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Staged Palestinian Photos

Staged Palestinian Photos

Digital editing tools spark a wave of fake photos.


We've seen it all before: An IDF soldier aiming his rifle at a Palestinian's head. No content is given – is the soldier about to execute the Palestinian at point-blank range? The photo spreads via Social Media, reinforcing the (false) narrative of "Israeli aggression against Palestinian victims."

The latest charade in Pallywood – a cottage industry dedicated to producing Palestinian propaganda – is now circulating on Facebook, showing "an Israeli rifle butt digging into a young Palestinian's neck."

Thankfully, Roi Rahmani, an alert media monitor, discovered another photo, this one showing the two "actors" appearing in a friendly selfie.

By the time the truth was revealed, the original fake photo provocatively spoke its “thousand words.”

Psychologically, these images are almost impossible to undo.

These images create a “record of events” and once they enter public consciousness, it is almost impossible to undo. According to Hany Farid, a Dartmouth professor and expert on digital photography, on a neurological level the brain tends to reduce major historical eras into emotional images that encapsulate the complex story: raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, the Vietnamese Napalm girl, facing the tank in Tiananmen Square, electrocution wires at Abu Ghraib prison.

Tragically, mythical Palestinian photos are more than just factual inaccuracies or a PR issue. One Palestinian woman, after hearing of a (false) account of "Israeli atrocities," declared: “We will never forget this massacre. This is similar to the Holocaust. We will teach our generations not to forget this.”

Propaganda Campaign

Staged photos are part of a precise formula – death, destruction and children – to generate media coverage of “Israeli aggressors.”

Who can forget the widely-viewed image of an "Israeli soldier" pointing his rifle at a little Palestinian girl, while digging his boot into her chest. It was all part of an anti-Israeli "street theater" exhibition in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. Yet anti-Israel propagandists cleverly cropped the photo (shown here in yellow lines) to demonstrate "Israeli demonism."

Mark Twain said, “A lie told well is immortal.” And the danger of false images is very real. Like the medieval blood libels that launched pogroms across Europe, these images remain engraved in Palestinian lore, fomenting an atmosphere of mistrust that will linger for decades, ultimately undermining those who seek peaceful coexistence.

June 9, 2015

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Visitor Comments: 4

(4) s, June 14, 2015 2:23 AM


This guy looks like a Hispanic guy I know from American stationed on board a ship by Yeman, years ago!!!!!!!

(3) Tova Kohn, June 12, 2015 5:44 PM

Safe & Peaceful Streets

It's remarkable that the streets of Israel are as peaceful and safe as they are. Our brethren courageously repel a variety of brutal tactics by Arabs, including photographic lies. May Hashem continue to bless Israel, as well as Jewish people everywhere. Am Yisrael Chai.

(2) Anonymous, June 12, 2015 4:52 AM

What can the reader do?

Other than prayer, what recourse do we have? This propaganda has been going on for many years. If you are publishing this in order to make younger readers aware of the problem, okay, I could see the purpose; otherwise, why?

(1) John, June 11, 2015 5:03 PM


Arabs living in the Gaza strip and the Golan Heights (notice I didn't use the FAKE name of Palestinians) have been "faking" it for years. Look no further than when these fools and liars take their own dead, mutilate them or change their cloths, and get a group of news journalists to take photos of phony death scenes to spark international outrage.

You and I as rational peace loving human beings can only cringe at the use of such tactics. I seriously believe these people are mentally unstable and brain damaged from continued psychological abuse by their own leadership.

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