Answer to Vic Rosenthal’s Good Question about Al Durah

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Why was the IDF (and Karsenty) Abandoned in the Al Dura Affair?

Why didn’t then Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and then Prime Minister Ehud Barak demand that all the footage shot by France 2 on that day be placed at Israel’s disposal to do a proper investigation?

Because back then, it was unthinkable. I had to do Pallywood before Al Durah (2005-6) because people literally couldn’t believe that “staged” was even a possibility.

Even if they did believe, Enderlin had told everyone that he had more material he didn’t publish because it was “too horrible to see” – the famous “death throes.” In one move, he explained why he edited the original footage and, by invoking the “public’s sensibilities” he was able to implicitly blackmail me. The Israelis were afraid of what was on the tapes, and afraid that if they asked for it, he’d release the rest of the world.

What shocked and outraged Esther Schapira into her second movie was seeing the rushes in Paris in 2007, and realizing that there were only 60 seconds of the Al Durah sequence. She confronted Enderlin outside the court, and he just shrugged her off. I argued with the Israelis from the moment I saw them that there was nothing to afraid of in the tapes, but by then the attitude of fear of a reprisal had become pervasive.

Miri Eisen asked me if I thought it was staged. When I said yes, she said, “end of conversation.” When I asked her if she would like a crack forensic team to examine any future footage of Israeli carnage before she had to face the cameras in case it were clearly a fake (this was after Lebanon and Kafr Qana), and she said, “no.”

As you can imagine, we didn’t have lots to say to each other.

2 Responses to Answer to Vic Rosenthal’s Good Question about Al Durah

  1. E.G. says:

    Nonsense. Everybody knew our “peace partners” were great actors (from times immemorial i.e., about a century). It was just that saying so in public did not fit the peace agenda.

  2. mika. says:

    Why didn’t then Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and then Prime Minister Ehud Barak demand that all the footage shot by France 2 on that day be placed at Israel’s disposal to do a proper investigation?

    Because back then, it was unthinkable.
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    BS! You are extremely naive and ignorant if you really think that. Our government is not our government. It is a foreign occupation of our institutions. It’s the same everywhere. This Vatican mafia controls practically every government on this planet. But they need idiots and mental retards for a mass population to believe and support in their illusion, so that we all willingly become obedient slaves and dumb farm animals to be farmed. You are a slave on fascist-commie Vatican slave plantation, only you’re too ignorant and too propagandized to be able to discern this.

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