An “Independent” Al-Dura Commission?

Posted by John Rosenthal

France’s leading Jewish organization, the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF), is calling for the establishment of an “independent investigative commission” on the al-Dura affair. But how “independent” would a commission be that, according to the CRIF proposal, should be co-sponsored by none other than France 2, one of the principal actors in the [...]

Al-Dura Affair: Reporters Without Borders Against Freedom of Speech

Posted by John Rosenthal

It might seem odd to find the head of an NGO ostensibly devoted to defending freedom of speech signing a petition whose only point could be to suppress it. But when one knows more about Reporters Without Borders, it turns out not to be so odd after all. See my new article on Pajamas Media [...]

The Fourth and Strangest Al-Dura “Defamation” Trial

Posted by John Rosenthal

Has a Jew who accuses another Jew of “cowardice” and “self-hatred” in the face of anti-Semitism thereby himself committed an act of anti-Semitism? In the strange, through-the-looking-glass world of French justice: apparently he has. For the details, se my new article on Pajamas Media here.

France: The Al-Dura Case and the End of Freedom of Speech

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an article that appeared in December 2005, the French journalist Michel Gurfinkiel asked: “Is Freedom of Speech under Threat in France?”  Nearly one year on, and following a Parisian court’s ruling in the first Al-Dura defamation case, there is no longer room for doubt. For a recap of the Al-Dura/France2 affair and an analysis [...]

Stéphane Juffa on the Al-Dura Affair and the French Media

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally published on www.trans-int.blogspot.com] Stéphane Juffa is the director of the Metula News Agency (MENA). Based in Israel and publishing in French, the MENA is the organization that has undoubtedly done the most over the last four years to expose the inconsistencies involved in France2’s report of the alleged shooting of Mohammed Al-Dura at the [...]

Inveterate Enderlin

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally published at www.trans-int.blogspot.com] At the close of “Controversy? No Controversy…”, my last post on the Al-Dura/France2 affair, I asked readers who follow the French media to post comments or send me e-mail regarding uptake of the affair in the major French media that I may have missed. As I noted in the post, and [...]

Controversy, No Controversy…

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally published on www.trans-int.blogspot.com] The ability of France2 to continue using its Mohammed Al-Dura footage as if there was no question about its authenticity (see previous post), thus ignoring the public revelations of Luc Rosenzweig, Denis Jeambar and Daniel Leconte regarding the content of the rushes, reflects the sad fact that in France these revelations [...]

Controversy? What Controversy?: France2′s Continued Use of the Al-Dura Footage

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally published on www.trans-int.blogspot.com] On its nightly news program of last Wednesday, February 9, France 2 used an extract from its famous Mohammed Al-Dura footage to illustrate its lead story. Here is how France2 news anchor David Pujadas identified Mohammed Al-Dura: “little Mohammed, the Palestinian child killed during an exchange of gunfire at the start [...]

Seeing, But Not Seeing the Rushes: The NYTimes on Mohammed Al-Dura Affair

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally published at www.trans-int.blogspot.com] Via its European edition, the International Herald Tribune, the NYTimes has today finally acknowledged the controversy surrounding the Mohammed Al-Dura affair: or what perhaps, more precisely, should be called the “Mohammed Al-Dura/Charles Enderlin/France2 affair”. (See my previous post “The Fake, but Accurate Intifada”). Trusting, no doubt, that their colleagues at the [...]

The Fake, but Accurate Intifada: New Developments in the Mohammed Al-Dura Affair

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally published at www.trans-int.blogspot.com] 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 [...]