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Following CiF Watch post, the Guardian quietly removes image of Camp Hamas

On June 3rd we posted about a photo used by Guardian editors to illustrate a report by Peter Beaumont (‘Israel condemns US for backing Palestinian unity government‘) about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s request that Washington not rush to immediately recognize the new Palestinian “technocratic government” backed by the terror group Hamas.

Their decision to use a photo of Palestinian children frolicking at a Hamas summer camp was deceptive for two reasons.  First, the photo they used was only one in a series published by Getty Images in 2013 which were most notable for shots depicting the kids engaged in jihadist paramilitary training.  Second, the image – conveying the putatively benign nature of the Hamas government – could be seen as an editorial decision to make light of Israeli concerns about the consequences of the US legitimization of the Islamist extremist group.

Interestingly, a few hours after our post, the Guardian decided to remove the original photo, and instead opted for this:


Though it’s unclear if our post prompted the Guardian revision, and no explanation was provided, we’re glad they at least implicitly acknowledged the highly tendentious nature of the original photo. 


UPDATE: The Guardian’s Readers’ Editor responded to our post with the following Tweet:

However, our subsequent exchange with Elliott (which you can see here) suggests that his intent was to make it clear that Guardian editors recognized the error and changed the photo of their own accord.  We thank them for the clarification. 

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  1. … reflected the story better , maybe, but the former picture reflected the attitude of Al guardian towards “education”, alternatively called conditioning, of Islamist terror much better.

  2. What Hamas and Fatah contribute to the world.

    1:Educational:-hate- Fatah and Hamas school’s curriculum and official TV channels promote mass hate teaching and preaching. Funded by Western countries.

    2:Scientific:- death- How to improve the suicide belts to kill maximum civilians

    3:Crimes against humanity- Fatah and Hamas hide among civilians.
    Commit terror against civilians, use of children for terror attacks and still get international immunity.
    Use of ambulances and international press symbol for terror activities.

  3. There’s a petition online right now that calls on the British government to stop funding Fatah who gives the money to mass murderers of Israeli civilians.
    Re-evaluate Direct Funding to the Palestinian Authority
    Responsible department: Department for International Development

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) currently provides salaries to any Palestinian convicted of committing terrorism offences against Israel. These wages are directly pegged to the length of the sentence, so the more grievous the crime, the higher the salary. Since these wages are much larger than those earned by average Palestinians, they clearly reward violence, including murder, and undermine peace.

    Around 40 per cent of the PA’s budget is made up from donor aid; the UK government has promised £33 million of taxpayer’s money for the 2013/14 period alone. The Palestinian ministers responsible for this policy publicly deride international donors who express unhappiness with their money being used to pay terrorists; only a credible threat of this aid being removed will alter the situation. We are therefore calling on DFID to cease all direct funding to the Palestinian Authority until it agrees to no longer provide salaries for those convicted of committing violent acts against Israel.

  4. This all begs the question of the Guardian’s coverage of the summer camp itself. Hate indoctrination and paramilitary training at a summer camp for children. You’d think the PC ‘all war is illegal and let’s protect children’ crowd might take an interest, unless we’re talking about hypocrites who shill for savagery in the name of civilization.

  5. Hmm… so a photo of adorable kids having fun thanks to those humanitarians from Hamas is replaced by one of Scary Netanyahu.

    I agree it’s an improvement–but not by much.