When you look at the photo above, sent across by Reuters stringer Ammar Awad, do you see:
(a) A touching outpouring of support from a poor soul's family,
(b) The love and support of a local population that has lost one of its own to a deadly outbreak of violence, or
Our trusty photographer doesn't seem to be interested in drawing distinctions like this. Instead, he just frames the most sympathetic looking group from the bunch, which makes it directly past the Editorial Desk of Reuters Magoo, and straight into the news that you read.
Context-free, as they say.
(I tried to include links to photos from Getty's archives that illustrate specific people from the picture above, but I might've missed on one or two of them. This is an inexact science, after all -- especially considering that I'm not paid to sit and stare at photos all day. That being said, you're more than welcome to try playing this game at home, if you want. The comments section is, as always, wide open for business. Like, for instance, if you wanted to find other Al-Aqsa members in Getty's archives and post links here. Which would be absolutely cool of you.)
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Palestinians carry the body of Anan Subuh, who was killed during an Israeli army raid, during his funeral in the West Bank City of Nablus December 26, 2009. Israeli soldiers shot and killed six Palestinians in two separate incidents on Saturday in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence in months. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
PS: Since we're speaking about context, I'm compelled to point out that the IDF has reported that they've discovered IEDs near the position of three of the Palestinians killed over the weekend. Unless Fatah has suddenly invented Improved Elefun Devices, I'm guessing that this means that... (drumroll, please!) Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade was intending to cause violence with them.
But it's Israel's fault, of course.