘pallywood’. For one thing, the term pallywood or palywood suggests something that is benign but just amateurish, perhaps buffoonish. There is nothing of its sinister nature reflected in the name.

    The term pallywood would be ok if CNN, PBS, BBC and a good part of the MSM did not treat their material as authoritative. I have no suggestions at this time for a replacement, but maybe something to do with Goebbles or the Nazis. Perhaps a word smith or journalist can think of a good replacement.

  4. Isabelle says:

    You are disgusting. One day you will see someone you love die and then, maybe, you will understand and have some respect.

  5. Diane says:

    Richard —

    Check out this really interesting article ( by Josh Strawn on the logic of “How Liberals Arrive at ‘We Are Hamas.'” It’s a critique of postmodern thinking, but I think it dovetails nicely with your honor-shame vs. guilt-integrity dichotomy.

    Also, according to LGF, CNN has restored the Mads Gilbert video and announced that they stand by their story.

    Joel at “Guide to the Perplexed” argued that the woman at the funeral is another obvious flaw — Joel claims women are not permitted to attend funerals according to Islam. Do you know if this is true?

  6. Cynic says:

    Josh Strawn writes:
    How come, despite the fact that Hamas openly states its violent, intolerant, anti-Semitic, theocratic values, and despite having seen its brutal ways of doing business, can a mob of (mostly) well-meaning British liberals take to the streets and declare their solidarity?

    Because they hate Juice so much!

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  8. oao says:

    Because they hate Juice so much!

    this they certainly do.

    but i think there is more to it.

    those who are compassionate to the cruel will be cruel to the compassionate.

    the so-called progressives are, by definition, in constant search of oppressed to defend. they lack the intellectual competence to discern true from fake oppressed. the pals know enough about that to feed them what they want to hear. voila — they found their oppressed. and when you convince yourself that you are the most moral people on the planet, you can become quite fanatic in your fight against the perceived oppressor. your whole identity is wrapped up in this fight.

    the hate of the west blind them to what the palestinians are, just like the hate of the juice is greater for the pals than the love of themselves.

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  10. Tom Human says:

    I note that you removed my coherent, reasonably polite response to this. Brave of you! If you were sure of yourselves, you’d allow dissent.

    I repeat: your position is no longer so popular in America. People ask why they are spending the money. It has escaped no one that really very few Israelis get killed (and, oh, yes, I’ve had people I know die…) and an awful lot of Palestinians. It has escaped no one that Gaza is essentially under siege. People are becoming aware that Israel has socialized medicine while the US does not.

    There are millions of moderate, Jewish or pro-Semitic people who once supported Israel unquestioningly and now have increasing doubts. You can delete my posts all you like, but unless Israel starts to take a morally acceptable stance, America will sooner or later stop spending the money.

    And why should they? Why should my taxes go towards Israel, where people live longer than in the US, are less likely to be murdered, get free medical care – particularly when Israel seems to be completely uninterested in any moral high ground?

  11. Yonah says:

    I usually leave the blogs alone but this time I felt that I must say something. After looking at the video a second and third time I came to some realizations that anyone who has ever been a lifeguard or has had CPR/Rescue Breathing training would know; 2 to 15 and 1 to 5, this refers to the number of breaths per compression the first set for adults the second for children(I am sorry but I have not been able to find the instructions on the Red Cross website). For those of you that don’t but watch television (ie ER, Grey’s, General Hospital, etc.) you have seen the doctors giving CPR and you notice how they are standing completely over the body with the hands right over the rib cage towards the bottom, hands squeezing each other, arms straight and stiff. The idea is to compress the lungs hard enough and to force the oxygen to flow, if done properly the first responder (the technical term for the person first on seen starting first aid) should break the ribs. You can tell me if the Palestinian man in the white doctors coat looks like Dr. Grey, Dr. Green, or any of your favorite tv doctors. (Yes American television actually got some parts of medical treatment correct, just ask your local lifeguard). Now given I am no expert just an IDF reservist and an American Red Cross trained lifeguard.

    Now for something that I have no knowledge about, film. I will not claim to know anything about film and editing, but I can spot a split or a loop when I see one, or at least I would like to think so. It looks to me that after about 3 seconds of footage in the hospital their is a cut in the footage and then it restarts, if he is professional cameraman then that is not supposed to happen. It also looks like the doctor starts pointing at the monitor and then again in the middle of footage he is pointing again but from a different angle so that at one point we see the half-hearted compressions and at the other we see the doctor and the child. I would also like to pose the question if a doctor has a patient that is dieing why would he look towards the camera man and not try to everything he can to save the patient? But again I state I am only a first responder and know nothing of how doctors work.

  12. oao says:


    when Israel seems to be completely uninterested in any moral high ground?

    oh, yeah, it’s hamas and and the arabs that are the moral party here, and israel is the sinner, huh?

    tell me, when god distributed ignorance and stupidity how many times did you stand in line?

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