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Fake Gaza Art

Pro-Palestinian activists produce fake "children's art" in order to better pull at the heartstrings of a Western audience.

Sep 10, 2012 at 05:11:24 PM

The "demonize Israel" campaign was in full swing last week in Ontario, Canada, with an exhibit of "Gaza Children's Artwork" at an event called MuslimFest.

There's nothing wrong with that. Except in this case, the "art" was not drawn by children at all, but rather by sophisticated artists trying to mimic a child's style, in order to better pull at the heartstrings of a Western audience.

The unanimous opinion of experts is that these drawings – which depict various scenes of "Israeli brutality" – are far too sophisticated to have been drawn by children. The symbolism, detail, coloring and motifs all indicate the work of trained artists imitating the style of a child. Note, for example, how the dynamic brushstrokes are well conceived and controlled, and how the people are drawn in a clear single-line outline. No child does that.

Here's another clear indication this is a big fake: One would think that a children's art exhibit would eagerly publicize the names of the artists and elaborate on their own personal stories – which is often more compelling than the art. Yet for some bizarre reason, none of the drawings are signed, and none of the "artists" in this exhibit are named.

One anti-Israel website tried to explain away this omission, claiming that the art was often drawn and painted in the dark, due to limited electricity and frequent power outages as a result of the "Israeli siege of Gaza."

Hmmm... So kids can spend an hour drawing an intricate picture, but can't find the ten seconds to write their own names?

The crazy thing is that Festivals and Events Ontario, a non-profit organization that supports various public festivals in Canada, gave a $40,000 grant to MuslimFest.

Honestly, none of this surprises me. Remember Muhammed al-Dura, the suspicious scene of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy allegedly caught in crossfire and killed at the beginning of the second Intifada? Now in Ontario, visitors to a public art festival are subject to the same kind of scam. It's all part of what I call "Pallywood," a cottage industry dedicated to producing Palestinian propaganda materials that demonize Israel. Calling it out is the best way to neutralize its poisonous effect.

(HT: Elder of Ziyon,

Visitor Comments: 11

(11) Anonymous, October 9, 2012 6:15 AM

Now hosting this exhibit in Canada

Your remarks are biased and disingenuous. You consult one art professor not "experts) with no attribution. You cite lack of identity of children as another proof of it being fake, when the curator herself - an eye witness to the art being drawn - explains in her documentation why this is so. You sound like an ally of Holocaust deniers attacking the renowned children's art exhibit/book "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." I show this book to people who visit the ACVG exhibit to show the universality of children traumatized by war. Have you heard of Dr. Izzie Abulaish? I suggest you read his book "I Shall Not Hate" and stop demonizing an entire people. Diidn't Jews learn this from our own experience in Nazi Germany?

(10) Anonymous, September 13, 2012 12:51 PM

2nd Comment

It also occurs to me that the irony of these drawings are all greater since such drawings might accurately portray the experience of an Israeli child in Sderot or Ashkelon!

(9) Dvirah, September 13, 2012 12:49 PM

Another "Blub"

Another thing which is highly suspicious is that the ages of the artists are not given. I have never seen a collection of children's work, from art to poetry to essays, where the ages of the composers were not given. (It is all the more impressive when one sees that the insightful essay one has just read was written by a 12-year-old!)

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Summer Camp in Gaza

Jul 17, 2012 at 12:00:33 PM

Here in Israel, I’m getting ready to send off my sons to summer camp -- filled with swimming, baseball and rousing sing-a-longs beside the campfire.

In Gaza, summer camps organized by the ruling party Hamas are giving tens of thousands of children an experience that includes walking on nails and on knife blades, and a mock Israeli prison that reenacts the experience of “Palestinian prisoners."

In recent years, Palestinian summer camps have more resembled paramilitary training grounds -- giving children the chance to dress up as masked Palestinian commandos and stage a mock attack on Israelis, plus weapons training with real Kalashnikov rifles.

More "moderate" summer camp experiences have been difficult to implement. In 2010, a United Nations-run summer camp in Gaza was burned to the ground by militants for "teaching schoolgirls fitness, dancing and immorality." 

