"Hezbollywood" is a name popularized by a number of website pundits meant to suggest that Hezbollah and the media were artificially inflating the number of civilian deaths resulting from the attack on Lebanon by Israel in July of 2006 after a pair of Israeli soldiers were taken by militants.
The most famous Hezbollywood story was "Qana Massacre", accusing Israel for killing Lebanese children.
It was to be a perfect Hollywood ending for Hezbollah at July 31, 2006.
The setting was also perfect: Qana was again being used as a primary site for launching rockets against Israeli cities.
Just as the Israeli bombing of the village of Qana in 1996 brought a premature end to Israel's Operation "Grapes of Wrath," so too a sequel of Qana II could change, once and for all, the direction of Israelís current summer blockbuster, "Change of Direction."
The IDF reported that more than 150 rockets had been launched from Qana and its vicinity at Israeli civilians, wreaking destruction in Kiryat Shmona, Maalot, Nahariya and Haifa.
It was only a matter of time before the Israeli Air Force would come for a visit, using
pinpoint targeting of the sites used to launch rockets, Hezbollah logistical centers and weapon storage facilities.
Between midnight and one in the morning, there was a strike at or near the building that eventually collapsed. Thus there was an unexplained 7 to 8 hour gap between the time of the helicopter strike and the building collapse.
"The Muslims have NO shame!
They play politics like the Islamo-Facists conduct warfare dirty, ruthless and reckless.
With NO discernible, with NO riles, NO regards for facts and NO compunction about stabbing people in the back."
First reports of a building collapse came only around 8 am.
There are other mysteries... Here few of them:
1) The roof of the building was intact. Journalist Ben Wedeman of CNN noted that there was a larger crater next to the building, but observed that the building appeared not to have collapsed as a result of the Israeli strike.
Why would the civilians who had supposedly taken shelter in the basement of the building not leave after the post-midnight attack?
They just went back to sleep and had the bad luck to wait for the building to collapse in the morning?
2) Lebanese rescue teams did not start evacuating the building until the morning and only after the camera crews came.
3) There was little blood, CNN's Wedeman noted: all the victims, he concluded, appeared to have died while as they were sleeping, apparently, through thunderous Israeli air attacks.
4) Rescue workers equipped with cameras were removing the bodies from the same opening in the collapsed structure.
5) Rescue workers filmed as they carried the victims on the stretchers, occasionally flipping up the blankets so that cameras could show the faces and bodies of the dead.
But Israelis steeled to scenes of carnage from Palestinian suicide bombings and Hezbollah rocket attack could not help but notice that these victims did not look like our victims. Their faces were ashen gray. Their limbs appeared to have stiffened, from rigor mortis.
Viewers can judge for themselves. But the accumulating evidence suggests another explanation for what happened at Qana. The scenario would be a setup in which the time between the initial Israeli bombing near the building and morning reports of its collapse would have been used to "plant" bodies killed in previous fighting ó reports in previous days indicated that nearby Tyre was used as a temporary morgue place them in the basement, and then engineer a "controlled demolition" to fake another Israeli attack.
The well-documented use by Palestinians of this kind of faked footage from the alleged shooting of Mohammed Dura in Gaza, scenes from Jenin of "dead" victims falling off gurneys and then climbing back on ó have merited the creation of a new film genre called "Palliwood."
There is increasing evidence that the Qana sequel is another episode in this genre, a variety which might be called Hezbollywood. The Hezbollah have evidently learned their craft well.
The current suspension of Israeli military air activity is supposedly intended, among other things, to be used for the investigation of what really happened at Qana. It is to be hoped that there are real journalists on the scene, and unbiased medical examiners, who will have the courage and intelligence to sort out the anomalies and contradictions, and get to the buried truth of what happened.
There is no shortage of victims in Lebanon and Israel these days. From this vantage point, at this time, it looks like in the case of Qana, the worldís media was duped in a cruel and colossal hoax by a terror organization that knows no moral bounds in its exploitation of suffering and anti-Israel hatred. But, as usual, the only party expected to pay the full price will be Israelis.
Yes, it would be a Hollywood ending for it all to end in Qana, exactly as it did a decade ago. But perfect endings, and perfect crimes, are rarely pulled off in real life.
As the author points out (like we have earlier) a strangely similar "atrocity" in Qana saved Hezbollahís neck in 1996.
There is also the matter of the time gap, since the Israelis attacked at 01:00 am and the building collapsed hours later. And the inexplicable delay of the bodies not being removed until hours after that.
But, as the author also notes, the most compelling evidence is the photos of the bodies themselves. They simply donít look like recently deceased bodies. But ones that have been dead for some time.