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June 30, 2009

Ha'aretz Columnist Props Up Al Dura Myth

In a failed attempt to compare Israeli-Palestinian violence in 2000 with the current Iranian demonstrators protesting the rigged election, Yitzhak Laor props up the discredited Mohammed Al Dura myth. He writes:

In October 2000, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. For several weeks the Israel Defense Forces sprayed them with half a million bullets, leaving many dead, wounded and disabled. The child Mohammed Dura became a symbol. TV networks from all over the world broadcast the clashes.

While French courts and numerous independent investigations have proven that Al Dura is a symbol of media falsehood, Laor and his colleaugue Uzi Benziman still desperately cling to the long ago discredited notion that he is a symbol of Israeli brutality.

The fact that Laor resorts to citing the Al Dura myth to "prove" his comparison of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians and the Iranian regime's oppression of its protestors only underscores the comparison's falsity.

Posted by TS at June 30, 2009 03:56 AM


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