08 January 2009

08 January 2009 - CNN runs fake video of boy's death?

Via LGF, here's CNN featuring a video that is a likely fake:

Charles Johnson and some of the comments point out a number of problems with the video, including the shoddy re-enactment of CPR and the fact that the attending doctor is an open advocate of Hamas (and the 9/11 hijackers).

There is an additional piece of evidence: the presence of women at the funeral procession and the grave, visible towards the end of the clip.

Islamic funerals are restricted to men only. I have seen several Muslim funerals--I used to live near a Muslim cemetery--and the barring of women from funerals is one of the many complaints raised by Muslim feminists such as Nadia Davids.

It seems almost certain to me that this video is a fake.


At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LGF reports that CNN has pulled the video. Hallelujah! Proof that the MSM can learn from its own mistakes. I give most of the credit to Richard Landes, who made it his business to debunk the Al Durah blood libel.

At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The video is back up, and CNN stands behind it.


At 12:41 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

this video is going to be a major point of contention. keep following the story. in the meantime, according to Motti Kedar, women can attend funerals, just separate from men. in any case, anything produced in gaza, whether staged or not, will follow the same rules for women, no?

At 12:59 AM, Blogger Joel said...

Yes, I should have been more specific--though I have never seen women in a Muslim funeral procession. Still, the video makes no attempt to separate men from women at the grave, which tends to support the suggestion that the video is in fact a fake.

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Reliance of the Traveller (English translation of a a very comprehensive book on Sharia Law) the body must first be washed thoroughly and repeatedly of all 'filth' (najasa) which includes blood. It must then be wrapped completely in three clean shrouds. And for the burial (which it says is always by men) it is recommended that one man stand at the foot of the grave to take the body from the bier and place it in the grave (preferably in a hollow dug into the side of the grave), facing Mecca.

There's a lot of other stuff about prayers over the dead and such, but those are the points that might be inconsistent with the video. It doesn't specify whether women can take part in the funeral procession or not.


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