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Videos and pictures of the intifada in Palestine since December 2 are shown live on channel Al Mayadeen and claiming that the coverage is biased is total nonsense: Israel deny independent reporters to cover its atrocities and violent reactions to a just and fair movement.


Last week, 14 out of 15 member states of the United Nations Security Council condemned the United States for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

This was no surprise, as the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO has said Israel has no legal or historical rights anywhere in Jerusalem.

In response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas jointly called for rage and violence.

So the international photojournalist community, which is opposed to Israel’s being in charge of the city, needed to provide their news organizations with pictures crafted to create the impression that Israel was taking Jerusalem by force, brutalizing its non-Jewish residents.(Not impressions: violent facts, 3300 injured and 11 killed by live bullet so far. Scores detained administratively)

As former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman wrote in The Atlantic after the last war in Gaza: “The Western press has become less an observer of this conflict than an actor in it.” (Gaza people would have loved to witness a few acts from the western communities to end Israel savage pre-emptive war)

How is it, you might wonder, that photojournalists are always at the right place at the right time – at “peaceful” Palestinian events that turn into premeditated confrontations – in order to create pictures of aggressive Israeli police officers appearing to attack innocent victims? (Appearing? I saw their cavalry charging)

Since the Jerusalem announcement, far too many photos have been captured showing lines of photojournalists who just happen to be present to photograph the responses of Israeli security forces to “peaceful” protests.

Palestinians and their international supporters have been known to provide news organizations with schedules of where protests and staged confrontations will occur.

Sympathetic journalists play along, taking pictures of “innocent” Palestinians protesting, but not showing them as they deliberately force a violent Israeli response.

The photographs are often of the elderly, meek, or very young, showing expressions of fear and horror in response to the “unprovoked” use of force by Israeli security forces. (Unprovoked? What are the Palestinians to do with this shameful and blatant slap to their integrity and dignity? 

Last week, the official Palestinian Maan News Agency published a series of editorialized pictures, available to international news organizations, of Palestinians looking the part of victims.

Among the more sensational pictures was one of a terrified, elderly woman cowering in fear of an Israeli police officer on horseback. (And many more of these elderly women confronting face-to-face the aggressors and trying to save children being beaten by Israelis)

In another, an elderly, injured Palestinian man was being carried away from a protest, in a photograph that also captured two other photojournalists who just happened to be at that spot to record the event. (What about killing a handicapped in a wheelchair?)

Maan’s photographs were accompanied by an account in which “witnesses said police stormed into the crowd of local activists, students and ordinary citizens who were marching peacefully on the main city street…. Police tossed stun grenades into the crowd as police on horseback reportedly ran over people, including journalists covering the event.”

Sympathetic European editors are delighted when they receive such pictures, as they represent their narrative of the Israeli “occupier” tormenting the “helpless” Palestinian.

Last week, a Palestinian plunged a knife into an Israeli security guard at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station. (They have been doing it for months now, courage in the face of heavily armed Israelis)

The security video caught it all. The still frames of the attack are just the type of sensational material that today’s media generally love to print. But do you remember seeing a photo or the video on BBC, CNN, or on the front page of the New York Times? (How come BBC, Euronews and CNN barely cover the Palestinian every day intifada?)

This is another form of editorialized photojournalism – editorializing by omission. Not publishing a photograph that contradicts a news organization’s party line is a more subtle, but equally biased form of slanted reporting, such as suppressing a news story or burying it deep in a newspaper.

Another infamous case of editorialization by omission was the AP’s refusal to publish a photograph of an Islamic Jihad rally at the flagship Al-Quds University, claiming it was not newsworthy. The event was organized by a “moderate” Palestinian professor and included en masse Nazi salutes, which made for a riveting image, but not one that fit AP’s narrative.

It is not that editorialized photojournalism is new. It began during the First Intifada, continued into the Second Intifada, then through all three Gaza wars, and continues right up until today in Jerusalem.

What is new, is that we now seem to have become dulled by the longevity of the practice, failing to notice or respond as we once did to its insidious effects. (The longer the intifada, the more of them “editorialized photojournalism”)

So, going forward, become reengaged in scrutinizing the news.

Be an educated consumer of the news, especially photojournalism, and ask yourself if you can really believe your own eyes.

The writer is director of MEPIN™, the Middle East Political and Information Network™. Dr. Mandel regularly briefs members of Congress and think tanks on the Middle East. He is a regular contributor to The Jerusalem Post.

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An investigation by the Israeli military into the death of a paraplegic Palestinian man cleared Israeli troops of wrongdoing on Monday, saying it found “no moral or professional failures” in the incident.

Ibrahim Abu Thraya, 29, was shot in the head while demonstrating last week along Gaza’s border with Israel.

(I watched live this event on the channel Al Mayadeen. And this channel had an interview with Ibrahim the day before his assassination)

Abu Thraya, who had previously worked as a fisherman, lost his legs in an Israeli airstrike during a 2008 war between Israel and Hamas. According to relatives, he was assisting in the evacuation of people after an earlier airstrike when he was struck.

He had since used a wheelchair. #Gaza#Children #Ramallah #Netanyahu #Muslims #EndTheOccupation #Nakba#Silence #Wall #FreePalestine #GazaUnderAttack #Ibrahim #Palestine#Hypocrisy #IDF #USA #PalestinianLand #Trump #NoaGolan #Jews#Hebron #UK #Israel #Zionist #Jerusalem #AndiVincent

The Israeli military says an investigation into the fatal shooting of a paraplegic Palestinian man has determined there were no “moral or professional failures” in his death




December 2022

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