Posts Tagged ‘footage’

In the age of Internet and social networks, it’s really easy to connect to your “inner activist”.
once you find your ’cause’ you will pretty much do anything to push it to the center of attention – And you have all the tools you’ll need to do so effectively and for zero money.
Now, let’s say your cause is ‘the people of Gaza‘, and recently things got hot again between Gaza and South Israel, rockets are being fired and military actions are taking place.
obviously now will be the right time to promote your cause. obviously…
but will you consider using a dead Syrian kid photo just to get the focus you need?

Some will.
Abo Kazem Saad, a Gazan FB user posted this photo a few days ago, followed with a difficult, human and honest text about the people of Gaza. Naturally the photo got hundreds of shares.
Thing is, the dead kid has nothing to do with Gaza.

A brief research will easily show that the photo was taken in Syria, the two year-old kid was killed by the Syrian armed forces and has apparently never been to Gaza.


My thought: If you need to lie about your cause to get attention, there may be a problem- Either with you or with the definition of your cause…

Remember Khulood Badawi and her FAKE wounded-Gaza-child affair?
A brief reminder; a UN employee used her twitter account to published a photo of a dying child in her fathers hands and falsely claim that the child was killed by Israel.
She tweeted: “Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by Israel… Another father carrying his child to a grave in Gaza”


After the irreparable damage to Israel’s reputation was done, it was found out that the picture was not only an old one published by Reuters in 2006, but also that the child was killed in an accident that was unrelated to Israel in any way, shape or form.

It took over seven months for the UN to complete an investigation which is very simple and obvious: Badawi, who has anti-Israel attitudes, had abused her power as a UN officer in order to tarnish Israel’s name.

According to the Jerusalem Post  “Findings not yet released after completion of investigation”.
In my opinion, there is no place for an individual who publishes false photos that can lead to violence in an organization that is meant to protect the world from violence.

How much longer will it take for the UN to admit and condemn such  racist behavior??


So,  apparently the BDS folks are running out of resources, and are now promoting fund raising around a story that legitimizes violence and breaking the law.
Two days ago, while wandering around facebook,I bumped into a story shared by a woman named Roni Barkan, who wrote about the history of Palestinian activist Mouhammad Ameerah (known from the riots of Ni’ilin in 2008 and later violent events in the area), who was framed by another youth, mentally handicapped, a testimony that got Ameerah arrested in 2009. The post was published under the title “Support Mouhammed Ameerah” and unfolded the above story in a rather dramatic way.
To cut a long story short, Ameerah was arrested again this week’ but this time it was a just plain, non political crime- Setting to work in Israel without a work permit. The post calls to support him by donating money to cover a 4,000 shekel fine he has to pay in replacement of 4 more months in prison.
Even assuming the story is full and true- Which I can’t, as I found absolutely no coverage of it in neither Israeli nor international press- I still find it disturbing.  I tried to contact both the post original creator and those who reposted it for more information, but non replied to my inquiry for confirmed details -As far as we know this could be a scheme purposed to extract money from people with less understanding of the situation.
But, that’s not even my point. It seems that the activists supporting Ameerah don’t exactly see formal law as an instrument worthy of respect. The fact that Ameerah was caught working ilegally without a work permit has absolutely nothing to do with his background as an activist (a riot leader,  in fact) – It has to do with him being a criminal by state law. Describing the fact he was a caught by the Police in Tel Aviv as a mere “misfortune” reflects an attitude: Breaking the law is only bad if you get caught. And I’m afraid that a motto for BDSers.

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.