Update/Retraction: Eagle-eyed reader Annie writes to inform that the hand gesture pictured usually represents "Wait a minute" in Middle-Eastern societies. I guess I had that coming, for trying to interpret another country's colloquial hand gestures...Thanks for the correction, Annie!
This photo purports to be of a Hamas "security officer" checking and registering a passport from an individual crossing into the Gaza Strip from Egypt.
By itself, there isn't anything too extraordinary about this picture, but if it weren't for me reading this article
earlier in the week, I wouldn't have caught it: Check out the "officer" towards the centre of the frame. Does it look like he's "checking" any travel documents?
Take a closer look at his hand gesture:
[img:looks-like-bribery.jpg:Hmmm, what hand gesture could that
I could be wrong, but that looks like Ye Olde Classic "gimme yo' money
" hand gesture, which would mean that this is potentially photographic evidence of the very bribery described in the article above.
Of course, considering that Hamas is a group of fanatics who have no problem killing their children
(and then blaming someone else), a little bit of bribery isn't really all that surprising... is it?