“Pallywood” – The Truth Behind Propaganda Terrortainment
By Jason Jordan
September 30, 2000 marked a dark day for the media war against Israel with the release of a 55 second piece of video footage depicting what was believed to be the killing of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy Mohammed al-Durrah by Israeli marksmen at Gaza’s Netzarim Junction. The footage was accompanied with a voice over by France 2’s Jerusalem correspondent, Charles Enderlin who pronounced the boy dead after slumping down, apparently dead, after he, and his father Jamal, crouched helpless behind a barrel, pinned against a wall, under what appeared to be heavy gunfire.
“Twelve days later a mob of Palestinian’s shouting, ‘revenge for the blood of Mohammed al-Durrah!’ lynched two Israeli army reservists and dragged their mutilated bodies through the streets of Ramallah…After September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden said, “Bush must not forget the image of Mohammed al-Durrah. Several Arab countries (also) issued postage stamps with his picture” wrote Melanie Philips in her article “Faking a Killing” in July 2008 issue of the Australian Jewish News.
The problem was that al-Durrah and his father were not shown being killed and after almost seven years an extensive investigation declared that the footage was a deliberately fabricated piece of media propaganda. Such grotesque staged imagery has become so frequently produced for the Palestinian cause that it has been dubbed “Pallywood” to denote a new sadistic genre in “terrortainment.”
This incident has motivated countless unfounded reprisal aggressions against Israel to the point where it has been branded as a modern day “blood libel,” an ancient form of slander issued on the back of claims that Jews kidnapped Gentile children to drain their blood for the Passover ritual.
The truth about the incident began to unravel after a libel suit was brought against French media watchdog, Philippe Karsenty, who said that the footage was “pure fiction.” Initially the Paris court ruled in favour of the TV network that originally aired the footage with the voice over claim, but an appeal court founded that Karenty was right in his statement considering the evidence available. The boy is not depicted as being shot, nor is any shooter identified in the footage. This led to a court injunction release of a 27 minute piece of the footage (still minus an apparently overwhelming incriminating 3 minute sequence) that proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the whole incident was staged. Those who raised the law suit against Karsenty, would have perhaps regretted doing so, with the information about the incident now exposed.
There were conflicting reports of Mohammed al-Durrah and his father’s injuries. No autopsies were performed and no bullets were recovered from the scene or at the hospital. There was no official Palestinian investigation into the shooting at all. When asked why, an official said that “it was the Israeli side who committed this murder.”
In 2007 after the court hearing the government of Israel officially accepted the “staged theory.” Daniel Seaman, Israeli government's chief press officer, wrote “Here began the long path to exposing the truth and to base the facts that are known to us today, that the events of that day were essentially staged by the network's cameraman in Gaza, Mr. Tilal Abu-Rehama.”
Footage of the Middle East Conflict has had a long tradition of being routinely fabricated or doctored by western media organisations because “Bad Jews, poor Arabs sells news papers.” The Islamic and Arab world use terrorism and media manipulation as their major mode of attack against Israel. Over the years this has had devastating results and has been the chief catalyst of reawakening and stirring up global anti-Semitism.
Almost all “on the ground” Western journalists in Israel answer to Hamas, because of a genuine fear for their lives if they fail to slant stories toward the Palestinian cause. This is due to the lifestyle of a wartime journalist, who deliberately befriends occupants caught in the theatre of war to enable greater accessibility in gathering news. Such a tactic allows a journalist to arrive at scenes quickly to get the rawest footage with the approval and assistance of locals. But this compromise inevitably handicaps their ability to report news impartially. Because as long as the Western journalist self censors any material that might embarrass or incriminate their host they are able to maintain access to accommodation, places and resources that would otherwise be unavailable. For example, in 2003 Eason Jordan, a former Chief News Executive of CNN, admitted that he deliberately avoided reporting negatively on Sadam Hussein for 12 years in order to maintain his residency in Iraq. This climate was foreshadowed during the time of Stalin when the Western press was only allowed to maintain its presence there if it handled reports in accordance to the will of Soviet officials.
This is known as “Access Journalism” and those who engage in it routinely report on situations in favour of their hosts. This practice as a two-fold benefit for the Western journalist, because news that condemns Israel keeps local Palestinians happy and increases the sales of newspapers worldwide.
The western media is Islam’s most powerful weapon and the general public is well to remind themselves that news reporting on the Middle East Crisis is historically predisposed to running down and bashing Israel, even though a mountain of evidence that exists concerning falsified reports, fabricated incidents, twisted facts, manipulated imagery and general all-round untrustworthy journalism.
