Friday, March 09, 2007
The Definition of Truth in Documentaries Today
There is this new documentary that was aired in Israel that is making a buzz. It is a documentary that alleges Israeli forces led by Beniyamin Ben Eliezer, former defense minister and labor party leader, had executed the Egyptian soldiers in cold blood and they were POWs. Well, the movie initiated strong criticism from the same country whose parliament not more than a month ago pledged that a Nuclear Bomb being used on Israel could solve the Israel’s question. Now this country wants to stand up against war crimes violations. They allege that it was a war crime and same bull crap that we hear all the time.
After the relation between Israel and Egypt started deteriorating, the detective went to work to find out whether this film has any credibility. It didn’t take more than a week until the director himself admits that those weren’t Egyptian Commando Unit. The next day he even admits that the footage from the archive he used were from a totally different scene completely unrelated to the subject matter of his documentary. Then he admits that they were Palestinian fighters being used by Egyptian soldiers and they were not executed and the whole situation is not completely ambiguous. OK, so far there are four things being admitted here. The question is does this documentary pledge anything or show anything at all?
This is the same story we always hear. During the Lebanon war, it turned out that associated press started working on the pictures to make the situation seem worse and Beirut was up in smoke. Then it was in Qana when it came out that the building was bombed at 12 am and it came down 8 am. The number of the killed did not add up and at the same time, the majorities were not kids and women, as they had alleged. At the same time, there were no men among dead for some reason. After Israel started releasing videos about how the building was being used and how the victim somehow were not really victims, then Hizbollah dropped this issue of Qana and never spoke of it again! I wonder why?!
In a day or age that we live today with freedom of speech, you could make any movie you and allege anything. With digital technology or access to different type of archive, you could create any reality you want. The thing is, in today’s world, the left and anti-Zionists would utilize any tool to try to discredit Israel. Israel might have made some mistakes just as any country has in time of war, however it does not justify making phony documentaries and question integrity of people.
Another issue: maybe Egypt should focus on their own war criminal during the Yum Kippur war instead of relying on a unreliable documentary to stand up for human rights. As soon as they crossed the canal in the war, there were about telephone operators working in the canals who were female officer. First they were brutally raped and then their heads were cut off. So my message to Egypt is: calm your nerves and before you take out your sword to cut the head of the criminals, conduct an investigation. This is the exact problem in Arab world and it is the lack of due process.