Tuesday, May 21, 2013
There is one more argument between Israelis and Palestinians -- who shot a 12-year-old boy, Mohammed al-Dura. There is video of the incident but no smoking gun. Israelis say there is no proof. Palestinians point to the firefight as evidence that it was Israeli bullets. What one believes is in the eye of the beholder. If you trust Israelis, you accept the argument that there is no proof. If you trust Palestinians, it is the opposite. There never will be a definitive answer, but there is and will be passion on both sides. With an increase of video surveillance in society, there will be more of these moments when the camera neither lies nor tells the truth but poses a conundrum. PR practitioners are well versed in the power of the image, but even they cannot make strong cases from incidents like the death of Mohammed al-Dura.