Government calls for an international commission into the assassination of El-Durra

MEMO | May 24, 2013

Zionist sources claim that the child Durra is not dead and that the broadcast is 'a fabricated image'

Zionist sources claim that the child Durra is not dead and that the broadcast is ‘a fabricated image’

The Palestinian government in Gaza has demanded that the United Nations and the international and Arab communities form a fact-finding committee into Zionist allegations that Israel is not responsible for the assassination of Palestinian child, Mohammed El-Dura, at the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000.

On September 29, 2000 the Israeli occupation killed the child El-Dura at the junction of Martyrs and Netzarim street South of Gaza City where he was sheltering behind his father, Jamal, who himself suffered serious injuries. A French television camera documented the execution as his father screamed and yelled.

Zionist sources claim that the child Durra is not dead and that the broadcast is “a fabricated image” to stir world public opinion against the Jewish state.

Dr Attallah Abu El-Sebah, justice minister in the Palestinian government in Gaza, said in a written statement: “The occupying state is continuing with the lies and evasive policies it has pursued since its inception,” saying that these allegations are “contrary to the reality, truth and even contrary to the testimony of the occupation leaders themselves, including chief Major General Giora Eiland who was operations division leader in 2000. He reported that Dura was killed by live bullets that were fired by Israeli soldiers.”

Abu El-Sebah considered the statements of Israeli Minister of War, Moshe Yaalon, in this regard as “just a desperate attempt to improve the image of the occupying state before the international community through the falsification of history, the turning over of facts and switching the executioner into a victim,” he said.

In Memory of Mohamed Al-Durrah

The day Mohammed Al-Durrah, 12, was killed is a day that is eternally engraved in my heart. It is a day that I think about everyday.

On the second day of the Second Intifada, or uprising, Mohamed Al-Durrah was caught in a crossfire between Israeli Occupation Forces and Palestinian resistance fighters. Trying to hold onto life, Mohamed Al-Durrah held onto his father. He held on tighter as the seconds passed, his face growing more terrified as the seconds passed, and then the camera shook. When the camera regained focus, he was dead. All of his pain, gone. All of his suffering, gone. All of his stress, gone. That was it.

My grandfather took me to the Arabic store with him the next week to buy bread, the store was handing everyone a picture of Mohamed Al-Durrah. This wasn’t the first time a Palestinian child has been killed by Israeli Occupation Forces, I used to see pictures of dead Palestinian children on Al Jazeera all the time. This time, however, everyone witnessed exactly what happened. We all witnessed his face going from pain to peace.

I was a little girl who enjoyed television shows like Dora the Explorer and Rugrats at the time Mohamed Al-Durrah was killed. After watching that tape, I stopped playing with toys and watching “little kid” shows. I matured very fast. Mohamed Al-Durrah is the reason for my choice of studies. His death opened my eyes to injustice, and now I can’t close them.

Mohamed Al-Durrah would be 22 years-old if he was alive right now. Maybe he would have been married, maybe not. Maybe he would have become a doctor, maybe an engineer. We will never know. We will never know what the twelve year-old boy would have grown up to be.


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