Meanwhile, the “moderate” Palestinian leadership in the West Bank has named a summer camp after Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history -- the 1978 Coastal Road massacre which resulted in the death of 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children. This week, the Palestinian governor of the Jericho district told campers that Mughrabi "should be a beacon for us in our activities." (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2012)

Advocates of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process have long decried the atmosphere of hate that permeates Palestinian society, school textbooks and the media. Genuine peace demands moderation, coexistence and tolerance to be taught and practiced as core values.

If Palestinian summer camps had a little less weapons training and a little more singing around the campfire, that would go a long way toward forging a ripe environment. As John F. Kennedy said, “Peace does not rest in charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of people.”

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(2) Michelle, July 19, 2012 7:28 PM


thankyou for the feeling and sentiment shared in here. G-d be with you, and all our Children wherever placed for everywhere there will be darkness and yet equally a place for the light to shine forth and i am thankful that also in Palistine and in particular Gaza there will be chances also for the Children to experience a different side to life where love and light equally reside. G-d bless you in your continued service.

(1) Jack, July 18, 2012 7:48 PM

Palestinians - A people of hate and death

The Palestinians are a sick group. They have been thrown out of almost every arab state where they have lived. When Jordan took them in they tried to overthrow King Hussain. All the arab states call them brothers but nobody wants them in their country.They revere a man who stole millions of dollars that the world sent to help the people for the sole reason he killed Jews. What does that say about them. Palestinians are their own worst education and less hate would help them allot. enemy. More

pherring, September 19, 2012 2:36 PM

"the leopard cannot change its spots"

The above old saying relates directly to the Palestinians - they will never change and rather than modifying their views as time progresses they are becoming increasingly more radical. Israel has handled their continual abuses with kid gloves primarily to avoid upsetting the US but surely the time has now come to regard and treat them for what they are- a people led by murderous terrorists whose sole aim is the destruction of the Jewish State - there is no place in Israel for them and it is a disgrace that 1.6 million are classified as "Israeli Arabs" - it's time to wake up - where does their allegiance really lie - to Israel or to Hamas , Hezbollah and the like - we all know the answer - why continue to try and hide it? Every effort must be made to convince them to leave Israel - it must be totally non-violent - impossible? - think about it - there must be ways to achieve this, again and stressed again, in a totally non-violent way - any violence would simply reduce us to their base level Meanwhile establishment of further settlements in Judea and Samaria must be stepped up dramatically. dramatically. As Jack says the most difficult problem in encouraging the Palestinians to leave Israel is that they are despised by their Arab brothers who do not want them in their countries.


The Palestinian Money Pit

Jun 8, 2012 at 08:19:58 AM

This week a Palestinian court in Ramallah sentenced Mohammed Rashid, the shadowy moneyman of Yasser Arafat, to 15 years in prison after convicting him of siphoning off $33.5 million of foreign donations.

In recent years, Palestinians have received billions of dollars of assistance – from the United States, European Union, United Nations (and an occasional token gift from Arab countries). Yet where has all this money gone? Where are all the Palestinian hospitals, schools, roads and bridges??

The answer is that the Palestinian Authority has taken billions of international aid dollars and squandered it on an array of guns, bombs and missiles, while lining the pockets of a successive stream of corrupt officials. Indeed, Yasser Arafat achieved the ignoble distinction of appearing on the Forbes' list of "Wealthiest Kings, Queens and Despots" – having embezzled hundreds of millions of international aid dollars from Palestinian coffers. (Arafat's widow, Suha, still receives a $22 million annual allowance from the PA, guaranteed for lifetime.)

This is not an Arafat-specific problem. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is worth an estimated $100 million. Abbas's son Yasser – surprise! – enjoys a monopoly on the sale of U.S.-made cigarettes in the Palestinian areas, and owns an engineering company which got paid $1.89 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to build a sewage system in the West Bank town of Hebron.

