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|Is Palestinian boy [Mohammed al-Dura filmed being ’killed’ by Israel still alive? – New evidence|
The pictures shocked millions as they flashed around the world – a Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip desperately tries to use his arm to protect his son from stray bullets.
But Mohammed al-Dura (12) is shot seconds later, apparently by Israeli soldiers.
Or at least that is what had been thought until now
But was it all just Palestinian propaganda? Is the boy who became a martyr still alive?
Reporters Esther Schapira and Georg M. Hafner have revealed new evidence in their documentary Das Kind, der Tod und die Wahrheit’ (The Chile, the Death and the Truth’) on German station ARD.
They found no hard evidence that Mohammed al-Dura was actually killed and his father seriously wounded in the famous footage.
It was filmed by a Palestinian cameraman working for French channel France 2, which later released the pictures in a short clip.
In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, Schapira said: With certainty we can also say that the child who was buried is not Mohammed Al-Dura.
This picture [of Mohammed al-Dura dying] was used to justify worldwide terror acts. There is for example an al-Qaeda recruiting video with Bin Laden’s voice and this scene, and in the video of the kidnapping of American journalist Daniel Pearl by Islamists, these pictures were played in the background.
"There are streets, squares, even stamps named after Mohammed al-Dura. Children learn about his story in school, songs and video clips honour him as a martyr.
We can’t say for sure today whether or not the film was faked. But one thing is clear - the version of the story that went around the world was certainly not right, even if France 2 still claims it was.
Biometric analysis supports the claim – the boy who was pictured with the father and the child who was buried have different faces.
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