In general, “on the ground” war journalists follow a herd mentality by producing images and information that fits within an existing agreed upon premise or dominant view (whether true or not) to avoid producing subject matter that is controversial enough to endanger their livelihood or life. For Example:
In July 2, 2007, Associated Press reported that, “A TV journalist who worked for the Al-Arabiya network in the Gaza Strip is seeking asylum in Norway, saying his family was threatened, Norwegian state broadcaster NRK reported. We came to Norway because I, my wife and children received death threats, and we decided to leave Gaza, where I could not continue as a free-speaking journalist, Saif el-Deen Shahin was quoted as saying in a report on NRK's Web site...Hamas had accused Al-Arabiya of bias in favor of its rival, Fatah, in the months leading up to its takeover of Gaza. Shahin said only about 10 percent of journalists in Gaza dare to carry out their profession. The rest have stopped working because of pressure and fears for their lives, Shahin was quoted as saying in the report posted Thursday.”
In July 5, 2007, Musa Rimawi, the director of the PCDMF [Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom] said, (The Hamas takeover) has had a terrible negative impact on the media…Journalists are scared…They're panicking."
In July 7, 2007, Fawzi Barhoum, the spokesman for Hamas made direct threats to the chief editor of Ma’an News Agency via mobile phone. He demanded that Ma’an stop criticising the Hamas movement and if such criticisms continued he would commence a campaign of defamation against the news agency in the form of accusations of false news and antagonism toward Hamas.
Note the above examples all took place within one week.
A journalist reporting in the midst of the Middle East Conflict is usually preoccupied with one goal. That is to find a situation or story that becomes a standout case that supports an already established and commonly perceived majority view. In short field journalism has no concrete positive role if it operates inside a bubble that is emplaced by one group who struggles against another. People who choose to write about or be involved in protesting the death of innocent lives due to the Middle East Crisis should focus their energies on Western media who have the greatest blood on their hands.
Nurturing distain based purely on watching streams of shock imagery accompanied with bias narration from a handful or television and radio news programs that happen to be easily accessible because of the popularity of a network, is like continually feeding one’s viewpoint from only two or three mainstream news websites.
Another incident that perfectly illustrates the devastating efficiency of the well oiled Palestinian media war machine is a photo that was coincidently released in September 30, 2000, that depicted a blooded Middle-Eastern man cowering under a baton wielding Israeli policeman on the front page of the New York Times. The caption identified the man on the ground as being Palestinian, but the truth behind the incident could have been nothing further from the truth. The man was none other than Jewish Yeshiva student, Tuvia Grossman, who was ambushed by a mob of Palestinians whilst on his way to visit the Western Wall. It all started when Grossman’s Palestinian taxi driver insisted on taking a short cut through an Arab neighbourhood. Before Grossman new what hit him, he was dragged out of the cab and beaten by about 40 Palestinian thugs. He curled up into a ball and started to chant the Shema (the declaration of faith that Israelites say at point of death) as they beat him and stabbed him. The beating, which consisted of kicking, punching, a severe stab wound to the leg and large rocks being bashed repeatedly into his skull took a total of eight minutes. Grossman’s thoughts went to what time of the year it was. It was the eve of Rosh Hashanah and the image and sound of a shofar (a ram’s horn) entered his mind. He thought of the prophet Gideon and his 300 badly outnumbered soldiers and how they blew shofars and banged pots to hopefully scare their enemies. Thinking of this, he decided to yell at the top of his lungs. This caused his assailants to be stunned momentarily, giving him enough time to stagger up the street to a nearby petrol station where there was some Israeli policemen posted. When he finally reached them he collapsed beneath the feet of one of the Israeli policemen who now stood over him wielding his baton to fend off the pursuing Palestinians who intended on lynching him and dragging him through the streets (must be a Palestinian custom).
A freelance photographer snapped the event and posted the image to Associated Press who then forwarded the image onto over 15,000 news agencies throughout the world with a caption identifying Grossman as a Palestinian. Every newspaper sang the same tune with the story and this just goes to show that the media always assumes that victims of the Middle East Crisis are always Palestinian.
Grossman wrote, “It’s bad enough to be beaten bloody, get stitched up and down my head, have my leg severely stabbed that therapy was required to regain the use of it. But to be used as a pawn in the media war, as a part of Palestinian propaganda to gain international sympathy, well, that hurts even more.”
Dead Baby Strategy
Hamas principle military tactic is to fire rockets from Palestinian schools at areas densely populated with Israeli children. By January 16, 2009, over 6000 rockets were fired at Israeli kindergartens, elementary schools and playgrounds according to The Washington Times. This fact prompted, newly elected president, Barack Obama, who visited Sderot, a town that had been hit by more than 1,000 rockets, to state, “If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”
Deliberately attacking Israeli children and in the process using their own children as human shields are factual methodologies of not only Hamas, but all terrorist proxies of Iran. Palestinian terrorist groups know and depend on images of dead children to outrage the world. Hamas ghoulishly have their own film crews wait at the ready to film and transmit imagery of dead Palestinian children. At the same time these ghoul squads censor images that don’t further the dead baby strategy objective. For example, in a case where two Palestinian children were killed by Hamas rockets all images where completely censored from Palestinian news quarters!
