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Al Dura Affair: Did the Raw Footage Sink France 2's Case?
Pajamas Media ^ | 11/15/07 | Nidra Poller

Posted on 11/15/2007 6:21:57 AM PST by gridlock

Has the Al Dura trial had its Rosemary Woods missing tapes moment? It certainly sounds that way. PJM’s Nidra Poller has the latest on the ongoing trial in Paris over what has been called “The Mother of All Fauxtography.”

The Mohammed Al-Dura drama reached a climax as France 2’s auteur, who had up till now not appeared in court, took the stand.

Charles Enderlin came to court personally today to defend the images shot by his trusted cameraman Talal Abu Rahma at Netzarim Junction in the Gaza Strip on September 30, 2000. The cameraman had declared under oath that he filmed 27 minutes of the ordeal of Mohamed al Dura and his father Jamal, pinned down by Israeli gunfire. France 2 turned over to the court a CDRom certified as an authentic copy of the raw footage, of a total duration of 18 minutes. Despite those statements the pertinent al Dura scenes contained in the rushes lasted one short minute. Nothing more.

The remaining footage, 17 minutes, was consistent with what was already known about that day at the Junction: staged battle scenes—out of range of the Israeli position—with instant ambulance evacuations, alternating with images of men and boys attacking the Israeli position with stones, firebombs, and burning tires.

An overflow crowd waited for more than an hour outside the courtroom and dozens were left outside. Those who were lucky enough to get in were treated to a demonstration of Charles Enderlin’s defense strategy. Did Enderlin’s testimony convince the court despite its lack of corroboration by the rushes? He did not convince this correspondent who came away with greater doubts than ever about France 2’s film.

More reactions to the Enderlin’s testimony

Richard Landes: “Today Charles Enderlin presented in court the “rushes” of Talal abu Rahmah which the Judge had requested from him. And he presented an edited version in which he took out at least three minutes, and several scenes that I distinctly remember seeing. In the United States that’s called tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice, and perjury. In France, we’ll find out what it’s called.”

Melanie Phillips: “Enderlin offered only a vague, rambling and unconvincing explanation of why he had only produced 18 minutes of footage rather than the 27 he claimed to have received from his cameraman in Gaza (Enderlin himself was not in Gaza when these events occurred).”

TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aldura; fauxtography; france; putupjob; reuters
The Judge demanded that France 2 and Charles Enderlin turn over the entire tape. Instead, they turned over an edited tape with 9 minutes missing. What could have been on those 9 minutes that is so explosive that they are willing to defy a direct order of a judge?
1 posted on 11/15/2007 6:21:59 AM PST by gridlock
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To: gridlock

It seems the vast majority of the media used these “Muslim plants” to report on all the stories coming out of the Middle East for years.

Screw the media.

2 posted on 11/15/2007 6:27:32 AM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: abb; Milhous
French television media fakery ping.
3 posted on 11/15/2007 6:30:13 AM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: gridlock

4 posted on 11/15/2007 6:44:36 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

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5 posted on 11/15/2007 7:33:41 AM PST by SJackson (every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, none to make him afraid,)
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To: ConservativeMind; george76
It seems the vast majority of the media used these “Muslim plants” to report on all the stories coming out of the Middle East for years.

The “budding journalism student” behind the Haditha hoax

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AP journalists celebrating their Pulitzer Prize for Felony Murder for photos taken by Islamofascist stringers of their Islamofascist buddies murdering Iraqi election officials.

6 posted on 11/15/2007 7:36:08 AM PST by Milhous (Gn 22:17 your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies)
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To: gridlock

Left-Muslim alliance born in hell

All over Europe Muslims run as candidates for the socialist and left parties

7 posted on 11/15/2007 7:41:51 AM PST by dennisw (Islam - "a transnational association of dangerous lunatics")
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“All over Europe Muslims run as candidates for the socialist and left parties”

And the most bizarre part of that process is that, as Sharia law begins to supersede democracy in swatch after swatch of Europe in the decades ahead, those ‘advocates of tolerance and multi-culturalism’ will be the first ones to experience the medieval cruelty of Islamic justice first-hand...

8 posted on 11/15/2007 8:03:12 AM PST by Clioman
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To: Clioman

I guess they will “get religion” one way or the other.

Their decendants will be the most affected.

They simply don’t care, though.

9 posted on 11/15/2007 8:17:54 AM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: gridlock

A lot of innocent people have been killed-murdered over that stupid incident.

10 posted on 11/15/2007 4:44:17 PM PST by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Law is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: gridlock

Thanks for posting.

Let’s see if the French Judge takes on this direct slap in the face.

11 posted on 11/16/2007 1:01:38 PM PST by dervish (Pray for the peace of an UNDIVIDED JEWISH Jerusalem)
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