The Pallywood Phenomenon

Pallywood, a term coined by Richard Landes combining “Palestinian” and “Hollywood,” refers to incidents staged by Palestinian journalists for the Western media and often in cooperation with their camera crews in order to create anti-Israel propaganda cleverly presented to the world as factual news.

These “news pieces” present the Palestinians as victims of Israeli aggression in which the Israelis are overwhelmingly powerful yet the Palestinians bravely fight against them despite the odds. Pallywood news pieces have been very successful due to the eagerness of the Western media to present these fabricated, heroic underdog story-lines with their accompanying emotionally charged imagery.

The fact that Pallywood pieces are accepted as fact without question and presented as “news” by journalists is an alarming indication of deteriorating journalistic ethical standards. This section goes into detail on the Pallywood phenomenon and presents articles on the topic.

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Articles on Pallywood

2008: Al Durah: A Hoax? (Nidra Poller in the Wall Street Journal)

A Hoax?
Nidra Poller
Originally published in the Wall Street Journal on May 27, 2008

September 30, 2000, Netzarim Junction in the Gaza Strip: France 2 correspondent Charles Enderlin offers the world a front seat on the video shooting of Mohammed al-Durra and his father Jamal. Targeted, according to Mr. Enderlin’s voice-over commentary,

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2013: Pallywood, the Al Durah Affair and Lethal Narratives (Landes)

The ongoing French legal proceedings in which the national television network France 2 seeks a criminal defamation judgement against the media critic Philip Karsenty over the network’s launch of the Aldurah Affair in September 2000 comes back yet again before a Paris appellate court on Wednesday January 16, 2013. It’s an important case for multiple reasons. Prof. Landes is an American historian, associate professor in the Department of History at Boston University, and an author specializing in millennialism.

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2011: Pallywood, Muhammad al Durah and Cognitive Warfare in the 21st Century

Pallywood, Muhammad al Durah and Cognitive Warfare in the 21st Century
This paper was originally published on November 9, 2011, and was delivered by the author as a presentation to the ASMEA Conference, Washington DC, November 4, 2011.
Richard Landes, Boston University
I’d like to make two arguments. First, that the image of

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CAMERA’s Al Durah Timeline

Al Durah Timeline
Extracted from
Mohammed Al Dura: Anatomy of a French Media Scandal

Originally published October 13, 2005
Ricki Hollander, Gilead Ini

Original report: October 13, 2005
Updated: June 15, 2010
Sept. 30, 2000:
Palestinian gunmen and Israelis soldiers clash at the Netzarim junction in the Gaza Strip. A large contingent of foreign

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The Five Scenarios

There are five main ways to explain the footage that Talal Abu Rahma shot at Netzarim Junction of Muhammad and Jamal Al Durah. Four of them assume that the boy was indeed shot.

The first one we consider, shot by the Israelis on purpose, is the one that both Talal and

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Pallywood FAQ

The sources themselves. Go to the pages where we have posted the raw footage from three Palestinian cameramen, working for major Western news agencies at Netzarim Junction on Sept. 30, 2000, and judge for yourself if what you see filmed represents real or staged “events.” Only then should you investigate further and read the opinion of others…

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Philippe Assouline: From al Durah to Badawi: Lethal journalism and Palestinian Propaganda’s Manufacturing of Consent

Philippe Assouline: From al Durah to Badawi: Lethal journalism and Palestinian Propaganda’s Manufacturing of Consent
This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post.

It was a defining image of the last conflagration in Gaza. Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh and Egyptian prime minister Hashim Kandil held up a Palestinian child’s corpse to

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Israeli Reactions to the Al-Durah Affair

Israeli Reactions to the Al-Durah Affair: a Chronology of Events
September 30, 2000:

Netzarim – near to Magen 3, an Israeli military outpost in The Gaza Strip, Jamal Al-Durah and his son, Mohammed, seek cover from gunfire and are shot, allegedly by Israelis; the son is killed and the father receives

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