Yesterday, Twitter was flooded with a disturbing old photo that was taken in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem, depicting of : Settlers make fun of the Palestinian woman after the occupation authorities force her out of her home
I will not argue the claim that the photo portrays a harsh, cruel situation. No one will. It is a horrible photo, showing horrible people. But I still have to point out a couple of facts:
1. The Photo was taken a little over two years ago! on Jerusalem day 2010. So labeling the Palestinian woman as one that was just “forced out of her home by the occupation authorities” is arguable. It doesn’t justify the deed itself, of course, which is pointless and cruel.
2. The young men photographed are not Israeli law officers. They are not soldiers and do not represent the authorities. They are religious Jewish settlers who chose to live there due to religious reasons.
3. Whoever brought this image back to life doubtlessly knew it wasn’t fresh, it was all over the net back in 2010. The settlers and the “occupation authorities” were loudly defamed over it already then. But in 2010, the attacks could be considered justified.
Disguising an old discussion as a new one is a regular technique in use of Anti-Israeli activists. In an honest debate, it is, to say the least, a lack of integrity. Not that I find integrity a general trait of BDS and plain anti-Israeli campaigns, but this one really screams: “Okay guys, we had nothing shocking to show you today, and we heard about global warming, so we thought we’ll recycle and hope no-one notices!”
And then it’s just the usual story of a mindless followers retweeting one another without even bothering to check the facts…