Guardian photo caption invents an Israeli airstrike in Gaza


The Guardian published a post on Dec. 8 which contained 19 photos taken in Gaza on the day the Islamist terror group ‘celebrated’ their 25th anniversary: Khaled Meshaal attends Hamas anniversary rally in Gaza – in pictures. 


Here’s one of the photos they included, taken by Reuters photographer Mohammed Salam.

Members of Hamas security forces stand guard

Here’s the caption:


According to the caption, the building in the photo was destroyed by an Israeli strike during the Dec. 8 rally.

However, there have been no Israeli air strikes in Gaza since the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect on Nov. 21.

There have been a few violent border incidents and Gaza fishermen were arrested by the Israeli Navy on Nov. 28, but there have been no reports of airstrikes on Dec. 8, or on any day after the ceasefire – even on the website of Hamas.

Even the most minimal fact checking would have disproven the “witness” claim.

Please consider emailing Guardian readers’ editor Chris Elliott to seek a correction.


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  1. Copy of letter to Gaurdian

    The Guardian I’m told that on December 8, you published a photograph of a building said to have been destroyed by an Israeli airstrike during the big terrorist leader rally. Have you taken steps to test how intact this building was on December 7 or are ‘witness’ statements that support your editorial standpoint simply enough. What a ‘news’ paper: where’s Leveson when needed? – Colin Spencer

  2. i think this is actually just useless grammar skills on the Guardian’s part. They probably missed a comma before ‘during the rally’, i.e. the standing was during the rally. so this time it was more incompetence than the usual anti-Israel bias.

    • I had the same thought.

      Still, one never can be wuite sure with the Guardian and the Palestinians – after all, these are the people who invented the “Jenin massacre”, as one outstanding example.

    • I think you’re correct–either that, or during the rally, witnesses said the building was destroyed in an air strike.

      But I think your interpretation is more likely.

  3. Dear Guardian Editors, I kindly request a correction on the story mentioned below. Israel has kept to the terms of the current ceasefire with Hamas, and it is reckless and irresponsible for you to publish a story otherwise. Errors such as this invite public and diplomatic support for Hamas, listed as a terrorist group on the EU proscriptor list, to attack and kill more people. I thank you in advance for your attention in this matter. Yours sincerely, Jacqueline Mulhern Jerusalem, Israel

  4. Just got a response from the Guardian and they have now changed the caption.
    Well done to all for campaigning.