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Telegraph and Daily Mail retreat in face of Pallywood story about child ‘activist’

As noted by CAMERA’s Tamar Sternthal, the Palestinian town of Nabi Saleh, near the Jewish community of Neveh Tzuf , is “where photographers gather every Friday to document repetitious scenes of Palestinian residents and international activists clashing with Israeli soldiers” and where activists often place their children in danger to score propaganda points.

Nabi Saleh’s most popular Pallywood child star, known as “Shirley Temper” (aka Ahed Tamimi), revived her recurring role as the symbol of Palestinian “resistance” on Friday, when she was seen attacking an Israeli soldier who had detained a rock-thrower during protests. 

Ahed is the daughter of Narimen and Bassem Tamimi, prominent activists in the Popular Resistance who evidently determine the girl’s protest “strategy”. As Sternthal noted, “rather than keeping their children at a safe distance from the often-violent clashes, the parents encourage their children to play highly visible roles in the confrontation with the army.”

Here’s a photo of “Temper” from 2012, seen with her fist raised at an Israeli soldier.


In the latest incident, “Temper” is one of several Palestinian civilians who attack a soldier in an attempt to prevent the arrest of a 13-year-old rock thrower.


“Shirley Temper” seen biting the soldier’s hand

Here’s a clip from the Pallywood production. (The term “Pallywood” refers to the staging of scenes by Palestinian journalists in order to present the Palestinians as hapless victims of Israeli aggression.)

What arguably stands out most about this video is the restraint shown by the Israeli soldier.  He was shoved, hit and bitten and yet maintained his discipline throughout the incident until a commander called off the detention, citing the escalating violence.

Additionally, others may have missed the telling fact that the boy detained for throwing rocks, Muhammad, is the brother of “Shirley Temper” (Ahed). 

Here’s the caption for the photo of the Tamimi family from Getty Images:


The Daily Mail initially ran with the desired Pallywood tale of cruel Israeli soldiers attacking innocent Palestinian children, but later changed the headline and tone of the piece, presumably after a myriad of complaints. Remarkably, the DM’s revised headline explained that the girl had “been revealed” as a Pallywood star. 

Here’s the original headline:


Here’s the updated version:

second screenshot

But, even more interesting is what occurred at The Telegraph, which initially ran with the headline ‘Palestinian women wrestle Israeli soldier off injured small boy’, but later pulled the entire story from their website.

Here’s a screenshot of the Telegraph story, written by David Millward, as seen in a Google search:


However, when you try to open the link, the following appears:

new screenshot

(Their Tweet to the article has still not been deleted)

Though we weren’t able to find a cached version of the story, we did locate the text from Lexis-Nexis. As you can see, it completely bought into the Pallywood tale.

An Israeli solider [sic] who held pinned a Palestinian boy whose arm was in a sling to the floor at gunpoint was set upon by a young girl and two women.

The sight of the terrified child being held at gunpoint was too much those watching to bear.

A young girl sank her teeth into the balaclava-clad soldier’s right hand, forcing him to release his machine gun.

At one point the soldier shoves his hand into the girl’s face.

Two women, meanwhile, grabbed the soldier by the neck and soldier, succeeding in hauling him off the frightened young boy.

The soldier eventually fled and the boy was cradled in the girls arms.

What triggered the clash is unclear, though tension has been increasing between Palestinians and the Israelis in the area and it is not unknown for young children to throw stones at the occupying forces.

The Palestinians have been protesting at the confiscation of their land to enable the expansion of the Jewish Hallamish settlement at Nabi Saleh on the West Bank.

Thus far, neither the Guardian nor Times of London have covered the incident.

Though Channel 4 News, The Independent and the tabloid Daily Mirror have reported it, and largely followed the Pallywood script (the latter going with the headline ‘West Bank Freedom Biter’), it’s nonetheless significant in the context of the British media’s institutional pro-Palestinian bias that both the DM and Telegraph retreated after initially parroting the desired Palestinian narrative. 

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  1. The Western press is oblivious to the irony the Arab village is named for a figure of Jewish history, Shelah, a son of Judah. Yup, the Jew-hating Arabs of Nabi Saleh don’t know the humor behind their village’s name. Its small details like this that underline the entire Middle East conflict.

