May 21, 2014

Pallywood Redux?

Footage showing two Palestinians gunned down outside the village of Beitunia in the West Bank last Thursday may well have been doctored, said a senior defense official Wednesday (see below).

Why would a senior official say that? The article and video below provide an explanation, but suffice it to say the Palestinians have built an entire industry around "Pallywood," i.e., the fabrication, media manipulation, distortion and outright fraud by the Palestinians (and other Arabs) in order to win the public relations war against Israel.

The Muhammad al-Dura affair (described below) is but one example of Pallywood's work. And to get an idea of how this is done, here is a VIDEO of Pallywood training, showing fake protesters posing for fake photos near the Gaza border.

A second example is in this VIDEO showing, among other things, a Palestinian funeral procession. At some point during the procession, the corpse is dropped, but fear not for it immediately stands up, gets back on the stretcher and the funeral procession resumes.

By the way, you'll note in the video below – which purports to show the killing of the two Palestinians – that as soon as one of the bystanders raises his arms, out come the photographers and a cameraman to film the gory details. Were they there, with cameras in hand, by total coincidence?

Hopefully the investigation will provide answers, but if history is any guide, this footage may very well end up being another Pallywood masterpiece.

The Times of Israel  |  May 21, 2014

Film of Palestinians' killing likely doctored, top official says

High-placed defense source recalls 'Pallywood' allegations against IDF in 2000; human rights group: 'Grave suspicion' shooting was willful

By Mitch Ginsburg & Lazar Berman

Palestinian demonstrators help an injured friend during clashes with Israeli security forces outside Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia, on Thursday, May 16, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/Abbas Momani)

Footage showing two Palestinians gunned down outside the village of Beitunia in the West Bank last Thursday may well have been doctored, a senior defense official said Wednesday.

"I saw the video – the chances of fabrication are high," the official said.

He said he was being cautious, and that he would wait for an IDF investigation into the killings to come to a full conclusion, but that the fact that the two were seen in the footage walking alone, seemingly minding their own business, and the manner in which they seemed to fall – onto their outstretched palms – cast doubt on the authenticity of the footage.

"We all learned from the fabrication of Netzarim Junction," he said, referencing the Muhammad al-Dura affair in September 2000, which he termed "Pallywood." A report aired on the channel France 2 claiming to show the killing of Al-Dura, 10, by IDF soldiers was a rallying cry for the Second Intifada, but Israeli officials have disputed the report, some going so far as to say it was staged and that al-Dura was still alive.

The two Palestinian youths, aged 16 and 17, were killed during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops outside Ramallah during a Nakba Day protest.

The video, posted by Defense for Children International's Palestine division, shows two unarmed men walking near a gas station and then being shot about an hour apart.

The senior defense official said Thursday that the Border Police involved in the incident submitted that they had used riot-dispersal measures alone and not, as Palestinian officials have claimed, live fire. "We said, give us the bodies and the bullets in order to conclude the investigation," he said, "but they did not pass either on."

Pallywood addtional.jpgThe IDF's investigation into the deaths is working its way up the chain of command. A divisional investigation has been concluded, the official said, and the initial findings will be submitted to the defense minister on Thursday. In the coming days, he added, the investigation should be concluded.

Israeli human rights NGO B'Tselem released the findings of it own investigation Wednesday, supporting claims that the two youths were killed by live fire.

"The investigation, compounded by security camera footage of the incident, indicated that the circumstances of the incident in no way justified use of live fire," the group said in press release. "These findings raise grave suspicion that the killing was willful."

B'Tselem said that medical experts found that the wounds on the bodies of the two slain Palestinians and two others injured in the incident were consistent with entry and exit wounds caused by live fire. In addition, B'Tselem said, eyewitnesses heard live gunfire.

The father of one of the slain Palestinians on Wednesday showed a Channel 2 reporter a backpack he said was worn by his son at the time of the shooting. He also produced a slug, which he said had been recovered from the backpack after exiting his son's body. He said he was willing to exhume the corpse if it would aid the investigation.

The video named the two fatalities as Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh, 16.

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[Snapshot] Security camera footage obtained by Defense for Children International Palestine shows two Palestinian teens shot & killed during clashes near Ofer military prison in the West Bank city of Beitunia on May 15, 2014. Click anywhere on pic or HERE to see video.

Original article here.


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