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Fauxtography on Facebook

Feb 3, 2012 at 04:37:00 AM

Here's a classic in the annals of fauxtography:

A photo has been hurtling through cyberspace (via Facebook, natch), showing an "Israeli soldier" ostensibly pointing his rifle at a little Palestinian girl, while digging his boot into her chest.

Alert media monitors noted that the soldier depicted in the photo could not possibly be Israeli, as the rifle is an AK-47 (the IDF uses M16 and M4 weapons), and both the boots and pants do not match IDF uniforms.

So where did the libelous photo originate? At an anti-Israeli "street theater" exhibition in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. Here's the uncropped image:

Of course, none of this is new. As an film documents, Facebook is filled with anti-Israel imagery.

As I demonstrate in my new book, David & Goliath, there is a cottage industry ― affectionately known as Pallywood ― dedicated to producing pro-Palestinian images. When Palestinian officials alleged that Israel was using radioactive uranium and nerve gas against civilians, official PA television broadcast fake "news footage" of "victims" plagued by vomiting and convulsions. Another clip from state-run Palestinian TV used actors to depict Israeli soldiers "raping and murdering" a Palestinian girl in front of her horrified parents.

And then there's the time that Palestinian actors staged a "funeral" for unsuspecting journalists. This Pallywood production ― secretly videotaped by an Israeli drone ― shows a man walking over to a stretcher, lying down, being wrapped in a shroud, and being carried in the "funeral procession." When the "dead body" falls off the stretcher, he stands up and climbs back on. And when the "corpse" is dropped a second time, he stomps off angrily ― apparently regarding his own funeral as too dangerous to his health.

And now we have the Bahrain photo ― just another salvo in the Israeli-Arab cyber war. If you ever doubted how fast things spread through the Internet, click on this link to Google images (mouse over the images to see what website they're posted on).

February 3, 2012

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