France2 is not CNN
Not by a long shot.
On September 30, 2000, the nightly news program of the French public television channel France2 shows images apparently depicting a Palestinian boy and his father 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.”
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France2’s September 30, 2000 report of the Israeli shooting of the Palestinian boy Mohammed Al-Dura (or “Djamal”, as he was called in that report) was unfounded. Or as Denis Jeambar and Daniel Leconte said in unison when interviewed on Tuesday on the Parisian radio station RCJ [Jewish Community Radio]: it is “false”.
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It should be noted that Charles Enderlin [the France2 correspondent] published a response to Jeambar and Leconte [link in French] in the January 27 edition of Le Figaro. He did not deny the facts cited by Jeambar and Leconte. But he noted that even if the claim that the Israeli soldiers shot and killed Mohammed Al-Dura should not be true, “for me, the image corresponded to the reality of the situation not only in Gaza but also in the West Bank.” Americans will be familiar with this style of argument from some of their own supposed news organizations
In a follow-up post, Rosenthal wrote, [emphasis mine]
The Times/IHT report, however, fails to mention what all three of the independent French journalists who have viewed the rushes – Luc Rosenzweig, Denis Jeambar, and Daniel Leconte – have confirmed and emphasized: namely, that the bulk of the material contained in these rushes consists of obvious “stagings” or “mise-en-scène” of Palestinians being shot and wounded. It is, above all, this fact – hitherto unknown, since France 2 has refused to release the complete rushes – that lends support to the Metula News Agency’s longstanding charge that the Mohammed Al-Dura footage, reportedly comprising just some 3 minutes of the total, is also staged.
In yesterday’s post Transatlantic Intelligencer discusses the France2 nightly news program of last Wednesday, February 9. I have been following the story of the al-Doura video, and imagine my surprise when France2 pops the fake video, again, this time in a story about
a televised encounter between Jamal Al-Dura, the supposed father of Mohammed, and Shmuel Biri, the father of an Israeli soldier killed three days before the alleged Netzarim incident . . . . (As an aside, though France 2 presents the meeting between the two “fathers of victims” as a hopeful sign of reconciliation in the Middle East, in fact Jamal Al-Dura’s discourse – demanding that Israel return to “us” what is “ours”, including, n.B., Jerusalem – is anything but conciliatory.)
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Now, it will be recalled from my earlier posts on the Mohammed Al-Dura affair that the images broadcast “around the world” of Mohammed Al-Dura have in fact never included the boy’s death throws. Charles Enderlin has long maintained that he intentionally cut the images of the boy’s death throws from the report because they were “intolerable”. Speaking to the French magazine Télérama and using the same French word agonie, Enderlin said: “I cut the child’s death throws [agonie]. It was intolerable….It would not have added anything.” Contrary to Enderlin’s declarations, however, Luc Rosenzweig, Denis Jeambar, and Denis Leconte – the three French journalists who were recently permitted to view the complete rushes in the presence of France2 news director Arlette Chabot – have revealed that the rushes do not contain any such scene of the boy’s death. To quote again Jeambar and Leconte: “These famous ‘death throws’ [agonie], which Enderlin claims to have cut from the report, do not exist.”
The absence of any scene documenting the child’s death in the rushes represents one of the major grounds that have emerged from the three journalists’ viewing of the rushes in support of the hypothesis that the alleged killing of Mohammed Al-Dura was staged. The other major revelation supporting this hypothesis is, of course, the presence in the remainder of the rushes of what Rosenzweig, Jeambar, and Leconte all concur were obviously staged episodes – or “mise-en-scène” – of other Palestinians being wounded.
TI concludes with the statement, “the use made by France2 of the Mohammed Al-Dura footage on its February 9th newscast constitutes an act of remarkable bad faith.”
Allow me to remind you that France2 is government-funded.
Update A friend emailed me this: Charles Johnson was interviewed by France2 last Thursday, and posts as follows, LGF vs France2
I did an interview with France 2 today, to tell the saga of LGF and our involvement in Rathergate. It was a friendly session for the most part. The subject of the occasional anti-French remarks that appear in our comments was brought up, and I pointed out that French media had more than a little anti-Americanism as well. (There’s even a magazine called “The Anti-American.”)
At the end, I asked Florent (the interviewer) about the Muhammad al-Dura controversy, in which France 2 is alleged to have deliberately helped promote Palestinian propaganda; at first, he seemed not to know what I was talking about, but then the cameraman chimed in and said, “Oh yes, the Israeli envoy has admitted there is no controversy, it’s all over.” All over! Everyone relax now. No problem. Everything’s patched up.
The interview will be broadcast in the Envoyé Spécial show.