Misleading Guardian caption below photo of Israeli injured by Palestinian rioters


On Friday, March 8, hundreds of Palestinians emerged from prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque to throw rocks and petrol bombs at Israeli security personnel stationed near the entrance of the compound.

Eleven policemen were injured during the violence, including one Israeli who was injured by a molotov cocktail thrown at officers by Palestinians, reportedly from inside the mosque. 

Police dispersed the rioters using stun grenades and other non-violent crowd control measures.

The Guardian’s ‘Picture Desk Live’ published the following photo shortly after the Friday riots showing the officer who was set on fire.

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Here’s the Guardian caption:

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Note that the Israeli policeman is described as “injured”, with no text indicating that he was injured by a Palestinian who intentionally hurled an incendiary device in his direction. (Other news sites which published photos of the injured Israeli managed to explain that the injury was indeed caused by Palestinians.) 

Another glaring distortion is achieved by the caption’s blurred causation. Readers are informed only that “clashes broke out”, without assigning blame, as if there was any doubt that it was Palestinian ‘worshipers’ who initiated the violence. 

A twenty-eight word caption: so much obfuscation. 

27 comments on “Misleading Guardian caption below photo of Israeli injured by Palestinian rioters

  1. How did the Guardian missed the Peace corp in the middle of a mosque? It beggars belief that the Guardian would seek low.

    By the way, did the Guardian ask what the Peace corp doing in the middle of a mosque armed with obviously non-lethal weapons?

  2. I must admit the Zionist propaganda machine is getting a bit rusty.
    In the early days of colonization no Zionist PR would have considered putting this picture on the front of their PR work because to most it speaks volumes specially when you realize it is taken in the mosque on the most holy day of the week for the Muslims.

    It does not really impress the Pro-Israeli case does it now? So what is the motive of cifwatch for this blog?

    • Ashley you are so blinded by your hate of the Jews that you can’t see on the picture that it has been taken definitely not inside a mosque?
      I can understand your frustration that your pets – the pious peaceful worshipers of the religion of peace can’t throw stones at the Jews praying at the Wall under the al-Aqsa, but sadly you have to live with this relatively new reality. Where are the good old times when you and your pals could did it undisturbed and unpunished?
      So what is the motive of cifwatch for this blog?
      One of them must be to show to its readers the true face of the so called “pro-Palestinian” crowd, who can’t understand why it is a big no-no to stoning Jews novadays in Israel.
      In the early days of colonization …
      You shouldn’t not to mention the early days of Muslim colonization of the ME and Europe… It is a sore spot in the narrative of your friends at Hamas……

    • Actually it makes me think that even on the Muslim Sabbath they go to prayers equipped with molotov cocktails. I can’t imagine what the vicar would say if I attended church with a homemade incendiary device.

    • Oddly enought, Ashley dear, when Jews go to worship they carry prayerbooks. Are you actually admitting that when Muslims go to worship they carry firebombs? That really does not impress the pro-Arab case, does it now?

  3. I understand they were not in hall where people pray. Even a blind man can see that – but also blind man can also see the Israeli Peace Corps in the compounds of the mosque. Why does CIF stink? Because it has not got a sewer and there is shit everywhere.

    • I understand they were not in hall where people pray. Even a blind man can see that…
      A blind man can see anything on a picture?! The logical and intellectual ability of a real “anti-colonialist” at its full glory…
      …but also blind man can also see the Israeli Peace Corps in the compounds of the mosque.
      You shouldn’t use this kind of sarcasm against the members of the Religion of Peace…

    • “Because it has not got a sewer and there is shit everywhere.” boy george

      But mostly, there’s shit aplenty in the minds of people like you.

  4. Does this blog really advance the Israeli case? I doubt very much if people will be convinced by the arguments here. Now wonder Israel is losing the PR – somebody should reign in these type of web sites they are counter productive.

    • It seems this blog is working fine. For instance, it hits a nerve in Jew-hating people such as yourself, that just can’t stop posting crap and showing the astonishing ignorance, dishonesty and stupidity of the anti-Israel crowd.

    • …somebody should reign in these type of web sites they are counter productive.
      Reign Ashley? Maybe you should turn to your neighborhood commissar or the local party secretary… they have direct connection to the closest Sharia court or thought police department…
      And they are counterproductive?!
      Your involvement in the promotion of the Zionist cause is very touching…
      Your kind of morons can change an otherwise hard day’s evening to a real fun time.

      • Yes, Peter. Isn’t it lovely when anti-Zionists try to tell Zionists what’s good for them? So comforting to know they only have our best interests at heart, isn’t it?

    • “Does this blog really advance the Israeli case? I doubt very much if people will be convinced by the arguments here.”
      You’re entitled to your opinion, and if this isn’t for you, you’re free to leave anytime, i.e., you know, free, as in the only free country in the Middle East.

  5. The Guardian aren’t going to do your propaganda for you. The guy’s on fire. It goes without saying that an incendiary device has been thrown. Unless things have changed dramatically in the last 24 hours, one can safely assume it was thrown by a Palestinian.

      • There must be 100 article links on the current G. homepage – not a single one mentions Jews or Israel.

        Saying the G. is “busy with anti-Semitic hate” is simply deranged.

        Given their posts here, however, saying that SerJew is “busy with anti-Muslim hatred” would be a far more truthful statement.

    • Correct Alex I absolutely agree with you. The Guardian is the propaganda forum of the most reactionary religious extremist, murderous and racist ideology at our time. It is involved with anti-Semite inciting and the promotion of every possible murderous totalitarian ideology. Obviously they wouldn’t make any propaganda for democracy or any other Western humanistic values.

    • I also agree with you alex. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the petrol bomb was thrown by a peace loving muslim.

    • So, you admit that telling the truth about the Arabs is what anti-Semites call “propaganda.”

      I don’t think that word means what you think it means!

    • “The Guardian aren’t going to do your propaganda for you.”

      No, of course not, Alex, especially when they’re doing Arab propaganda for you.

  6. Sorry, but I don’t think there’s mujch substance to this article at all.

    Note that the Israeli policeman is described as “injured”, with no text indicating that he was injured by a Palestinian

    Because viewers of a certain level of intelligence would assume that anyway from the information given in the caption.

    Another glaring distortion is achieved by the caption’s blurred causation. Readers are informed only that “clashes broke out”, without assigning blame

    That phrase is a common one used by the MM worldwide when protesters, football fans or whoever attack police (or each other).

    And do bear in mind the background to this story when accusing others of “blurred causation”.

    CifWatch itself, after all, generally gives a biased picture of events.

    • Pretz. I disagree. If the picture had been of a Palestinian injured in these “clashes”, the caption would have said “Ahmed al Nur (they would have got his name), Palestinian farmer/grocer/footballer and father of 4 (lots of human detail) injured by Israeli soldiers (anonymous and armed, and leaving no doubt as to the perpetrators) during protests (implying peaceful, with no indication that al Nur was actually doing anything) against the illegal occupation of Palestinian land/torture of Palestinian prisoners/whatever cause celebre they are running at the moment (adding to the narrative and imbuing a just cause to the protestors) following Friday prayers in the Aqsa Mosque (setting the scene as a violent interruption by soldiers (plural) of religious devotion)”.

      I suppose we should just be grateful that, for once, the Guardian has acknowledged that sometimes, Israelis get hurt too!

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