Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a government report Saturday, presenting the findings of a special governmental inquiry committee into the death of Muhammad al-Dura during the al-Aqsa Intifada. The report focuses on the controversial September 2000 France 2 broadcast – in which the boy is seen hiding behind his father while the two were under IDF gunfire – and conclude that al-Dura was still alive at the end of the video.If there's anyone who predictably won't accept the results of the investigation, it's one of the relatives, who's just too consumed by his own bigotry. INN suggests it's possible that al-Dura is still alive, and if he was killed, we have to wonder if he was eaten by his own, turning him into a sacrifice so that the hoax wouldn't be found out so easily.
According to the committee findings, in contrary to what had been published before, there was no evidence that the boy or his father were injured at the time the video was shot, thereby noting there was reasonable doubt regarding IDF's responsibility to the boy's death.
Upon receiving the committee's findings, Netanyahu said that "focusing on this incident is important as it slandered Israel and serves as an example for the delegitimization Israel constantly faces.
"There is only one way to fight lies," the prime minister concluded, "and that is with the truth."
According to the committee, France 2 framed the story as if at the time of its broadcast there was concrete evidence supporting the claim that the boy had died as a result of IDF gunfire, despite the fact that at the time, the responsibility for Al-Dura's death was still disputed, thus putting into question the entire credibility of the news report.
The committee, formed in 2012, was first headed by now Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, and concluded its inquiry recently under the chairmanship of Yuval Steinitz.
Steinitz also commented on the report saying "This was a blood-libel against Israel. The French report was simply false."
The Times of Israel says:
“Contrary to the report’s claim that the boy was killed, the committee’s review of the raw footage showed that in the final scenes, which were not broadcast by France 2, the boy is seen to be alive,” the Ministry of International Affairs and Strategy report stated regarding the television report.Charles Enderlin and France 2 would do well to climb off their high horse and stop acting like they never have to say they're sorry. They'd do a lot better to admit they're capable of making mistakes, and Enderlin should have his press pass here revoked.