Philippe Karsenty, the French politician, who years ago started a long and difficult battle to debunk the al-Dura false documentary, will be speaking in Toronto on August 15.
The infamous movie showed a Palestinian father and son being shot at allegedly by the Israeli army. In the end the boy supposedly dies. The footage was publicized in Europe by a French TV channel and received world-wide coverage. It was even “credited” for touching off the second intifada.
You don’t have to be an expert to figure out that something is very fishy with the “documentary”. For starters, the lack of blood after two people are hit by a barrage of bullets, raises suspicions. It also turned out that a very important part of the video has been cut off before being distributed.
Philippe Karsenty risked his career and reputation to campaign for the truth that very few people wanted to hear. When I saw his presentation in Toronto in 2010, he was involved in a legal fight to expose the falsification, which France 2 TV helped to spread. He had practically no support from the Israeli government, which, though the real victim of the hoax, puzzlingly did very little to investigate the truth.
Fast-forward to 2013 – the Israeli government finally woke up from its slumber. Government commissions thoroughly investigated the case and concluded that didn’t shoot at the duo and the boy didn’t die. That didn’t help Karsenty’s case – a French appeals court convicted him of defamation despite the fact that he was telling the truth. The legal battle will obviously continue.
The al-Dura case is very enlightening – it is a litmus test of the true positions of the sides involved. The fact that the media would accept and popularize such a crude hoax provided by the “Pallywood” abuse movie assembly line speaks volumes about how deeply the anti-Semitism is ingrained in Europe. The way Karsenty was treated only confirms that disturbing impression. The way the Israeli government acted is also hard to justify – taking years to react to such a damaging false propaganda is not a good response from a country, which is under a constant threat.
Philippe Karsenty is back in Toronto on August 15 to continue his campaign for revealing the truth. It is important to listen to brave people like him.
Details of the event: August 15, 2013, at 12:00 noon, at the offices of Minden & Gross LLP, 2200-145 King Street West, Toronto, M5H 4G2.