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Christine Delavennat

Christine Delavennat

Christine DelavennatCommunications director of France 2 who insists Abu Rahma’s sworn affadavit to the Palestinian Human Rights Centre claiming Israeli soldiers deliberately targeted Al Dura was falsely attributed to him.

Metula News Agency (MENA)

Metula News Agency (MENA)

Metula News Agency (MENA)French language Israeli news agency whose stated mission includes revealing and providing a counterbalance to missing and distorted information that may be disseminated by other news organizations. MENA has been at the forefront of accusations against France 2, Charles Enderlin, and Talal Abu Rahma of lying and manipulating the scene.

Stephane Juffa

Stephane Juffa

Stephane JuffaEditor-in-Chief of MENA whose investigation of the reported events concluded that the France 2 broadcast was fabricated in order to vilify the Israel Defense Forces.

Gerard Huber

Gerard Huber

Gerard HuberPsychoanalyst and Paris correspondent of MENA who collaborated with Juffa in the investigation of the affair. He wrote a book entitled “Contre-expertise d’une mise en scene” (Re-evaluation of a Staged Event) published in 2003 by Editions Raphael, describing the investigation and its conclusion – that Al Dura was not shot by Israelis and that the whole scene was staged.

Nahum Shahaf

Nahum Shahaf

Nahum ShahafIsraeli physicist and a reservist with the optical intelligence unit of the IDF who originally investigated the claims that Al Dura was killed by IDF soldiers. He concluded that the physical evidence indicates the fatal shots that killed Al Durah could not have come from the Israeli position. Shahaf eventually posited as well that the Al Dura shooting was a staged event.

Esther Schapira

Esther Schapira

Esther SchapiraGerman filmmaker who produced an investigative documentary, Drei Kugeln und ein totes Kind (Three Bullets and a Dead Child) suggesting that Mohammed Al Dura was more likely to have been shot by Palestinian gunmen than by Israeli soldiers. The documentary was broadcast on the German television network ARD in March 2002 and is available here in English translation. Lee Kaplan reviewed the film in 2004.

A second documentary by Shapira and Georg M. Hafner, Das Kind, Der Tod, and die WahrheitARD deckt Fälschung im Fall Mohammed Al-Durah auf, Hessischer Rundfunk, March 3, 2009, raises further questions about the incident, taking the step she did not take in the first movie and arguing this was staged.

James Fallows

James Fallows

James FallowsCorrespondent for the American periodical, Atlantic Monthly, who wrote an investigative article for the magazine in June 2003 that summarized evidence indicating Al Durah could not have been shot dead by Israeli soldiers.

Richard Landes

Richard Landes

Richard LandesHistory professor at Boston University and director/co-founder of the Center for Millennial Studies, who became involved in 2003 when he was introduced to MENA’s Gerard Huber. Landes subsequently met with Shahaf and was shown the raw footage of the event by Charles Enderlin. Convinced that the entire scene was staged, Landes has produced a documentary about the event entitled Pallywood.

Luc Rosenzweig

Luc Rosenzweig

Luc RosenzweigA former journalist for the French daily Le Monde and freelance contributor to MENA who viewed the raw footage of the incident at the offices of France 2.

Denis Jeambar

Denis Jeambar

Denis JeambarEditor of the French news magazine, L’Expresse, who viewed the raw footage at the offices of France 2.