Questions are raised (see reference blog articles below) about:
- the discrepancy between the timing of the bombing (1 AM) and the collapse of the building (8 AM);
- the distance of the Israeli bomb from the building itself, as evidenced by the crater;
- the roof of the building being intact, unexpected if bombed from the air;
- the incredibility of the alleged fact that the victims were killed in their sleep by the collapsing building (the bombing wouldn't wake them?);
- the incredibility that the victims were sleeping at 8 AM when building actually collapsed;
- journalists being called "shortly after dawn" to come to the site--possibley before the building collapsed;
- the lack of visible trauma (no smashed and crushed bodies, no blood from bleeding, etc.) from the falling wall blocks and building materials;
- some bodies without debris and dust on them from the purported collapse;
- rigor mortis appearing to be too advanced for the alleged time of the photographs;
- there being no men, not even old men, among the victims;
- fifteen of the children victims being handicapped or mentally disabled, far more than would be expected from two families;
- the failure of any villagers to attempt to dig victims out of the rubble for nearly 10 hours, when journalists arrived, if the collapse took place at 1 AM as Hezbollah alleged;
- the lack of any witnesses reporting any cries of suffering or for help by the victims, as if they all died--improbably--instantly;
- the practice of Hezbollah of storing munitions in homes and public buildings;
- the staged recovery that took place three hours after the building collapse;
- the inflation of the number of bodies from 28 (Red Cross) to 56 or 60 (Hezbollah and Lebanese spokesmen);
- the possibility that the bodies were transported to the site from a Tyre morgue;
- the appearance of a "rescuer" who had also appeared in the 1996 alleged massacre in the same village (a previous Israeli incursion);
- the failure of the "journalists" at the scene to obtain names and contact information of "witnesses" of the event;
- a Lebanese photographer (Adan Hajj), who recently submitted a fraudulent photoshopped photo of the Beirut skyline after an Israeli air attack, which was sent over the wires by Reuters and now (August 6) admitted to be a fraud and withdrawn by Reuters, was present last week at Qana and took the famous--now known to be staged--photo of a man holding up a dead baby.
- the refusal of local Hezbollah leaders to permit journalists to inspect closely the collapsed building or, apparently, the bodies.
This would not be the first hoax perpetuated against Israel by Israel's Muslim terrorist enemies, and abetted by Western mainstream media who are unable to distinguish propaganda from journalism.
See the following blogs and reference articles:
EU Referendum has obtained more of the photos taken at Qana and shows how the photo "journalism" of the recovery of bodies was stage managed. Some photos were digitally altered, either by the photo journalists or by news services to disguise items imaged in them.
EU Referendum provides a multi-part analytical review of the staging of photographs at Qana and the efforts of the wire services to cover up what they did (August 14, 2006).
A Labanese photographer with knowledge of his peers behavior states that it is not uncommon for wire photographers to stage shoots (August 12). Another photographer testifies to the practice of removing bodies from graves and posing them for photographers with staging photos at another Lebanese site (August 13).
Who was the "Green Helmeted Man"? One of the theatrical performers. (Thanks to Power Line.) American Thinker identifies him as a Hezbollah propaganda operative. Here is discussion in Volokh Conspiracy of a German television video analysis of his staging of recovery of corpses photographed by Hajj. Green Helmeted Man further identified here and, finally, here.
One analyst has done a revealing chronology of the lies about the changing body count.
Strata-Sphere has identified by name a mortician from Tyre with a refrigerated truck on the scene; the same truck had a load-full of children's corpses to be buried the day before the Qana event. (Thanks to Media Lies.)
American Thinker provides some basis to the suspicion that the disabled and mentally impaired children "found" in the rubble had been planted there.
The American Thinker carries a long, frequently updated article, reviewing the career of fraudulent photography by the Reuter's photographer, Adan Hajj--this is a must read article.
On the failure of news reporting to put the Qana story into context, see HonestReporting.
Michelle Malkin smells journalistic fraud, too.
Los Angeles Times entertainment columnist, Tim Rutten, thinks the possibility of Qana fraud should be investigated at the same time as the (later) fraud of Hajj's fraudulent photographs of the Beirut skyline.
Canadian columnist, David Warren, attacks the liberal media for not returning to the Qana story for further investigation when questions, if not evidence, are accumulating that the supposed massacre might have been a fraud.
Robert Spencer summarizes some of the issues.
Meanwhile, Haaretz continues to report the Qana story more or less in line with Hezbollah. It cites survivors of the air strike (without indicating whether the reporter spoke directly with the survivors or is merely reported second-hand information) as disputing the notion that the building collapsed hours after the 1 AM air strike. Haaretz does not (in this story at least) discuss the IAF video that shows the building standing.
Haaretz reports that the IDF, in its investigation, finds (Monday, Jerusalem time) no report of Hezbollah rockets being fired from the building or its immediate vicinity about the time of the air strike near the building; nor does the IDF have a report of Hezbollah fighters near the building.
The Washington Post defends its use of photographs and reporting of Qana, and cites its photographer there that no photos were set up.
IAF completes its investigation of the Qana incident (Wednesday).
Jerusalem Post reviews the controversy raised by bloggers (August 2, Jerusalem time).
National Post (Canada) editorially supports the theory that the massacre, at least in part, was staged (Corpses were apparently brought in to the site to inflate the death count, a ruse done, for instance, by the Palestinians in one encounter with the Israelis). (Thanks to Power Line.)
UPDATE ON RESEARCH INTO QANA DISASTER. Thanks to the controversy raised by bloggers, journalists and other investigators are now doing genuine research, interviewing people in Qana, about the disaster.
CNN learns about the nature of the building that collapsed.
Human Rights Watch confirms the total number of victims (if they were) of the building collapse at 28 by looking at a register (What register? Why was there a register of people in the building?). It claims that 22 persons left the building before it collapsed. (Why did, apparently, all the men leave? Why did they not return to dig through the rubble to rescue victims immediately after the collapse? Did they know the "victims" were alread dead?)
The Jerusalem Post reports that the IDF, prompted by bloggers' analysis of the Qana disaster, is now conducting further investigation into the hypothesis that some or all of the disaster was staged by Hezbollah. (Thanks to Power Line.)
The United Nation's Human Rights Council is to take up the issue of "Israel's gross human rights violations" including the "Qana massacre". We should not hold our breaths in expectation that the Council, dominated by nondemocratic regimes with outstanding records of human rights abuses, will objectively investigate what happened at Qana.
David Kopel reports that journalists brought to the scene by Hezbollah were prevented by Hezbollah from inspecting the collapsed building. Were they also prohibited from examining the purported victims--the women and children--brought out of the building? Would they have been prohibited from examining the building and/or the purported victims, if Hezbollah had nothing to hide, if examining it would have supported Hezbollah's case?
Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit, also calls professional journalism onto the carpet, "Don't Trust If They Won't Verify."
Note. I have noticed that this article is being read after being picked up on Google searches by persons who are not, presumably, regular readers of my blog. You should be aware that the article is only a compilation of news and opinion from the blog, op-ed, internet and print news sources that I personally survey, about 80 sources in English. It is not comprehensive (August 12, 2006).
Updated: July 31, August 1, August 2, August 3, August 4, August 5, August 6, August 8, August 10, August 11, August 12, August 13, August 14, August 15.