Wednesday, June 2, 2010

IDF Released Several Faked Photos – How Can They Be Trusted in ANY Investigation? - Updated

Proof has surfaced today that many of the so-called "evidence" photographs being distributed by the Israeli government as examples of terror weapons on board the Gaza aid flotilla date back years:

The bulletproof vest photos on the Israeli flickr page are dated February 2006.

The axe photo was taken in 2003.

The pepper spray photos - 2003

The iconic pictures of knives and other weapons on the Saudi flag and other stuff:

Hi. Just to confirm that the EXIF metadata points to this photo being taken in 2006:

barney@benchwood:~$ identify -verbose bab2e_o_d.jpg | grep Date

exif:DateTime: 2010:06:02 10:38:47

exif:DateTimeDigitized: 2006:02:07 05:52:19

exif:DateTimeOriginal: 2006:02:07 05:52:19

And on and on.....

Absolutely, this is strong evidence that by allowing the Israeli government to be trusted in any aspect of the investigation of these high seas crimes will be foolhardy and negligent.

The most recent evidence we have of how the Israeli government deals with crime scenes where American lives have been put in jeopardy is in the ongoing civil suit brought by Rachel Corrie's family against the Israeli government. Testimony will resume some time - or not. The Israeli government is trying to stop the trial. But so far, here's some of what has come out that reflects on the ability of the Israeli government or military to conduct honest investigations:

March 24: Military investigator testifies that head of IDF Southern Command instructed bulldozer operator not to cooperate with investigation.

March 15: Eye Witness Testifies: Israeli Military Investigator Tried to Influence My Statement.

March 14: Autopsy doctor admits to violating court order in Rachel Corrie autopsy.

Essentially, aspects of IDF conduct involving their handling of the death of Corrie clearly violate Israeli law, and call for trial, possible conviction and imprisonment of all officers involved:

But now evidence has emerged in the civil suit that Israel’s then Gaza commander obstructed the military police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

The apparent intervention of Major-General Doron Almog, then head of Israel’s southern command, is documented in testimony taken by Israeli military police from the commander of the bulldozer a day after Ms Corrie was killed.

The handwritten affidavit effectively puts the entire state of Israel on trial. Is it willing to tolerate Maj-Gen Almog’s gross interference in the investigation or will it hold him to the three years’ imprisonment the law accords for such an offence?

In the affidavit, the commander of the D-9 tells military police investigators that he did not see Ms Corrie before she was wounded.

However, Alice Coy, now a nurse in Glasgow, and an ISM volunteer activist who was near Ms Corrie during the incident, said in an affidavit to the court that “to the best of my knowledge the bulldozer driver could see Rachel while pushing earth over her body”.

The D-9 commander, a reservist named Edward Valermov, was in the middle of his testimony when a colonel dispatched by Maj-Gen Almog entered the room and ordered him to stop speaking, according to the document.

The military police investigator wrote: “At 18:12 reserve Colonel Baruch Kirhatu entered the room and informed the witness that he should not convey anything and should not write anything and this at the order of the general of southern command.”

In his testimony before he was stopped, Mr Valermov said that the bulldozers, manned by two people, were ordered by their company commander to continue their work despite the presence of the ISM protesters.

He said that troops in an armoured personnel carrier threw stun grenades, used tear gas and fired shots toward the ground in order to scare the protesters away.

“It didn’t help and therefore we decided to continue the work with all possible delicateness on the orders of the company commander,” he added.

Mr Valermov testified that the protesters nearly touched the bulldozers, making it impossible to advance, but that after the company commander’s order “we started moving with the D-9, we continued laying bare the area from all of the things that were there.

“It was only when we moved the D-9 backwards that I saw her. The woman was lying in a place where the instrument had not reached. As soon as we saw the harmed woman we returned to the central corridor, stood and waited for orders.”

Mr Valermov’s last statement before Maj-Gen Almog’s interdiction was, “my job was to guide. The driver cannot guide himself because his field of vision is not large.”

In a phone interview from Olympia, Washington, Rachel’s father Craig Corrie termed Maj-Gen Almog’s intervention in Mr Valermov’s testimony “outrageous”.

Maj-Gen Almog has angrily denied halting Mr Valermov’s testimony.

