Thursday, November 15, 2007

Remember This ?


This image of a young boy and his father getting killed in an Israeli crossfire riveted the world a couple of years ago.

There have been doubts that this event was staged. There's currently a court case in France to force France 2 (the news network behind the footage) to show the footage of the reporting as a whole instead of clipped videos.

6 comments:

Tom Gara said...

Because we all know that the Israeli army would never, ever, shoot a child with a sniper rifle...

From the last link by pulitzer prize-winner Chris Hedges:

" Yesterday at this spot the Israelis shot eight young men, six of whom were under the age of eighteen. One was twelve. This afternoon they kill an eleven-year-old boy, Ali Murad, and seriously wound four more, three of whom are under eighteen. Children have been shot in other conflicts I have covered—death squads gunned them down in El Salvador and Guatemala, mothers with infants were lined up and massacred in Algeria, and Serb snipers put children in their sights and watched them crumple onto the pavement in Sarajevo—but I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport."

Dody G. said...

It's easier with missiles or car bombs.

In this case though, there's a good chance the court can either affirm or reject the allegation of such an iconic image of the Second Intifada.

Redneck Texan said...

Just so far this year alone, Palestinian gunmen have killed 40 Palestinian women and 42 Palestinian Children.

I guess there's no chance for a Pulitzer for documenting Pal on Pal violence.

Roi said...

Tom,

I'm not surprised anymore by your unbalanced perspective against Israel but I am surprised that, as a person in the news media world, you wouldn't have stronger opinions/interest against the potential doctoring of images in news reporting (such as the image Dody posted or the ones discussed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Lebanon_War_photographs_controversies )

Albert said...

this has to be the most imbecile - yet unfortuntaley sometimes effective - tactic to distract attention from a subject which is not to one's convenience - I'm talking about Tom's comment.

Scream louder, throw some bitter irony and quickly turn the discussion around the opposite corner...because 'my side' can never do any harm, cannot create fake news coverage to attract public sympathy...

Tom, this is not to argue against your comment (which is quite random anyway, because nowhere in the articles linked was there any idea of the Israeli soliders having never killed a chiled), but to highlight what you knew only too well when your wrote the comment.

Pierre said...

I saw the video. The 'victims' certainly seem to have been shot. Still, the burst of gunfire that hit them seems to have left the wall just behind them in exactly the same state as it was before.

Mind you, the wall HAS bullet holes on it, so its not as if its 'bullet-proof' or anything. It's just that no new ones appear after the shooting.

Oh yes, and there is the case of the camera tripod right next to them.