The mother who assaulted her lifeless son

Pix above: Palestinian mother stepping on the corpse of her son who collaborated with Israelis. This photo has been cropped by Hartal to fit the preset dimensions for main picture fixed by our template layout. To see the photo in full, please go here.

In yesterday’s posting, we brought up a statistical study of Palestinian casualties. It revealed how that side of the armed conflict had included in the death toll count not only those killed by Israelis but also their own suicide bombers who died in action as well as Palestinian “collaborators” murdered by their own compatriots. Our featured photo today depicts such as case.

Slanted press coverage of the Middle East vs. Israel is not only in reporting but in photo bias (a subject we’ll be posting on later) as well as peripheral editorial processes including captions and errata. One recent example is Reuters refusing to make amends for the cropped knife photo with regard to the Mavi Marmara boarding.

Below we’ve excerpted from Scott Thong’s blog a write-up about the malicious dereliction of duty even among respected international media.

“[A] photo taken during the Al-Aqsa Intifada of 2000 depicted a bloodied youth with a shouting, club-wielding Israeli policeman standing behind him.

“This photo was published by at least seven American newspapers including the New York Times, with an accompanying caption stating that the unarmed youth was a Palestinian. The caption also gave the impression that the Israeli policeman was in the process of assaulting the youth. Thus the scenario fed to the public was that of uniformed Israeli brutality against an innocent Palestinian.

“It was only when the youth’s father sent a letter to the New York Times that the truth behind the sensation was revealed: The injured youth was actually Jewish. While riding in a taxi, he and his friends had been mobbed, beaten and stabbed by Palestinian Arabs. The youth, Tuvia Grossman, managed to stagger to a petrol station where the Israeli policeman protected him from probable death.

“A sincere error in reporting, perhaps. But when the New York Times published a correction, it omitted any mention of the youth having been beaten by Palestinians.”

To read more, click here.

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