May 19, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC welcomed a new Israeli government report on
as an important contribution to understanding the events that transpired in
. The 12-year-old Palestinian boy reportedly died during a gun battle between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen.
"We have long harbored questions about the al-Durrah affair, and have welcomed efforts in
the United States
to examine all the available evidence," said AJC Executive Director
. "The report issued today by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu provides much needed and long overdue clarity, and significantly refutes the charges against the IDF that have lingered and been exploited by
's adversaries for more than a dozen years."
Al-Durrah became an instant icon for Palestinians during the second intifada as
2 broadcast only partial footage of the tragedy.
The Israeli government report noted that the
2 report, first aired on
September 30, 2000
, "had the immediate effect of harming
's international standing and fanning the flames of terror and hate." The report was quickly aired around the world.
The Israeli government report is based on an examination of available
2 video footage. In 2007, responding to a legal action initiated by
, a French judge ordered the television station to release the raw footage. Karsenty has tenaciously challenged
2 in an effort to expose the truth. At the time AJC called the French judge's ruling a "critical contribution to the search for truth" about the events surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian exchange of fire and reported death of al-Durrah.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee