The ailing Fairfax news group has adopted the Palestinians as their modern day bambi. Last weekend, those readers who still remain were treated to a six page flyer that was nothing short of a free advertisement for our local Palestinian lobby groups.
Al Age Palestina included a great deal of the mythology that has been pushed by this segment of the media including a rehash of Paul McGeough's one sided flotilla story and a remarkable revelation by one Palestinian bambi that she was drawn to the tragedy of the Palestinians by the story of Mohammed Al Dura.
The problem with that is that the story of Mohammed Al Dura's tragic death has been played out in the French courts where journalist Phillipe Karsenty exposed it as a hoax. To this day, Karsenty is working hard to get the truth out and is a hero for the cause of truth in the way events that happen in the Middle East are depicted by the media.
Although Fairfax doesn't acknowledge it in the Al Age Palestina flyer in last week's Good Weekend the truth is that footage of the youngster's death in Gaza was photographed by a Palestinian photographer Talal Abu-Rahma, who handed it to French journalist Charles Enderlin from TV station France 2 who, in the early days of the First Intifada, showed less than 60 seconds of the 27 minutes taken. It was used as a 'sensationalised scoop' but when the footage was later examined in French courts it revealed the play-acting hoax gone wrong. It was alleged that Enderlin had edited the footage to remove the evidence that it was fake. The ballistic evidence also ruled out Israeli involvement and it is now clear that Al Dura was killed by "friendly fire".
The incident sparked years of violence and killing and activated people like Al Age Palestina's bambi and ten years later the hoax is still given credence by desperate journalists and a desperate news organisation that refuses to give balance to a tragic story.