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TMCNet:  French Media Expert, Philippe Karsenty in Canada

[November 04, 2010]

French Media Expert, Philippe Karsenty in Canada

TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2010 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- London, ON: Tuesday, November 9(th), Jewish Community Centre Toronto, ON: Thursday, November 11(th), Toronto Zionist Centre Ottawa, ON: Saturday, November 13(th), Library and Archives Canada See www.ifpscanadaevents.com for further event details Contact: Mary Lou Ambrogio, mlambrogio@ifpscanada.com Philippe Karsenty, internationally known media analyst and founder of Media-Ratings, a media watchdog which monitors the media in France and who exposed the false allegations that Israeli soldiers killed a 12-year old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Dura during a gun battle in Gaza in 2000.


Following Mr. Karsenty's reporting that France 2, a French television network, had broadcast staged footage of the alleged killing, Mr.

Karsenty was sued for libel by the network. He succeeded in having a lower court judgment overturned by the Paris Court of Appeal in May 2008.

The story of the death of Muhammed Al-dura, as presented by Charles Enderlin of France 2, was used to great effect to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world. The image became a symbol of the Second Intifada and was referenced in the deaths of a number of Israelis, including within the gruesome video of Daniel Pearl's execution. Those images of Mohammed Al-dura cemented the message of a blood libel wherein all Jews should be held responsible for the death of this child.

This story is not over yet. Ten years after the story hit the news Charles Enderlin, the France 2 reporter, has released a book about the incident in which he continues to maintain, despite evidence to the contrary, that France 2's presentation of events in Gaza that day was honest.

Mr. Karsenty is being brought to Canada by International Free Press Society, Jewish Defense League Canada and Free Thinking Films.

IFPS is dedicated to the promotion of free speech principles and serves as an international advocacy group for free speech.

SOURCE: Jewish Defence League of Canada

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