September 17, 2007

Israeli army and the French TV

The Israeli army has asked a French television network to turn over unedited footage of the shooting death of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip, reopening one of the most contentious incidents of the second Palestinian uprising. An Israeli army confirmed the military is seeking the material from the France 2 network in connection with a legal dispute in France between the network and a media watchdog who accuses it of staging the incident. Viewers around the world were shocked by footage captured by the France 2 network on Sept. 30, 2000, showing the death of Mohammed al-Dura. The images showed the terrified boy and his father, Jamal, cowering in front of a wall amid a furious exchange of fire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

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