Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The organization I co-founded with YK has been investigating the Amona fiasco for over a year. YK took the police to court to get them to reveal film related to the event. As a result, the police gave him what they claimed was a video of the briefing given by the chief of the Judea and Samaria District ("machoz shai"), Yisrael Yitzhak, to the officers heading into Amona. In the video, he is shown telling the officers to be gentle and nice.

One problem. The film is staged. For starters, as can be seen in the clips, they forgot to remove the date from the video. The date shown is several weeks after the destruction of the houses in Amona. Also, the video jumps back and forth between crowd shots and shots of the speaker. But the crowd shots are actually the identical clip shown again and again. There are many differences between the crowd shots and the shots of the speaker that make it clear that the two were not shot on the same day. There is even a point at which one can hear the cameraman laughing. This is truly Keystone Kops stuff.

There are several public bodies in Israel that are corrupt and others that are incompetent. But the police lead the pack in both categories.

6 Comments:

Blogger Ben Bayit said...

Send this to Amnon Lord. He loves writing about such Stalinist stuff as show trials, staged political rallies, bogus film footage and stuff.

9:17 AM  
Blogger ADDeRabbi said...

i translated the video for a7, so i had a bit of a sneak peek. the shuffling papers were what did it for me.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Yonathan Ben Shimshon said...

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12:06 PM  
Blogger Yonathan Ben Shimshon said...

Hey Ben,
Did you mean to "out" yourself? We've always had our suspicions.

We at the Kitniyot Liberation Front applaud your work... even if YK won't join us.

Yonathan

12:08 PM  
Blogger Shlomo Argamon said...

If the powers-that-be aren't competent enough to stage a war, I guess they can't manage a simple cover-up either...

5:02 PM  
Blogger Ben Bayit said...

you'll enjoy this
http://benbayit.blogspot.com/2007/05/someone-at-channel-10-really-loves.html

11:44 AM  

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