This is how minor accidents are recycled into anti Israel propaganda. Decide for yourself whether this is lazy journalism or straight out deception.
Take a quick look at this photograph. I have emphasised the medic in Magen David Adom (Israel’s Red Cross) uniform and the Israeli license and star of David on the Israeli ambulance to make my point.
Which headline do you think best illustrates what you see?
- Israeli settler runs over a Palestinian child north of Salfit
- Israeli and Palestinian ambulance crews cooperate at traffic accident
In a reverse image search for a better resolution image I discovered this same image had appeared three different times in 2017. The first that I located, and presumably the original was published in January of this year. Then it was reused for different stories in July and then again in November.
In January, the Palestinian Information Center†, named the victim of what they called a hit-and-run attack as Emad Souf, 55, from Salfit. He was described as seriously injured and transferred to an Israeli hospital.
Also in January, Iranian PRESSTV (citing Palestine al-Yawm news agency) reported injuries to an unidentified 40-year-old Palestinian man south of the city of Hebron (al-Khalil), itself south of Jerusalem. In this case the receiving hospital was Rabin Medical Center in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva.
In July, an Internet publication named Ramallah Mix reported that a young man was killed near the town of Khader, south of Bethlehem. He was identified as Omar Ahmed Abu Ghalioun, 37. Eyewitnesses identified a settler car (not clear how a settler car differs from a car on the politically correct side of the Green Line) and identified the hospital as Shari Tzdiq (Shaare Zedek ed.) in Jerusalem. Somewhat ironically, the Internet being what it is, an ad for Magen David Adom in Israel featured above the automatically translated text.
Perhaps the most fantastical re-use of the photograph came in July from an Iranian publication ABNA, citing Ahlulbayt news agency. Allowing for Google Translate inaccuracy, that publication reported that a young Palestinian was martyred that morning after being shot dead by a Zionist settlement vehicle on a belt road near the Khidr (Khader) city in the south of Bethlehem, West Bank. He was also identified as Omar Ahmed Abu Ghallioun, 37.
Finally(?) in November, the Palestinian Information Center, the same organisation that published the story using this photograph in January, reported that 8-year-old Yamen Souf was run over near Haris village to the north of Salfit.
One common theme in these reports and others from Palestinian and Palestine-supporting media is the claim that Jewish settlers routinely run down Arabs and especially their children in the territories. At least when reporting on this traffic accident no one mentioned the latest Palestinian contribution to the good of humanity – vehicles as a weapon of terrorism. Terrorists in multiple attacks in Europe and America have been inspired to emulate them.
Somehow, I doubt the claim against the Jews. A Palestinian intent on martyrdom doesn’t expect to leave the scene alive. Indeed they count on it. He isn’t concerned about how much mechanics and panel beaters will charge for repairs.
His Jewish opposite number knows that repairing a damaged vehicle can be really expensive and raises many embarrassing questions about how it came about. Insurance will not cover these expenses without documentation that he can not be produce.
Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. I’m not sure if there is a term for denying Palestinian conscious impulses.
In ten minutes, I collected the following sixteen Palestinian graphics inciting vehicular murder of the Jews.
† As a general rule Five Minutes for Israel does not direct readers to Palestinian propaganda but I made an exception in this case, to avoid charges that I was manufacturing evidence.