New Documentary Shows Palestinian Authority Is Responsible For The Death Of Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

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There was an international media campaign blaming Israel for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh and often charging that the murder was deliberate due to her pro-“Palestinian” coverage. None of that was true, and now Pierre Rehov has shown why.

Lies and Tears: A Counter-Investigation into the Death of Shireen Abu Akleh by Pierre Rehov on Vimeo.

BACKGROUND OF PIERRE REHOV AND “LIES AND TEARS”
Over the past twenty-two years, French filmmaker Pierre Rehov has traveled through conflict zones in the Middle East and produced more than twenty documentaries.

“Suicide Killers,” produced by Rehov in 2006, gave him exceptional access to suicide bombers in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israeli prisons, and earned him a strong reputation as a credible investigative journalist.

His new documentary “Lies and Tears” examines the May 2022 death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, for which the Israeli military was automatically blamed before any investigation was carried out. The elements that Rehov uncovered are disturbing, to say the least, and suggest an entirely different conclusion.

UNPRECEDENTED CAMPAIGN: Since 1990, 2,658 journalists have been killed in the line of duty. None of them have had the media coverage of Shireen Abu Akleh. The well-organized campaign launched by the Palestinian Authority around her death is almost without precedent.

UNFOUNDED ALLEGATION: Assuming that an Israeli soldier was indeed responsible for the death of the Al Jazeera journalist, the claim that it was a deliberate shooting is unfounded. The film shows that at this distance no one could see the “press” sign on Shireen’s bulletproof vest. Palestinian gunmen were firing at Israeli soldiers from all directions.

FALSE WITNESSES: The “witnesses” who were on the scene and were the first to accuse Israel of murder claim to be impartial journalists. They are, in fact, propagandists for the Palestinian Authority, as the film clearly shows.

DISTORTION OF FINDINGS: cnn, the washington post and Bellingcat, asked Professor Maher, a forensic specialist and sound analyst, to define the distance between the journalist and the shooter based on videos filmed at the time of the tragedy, but they distorted his report to accuse the Israeli army. Professor Maher’s analysis, which Rehov also obtained, describes a distance between the sound recorders and the shooter, not between the journalist and the shooter. This “detail” gives rise to a difference of more than 20 meters that places the shooter further north of the most extreme position of the army. However, this critical detail has been overlooked in all official versions, concluding that Israel is responsible.

Professor Maher’s calculation was made for an M4, a weapon frequently used by Israeli soldiers. But if the bullet was fired from any other weapon with a longer barrel, the distance is shortened again, placing the shooter more than 40 meters north of the Israeli position.

OMISSIONS: Witnesses, including one of the “journalists” who was close to Shireen Abu Akleh at the time of the tragedy, mention the presence of gunmen in a house not far from them. These testimonies have never been picked up by the media. They describe “snipers”, but the film formally demonstrates that it was impossible for Israeli “snipers” to have been in these positions. There were men shooting at journalists from the buildings. They couldn’t be Israelis. So who were they?

EXPERT TESTIMONY: The film gives the floor to high-level international experts, including a French GIGN official, court-appointed forensic expert Alain Artuso, and physicist Nahum Shahaf. Each of them, based on their experience, points out various mistakes made by those who accuse the Israeli army.

The film’s conclusions will be taken up by the Shurat Hadin organization, which has opened a complaint to the ICC against Mahmoud Abbas, for being responsible for the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, responsible for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh. .

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