Lack of military technology and training has caused many Hamas rocket attacks to hit virtually anywhere, with the only premise being, the deeper into Israel the better. The United Nations, an organisation historically known for sanctioning genocide, support this game of Russian Rolette missile launching by accusing Israel of war crimes as it defended its civilians by using the latest military technology to pinpoint and verify its targets to reduce as many civilian casualties as possible. In fact Israel leads the world in their ability to keep civilian casualties low during conflicts due to their constant struggle with a combatant that deal exclusively in using children as targets and armour.
The current climate, perpetuated by the media, allows Hamas to operate in a win-win situation by enacting the dead baby strategy. In doing this they achieve one of two results; Israel does nothing and Hamas succeed in killing Israeli children or Israel responds and provoke condemnation by the international community who currently accept manipulated images of dead children.
The “dead baby strategy” is perhaps no more horrifically demonstrated than in a piece of Palestinian news footage originally aired on CNN that showed a 12 year old girl, receiving CPR after being killed along with two other children by an alleged Israeli drone missile. After extensive analysis, the footage was deemed staged because it showed a known radical Marxist member of a revolutionary socialist party in Norway and pro-Palestinian activist doctor administering a completely incorrect method of CPR on the girl. A qualified doctor viewing the footage was appalled that the girl was quite obviously already dead during the filming that showed a supposedly frantic life and death moment. He concluded an official comment by saying, “In short, ‘the resuscitation scene’ at the beginning is fake, and it’s a pretty lame fake at that.” CNN responded by airing a revised video with claims for and against the scene being staged. The use of a dead child to inflate the enormity of the tragedy is a sadistic crime that is not even given a second thought if the opportunity should arise in the field of battle for the average Palestinian combatant. Israel’s neighboring enemies are a historically opportunist adversary that routinely function without any discernable ethical or moral standard.
The Hypocrisy of the Human Rights Advocate’s Support for the Palestinian Cause
Supposed human rights activists, brain washed by decades of bias media reporting, flock to the Palestinian cause like zombified humans caught by the hypnotic blast of the Morlock’s horn in H.G. Well’s time travel classic. To be against Israel because of faith in Islam is understandable, but to be against Israel due to violation of human rights issues is the biggest form of hypocrisy alive today. Not one Islamic country has or enforces freedom of speech or operates under the protective function of a Supreme Court. Israel has freedom of speech. You can be openly homosexual in Israel and not fear for your life. You can appeal to the Supreme Court no matter what religion or nationality you are. In fact up to 300 Israeli Palestinians sit before the Supreme Court every year to have their cases heard and many of them win. Even, the knesset (the legislative branch of the Israeli government) has Palestinians on its board. Lebanon, on the other hand, has terrorists in their government seats.
From all walks of life do these ignorant “save the children” pro-Palestinian supporters come, unwittingly taking the side of a people who have spawned the most blatantly barbarous militant groups in modern history. The armchair supporter and the active participant of the Palestinian cause cling together like patrons from vastly different classes on a sinking Titanic, nurturing malformed mindsets, pieced together by copious amounts of unverified anti-Israeli news feeds cleverly tailoured into sound bytes of information, aimed at the attention deficit masses. My disrespect for Bono of U2 was solidified as I read his response to Barack Obama election as a win for the Palestinian people.
There was a moment of clarity in this surreal Saving Private Ryan, Miss Universe landscape, In June 13, 2007, when an organisation called Human Rights Watch, who had glossed over Palestinian atrocities in the past, published a condemnation of Hamas for gross violations of international law. The report was called “Gaza: Armed Palestinian Groups Commit Grave Crimes” The Middle East Director of Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson stated that, “These attacks by both Hamas and Fatah constitute brutal assaults on the most fundamental humanitarian principles. The murder of civilians not engaged in hostilities and the willful killing of captives are war crimes, pure and simple.”
What follows are highlights from the report:
“Hamas military forces captured 28-year-old Muhammad Swairki, a cook for President Mahmoud Abbas's presidential guard, and executed him by throwing him to his death, with his hand and legs tied, from a 15-story apartment building in Gaza City.”
“Fatah and Hamas forces engaged in battles in and around two Gaza Strip hospitals.”
“At a hospital in Beit Hanun, three [patients who were] family members with ties to Fatah, 'Id al-Masri and his sons, Farij and Ibrahim, were killed [by Hamas]...one shot at close range.”
“Hamas military forces attacked the home in Beit Lahiya of Jamal Abu al-Jadiyan, a senior Fatah official, captured him, and executed him on the street with multiple gunshots.”
This is back in 2007. It must have been a bad year.