WaPo steps in Pallywood Doodoo? Something Smells

According to I*Consult, the Washington Post just published the following photo from Gaza — shot and captioned by an Arab photographer. (Hattip Barry Rubin)

three kids and wounded hamasnik

The caption reads:

Palestinian children and a man wounded in Israeli missile strikes are seen in the emergency area at Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Israeli warplanes demolished dozens of Hamas security compounds across Gaza on Saturday in unprecedented waves of simultaneous air strikes. Gaza medics said at least 145 people were killed and more than 310 wounded in the single deadliest day in Gaza fighting in recent memory. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (Khalil Hamra – AP)

Are the three children on the other stretcher wounded? Or dressing? Actually, if you read the text carefully, it doesn’t say the children are wounded, but that they are photographed with a wounded man. My suspicion is that were there real blood on these children’s bodies the photographer would have included it in his photo

Apparently, Gaza journalists are having trouble finding civilians among the casualties. Reports estimate 90% of killed are “militants.”

In the meantime, I think the WaPo has removed the picture because I no longer find it at the Washington Post. Maybe they smelled the poop.

The photo is still available here.

Here it is larger (may be a problem for some webbrowsers).

khaled's foto

Although many sites have scrubbed it, it remains at the BBC in an interesting variant: (HT/Jayne)

bbc three kids on stretcher
Caption: Most of those killed were members of Hamas, but women and children were also caught in the raids.

Makes for an interesting photo. It’s no longer even clear that they’re in a hospital. In some senses it’s more believable than with the wounded adult.

Of course the tragic crossfire these children are caught between is the camera work of demopaths and the reporting follies of their dupes. Pity even more the genuinely wounded.

UPDATE: More child exploitation, here from Getty Images. HT:My Right Word

3 kids in car

20 Responses to WaPo steps in Pallywood Doodoo? Something Smells

  1. Solomonia says:

    Let the Staging Begin…

    ‘Hey, you kids, lay down on that stretcher…good…take picture now!” Richard Landes has a taste of the flood of staged PR photos courtesy of Hamas yet to come: WaPo steps in Pallywood Doodoo? Something Smells……

  2. Mats says:

    Get ready for some more fautography!

  3. RB says:

    Hmmm…even the blood on the man’s pants appears to be splattered from another source, and it not his own blood….

  4. jayne says:

    This photo is being withdrawn from many sites – but is still alive and well on the BBC news site (without the injured adult who might confuse things): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/7801814.stm
    I thought the next shot of a man hosing down an apparently smokeless fire was of interest too.
    But the really interesting question, when there will be injured civilians and there are burning buildings, is why are they still faking?

  5. Richard Landes says:

    I’ve asked myself the same thing. Partly, i think, out of habit. As i watch them evacuate the injured (really injured) i see how brutally they do it, as if their Pallywood training has taken over — rush for the camera. Partly it may be that they’re lacking in dead children, which is, as anyone knows, the money shot.

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  8. oao says:

    As i watch them evacuate the injured (really injured) i see how brutally they do it, as if their Pallywood training has taken over

    probably part of it. however, they are inherently brutal in all they do, so why not the wounded? after all, if they won’t let the wounded be treated in egypt, isn’t that even more brutal?

  9. Mali says:

    Those dreadful Islamists (Palestinian or Al Qeada or Taliban or Hezbollah), using their kids (as shields to) make sure they die for their propaganda, what kind of a PEOPLE is that?

    http://geocities.com/jihadipedia/HumanShields

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  11. WaPo steps in Pallywood Doodoo? Something Smells … Apparently, Gaza journalists are having trouble finding civilians among the casualties…

    WaPo steps in
    Pallywood Doodoo? Something Smells … Apparently, Gaza journalists are
    having trouble finding civilians among the casualties. Reports estimate
    90% of killed are “militants.”
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  12. oao says:

    Those dreadful Islamists (Palestinian or Al Qeada or Taliban or Hezbollah), using their kids (as shields to) make sure they die for their propaganda, what kind of a PEOPLE is that?

    Allah’s chosen people — the religion of peace.

  13. fg says:

    It looks like all the guy has is a bloody nose.

  14. Ulla Koppel says:

    Maybe the wounded man in the photo is the three children’s father or relative?? Perhaps those in charge of the children are dead or wounded elsewhere? Or maybe, in all the chaos and destruction, all the confusion, the fear, people, families have become separated.

    Why do people propose that the photos must always have to show blood and death in order to pass as being credible? Is it not enough of a horror to see and to know that people are and have been for ever so long, too long, been living in the midst of and witnessing all this hate and violence?

  15. Provigil and weight….

    Provigil….

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