In the wake of attacks on a government report published Sunday that claimed that
IDF fire did not kill or injure Muhammad al-Dura in 2000, the report’s main
author, Strategic Affairs Ministry director-general Brig.-Gen. (res)
Yossi Kuperwaser, defended its findings on Monday.
al-Dura was allegedly killed, and his father Jamal injured, by IDF fire during
the second intifada as he crouched behind his father, crying, according to a
report on French television station France 2.
He became one of the most
potent symbols of the second intifada for Palestinians, and footage of him
cringing in fear and of his alleged death was broadcast repeatedly across the
Charles Enderlin, the journalist who was the source for the
original al-Dura report, and others connected to the affair slammed the
government and expressed frustration that the investigators never made contact
Hedging on some of the media’s reporting that the document
claims al-Dura is still alive, Kuperwaser said that he “doesn’t know if he’s
alive, but no one was hurt in the video,” and added that the authors of the
report did “not know, did not check and can’t say anything about that,” but that
there “was no evidence of his death.”
To support those statements,
Kuperwaser recounted the report’s claims that the full video footage of the
incident shows al-Dura still alive and moving as well as the lack of blood on
the scene, “which there would have to have been for 12 bullets for the father
and 4 bullets for the son.”
Pressed as to why some official Israeli
spokespeople confirmed that the IDF had shot al-Dura shortly after the incident,
he said they had not independently checked the underlying evidence, but had
merely assumed that the France 2 video and report were accurate.
why he got involved with the report, Kuperwaser said that the truth needed to
come out to stop people such as “the murderer of Toulouse who claimed he was
justified” because he said the IDF kills children.