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Fake Gaza Art

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, Algemeiner.com)

Published: September 10, 2012


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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!)

(8) geoff brennan, September 12, 2012 9:43 PM

god loves ya so do i PEACE brother

god loves ya so do i PEACE brother

(7) tracy, September 12, 2012 11:36 AM

It really breaks my heart to see grown ups using such VILE drawings to make it look like a child drew it,to make a hate statement. The world needs to open there eyes to how evil people really can be, start praying to our Heavenly Father to protect us from these evil spirits that seem to spread like wildfire. God help us all protect Israel and bring her peace. Thank you for the news letter. God Bless and continue using you for his great purpose..

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