Israel arrests Reuters cameraman for encouraging rock-throwers

posted at 4:02 pm on October 17, 2006 by Allahpundit

The usual questions apply. Was he staging propaganda? Sexying-up a news shot? Or just hoping to crack a Jewish skull or two?

With Reuters, you never know:

The cameraman, Imad Muhammad Intisar Boghnat, was arrested and charged as a result of violent riots in the Arab village of Bil’in, in the Modi’in region, on October 6, 2006. A videotape that the prosecution presented to the judge shows Boghnat encouraging and directing rioters in Bil’in to throw large chunks of rock at Israeli vehicles in such a way as to cause maximum damage. The accused is heard shouting, “Throw, throw!” and later, “Throw towards the little window!”

They should totally create an avatar of this guy for the Reuters bureau in Second Life. You could have him cover virtual suicide bombings. The avatar of the mufti of Jerusalem would give his virtual blessing afterwards, and then the avatar of some slackjaw from Hamas would post an op-ed wondering why Palestinians are such savages.

Give them a few more years and Hezbollah will have a bureau in Second Life too.

The good news — and there is some good news for once — is that Hezbo and its Iranian Shiite masters might have overplayed their hand, to the point where the Sunnis in the region could be thinking the unthinkable. Our enemies make mistakes too, guys, although admittedly you’d never know that from the media.

Can America capitalize on the Sunni/Shiite antagonism? Uh, no. Because America’s counterterrorist leadership are morons.

Update: According to the JPost, this guy was doing might have been doing more than just encouraging rock-throwing:

Emad Borat, a freelance cameraman for Reuters news agency and other groups, has remained in custody since he was detained while filming soldiers entering the Palestinian village of Bilin on Oct. 6, said Shai Carmeli-Pollak, a film maker.

Bilin, located near the boundary with Israel, is the scene of weekly protests against the West Bank security barrier. Pollak said Borat was beaten up inside a military jeep after his detention and needed six stitches for a gash on his face.

A military judge has ordered Borat to be released, but he remains in custody while prosecutors appeal the order. The IDF has accused Borat of throwing stones at border police while filming, Pollak said.

Update: Indymedia *hearts* Boghnat/Borat/Bornat!

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Lights, Camera, RIOT!!!!!!!

Mr. DeMille, it’s time for my close-up

dallas94 on October 17, 2006 at 4:04 PM

His career as an alReuters cameraman may be drawing to a close, but he’s got a bright future ahead of him on the US college lecture circuit!

Dave Shay on October 17, 2006 at 4:21 PM

He wins the Edward Said Memorial Award.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 17, 2006 at 4:28 PM

Your link to the NYT op-ed about congress and our counter terror agencies and their ignorance of the two major branches of Islam is truly upsetting to me.

Babs on October 17, 2006 at 4:41 PM

So you couldn’t have found a Sasha Baron Cohen joke in there?

Editor on October 17, 2006 at 4:43 PM

Sometimes I think that Israel (and the US forces in Iraq, for that matter) would be better off arresting all Al-Reuters employees and kicking them out of the country.

Allowing HOSTILE news organizations to start up riots either to make the news or actively support the enemy makes about as much sense as going camping and taking along a coral snake for your bedroll.

georgej on October 17, 2006 at 5:30 PM

We’ve already done the fake ambulance attack right?
The parade of corpses and claiming they are new Israeli inflicted casualties.
Photoshopping smoke onto buildings…..Hmmmm.
For our next act…a rock throwing, inciting cameraman!..I sent a trackback but it didnt go through..sigh..:)

Angel on October 17, 2006 at 11:08 PM

Unfortunately, some people only get the broadc(ass)t media at home in flyover. What a shame.

tormod on October 18, 2006 at 12:47 PM

“Rock throwing” makes it sound like child’s play…if Israel is full of anything it’s full of rocks-more like small boulders. There have been lots of people in Israel killed or seriously injured by “rocks” thrown into windshields of cars, or dropped from overhead.

WriterMom on October 18, 2006 at 3:54 PM