Archive for March, 2012

Last week during the operation in Gaza there was another arena where the Palestinian attacked: The web.

Of course reporting is good, as long as it’s true.

The main event was the false tweet by Khulood Badawi (@KhuloodBadawi) who uploaded this photo:

 

Later Avi Mayer (@avimayer), found that the photo dated back to 2009 at least.

At first, there was no comment by Badawi and retweeter, Diana Alzeer at first was not convinced:

 

But… then came Reuters and claim to publish the photo on August 9, 2006.

 

A Palestinian man carries the body of three year-old Raja Abu Shaban, in Gaza August 9, 2006. The three-year-old girl who had been reported killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Wednesday actually died of an accident, Palestinian medical workers said on Thursday. Workers at Gaza’s Shifa hospital said on August 10, 2006 that the initial mistake over the cause of death appeared to have arisen because the girl’s corpse was brought in at the same time as the bodies of the gunmen. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) {You can see also here}

Alzeer later published an apology and withdrew her claims.

Badawi still refused to respond.

The U.N.’s chief spokesman, Martin Nesirky, confirmed that the tweet was not true, adding that: “it is regrettable that an OCHA [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs] staff member had posted information on her personal Twitter profile which was both false and which reflected on issues that are related to her work. The opinions expressed in her Twitter profile in no way reflect the views of OCHA, nor were they sanctions by OCHA.”

Finally, Badawi issued a correction of sorts, falling short of an apology: “It’s my personal account views and opinions are MINE….” and publish this tweet,

It’s a shame that Badawi could not find it in herself to admit to the mistake earlier and to apologize.

It’s a bigger shame that the UN allows its representatives to act in such a manner.

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The internet is a lot like the ocean- An ocean full of ideas, memes, texts and visuals. Every once in a while a very old piece of something resurfaces, and is washed to the shore and gets shared, retweeted and discussed over and over again. I find this phenomenon highly interesting, however, its major negative side effect is people publishing old stuff as new and link unlinked issues together. When done out of political context this may be considered an error, however  when done in one- I can only assume someone, somewhere, started it in purpose. Such are the recent photos allegedly documenting violent results of IDF air strikes in Gaza inthe last couple of days. Sadly enough, these photos are all old stuff, dated 2009 and older.  This photo, frantically distributed on twitter, was claimed to show a little girl injured in March 10th air strike – Was first published in 2006 and shows a girl who was injured falling off a swing – As the Reuters caption (which was corrected) depicts.   And I have to wonder – Why use old footage and falsely claim it’s current? Why lying to your followers about what’s actually happening right now? Anyone who uses these materials instantly loses credibilty – Help me by sharing,  tweeting and letting  everyone know they’ve been building their cases over lies, created by either themselves or people they follow.

 CIF Watch’s GMJ Exposed website just posted a repulsive collection of materials from the GMJ Facebook page. Judge for yourselves:

 

 

I read a piece at the Washington Free Beacon Yesterday (published Thursday), stating that:

“The artist who took second place in the Iranian-backed International Holocaust Cartoon Competition is now making derogatory sketches for Occupy AIPAC, a far-left group that accuses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee of controlling U.S. foreign policy. Carlos Latuff is the Holocaust-denying cartoonist who has attracted controversy for illustrating cartoons that portray the Israel Defense Forcecommitting war crimes during the 2008 Gaza war.”

After repeated inquiries, the problematic works were removed  and group leader Rae Abilaeh claimed Occupy Aipac had no idea about this. But I still have to wonder how a movement that presents itself as a legit and democratic protest group uses artwork by a guy who created this cartoon among others