By Robert Spencer, May 31, 2021

We owe Robert Spencer a debt for his meticulous tracking the audacious slandering of Israel by fake photo over the years. In this article, he tells us about an article that “was supposed to be heartbreaking: on Friday, the New York Times published a front-page series of photos with the headline ‘They Were Just Children,’ little Palestinian Arab children who had supposedly been murdered by the evil Israeli war machine during the latest round of Hamas jihad attacks. The only problem was that one of the photos, prominently featured on the top row, was of a little girl whom Palestinian Arab propagandists, using the very same photo, had reported murdered by the Israelis in January 2017.” (See here.) “The Times photo imbroglio came just over a week after Palestinian Arabs on Twitter claimed that a photo of another little girl depicted the victim of an Israeli airstrike; it was actually a photo of a Russian child model who has never been anywhere near Gaza and is still very much alive. Spencer describes other such ‘mislabeled’ photos that have been circulated by the Palestinian Arabs and their media friend for years. And his book, The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process “details the breadth and sophistication of this deception.” Let me use one more of his examples. < a href=””> Israelly Cool reported in February 2020 that Palestinian ‘journalist’ Mustafa Batnain tweeted a heartbreaking photo from Gaza depicting a baby inside a cardboard box, presumably the little one’s only shelter amid rampaging, savage, brutal IDF forces. Once again, there was a catch: the photo was actually not from Gaza at all, but from Idomeni, Greece. It’s all in a day’s work for the Palestinian factory of Israeli atrocities.” People have wondered why, if Israel is so wanton in its treatment of Palestinian Arab children, why the need to use fake pictures?

AUTHOR: Robert Bruce Spencer is an American writer, whose subject matter is radical Islam. His books on Islamic law, theology, history and terrorism are noted for being factual and for receiving bombastic smears from Muslims and their friends. He is the founder and director of the Jihad Watch and Dhimmi Watch, websites that focus on Islam-related events globally.

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