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At the Guardian, pictures can indeed lie


The Guardian, on Oct. 9, had this headline:

The headline was accompanied by this dramatic photo of an Israeli motorist running into a Palestinian child:

It looks pretty awful, right? An Israeli heartlessly running his vehicle into a young innocent boy?
Now watch the video (viaElder of Ziyon):

The boys were throwing rocks at the car and the boy, who was hit by the vehicle, was running towards the car even during the impact. The car honked the horn for him to get out of the way. Clearly the driver was worried about his safety and didn’t want to stop, and for good reason: We see his back windshield smashed by the rocks – context that the “world’s leading liberal voice” didn’t deem fit to note.

UPDATE: Still frame of the car’s window smashed by the rocks


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  1. Despite the Daily Mail’s folly which the Elder based his article on the commenters overwhelmingly supported the driver.

    Do I dare to look for comments in The Guardian

  2. No comments but an “Eyewitness” to Pallywood:

    The photographer, Ilia Yefimovich, is in the right place at the right time and captures this dramatic scene using a large depth of field and fast shutter speed

  3. Yefimovitch isn’t the only photographer there. He caught another photographer filming as we see in the video.

    Must have been a photographers’ works outing.

  4. What an amazing coincidence – I counted four photographers in this clip who just happened to be at this exact street corner as the fifth, who took the video, was filming.

    Amazing.

    Timing is everything. These photographers must have telepathic powers and know how to predict the future and exactly where stone-throwing is about to happen.

    The Palestinians are lucky to have such great people on their side, egging their little ones on to run under cars so the PR machine can get a really good shot.

  5. gotta hand it to the kid, he could be in Jackass next year.

    The way he jumped right onto the car and rolled down was a nice performance. One for youtube for sure.

    Pallywood has some good young stuntmen.

  6. By the way, those under-privileged members of the most-occupied people on earth have some pretty good camera gear!!

  7. Why was the kid struggling so hard not to go into the vehicle (which, presumably, was taking him to hospital)?

  8. Where were the police, are these kids allowed to throw stones,and get away with it..These kids have taken over the streets.

    This was a pallywood production of the first order.Stunt kids and all,Al Jazeera cameramen and journalists that just happened to be there.,a handy crowd cheering these kids on,and handing them the rock to throw at Jewish cars only,bloody racists.

    All this took just one take.Hollywood eat your heart out,here comes pallywood.

  9. What is most telling about this whole fiasco and if you watch the video is the fact that a large group of grown adults (the photographers) stood on the sidelines and watched as young children 1. violently attacked passerbyes, and 2. put their lives in obvious danger.

    Why would they do this? To get the money shot, a dead or injured Palestinians kid that they can then sell for lots of money while at the same time show the world how the evil Israelis run over poor Palestinian children. But this video exposes the cynical use of children not only by Palestinian society, but by western photographers. Its absolutely disgusting.

    You can read more about it here: http://anothermudpit.blogspot.com/2010/10/palestinian-children-as-weapon-of.html

  10. Gerald Reeve

    Of course the Jews are entirely to blame – If the Jews had not invaded and occupied Palestine no Palestinians (or animals) would have ever got hurt in making this film.

    Don’t get your hopes up – In case you don’t get it, I am being sarcastic

  11. Notice on the high quality Photo the road is already full of glass from previous cars smashed with rocks.
    Amazing how these photographers would rather allow kids to risk their lives and the lives of driver just so they might get a good propaganda video when they get hurt and not call the police.
    The boy being injured said neither he nor anyone else was throwing rocks at the car, proving once again no lie is too shameful or obvious for the Palestinians.

  12. By the way – this appears in a section the Guardian maintains which includes “Pro tips” that reveal the techniques used by professionals so would-be professional photographers can improve their technique:

    So here’s the Guardian’s idea in this case about improving your photography:

    Pro tip:

    The photographer, Ilia Yefimovich, is in the right place at the right time and captures this dramatic scene using a large depth of field and fast shutter speed

    Yes – be in the right place at the right time with the right equipment and crew of eager young actors to make sure you get the best shot possible.

  13. cba

    “Why was the kid struggling so hard not to go into the vehicle (which, presumably, was taking him to hospital)?”

    Maybe the kids has grown to know just how far Pallywood might go for a good propaganda story and was scared they will be trying to “martyr” him on the way to the hospital.

  14. It’s disgusting to see so many media and news outlets that are so anxious to falsely portray Jews and reinforce ugly stereotypes.

  15. I wondered too why such a large number of men seemed to be struggling with each other over what they wanted to do with the child, and in the process badly manhandling a child who may have had undiagnosed injuries requiring careful handling.

  16. It’s disgusting to see so many media and news outlets that are so anxious to falsely portray Jews and reinforce ugly stereotypes.

  17. Alex, that’s a horrifying thought–it hadn’t occurred to me. (I was thinking more along the lines of the kid wanting to carry on with throwing rocks.)

    I sincerely hope you’re wrong.

  18. Where are that poor kid’s parents? Not that you can blame the driver.

    Another shocking aspect from the Guardian coverage (i.e. aside from the misleading title) is the accompanying “Pro tip”. The image is of a young boy being hit by a car, and the text warbles on about the photographer being “in the right place at the right time and captures this dramatic scene using a large depth of field and fast shutter speed”.

    It’s as if you’re looking at an award-winning snapshot of a hummingbird or an Olympic athlete or whatever. Pretty sick.

  19. Alex

    Maybe the kids has grown to know just how far Pallywood might go for a good propaganda story and was scared they will be trying to “martyr” him on the way to the hospital.

    Quite the humanitarian, aren’t we? That kid is bleeding from his head and just might be in shock.

  20. AKUS

    Yes – be in the right place at the right time with the right equipment and crew of eager young actors to make sure you get the best shot possible.

    Young actors? Please explain.

  21. Does anyone here (including Pretzelberg) consider that this stone-throwing incident was spontaneous?

  22. Richard

    To get the money shot, a dead or injured Palestinians kid that they can then sell for lots of money while at the same time show the world how the evil Israelis run over poor Palestinian children. But this video exposes the cynical use of children not only by Palestinian society, but by western photographers. Its absolutely disgusting.

    You’re saying that the photographers were specifically there in the hope of snapping a Palestinian kid getting hit by a car?

    @ Gerald Kreeve

    It’s strange how there are so many photographers present – but frankly I have no idea.

  23. It’s strange how there are so many photographers present – but frankly I have no idea. Really? no idea? Come on Pretzel. You are always asking for truth or proof. This time you are being asked.

    Does anybody else have ”no idea”?

  24. Gerald Kreeve

    Does anybody else have ”no idea”?

    Nobody here – if they’re being honest – could claim to know with any degree of certainty.

  25. I just wanted to clarify that I was agreeing with pretzelberg’s comment with the timestamp 8:36 am and not the one immediately following (which I did not see when I posted my comment).

  26. It’s pretty sick that Arabs send their children to play in traffic, just to get a few extra dollars from the PA.

    Essentially these kids have been told to jump off a roof, and they did just that.

    Is it nature or nurture?

  27. Spontaneous alright.The cameras,the journalists,the stunt kids with their faces covered,and their dads with the rocks handy,all very spontaneous.

    The kid being forced into that van against his will,the guy in the left with a sizable rock in his hand