|The Al Durah scene: Testament to the |
power of lethal journalism and
dishonest video recording
The caption on the LiveLeaks site where we first saw it says very little about who is behind it or their goals. But that's less significant than might appear to be the case at first. Though they participants are speaking Arabic, you don't really need to get into the meaning of their words to fully comprehend the message on show here.
What the people in front of the cameras and behind them have discovered, and which far too few in Western countries understand, is that if you take yourself seriously enough while inventing an entire narrative and looking injured and/or offended, practically no one is going to object or reveal the truth. In other words, Pallywood ("a bustling industry of alfresco cinema", according to the man who coined the term).
It has been a standard part of news coverage here in the Arab vs Israel conflict for at least a decade. It's in evidence every single day. Faked photos (sometimes call fauxtography), faked clashes, faked injuries, faked deaths, faked dramatic poses, faked arguments and faked responses.
Take a look at the whole two minute clip: