Je vous souhaite de bonnes fêtes et une bonne année 5773.
Cet été, j’étais loin de vous tous et vous m’avez beaucoup manqué.
Le 13 août, j’ai donné une conférence à Denver (dans le Colorado, aux Etats-Unis) devant plus de 200 personnes et qui fut couverte par de nombreux médias.
Au bas de ce message, vous pourrez lire l’article d’un hebdomadaire américain qui y a consacré sa 1ère page.
Je suis ensuite allé à la Convention Républicaine qui s’est déroulée à Tampa, en Floride, et qui a intronisé Mitt Romney et Paul Ryan.
De la même façon qu’Israël est diabolisé dans les médias français, les candidats républicains américains sont la cible d'une campagne de mensonges et de fausses rumeurs.
Ne vous trompez pas d’adversaires, ne vous laissez pas influencer par cette propagande, l’administration Obama est dangereuse pour le monde libre, et donc aussi pour Israël.
Si vous souhaitez voir quelques photos prises lors de certaines de mes rencontres à la Convention Républicaine, cliquez ici.
Je ne connais pas encore la date de mon futur séjour en Israël mais je l’espère prochain.
Shana tova et à très bientôt,
Voici un hebdomadaire qui a couvert ma conférence de Denver, et voici le lien vers l’article : « Philippe Karsenty: profile in courage » (l’article en entier se trouve sous la photo).
Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:33 Andrea Jacobs
ON Sept. 30, 2000, as Philippe Karsenty celebrated the second day of Rosh Hashanah with friends, a grim news report from Gaza’s Netzarim Junction whipped the world into an anti-Israeli frenzy.
France 2 broadcast a 50-second account allegedly depicting the death of 12-year-old Palestinian Mohammad al-Dura, who crouched next to his father to avoid a flack of IDF bullets during an Israeli-Palestinian skirmish.
Karsenty, who did not see the France 2 piece until the following day, “was shocked,” he told the IJN prior to his lecture Aug. 13 at BMH-BJ. “Everyone was shocked.
“As a French Jew, I realized I would have to justify this to my non-Jewish friends. They would ask, ‘How can you be supportive of Israel when you see their army killing children just for the pleasure of it?’ ”
Over the following days and weeks, images of al-Dura purportedly lying dead in his father’s arms circulated in newspapers, the Internet and volatile minds.
“The story was huge in France,” says Karsenty, flinging his jacket over the back of his chair.
“Jews used to be part of French non-Jewish life. But because of the al-Dura incident and more and more anti-Israel propaganda, we stopped going to non-Jewish dinners.”
France 2’s Israel Bureau Chief Charles Enderlin, who broke the report on air, was not in the Netzarim Junction on Sept. 30, 2000. He relied on information and images relayed by his Palestinian cameraman Talal Abu Rahma.
“For a year-and-a-half, I knew that Israel did not shoot and kill that boy but at that time I had no reason to suspect a hoax,” says Karsenty. “I was just a regular citizen.”
BUT in April, 2002, he was invited to view the first ARD German documentary “Three Bullets and a Dead Child,” which concluded that the Palestinians and not the Israelis killed al-Dura.
(Esther Schapira of ARD even proposes that al-Dura was still alive.)
Karsenty, now deputy mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, began researching the events that occurred at Netzarim Junction and approached some media contacts to see whether France 2 might print a correction.
Their reply was unanimous: We’re not interested.
About six months later, Stephan Juffa, a close Israeli friend, told Karsenty that the al-Dura incident “was completely staged and wanted to show me the proof.
“At first I said, ‘Yeah, and Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe are still alive too,’ ” he grins ironically.
“Then I looked at the evidence — and it was so obvious that it was a hoax!”
Karsenty tried to gather support from French Jews and non-Jews to force France 2 to admit its culpability. But instead of approbation, he was labeled a wacky conspiracy theorist.
“I said to the Jewish community, this picture [of al-Dura] will probably incite the Muslim world for decades. It has been shown all over. This is a very powerful, very real blood libel against the Jews. But they did not care.”
“So,” he says, juxtaposing tenses in the heat of recollection, “I start to fight back.”
THE complicated and drawn-out legal process that followed, and continues at this very moment, started with a dare. “I decided to set a trap for France 2,” Karsenty explains.
“In France, my only legal recourse was to accuse Charles Enderlin of having broadcast a hoax. Then he would be forced to sue me and we could go to court.” Karsenty wrote an article claiming that the al-Dura incident was a hoax and that Enderlin should be fired.
