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May 13, 2013

Israeli Defense Ministry: Al Dura Was Unharmed

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The Jerusalem Post reports:

Not only was 12-year-old Gazan Muhammad al-Dura not killed by IDF fire in 2000 – he was not even hurt.

That was the preliminary finding of a special commit- tee formed several years ago by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and headed by Brig.- Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, the former head of the Research and Analysis Division of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, and the current director-general of the Strategic Affairs Ministry. . .

A few days ago, MK Nachman Shai met with Ya’alon to give him a copy of his new book, Media War Reaching for Hearts and Minds , which deals with the role of media in cur- rent military conflicts, including the Dura affair. Ya’alon then surprised Shai by saying that an investigation carried out by Israel shows that Dura was never hurt.

This theory has been circulating on the Internet for a few years already, but this was the first time that an Israeli defense minister was stating so publicly.

Today, Dura should be about 25-years-old, alive and kicking somewhere (unless he was killed later in a separate incident).

Kuperwasser confirmed the committee’s conclusion that that Dura had not been hurt at all and that the video clip, which was filmed by France 2 TV and aired around the world, had indeed been staged. This means that the France 2 TV channel report was erroneous, perhaps even knowingly.

Kuperwasser added that the full results of the investigation would be ready in the near future, and that most of the work had already been completed.

See CAMERA's detailed timeline of the Mohammad Al Dura, as well as our backgrounder.

Posted by TS at May 13, 2013 01:47 AM


The first response of the IDF after this incident was to apologise, sealing the spin of the story forever.

It was a blood libel of Israel, and will remain so thanks to the obsequious instincts of Israel's elites. No one will pay attention now to the disclaimers and mea culpas -- there is simply no news value, only academic interest.

Posted by: Michael Wolin at May 17, 2013 12:52 PM

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