Palestinian Propaganda Watch
The official television station of the Palestinian Authority has been repeatedly broadcasting a falsified video clip of the Gaza beach bombing incident, with unrelated scenes of Israeli gunboats spliced into the video (and cheesy echo effects). The indispensable Palestinian Media Watch has made the PA video available online, with an explanation:
The following is the time frame of the PA TV editing and falsification:
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 present.
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 media.
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.
The New York Times is also doing its part in the propaganda battle: Errant Shell Turns Girl Into Palestinian Icon.
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip, June 11 — Huda Ghaliya, the sixth-grade student whose horrified screams on Friday as she knelt by her dead family on a Gaza beach were televised around the world, has quickly become an icon of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli might.
Eleven-year-old Huda unwittingly became a symbol of Palestinian pain and loss during an afternoon picnic with her family on a hot day when a cameraman captured her shrieking “Father, Father, Father!” as she hovered over the bloody bodies of 13 dead or wounded members of her family, hit by what was apparently an errant Israeli artillery shell.
UPDATE at 6/12/06 11:55:23 am:
Augean Stables weighs in: Is it Pallywood? Thoughts on the Footage from the Gaza Beach.