“Then I said, ‘Here is the address of my company. Now you know exactly where to find me,’ ” he smiles. Enderlin and France 2 sued Karsenty for libel. In 2006, the court found Karsenty guilty and fined him 1,000 Euros. He appealed that same day.
The parties returned to court in September, 2007. “Suddenly the judge interrupts the trial,” Karsenty says. State-owned France 2, which said it possessed 27 minutes of raw footage, refused to bring it to court. The judge ordered France 2 to make the footage available.
Although France 2 only supplied 18 of the 27-minute footage, “we could see the boy raise his elbow and look directly at the camera,” Karsenty says. “There was no evidence of a killing.”
At the next portion of the trial in February, 2008, people packed the courtroom for seven hours to hear the discrepancies involved in France 2’s reporting of al-Dura’s death.
For example, after the IDF allegedly shot at al-Dura and his father for 45 minutes at a distance of 80 meters, there was not a single drop of blood on their bodies or clothing.
The Court of Appeal found Karsenty not guilty on May 21, 2008.
Six days later, La Nouvelle Observator, the largest weekly in France, published a petition signed by 800 journalists — including numerous Jews — defending Enderlin’s reputation and accusing Karsenty of flagrantly denying the death of a child.
The case was then sent to France’s Supreme Court, which ruled that the Court of Appeal had no right to request footage from France 2 and overturned the first court’s favorable judgment. The next legal phase — “arguments against arguments” — is set for January, 2013.
“At that first trial, there was no footage and I lost,” Karsenty says. “We saw the footage at the second trial and I won. We will have no right to look at the footage at the third trial. So . . . ”
ALTHOUGH France has the second largest Jewish population in the Diaspora next to the US, the two countries are polar opposites when it comes to Israel and anti-Semitism.
“Spend a few days in France,” says Karsenty, who is not alluding to The Louvre or impeccable wine. “The demonization of Israel is very intense.” Not merely transformed into a hulking Goliath trampling on the Palestinians, “Israel is a monster. When there is an article in La Monde or Le Figaro online, read the comments.
“Even if they publish something neutral, like a new medical discovery in Israel, the comments say, ‘How many Palestinians did Israel kill trying to find this cure?’ ”
He is adamant that Israel bashing is synonymous with anti-Semitism — and that Jews who belong to organizations promoting a dovish stance toward the Israeli-Palestinian situation are anti-Semites.
“There are Jews who hate Israel. And there are Jewish anti-Semites.”
The IJN mentions that Enderlin, who is Jewish, made aliyah 40 years ago. Karsenty is unfazed. “He is representative of Jewish journalists in France who want to keep their jobs.
“There are many, many Jews in the French media, but they would never come out and defend Israel. It is too dangerous for their career.”
Karsenty says that history books in France and the Netherlands present the al-Dura affair as fact and no one is challenging the lie, not even the Israelis.
“The Israelis have done nothing,” he says, adding that the investigative panel charged with examining the incident “was ridiculous. It’s in Israel’s best interest to get this blood libel out in the open, but no one seems to care.”
Asked whether Israel needs to improve its public relations standing, Karsenty offers an immediate affirmative.
“Israel has faced three wars since the creation of the state in 1948,” he says.
“First there were the military wars. Israel won all of them. Then the Palestinians tried terrorism, but they now realize they have lost that war.
“What do the Palestinians do? They launch a third war, a media war. Israel is being assaulted with terrorist media attacks.
“This is what Israel is facing — and the Israelis don’t know how to handle it.”
There are postage stamps, tributes, statues, monuments and T-shirts showing Mohammad al-Dura drooping in his father’s arms. But did he actually die? And if not, where is he?
“Supposedly, the boy was killed at 3:45 p.m., following 45 minutes of shooting,” Karsenty says. “The funeral takes place at 4:30. All the posters read, ‘Dura, Dura, Dura.’ But if they picked up his body at 4 p.m., how is this possible?
“Listen. The cab driver who took me to the Ft. Lauderdale airport was alive when he dropped me off this morning. But if you ask me, is he alive now, I couldn’t tell you.
“I don’t know happened to Mohammad al-Dura,” Karsenty says. “Maybe he died a day or week after Sept. 30, 2000. I can’t prove this. But he did not die at the Netzarim Junction.”
Karsenty is fully cognizant that his is an uphill struggle.
Like a trained athlete, he is willing to go the distance because future generations of Jews are at stake.
“I am not working to influence opinions,” he says. “I am working for history. Each and every Jewish generation has to fight against lies. And this is the lie of our generation.
“We must defend our generation. And if we do not accept this responsibility, then the next generation of Jews will pay.”
Copyright © 2012 by the Intermountain Jewish News