Here you can see what the judges and those in attendance at the courtroom saw on November 14, 2007. These are the “raw footage” or “rushes” that Talal Abu Rahma, stringer for France2, shot throughout the day of September 30, 2000. For a comparison, see the two hours shot by the cameraman for Reuters.

Although Charles Enderlin was charged with giving the court the full raw footage shot by Talal Abu Rahma that day, he in fact only gave a bit more than 18 minutes. (Here, we note that Abu Rahma gave sworn testimony to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, on October 3, 2000 that he filmed “approximately 27 minutes” of the Al Durah incident alone “which took place for 45 minutes.” Only 78 seconds of that scene has ever been revealed by France2.) Richard Landes saw at least 21 minutes of the rushes on three different occasions in late 2003, and presumably France2 showed the longer version to the three journalists in October 2004. Landes claims that the most embarrassingly obvious scenes of staging were cut. But even still, there are some clear examples of staging, some almost comic.

They were certainly enough for the judges to criticize Enderlin harshly for his professional work. Indeed, reports are that the chief judge in the case actually commented ruefully to someone at a reception: “And to think I asked for those rushes as a favor to France2!”

The Cours de Cassation reversed this ruling on the basis that, since Karsenty had not seen the rushes when he wrote his article (although he had several accounts of what they contained), they were immaterial to the defamation case before the court.

Talal Abu Rahma's Raw Footage as Presented to the French Court


This  video contains most of the raw footage preserved by Enderlin from September 30, 2000 and contains multiple problems.

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Originally a post at The Augean Stables, November 14, 2007
by Richard Landes

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This footage is what Charles Enderlin, under court order, presented to the initial panel of the appeals court in Paris on November 14, 2007. It contains most of the raw footage preserved by Enderlin from September 30, 2000. It poses multiple problems:

this footage is only 18 minutes long. But Talal Abu Rahma, who filmed it, made a statement

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