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Sunday, 12 April 2009

Faux Photography and captions from Reuters Again!!!!

Click on image to see the capture of the biased UK Reuters article heading.

Reuters is at it again.
According to Reuters UK editon: Jewish settlers rampage through West Bank village.

Biased inaccurate reporting!
Its not enough that they rely exclusively on what 'Palestinian witnesses' and 'Palestinian medics' have claimed the residents of Bat Ayin did, they have use selective captions added to 5 selectively chosen misrepresentative photos to bring context and support to a story that simply isn't true.
The Reuters journalist, editor, photographer and photo editor have all conspired to tell a story that simply didn't happened and was a gross exaggeration and manipulation of the truth.

After the recent murder of a young boy from Bat Ayin, all local communities both Jewish and Arabic have been on edge. Late last week bereaving Jews from the Gush Etzion settlement of Bat Ayin simply wanted to observe and pray at an event (Birkat Hachama) that happens only once in 28 years, at this particular time it happened the morning before Passover , something that has only happened 3 times in the last 2,000 years!

According to other reports the Israeli's from Bat Ayin had made their way to a local hillside to pray at the coming sunrise.
From one of the local Israeli's involved in the event this is what he says happened.

From Daniel Winston:
Eyewitness account I was there.

We finished the blessing of the sun and 30 minutes later a mob of Arabs from Tzafa approached us yelling and throwing rocks. We did not run away but, rather, went towards them I order to protect the large crowd of men, women and children who would have been in harms way had we allowed the murderous crowd to approach. We did not enter the village nor did a single one of us shoot (even in the air) since the army was doing its job of repelling the attack using tear gas, stun grenades, and, when necessary, live fire - although I dont know if that was with hard or rubber ammo.

Daniel Winston - Israel (04/09/2009 20:45)


Photo 1 of 5

Caption Photo 1: Palestinians carry an injured man during a clash with Jewish settlers after the settlers rampaged through the West Bank village of Safa near Hebron April 8, 2009.

REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun


Does this look like they are carrying an injured man from rampaging settlers in a village? Wouldn't there be a background of houses?
Or is this photo actually an example of the Palestinians carrying a 'stone throwing' trouble maker away from the Israeli's who simply wanted to worship the once every 28 years event (Birkat Hachama) of the sun coming up on their local hillside.
Was he injured whilst in the village or was he injured whilst the IDF was trying to hold back local Palestinians trying to show affection to local Jews with large stones who simply wanted to pray?


Photo 2 of 5
Caption Photo 2:
Israeli soldiers fire their weapons into the air to disperse Palestinians protesting after Jewish settlers(sic) rampaged through the West Bank village of Safa near Hebron April 8, 2009.


Does this look like the local Israeli's are rampaging? Or does it actually look like the local Palestinians were on a mission to be as disruptive as possible to the local Israeli's praying on top of a hillside.

Photo 3 of 5
Caption Photo 3: An Israeli soldier fires tear gas at Palestinian protesters after Jewish settlers(sic) rampaged through the West Bank village of Safa near Hebron April 8, 2009.

So if we believe the caption, the Palestinians are 'protesting' after the Israeli's have just finished rampaging through the West Bank village of Safa, which bears the question has one single photo what so ever surfaced of this large group of Israeli's rampaging through the village "damaging windows and cars'?

I'm not aware of one single photo showing such a scenario, despite this, Reuters obviously had a Photographer on scene, yet Reuters fails to have one photo of the rampaging!
Reuters claims during the 'Rampage' that Palestinian medic crews couldn't get through!. Reuters has chosen to believe 'local Palestinian residents and medics' when they claim that the 'Settlers'(sic)
"rampaged Wednesday through a West Bank Arab village, smashing car windows and damaging homes, residents and medics said."

Why aren't there any photos showing the Bat Ayin residents rampaging through the West Bank village? Is this because it didn't happen? Why is it that almost every photo in this story places the Palestinians as victims and the IDF as the aggressors?
The Palestinians were the ones who started the whole affair by throwing large lethal sized rocks at the local Israeli's from Bat Ayin who were simjply praying.


Photo 4 of 5

Caption Photo 4: An Israeli soldier points his weapon as Palestian protestors look on after Jewish settlers rampaged through the West Bank village of Safa near Hebron.

Cleverly the Reuters photographer has positioned himself so as to capture the Israeli Soldier whilst capturing the Palestinians in the background, creating a more dynamic photo which again just happens to portray Israel in the 'offensive' position.


Photo 5 of 5

Caption Photo 5: Israeli settlers throw stones at Palestinians after the settlers rampaged through the West Bank village of Safa near Hebron April 8, 2009.

REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun

'Settlers throwing stones? I see one single settler throwing a stone, which in the correct context is probably a reaction to the number of Palestinians throwing stones at him. Why has Reuters not shown any photos of the hundreds of Palestinians who were throwing stones?

Like this Photo, one of hundreds available:

Photo: AP Palestinians throw stones at IDF troops during clashes in the village of Safa, near Bat Ayin, Wednesday.

From this slanted reporting by Reuters we end up with an even more slanted and out of context piece of Journalism from Ramallah Online.
More Clashes and Unrest in village of Safa By Jihan Abdalla
"Dozens of Israelis from a Jewish settlement on Wednesday (April 08) rampaged through the West Bank Palestinian village of Safa, smashing car windows and damaging homes, residents and medics said.
Some 12 Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire who arrived at the scene after the settlers from Bat Ayin stormed into the village. Palestinian medics said one of those wounded, who was hit by a live bullet in the neck, was in serious condition.

Safa residents said about 200 settlers, some of them carrying weapons, entered the village.
An eye witness reported that a large number of settlers came early in the morning and started to smash car windows and hurl rocks at houses.

Soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas during the clashes with Palestinians, villagers said. Some 1,000 Jewish settlers live in Bat Ayin near the Palestinian towns of Hebron and Bethlehem.

In 2002, three settlers from Bat Ayin were sentenced by an Israeli court to prison terms ranging from 12 to 15 years for trying to set off a bomb near a Palestinian girls' school in Arab East Jerusalem. The injured seven-year-old boy is a son of one of the three jailed settlers. "

Mr Bagel:
No mention of the boy who was murdered instead the blame for violence is implied on the 'injured boy' who was the son of "one of the three jailed settlers."

What a disgraceful example of slanted Journalism.


YMedad said...

nice work

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hi Mr Bagel,

I am happy to see, with some delay, that you are back and with vengeance. A series of great posts, although I could argue about Mr Lieberman's wisdom, but mostly I am glad to see you back.

Happy Pesach and best to all the Bagels!

p76leiva said...

good work! good to see that there are people like you on the net. will share this with other people, so they can see what is not shown/said on media. khag sameakh!