    • @NormanF –

      Re: “The Western press is oblivious to the irony the Arab village is named for a figure of Jewish history, Shelah, a son of Judah.”

      No, that’s not the source of the village’s name – or at least not according to Wiki @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saleh (which you’d better rush straight away to “correct” if you have any shred of evidence to support your claim). The article states:

      “Saleh (/ˈsɑːlə/) or Salih (/ˈsɑːli/; Arabic: صالح‎ Șāliḥ, meaning “Pious”) was an prophet of ancient Arabia … who prophesied to the tribe of Thamud.[1][2] He is mentioned nine times throughout the Qur’an … Saleh is sometimes equated with Salah, a figure from the Hebrew Bible, although the two have little in common save for their names.”

      PS: The article I’m quoting is e-linked by Wiki in its piece on the village @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabi_Salih . In that one, the Biblical name is spelled – as you do – “Shelah”.

      • So Miranda, according to that always ‘unassailable’ source, wikipedia, the village was named by the imperialist colonizers for someone back home in Arabia, rather than one of the indigenous jews. Very well.

        • @Jeff21st –

          Re: “So Miranda, according to that always ‘unassailable’ source, wikipedia, the village was named by the imperialist colonizers for someone back home in Arabia, rather than one of the indigenous jews. Very well.”

          Please show me ANY alternative source to Wiki on the meaning of the village’s name and I’d be very grateful. (My own searches have drawn a blank, and while Norman F may well have evidence to back up his claim, he seems – most mysteriously – unwilling to share it.)

          One thing I did find – but which, I’m afraid, only casts further doubt on the “Shelah, son of Judah” naming theory – is that Shelah gets just a fleeting mention in the Bible (see https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+38&version=KJV ) and it’s in a story highly unlikely to have led anyone, at any time, building a shrine to him.

          • You try to so hard to be taken seriously by 2,000 “rabid Zionists”. With all your convoluted links about names of towns that were created anywhere between 200 and 3500 years ago.

            But if it stops you from attacking school children, then so be it.

            Congrats on making a name for yourself.

            • @koufaxmitzvah –

              Re: “…all your convoluted links about names of towns that were created anywhere between 200 and 3500 years ago.”

              Yup, it’s just lonely little ol’ me battling against ignorant and cynical attempts to distort Israel’s geographical history. Just me – oops, not true – and that notorious anti-Zionist Moshe Dayan, who told Technion University students way back in 1969 (sadly, before UK Media Watch was born):

              “We came to a region of land that was inhabited by Arabs, and we set up a Jewish state. In a considerable number of places, we purchased the land from Arabs and set up Jewish villages where there had once been Arab villages. You don’t even know the names [of the previous Arab villages] and I don’t blame you, because those geography books aren’t around anymore. Not only the books, the villages aren’t around. Nahalal was established in the place of Mahalul, and Gvat was established in the place of Jibta, Sarid in the place of Huneifis and Kfar Yehoshua in the place of Tel Shaman. There isn’t any place that was established in an area where there had not at one time been an Arab settlement.” (From: http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_article=371&x_context=7)

              * On the subject of “attacking schoolchildren”, BTW, here’s yet ANOTHER convoluted link you definitely won’t want to see: http://www.timesofisrael.com/watch-far-right-israelis-celebrate-gaza-kids-deaths/

              • Like Greta Berlin and Ali Abomination, you’ve really made a name for yourself.

                Am I supposed to now change allegiance because “Far Right Israelis” (which is a buzzword for what?) celebrate the deaths of children? I did not know I was a far right Israeli. And, if I was, I didn’t know that I was celebrating the deaths of any children.

                But you…. You seem to know it all.

                Here’s a Jewish concept for you: self-determination. God can put us here. He can create the planet. But He can’t make us do what He insists we do. We have to do what we can do if this is what we want to do.

                Self-determination. You use this to come to this site everyday with another link damning the entire State of Israel and her supporters. I come here to read what makes the batshit Israel bashing morons on this planet lose their shit.

                I really don’t think you can tell the difference. I just don’t have that amount of faith in you. And you know what I base it on? Your actions.

