The Al-Dura Hoax: Truth, Finally, May Be Coming

The al-Dura hoax was first broadcast by France 2 -- French public television -- on September 30, 2000. For years, people all over the world have fought for what seemed to be the impossible: have France 2 admit they aired a fraud. But this month, things have changed very positively in favor of the truth.

On June 10, Canal + (a private French television station which supported France 2’s blood libel) was found guilty of defamation against Philippe Karsenty (one of the people who fought for the truth), whom they had described as a crazy conspiracy theorist.

Another step forward came on July 12, when the new president of French public television was heard at the French Senate. What was supposed to be a formal hearing designed to validate the choice of this new president, Remy Pflimlin, concluded with a question asked by Senator Jean-Pierre Plancade:

Mr. President, you talked about trust, independence, rigor and accuracy. I really care about these words. Your appointment comes at a time when each and every profession should show its deontology and ethics which are essential values on which we shouldn’t mitigate. The French public TV should be irreproachable and exemplary.

This is why I’d like to talk to you about an affair which is so important to me, which has been lasting for much too long, and which concerns France 2.

I’d like to talk to you about the so-called death of Mohammed al-Dura, who according to this news report, was killed by an Israeli bullet.

After France 2 aired this news report came a suspicion that French public TV broadcast a fake news report; suspicion confirmed by the fact that France 2 didn’t succeed when the channel sued one of our fellow citizens who accused France 2 of having aired, let me quote him, “a pure and simple staged scene.”

I recently watched a documentary coming from the German public TV, ARD -- “The Kid, the Death, and the Truth” -- which also proves that France 2 aired a fake news report.

Let me remind you that this news report triggered the second Intifada, incited Muslims all over the world; that squares are dedicated to the child and that postage stamps have been printed with the picture of Mohammed al-Dura. The American journalist Daniel Pearl was even beheaded to avenge Mohammed al-Dura’s death.

Recently, a book of the French philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff has been published in a prestigious book house which also claims that France 2’s news report was a hoax, and he was not sued for defamation.

I think it is high time to raise this suspicion over France 2 which has probably breached the code of ethics of the French public TV.

Therefore, I’d like to know, Mr. President, what are the steps you intend to take to regain confidence and reveal the truth on this matter? I take advantage of our meeting to give you Taguieff’s book and the DVD of the German public TV.

The new president of the French public TV answered as if he didn’t know anything about the al-Dura hoax:

Of course, I’ll look at this story.

The courage and the frankness of Senator Plancade has to be highlighted and commended, as well as the ignorance of the new president of French public TV who seemed to know nothing about such an important case regarding his new job.

The hearing revealed much about the lack of information the French public has received regarding the al-Dura hoax all these years. It has been a soft censorship, preventing all the media outlets from revealing the truth about this modern day blood libel.

(Read previous PJM coverage of the al-Dura hoax here, here, here, and here.)