Moshe Negbi, legal commentator for the state-run Voice of Israel radio, said of Maj-Gen Almog’s interdiction: “If a commander prevents a witness from testifying than it is disruption of an investigation, a criminal offence whose penalty is three years’ imprisonment.”

By deciding Maj-Gen Almog’s fate, Israel will be deciding if it is a state of law or a state of the generals – past and present.

Anyone who thinks the officers involved in the Corrie coverup will be held accountable is a fool. Anyone who thinks that the Israeli government will conduct an impartial investigation of Sunday morning's tragedy is even more foolish, especially in light of mounting evidence that the Israelis are already disseminating totally false images as examples of some sort of forensic evidence.

It is time to put pressure on our government to demand the truth, rather than accept criminally motivated bullshit and lies.

Update - Thursday 11:00 a.m: From the comments at the version of this essay at The Seminal, people have observed that the old dates on the time tags on the images supplied by the IDF may not indicate that these were the actual dates upon which the images were recorded. However, more questions are being raised about still and video images being released by the Israelis. And the IDF has retained a lot of imagery taken by those they kidnapped.

Additionally, images with either fake or inaccurate time tags certainly do not meet what most would regard as basic evidentiary standards.

The premise of this essay, though, is that the Israelis, from many past instances, have shown they are generally not to be trusted when it comes to investigating themselves.


sjk from the belly of the plane said...

hamas turned back 28 trucks of supplies from the "flotilla" today. Why?

sjk from the belly of the plane said...

Khaleej Times2010-06-02
JERUSALEM - The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas ruling Gaza is not allowing Israel to deliver the aid brought by activists in a flotilla seized earlier this week, the Israeli military said on Wednesday. Israel has filled 20 trucks with cargo from the captured ships, mostly medical supplies, clothes, blankets and toys, but has not been able to take them into the territory, military spokeswoman...

Philip Munger said...


How would you like to stay on topic, eh? How can these photos, as evidence of weapons on board the flotilla, yet dating back as far as seven years ago, be defended?

Rather, you bring up something OT. I despise Hamas, as I've written many times.

I dare not say my name said...

Phil, both sides distribute propaganda like horse manure at the Kentucky Derby. Did you really think the pictures of allegedly Jewish children writing messages on bombs for the Palestinians were real? JEWISH MOMS DON'T LET THEIR KIDS PLAY AROUND BOMBS. (You had the pictures up about a year or two ago.)

If we demanded accountability for both sides, they'd shut up and hide.

Anonymous said...

Or, you know, people could have just never bothered to set the date on their digital camera. Unless you really think someone was keeping a picture of bullet proof vests on their camera for 7 years, just waiting for the opportunity to upload it.

Ennealogic said...

The dates on the flickr pics have already been modified. Hope someone got screenshots.

sjk from the belly of the plane said...

Phil, I should OT'd it. Apologies. So, how about a rational answer to my wacky question? Anyone? Bueller?

BTW, EXIF data can easily be reset on the cameras firmware and images.

Makabit Bat Guriel said...


do you mean fake pictures like the one where the little boy was supposedly shot by Israelis and supposedly died in the arms of his father? You mean fake film takes where a couple of Muslims are carrying a guy on a stretcher supposedly dead or at least wounded severely until an explosion near them went off. After that you see the wounded/dead guy on the stretcher jump up and all three scatter in three different directions.
You mean fake pictures like the one of Corrie standing in front of a small bulldozer that wasn't the one that eventually ran over her, a dozer that had mimimum view of anyone sitting in front of it?
Need I go on Phil with the fake pictures you left wing Jew haters constantly use?
How about those supposedly threatening emails you "DELETED" before showing them to the police after you wrote and wanted to perform that stupid cantata here in Anchorage? You mean fake shit like that?

sjk from the belly of the plane said...

Anyone have an answer for Makabit Bat Guriel? Bueller? Crickets....

Anonymous said...

"...the Israelis, from many past instances, have shown they are generally not to be trusted when it comes to investigating themselves."

Has that been your particular experience, Mr. Munger? Do you speak from personal experience in your dealings with IDF or Israeli government or kibbutnik, a Tel Aviv businessman or what exactly?

Can Americans be trusted when it comes to investigating themselves?