Thursday, January 08, 2009

UPDATE: Allegedly recent video not so recent ...

I few days ago, I posted a video which purported to show the aftermath of an Israeli attack on Gaza during the recent conflict. That video was sourced from the LiveLeak website.

Since that time, Daniel Lewis (whose "endorsement" appears in the right hand margin of this blog) has written to Crikey in these terms:

Regular Crikey correspondent, Irfan Yusuf posted a video to his blog, and noted in comments to the post, that: "The video shows the aftermath of an Israeli bombing in Gaza It shows dead bodies of women and children. If, after watching this video, you still believe there is no humanitarian problem in Gaza, you may as well believe the moon is made of lettuce." Wrong, Irfan. Had he bothered to check his own sources (e.g. by simply clicking on the video) he would have learned it was in fact a Hamas bomb, which exploded at a Hamas rally. Another Crikey regular, Antony Loewenstein, who also linked to the video, upon becoming aware of the truth simply disappeared it from his website, hoping nobody noticed. They did.

Daniel may well be right. On the LiveLeak website, the following notation appears:
Initially believed to be new footage from the current events in Gaza information has come to light that this media is in fact from 2005 although it seems to have only been released in this particular form recently.Hamas parades weapons in Gaza, they blow up, killing 15, including kids By israelinsider staff and partners September 23, 2005
The notation then reproduces a story from AP which purports to confirm the claims of "israelinsider".

According to The RAW Story website:
The source was in error. The footage was actually taken on September 23, 2005 at the Jabaliya refugee camp, described as a bombing of a parade that killed at least 15 Palestinians. Israel denied responsibility, and the ruling Palestinian Fatah blamed Hamas.

We apologize for the error.

As do I.

Words © 2009 Irfan Yusuf

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Yoshi said...

Thankx anon at 2:34/Dan Lewis for your comment.

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NK said...

Anon at 2:38/Doug Darby, that will only happen when Yusuf starts taking the same drugs that you take. And when he becomes as obese as you.