                And now you know…

                • @koufaxmitzvah –

                  Re: “I didn’t know that I was celebrating the deaths of any children”

                  I didn’t know that I needed to be “stop[ped] from attacking school children” – but .you still felt free to hurl this absurd and defamatory accusation at me.

                  Put up or shut up, KFM.

                  • Put up or shut up? From the Shrieking Harpy determined to insist that Israel is 100% in the wrong EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE THE ONES WHO FOLLOWED UP THE OSLO ACCORDS WITH 3 PEACE DEALS ALL OF WHICH WERE REJECTED W/O COUNTERPROPOSALS.

                    Yes, I wrote that in caps.

                    I was thinking about you while making my bagel this morning. About how you remind me of the Westboro Baptist Church with your constant haranguing and insisting we all listen to your batshit whackjob craziness. Declaring Israel is an Apartheid state is exactly like God Hates Fags, quite frankly. Neither are true, and both are used to exploit emotions. Like the Westboro Baptist Church, no one outside your bubble takes the batshit anti-Israel basher as a sincere participant of some kind of debate. Most people I know who don’t care about Israel the way that I do, when they come across some BDShole spouting the same type of nonsense you do on this board everyday, they’re just amazed at how ignorant your side is.

                    I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. I’m sure you’ll continue to refuse to hear it. If all you need in life is Roger Waters strumming you along in a boost of ego to feel good about yourself, well, that’s your decision. I do dare you to simply stop thinking about Israel for a week. To see how it goes in a life outside your bubble. But I don’t know if that would turn out well for you.

                    Put up or shut up. Wow. You really are an amazingly dense idiot.

  2. A few things to note:
    – In several photos, Shirley Temper isn’t looking at the “action,” she’s looking to the camera or for direction
    – In the video, she yells in English (not Arabic and not Hebrew)… clearly that’s for the overseas audience
    – Daddy Dearest and some other men are standing behind the action, not helping (some are taking photos or videoing)

    Pallywood at its finest.

  3. The UK defense department supported the guard. This specific incident involved a chinese tourist that was joking around. with ZERO hostile intentions.
    compare and contrast with this:

  4. Obviously the British press have no problem pushing the absolute worst possible image of Israeli soldiers to an unsuspecting public, whom they treat as illiterate peasant subjects of some Arab dictatorship. Such contempt for the intelligence of their own countrymen. To think that people in Britain buy into the idea that an IDF soldier would simply have some irresistible lust to attack children for no reason at all is medieval. From the reports I see that the British press doesn’t even know what a floor is (hint: it’s not a rock). The soldier showed great restraint faced with behavior from the Palestinian Arabs which mimics the thuggish behavior one would find in films such as “Blackboard Jungle,” i.e., that of delinquent adolescents. Even after seeing the footage for the first time it was so painfully obvious the boy was being chased down for unacceptable behavior not captured on camera.

  5. I’m confused. So the child was being arrested for throwing stones, this is true. The stones were being thrown to protest illegal settlement construction. The soldiers were there to defend the illegal settlement. The fact that the women were related to the boy and that his sister has been filmed before doesn’t mean that the incident was fake. They live in a place where weekly protests take place and do are surely highly likely to be involved in multiple altercations over the course of years.

    • Are you confused?Don’t worry, confusion is a permanent mental state of every Israel-hater, you are not alone.

    • Are you aware of the Oslo accords? Are you, therefore, certain that this construction, which you did not identify by parcel or project name, is actually illegal?

      If you don’t know this, Jason, then how can you be so certain with your assertions?

      Don’t you think it’s interesting that it usually takes less than 5 minutes to expose anti-Israel propagandists as know nothing assholes?

    • Jason,
      1. The territories you refer to are disputed.
      2. There are disputed territories all over the planet. How come only in this case are the people who freely choose to live there called illegal despite their legal choice?
      3. Ever hear of anti-Semitism?

      • what a stupid answer!!!! dear god!!!!

        unlike israel other countries which claims disputed lands and takes it, they actually give the people there the nationality and equal rights.Israel wants the land but not the people living there.

        it seems that you missed this difference , as expected since you are apparently donald trump’s cousin.

  6. The Reuters photographers need to be called out and exposed also. They are directly involved in this propaganda. You can see Shirley Temper looking at the cameras as if they are giving her directions.