In every war triggered by Palestinian terrorist violence, the loyal Arab media—and by that, I mean the bulk of the MSM—work very carefully with their Hamas media liaisons to crank out some of the most poorly faked propaganda photos and misleading captions imaginable.
The current conflict, triggered by dozens of rockets fired into Israel unprovoked, resulting in counter-strikes by Israel that have killed the top Hamas terrorist, is no different.
I picked this misleading photo and caption out of the Yahoo! news stream this morning.
The caption is an absolute lie. Contrails from weapons are thickest at their points of origin, then thin as the weapons accelerate away (it’s called physics). Instead of these being airstrikes by Israelis, what this photo shows are photographic evidence that three terrorist rockets were fired by Hamas from Gaza into Israel.
Again, far from being an offensive act by Israel, what the photo shows is an Israeli anti-rocket missile that is part of the “Iron Dome” defensive network being fired to intercept a Hamas terrorist rocket that was fired from Gaza against Israeli civilian targets.
Palestinian photo stringers have a long and storied history of staging photos for more dramatic effect. A very popular technique dating back at least three wars is adding in children’s toys, domestic items, or this improbable case, a goat that we are asked to accept was somehow killed and partially buried standing up, even as massive concrete slabs weighing thousands of pounds were hurled.
The black smoke in the background may or may not be the result of an Israeli airstrike. The white smoke in the foreground, however, is a WP smoke canister deployed to screen IDF ground units and obscure the vision of Hamas terrorists.
On three… break! A group of Palestinians sudden breaks from a huddle and sprints. The “threat” is so real that the camera crew on the far right does a slow pan to capture the real (certainly not staged) desperation.
I’ve seen better acting on Disney Jr.
The photo Iranian television claims is an attack on a refugee camp is actually an Israeli F-15I dropping defensive flares to confuse heat-seeking missiles.
I don’t remotely claim to be a medical expert, but there is no blood on the chest of this guy, and what little blood coming out of his side is seeping, not flowing. He’s dead. He’s been dead. He was likely dead long before he was found. The tube thrust in his side appears to have been put there post-mortem; there isn’t a drop of blood in it. The IV bags being held up are also just for show. Considering the gravity of the obviously mortal wounds to his torso, we can also surmise the wrapping of his arm was also done post mortem, as likely were the neck brace and head bandages. But the show must go on!
Expect to see much more of this as the propaganda battle continues.
Flashback: We’ve seen it all before…
Update: Another “injured” Palestinian gets up and walks away after faking his injury for the BBC.