Rich Landes, editor of Augean Stables, flew out of New York last night (we rendezvoused at the dinner at the Hudson Institute last night). He is winging it to France to testify in the lawsuit against three innocent truth tellers in the Al Durah affair, the most shameful of all stains.
The French don't change. Spineless, Jew hating demagogues. Exposing the staging of Al Durah will have its day in court. The staged media event that kicked off the second intifada. So much blood on French hands.
France2, Charles Enderlin and Arlette Chabot (head of France2) are suing private individuals like me (not journalists) who used their websites to criticize France2.
This trial will be the moment of truth in the blood libel against Israel. It will expose French media for the jihad tool that it is.
The third trial, and the very first to reach the court concerns an article written by Philippe Karsenty at his Media watchdog site, Media Ratings, in which he argues explicitly that the al Durah footage was staged.
I met Phillipe, one of the journalists being sued, a couple of years ago in DC. He was earnest and relentless in his pursuit of the truth. He showed me frame by frame the impossibility of the French claim of Israeli culpability in the death of the boy and/or the father.
Rich over at Augean Stables has been tireless in exposing the lies in this terrible lie and his posts chronicle the whole sordid affair. Here is his guide to recent Al Durah posts.
For those coming here to get background on the Al Durah Affair and the upcoming trials, I offer a quick survey of the material I’ve posted:
For those who have yet to see either of the two “video essays” we’ve done on Pallywood and Al Durah: The Making of an Icon, go to Pallywood and Al Durah Up at YouTube for the easiest links. There is a French version of Pallywood, and of Al Durah: The Making of an Icon, and a Spanish version of Pallywood.
For a general introduction to the upcoming trials and the larger stakes involved, see The Al Durah Trials: Portrait of French Culture at the Beginning of the 21st Century.
For a discussion of the raw footage shot by Talal abu Rahmeh, the France2 cameraman who alone caught the “Al Durah footage,” see Al Durah Affair I: France2 Rushes by Talal Abu Rahmeh. It was viewing these rushes that inspired the term Pallywood.
For a discussion of some of the evidence surrounding the most curious thing about footage depicting a child killed by a bullet to the stomach who bled for twenty minutes in front of the cameraman — the absence of blood — see Blood? We’ve Got Some.
For a discussion of the remarkable resistance to even imagining, much less accepting the “staged” hypothesis, see Al Durah as Staged: The Resistance.
For a discussion of the “five scenarios” and James Fallows current position on the matter, see Fallows on al Durah: What is your Position?
For a long meditation (response to Zombietime) on what’s wrong with the media that such cheap fakes get by so consistently, see Meditations on Reutersgate: What’s Going on in the MSM?.
For a discussion of the toxic effect of al Durah on French (and by extension, European) society in the early 21st century (including the advent of the Arab/Muslim “street” in Europe, see: On the hidden costs of Media Error: Muhamed al Durah and the French Intifada, and now en français au site d’Alain Jean-Mairet: Les coûts cachés des erreurs des médias: Mohammed al Dura et l’intifada française.
Great day! The decision of the judges is oct 19, but the procureur (an impartial court advisor) came down entirely on philip's side and recommended dropping charges. Wonderful.