My Mideast Punchlines: Where is a present day Emile Zola?

A Paris court found French media analyst Philippe Karsenty guilty of defaming France 2 TV over its controversial footage of Mohammed Dura’s death.

Karsenty had accused France 2′s Charles Enderlin of fabricating the footage depicting what was presented as the 12 year-old boy’s death during a  2001 gunfight at Gaza’s Netzarim Junction. The video aired throughout the world, and the image of the boy crouching beside his father became an icon of the Second Intifada.

France 2′s lawyers told AP the ruling was a victory for journalism. Karsenty may appeal to the French supreme court.

“I think it is a dark day for French democracy and I think it is a dark day for the truth,” Karsenty declared of the verdict, adding optimistically, “and the truth will prevail in the end, I don’t know when, I don’t know how, but I know that it will prevail.”

This setback in a French court must not be allowed to become the accepted narrative. We must do everything in our power to ensure that the report of the Israeli government, while thirteen years too late, becomes the definitive narrative of events. The report said neither the boy nor his father were injured in the incident, which became part of a ‘Pallywood’ fabrication.

Small FistDreyfusards aux barricades, mes amies! J’accuse!


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