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Selective Suffering

Oh, the humanity:—The Israeli Defence Forces raided another terrorist base peace-loving household in the West Bank, no doubt in pursuit of terrorists who were hiding within. What do our dear wire photographers think of the IDF's work?

A Palestinian woman who fainted is carried away from a house damaged during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank village of Zawata, near Nablus, July 19, 2007. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte (WEST BANK)


Very dramatic, no? I'd even go so far as to call it quite Qana-esque, but is this picture giving us an honest assessment of what's going on here? Tune in beyond the fold to see for yourself!Let's check out some other shots of this scene on the wires. For starters, here is another angle of this same shot, taken by one of the many photographers that tend to gravitate to dramatic scenery like this:

Palestinians carry a woman who fainted, top left, from a building damaged in an Israeli army raid in the village of Zuata near the West Bank town of Nablus, July 19, 2007. Israel is set to release more than 240 Palestinian prisoners Friday in an effort to bolster moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)


The next picture that follows ought to give you an idea of what's really going on here. For some strange reason, I don't expect that you will see it in any newspapers of note tomorrow morning:

Palestinians carry a sofa from building damaged in an Israeli army raid in the village of Zuata near the West Bank town of Nablus, Thursday July 19, 2007. Israel is set to release more than 240 Palestinian prisoners Friday in an effort to bolster moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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Comments:

#1 a.b.boyle 21-Jul-2007
my hand is one of the first to go up when it's asked if there are any cynics in the room, but at the risk of sounding naive, are you suggesting that the photo with the woman being carried out was staged (go easy on me)? if that's you're point, you are probably right. these people are far from ignorant. why wouldn't they use the weapon of propaganda that has been used against them?
#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 21-Jul-2007
Boyle,

I'm not suggesting that the photo is "staged" outright—but the information being [i]presented[/i] about the photograph in question is somewhat misleading. I think the third picture in the series explains quite succinctly what's [i]really[/i] going on in this particular situation, and find it amusing that the Associated Press [i]still[/i] can't find itself to call this "looting" what it is.

(If you are aware of any situations in which propaganda has been used [i]against[/i] the Palestinian people, I'm all ears. Generally, the coverage out of the Middle East is preferential [i]towards[/i] the "plight" of the Palestinians on at least a 10:1 ratio.)

Hope this helps explain what I'm trying to say!

Regards,
Brian
#3 Muhammed 21-Jul-2007
Oh yeah, their having a real party there in the occupied territories. Perhaps you can get some more shots of happy arabs raiding demolished homes. Then we all can forget that these people are being cleansed from the area with our government's support. Try to catch more of them smiling, would ya?
#4 Brian C. Ledbetter 21-Jul-2007
Muhammed,

Considering the fact that (a) Israel has reduced it's "occupied" territorial boundaries significantly over the past two years, and (b) they [i]just[/i] released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, I think you're claim of anyone being "cleansed" from the area is pretty amusing.

But hey, why let little things like "facts" get in the way of vapid self-aggrandizing?

Chin up, good sir. All is not bollocks.

Regards,
Brian
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