Monday, July 31, 2006

Israel, Lebanon: Qana massacre a hoax?

The evidence is beginning to mount that the supposed massacre at Qana, where an Israeli attack on a building that subsequently collapsed, killing some 52 Lebanese, including 34 children, was, in fact, a hoax.
Viewers can judge for themselves. But the accumulating evidence suggests another explanation for what happened at Kana. The scenario would be a setup in which the time between the initial Israeli bombing near the building and morning reports of its collapse would have been used to "plant" bodies killed in previous fighting -- reports in previous days indicated that nearby Tyre was used as a temporary morgue -- place them in the basement, and then engineer a "controlled demolition" to fake another Israeli attack.

The well-documented use by Palestinians of this kind of faked footage -- from the alleged shooting of Mohammed Dura in Gaza, scenes from Jenin of "dead" victims falling off gurneys and then climbing back on -- have merited the creation of a new film genre called "Palliwood."
You'll have to read it all to begin to see a clearer picture of how this may have been done. Also, you really need to visit this site to review the photographs and how they were manipulated. Warning: These photos are explicit and not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. But you must see them in order to understand what appears to have happened here.

One other thing caught my eye on this photo page:
But now, for the benefit of AFP, the photgraph taken by Nicolas Asfouri, we have the same unfortunate child being handled by another worker, the original worker showing in the background, having passed the casualty on. The timing of the photograph is 7.16 pm (now apparently corrected to 6:46 am) and the caption reads:
I thought that the building collapsed about 8:00 AM, 1 hr and 15 minutes after this photo's "corrected" time stamp and 7 hours after the Israeli stike.

We really, really need a forensic expert to examine the photographs and other evidence available on the net to give an opinion. Does anyone know of a forensics expert who has weighed in on this yet?

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