Still other American funds go to finance terror activities. According to senior Palestinian security officer Abu Yousuf, American-run programs to train Palestinian security forces have been instrumental in the "success" of terror attacks: "I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance would have been so successful, and would have killed more than one thousand Israelis since 2000, and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without these [American] trainings," he said.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee – has tried to put a hold on $150 million of U.S. aid to Palestinians until some accounting is given as to where the money goes: "The U.S. has given $3 billion in aid to the Palestinians in the last five years alone, and what do we have to show for it?" she said. "Now the administration is sending even more. Where is the accountability for U.S. taxpayer dollars?"

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(5) Mr. Cohen, February 22, 2017 2:23 AM

How Hunter Stuart Changed His Views on Israel

How a pro-Palestinian American reporter
changed his views on Israel and the conflict:

by Hunter Stuart, 2017 February 15

(4) arnnyc, June 11, 2012 8:25 AM

US aid to the PA

As the article has noted, despite demands from some Congressional members, the Obama Admin has sent billions to the PA with no accountability as to how & where these funds are spent. For 3 years, Obama has turned the back of his hand towards the Israeli government. Now as the election approaches, the administration claims to be the strongest pro-Israel administration in American history. A total joke meant to seek Jewish votes & contributions. Yes Hollywood liberals like Harvey Weinstein may knee jerk their support & dollars for Obama but it is time for the rest of American Jewry to wake up and admit that Obama is not a friend of Israel & has supported many in the Arab world which seeks its destruction (as it has not comndemend the Egyptian government for threatening to tear up Camp David nor threatened them with a reduction or denial of the over 2 billion dollars they receive in aid. The Administration has made no demands on the Palestinians to negotiate but demands endless Israeli concessions. Remember this before you contribute to his campaign or consider voting for him. After the election assume things will just be worse with the administration since it would no longer be facing re-election.

(3) Daniel, June 10, 2012 7:56 PM

Why on earth would the Palestinians want this to stop?

Peace and statehood would bring responsibility and accountability. Who in their right mind thinks that this is what these recipients want? Enough of saying, "the settlements are an obstacle to peace". Time for everyone to realize that while this cash river flows, peace prospects will be drowned.

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Al-Dura Discredited, Again

Feb 21, 2012 at 06:36:56 AM by:
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Remember the case of Muhammad al-Dura, the 12-year-old boy who was shot by unknown gunmen, which the media assumed to be Israeli soldiers? Al-Dura became an icon of the Palestinian Intifada.

A lesser-known aspect of this story is that the boy’s father, Jamal al-Dura, engaged in his own bit of media manipulation. Shortly after the incident, he held a press conference where he lifted his shirt to show journalists the scars on his chest as “proof” that Israeli soldiers had fired on him. In truth, these scars were the result of tendon transplant surgery that Jamal had undergone years earlier at an Israeli hospital, after being severely wounded by Palestinian thugs.

Dr. David Yehuda, the surgeon who operated on Jamal, recognized the scars:

“His wounds are not bullet wounds, but were produced by two things – first, the knife of the Palestinian who cut him, and second, my knife that fixed him. He faked the case.”

Jamal had displayed the height of ingratitude: After being saved by an Israeli doctor, he turned that around to foist a libel on the Jews.

If that wasn’t enough chutzpah, Jamal then sued the Israeli doctor for slander!

The case has been winding its way through the French courts, and last week the French Supreme Court finally ruled in favor of the Israeli doctor.

Jamal al-Dura thus joins Oscar Wilde and Alger Hiss in the pantheon of those who brought libel suits – and ended up destroying their own reputations.

A small bit of justice in this very disturbing case.

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(3) Anonymous, March 4, 2012 6:11 PM

It makes me feel so very sad, and at the same nauseated to read the Jamal al-Dura's ignominious case. It is very scary to think that a person could go that far, and especially publicly, to defame and discredit the integrity of a people who have only done good to him. Shame on Jamal and his clans who supported and backed his shameful and disgusting drama. Hashem will never abandon the Jewish people.

(2) Lisa, February 24, 2012 4:05 AM

Does this story surprise anyone??

"Esav so-neh et Yaakov" we really think its going to change? Of course we hope it will......

(1) Anonymous, February 22, 2012 6:51 AM

Yes, finally justice....

..... and I understand the Israeli government is seriously considering covering the legal costs incurred by Dr. David.