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Guardian anti-Israel propaganda photo of the day (Palestinian children edition)


H/T Margie

When it comes to reports about Israel at the Guardian, their inventory of misleading anti-Israel images are clearly quite abundant.

Indeed, the Guardian received an Honest Reporting “2010 Dishonest Reporting Award due to this memorable photo, and accompanying headline:

Eyewitness: Palestinian youth run down

In addition to the curious fact, noted by HR, that the camermen (among others) just happened to be “in the right place at the right time”, the fact that an innocent Israeli motorist was trying desperately to avoid harm, from a pre-planned ambush by seven rock throwing Palestinians, evidently wasn’t a compelling enough narrative.

For the Guardian, such messy details can never get in the way of tales of Israeli villainy, especially those involving the infliction of harm upon Palestinian children.

A Guardian report by Chris McGreal, UN vote on Palestinian state put off amid lack of support“, Nov. 11, included the following photo:

I must admit, the propaganda value is simply off the charts: Israeli soldiers juxtaposed with an innocent Palestinian boy holding a sign with an image of Mahmoud Abbas, which included text asking, in Dickensian fashion, “Please sir, I want a state”.

Of course, my guess is that the Palestinian Authority rejected text, to accompany the graphic, of Abbas’s quote from a recent speech, reported by the PA news agency, accusing settlers of releasing trained wild hogs to attack Palestinian Arabs.

And, they likely similarly rejected one of the many Abbas quotes insisting that he will never recognize a Jewish state;  his praise for Hamas’s kidnapping of Gilad Shalit and support for armed “resistance”, or his administration’s refusal to allow Palestinian refugees to settle in, and become citizens of, a new Palestinian state.

It’s likely that the PA rejected the following, which more accurately reflects the politics of a “President” now in the sixth year of a four year term.

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  1. When I was a lot younger and growing up in Manchester, and when the paper was called The Manchester Guardian, I was proud of reading it. I couldn’t imagine missing a single day’s edition.
    Now the only conceivable circumstances in which I might buy a copy would be if I had totally run out of toilet paper. Even then I’m not sure I would want to insult my posterior with it.

  2. The Guardian’s “An Israeli motorist runs down a masked Palestinian youth” was preposterous.

    But why link the story with that silly poster? Abbas “rejects negotiations” and “rejects two states for two peoples”? Nonsense.

    Does Likud even officially accept the notion of an independent Palestinian state?

    This website’s stated mission includes countering propaganda. That’s good.
    But why does it indulge in the very same?

    • pretzelberg, Abbas does reject, doesn’t he, so why not link them?

      Could it be that you are being wilfully obtuse?

      If not, then say so, and accept my apology in advance.

    • ‘Does Likud even officially accept the notion of an independent Palestinian state?’

      Well. Bibi has. Verbally AND publicity on more than one occasion.

      Has Abbas told his people what he is telling Obama and the rest of the Western world in private. No. And he is denying what he said too.

      I can’t say I wouldn’t like to see an official Likud statement accepting a Palestinian state with ‘reservations’. The ‘reservations’ being applicable to Israel’s security.

      Perhaps Abbas and the PLO can give an official statement recognizing Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people???

      Silly of me.

  3. But you’re right, Adam, to highlight the very selective photo accompanying the McGreal article. Images speak volumes – and the I/P conflict is not about 7-year-olds against adult professional soldiers.

    • Excuse me but you mentioned propaganda before. You know full well, pretzelberg, that the adults in the West Bank and Gaza don’t hesitate to use their children for propaganda, dead or alive.

      So that’s what the Palestinian propaganda war is precisely about. Parents who don’t give a damn about the safety of their children and Israeli soldiers who try their best to do so instead.

      • No! Perish the thought! They’d never do that!! It’s all lies!! Lies, I tell you!!

        (aside: I actually posted a similar link to another forum about two days’ ago. Within hours, YouTube had taken it down after ‘complaints’. One wonders where the ‘complaints’ came from….)

      • Not wishing to disagree or anything, but I would just point out that from a purely legal standpoint, there is no such entity as ‘the West Bank’.

        Jordan’s annexation of the area was illegal, being as it was in direct violation of inter alia The Mandate for Palestine (cf The Treaty of Sèvres of 10 August 1920 and League of Nations ratification of 24 July 1922) and Articles 2 and 80 of the Charter of the United Nations.

        Israel’s capture of the area in 1967 was no more and no less than ‘righting the wrong’ that had taken place nineteen years previously. The IV Geneva Convention does not apply to Israel’s presence in Judea & Samaria as the aforementioned Jordanian annexation does not qualify as control by a ‘High Contracting Party’, pursuant to Article II of the Convention.

        Legally, it is Judea & Samaria and there is – currently – no binding document which prohibits the Jewish people from close settlement in the area. By the same token, there is – currently – no binding document which attributes this land to the ‘Palestinians’ (sic).

      • the adults in the West Bank and Gaza don’t hesitate to use their children for propaganda, dead or alive.

        Clearly most actually do nothing of the kind. Some would call your remark a “libel”.
        .

    • How would you know that they are ‘adult professional soldiers’? They are probably conscripts or reservists.

  4. May I respectfully ask you, then, why are you here? (I know it’s been asked of you before when you’ve complained about the company you so willingly come here to keep).

    Is anyone forcing you / blackmailing you / paying you even to keep company with us?

    • May I respectfully ask you, then, why are you here?

      There is nothing “respectful” about your query there.

      There are probably more articles here with a “H/T pretzelberg” at the top than “H/T Snigger”.

      Is anyone forcing you / blackmailing you / paying you even to keep company with us?

      What is this “with us” bullshit?

      • “With us” means the CiF Watch community above and below the line, pretzelberg. You are part of it. I don’t care how many h/t pretzelberg articles there are here if the person who is the source of the h/t cannot keep the equivalent of a civil tongue in his head for more than 30 mins at a stretch!

        So, again respectfully, I ask you why you keep company with us if we are so lacking in what you require? It’s a reasonable question and it got 25 recommends so at least 25 people as well as me would like to hear the answer.

        • the person who is the source of the h/t cannot keep the equivalent of a civil tongue in his head for more than 30 mins at a stretch!

          There are a lot of posters here who are far less civil than me. Strange how you never have a go at them.

          It’s a reasonable question and it got 25 recommends

          So do posts that call Guardian staff Nazis!

  5. But why link the story with that silly poster? Abbas “rejects negotiations” and “rejects two states for two peoples”? Nonsense.”

    Huh? He did reject negotiations and tried to jump via the UN. Even France didn’t fall for that one.
    He also stated in Sept that he will never accept Israel as a “Jewish state”.

    Does Likud even officially accept the notion of an independent Palestinian state?

    Actually they have. Some of their coalition partners have not. Labour and Kadima also accepted the same.

  6. Please notice that that Arab child feels absolutely safe shoving that poster in front of several armed Israeli soldiers. He knows perfectly well that he is safe with and from the soldiers.

    Now, imagine a Jewish child showing a poster of, almost anything, to an Arab. What do you imagine would happen, to the poster, if not the child?

    • My first impression of that photo is that the soldiers are smiling at the little boy. It’s impossible to say for sure, of course, because we can’t see their mouths, but that’s definitely what I get from the (limited view) of their body language.