Charles Enderlin has a lot to answer for. Primarily crimes against humanity. His hand and his complicity in al dura affair requires a prison sentence. Unable or unwilling to own up to his responsiblity in seting off the second intifada, he has altered the evidence despite a judicial ruling to hand over the tapes. Caroline Glick said, Enderlin's alleged hoax went beyond journalistic malfeasance. He put blind faith in the reports of a cameraman who was clearly lying to him. And when faced with the facts of the deception, he aggressively dismissed them over the course of seven years. While it is hard to say how events might have unfolded if he hadn't chosen to act as he did, looking forward the murderous consequences of the al-Dura myth speak volumes about the moral imperative for journalists to get their facts straight and to acknowledge mistakes when they are discovered. So too, it underlines the need for policymakers to base their decisions on facts, even when they expose difficult and inconvenient realities."
Now he exposes yet another traitorous staging. Noah Pollak over at Commentary Magazine (hat tip Alex Grobman)
Joel Pollak (no relation) reports on his blog that Charles Enderlin, the France 2 television reporter implicated in the Mohammed al-Dura fabrication, admitted at a talk at Harvard last night that the famous scenes of Yasser Arafat donating blood after the 9/11 attacks were, like the footage of the IDF killing al-Dura, staged:
Enderlin said the event had been staged for the media to counteract the embarrassing television images of Palestinians celebrating in the streets after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.
The blood donation story made headlines around the world. It was reported by esteemed news agencies like the BBC, and photographs of Arafat lying with an outstretched arm ran on many front pages. But the whole scene was staged, Enderlin said. Arafat didn’t like needles, and so the doctor put a needle near his arm and agitated a bag of blood. The reporters took the requisite photographs.
Arafat, it’s worth noting, died in 2005 of AIDS, and it is thus a good thing that he didn’t actually donate blood. Is it possible that the reputation of the international press corps in Israel, especially its European members, could get any worse?
It's all so disgusting.
UPDATE: Eretz (who, btw, is an angel) provides video of Arafat's Fake Blood Donation after 9/11
And don't forget this: Arafat Given Full Military Honors in France
UPDATE: Richard Landes over at Augean Stables has been following Enderlin's descent into hell vis a vis the al dura affair. Check out what he has to say on this here;