The No. 1 inspiration for Palestinian suicide bombers – namely, the heart-wrenching videotaped shooting by Israeli soldiers of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy – was a fraud, according to a Los Angeles Times column, which reports that countless horrific terror attacks on Israelis can rightfully be blamed on repeated international broadcasts of the fabricated “news” report.

Yet, while the fraud may be news to the Los Angeles Times, it isn’t for readers of WND, whose managing editor, David Kupelian, has been documenting the astonishing truth of the story for five years – in fact, since shortly after the “shooting” occurred in September 2000, as well as dramatic updates since then.

Now, in his widely acclaimed new book, “The Marketing of Evil,” Kupelian blows the lid completely off not only the disastrously fraudulent media reporting of the Palestinian boy’s famous “martyrdom,” but of how the “mainstream media” routinely portray good as evil, and evil as good.

‘Bestial crimes’

In his Los Angeles Times column Friday, columnist David Gelernter wrote:

More than 900 Israeli civilians have been killed in the intifada, the Palestinian uprising that began five years ago. They were ordinary people chatting on a bus, eating ice cream in a restaurant; suddenly, a bright flash. The next moment the walls are spattered with blood and the bomb’s hellish odor fills the air. Some people are blinded, others are cut to pieces. Parents living the worst seconds of their lives cast about wildly for their children in the screaming, smoky chaos.

What explains such bestial crimes? The reported death of a Palestinian child, Mohammed Dura, in Gaza did as much as anything else to ignite the current uprising. In the short video segment produced on Sept. 30, 2000, and distributed immediately, a state-owned French television station called France 2 accused the Israeli army of deliberately shooting and killing the 12-year-old.

But, writes Gelernter, a comprehensive new report by French writer Nidra Poller leaves little doubt that “the video is a fraud.” He spends the rest of his column citing some of the damning evidence of the hoax.



In Chapter 8 of “The Marketing of Evil” – “The Media Matrix,” on how the media create their own alternate reality and suck Americans into it – Kupelian reveals the breathtakingly deceptive state of American news coverage, focusing at one point directly on the Mohammed al-Dura story:

Remember the “martyrdom” of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura? It’s a classic example of the media matrix. The world was horrified as news broadcasts played the sensational video footage over and over again of the Palestinian boy being shot on September 30, 2000, apparently by Israeli forces, and then dying pitifully in his father’s arms.

Heart-wrenching photos of the father and son in death’s grip became immortalized in posters that were plastered up and down the streets of the West Bank and Gaza, inspiring many a youthful suicide bomber to join Mohammed in martyr’s paradise. He became the poster boy and rallying cry of the bloody intifada that claimed hundreds of lives.



Although the Israeli military initially assumed responsibility for the incident, it soon became apparent that the Israelis could not have shot the boy, due to a large barrier between the Israeli military outpost across the remote junction in Gaza and the position of the boy and his father.

In 2003 an independent journalistic investigation concluded that the al-Dura affair was actually a piece of Palestinian street theater, similar to the dramatic Palestinian funeral processions that were observed after the Israeli incursion into the Jenin refugee camp. During that public spectacle, a martyred “corpse” twice fell off the stretcher, only to hop back up and retake his place in the procession. (The Palestinians had claimed 3,000 deaths in Jenin – the actual toll turned out to be 52.)

It turns out many Palestinians were playing to the camera on the day Mohammed al-Dura was “martyred.” Israeli commentator Amnon Lord’s account of the larger scene at Netzarim Junction when the boy was supposedly shot to death describes “incongruous battle scenes complete with wounded combatants and screeching ambulances played out in front of an audience of laughing onlookers, while makeshift movie directors do retakes of botched scenes.”

Palestinian journalist Sami El Soudi echoes Lord’s observation, revealing that “almost all Palestinian directors take part more or less voluntarily in these war commissions, under the official pretext that we should use all possible means, including trickery and fabulation, to fight against the tanks and airplanes the enemy has and we don’t. … Our official press reported 300 wounded and dead at Netzarim junction the day when Mohammed was supposedly killed. Most of the cameramen there were Palestinians. … They willingly took part in the masquerade, filming fictional scenes, believing they were doing it out of patriotism. When a scene was well done the onlookers laughed and applauded.”

“It is incredible,” says French journalist G?rard Huber, “how many people were calmly filming the battle of Netzarim on September 30th, 2000. Not only professionals – some of them standing no more than 10 meters away from the al-Dura incident – but amateurs as well. The rushes are full of surprising incongruities: Children smile as ambulances go by. A ‘wounded’ Palestinian collapses and two seconds later an ambulance pulls up to take him to the hospital. It looks as if the driver had been cued in, knew in advance where the Palestinian was going to fall, or was waiting in the upper right hand corner just out of the photographic field ready to zoom in on signal.”

Street theater. The Mohammed al-Dura story – which rather than documenting Israeli brutality toward Palestinians shows instead the Arab propaganda machine being enabled, magnified, and laundered by the “mainstream press” – is but one story. There are hundreds and hundreds of similar shabby episodes – from the “Jenin massacre” to the “murder” of Rachel Corrie – that together create and reinforce this preposterous virtual-reality illusion of Israel as the aggressor. The truth is, the Palestinian cause is itself a giant piece of street theater, just as the separate scenes – Mohammed al-Dura’s “martyrdom,” children being told they’ll go to heaven if they commit mass murder, leaders like the late Yasser Arafat pretending to seek peace with Israel (in English) while simultaneously urging violent jihad (in Arabic) – are the little charades that comprise the whole. …



David Kupelian is the managing editor of WorldNetDaily.com, the world’s largest independent news Web site. He is also a popular WND columnist and the driving force behind the acclaimed monthly news magazine Whistleblower.

“The Marketing of Evil,” which skyrocketed up the Amazon charts upon its release, documents how much of the radical agenda that currently dominates America, from abortion to “gay rights” to church-state “separation,” has actually been sold to Americans using the exact same psychological manipulation techniques employed by Madison Avenue.

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