|Mohammed al-Dura with his father|
A new report showed that French television fabricated a report of a Palestinian boy’s death which further ignited the second Palestinian uprising in the year 2,000, according to a statement released by Israeli government officials.
Israel has conducted an investigation of a French television report more than ten years ago, which claimed that Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child in a shootout with Palestinian militants, saying the video was misleading and unfairly blamed Israel.
Images of France 2 network on September 30, 2000, days after a Palestinian uprising broke out, allegedly showed the death of Mohammed al-Dura, huddled with his father during the shootout between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. The circumstances remain in dispute.
A government report released Sunday raises questions about the role of Israel. it said that al-Dura was shown alive at the end of the raw video France 2 had in its possession.
The child has become a symbol for Palestinians accusing Israel of using excessive force. Israel said the video has been used by the militants as an excuse to attack Israelis.
“This is the most irresponsible reporting I have ever seen from a television station. The station should be held responsible for all the deaths their false claims caused both for the Israelis and the Palestinians. Israelis and Palestinians need to learn from this not to believe everything they see on television,” Larry Fox, 32, of Jerusalem, Israel told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the new investigation.