PA TV falsifies video of Gaza deaths (PMW) Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin) By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook 06/12/06)
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PA TV falsifies video of Gaza
Authority TV has
been repeatedly broadcasting a falsified video clip
of the events
surrounding the deaths of seven family members on
the Gaza beach
on Friday. In an attempt to blame Israel´s navy for
PA TV took unrelated video of an Israeli missile
boat firing at
Gaza earlier in the day and edited them into the
the impression Israeli responsibility.
following is the time frame of the PA TV editing and
00 - :32 Seconds: PATV clip introduces the
scene by showing an Israeli missile boat firing on the Gaza coast.
Audio of ambulance siren is added to visual to create false
impression that boat was shooting at same time as ambulances were
0:32 - 1:05: Scene switches
directly to the victims,
creating a false connection between the events.
1:05 – 1:09: PA TV returns to
the naval vessel showing sailor with binoculars looking at shore,
again creating the false impression he is observing the evacuation.
1:09 – 2:00: The evacuation
scene continues ending with the word "Why" on the screen
only in English, indicating a foreign target audience, possibly
The video of the
Israeli navy was unrelated to the deaths, having been filmed earlier
in the day and had already released to the media and to the internet
by the Israeli army at 4:00 PM, an hour prior to the deaths.
Click here to
see the falsified PA TV broadcast of the evacuation
Comment: It should
be noted that not only is the video falsified, but the beach scene
clearly backs the Israeli contention that the deaths were not caused
by an Israeli shell. Any Israeli shell would have left a giant
crater and spread sand over the entire area, as well as on the
victims. There is no crater and the beach scene is not disturbed in
a way that indicates an Israeli shell could have landed nearby.
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