Pictures worth more than 1000 words

Few can forget the graphic photo from some years ago of an Israeli policeman supposedly assaulting a Palestinian in Jerusalem … again one of those images “helpfully” beamed around the world by a compliant press … and THEN it turned out that an Israeli policeman was actually protecting a Jewish student from assault from a Palestinian mob!

At least there, a fairly speedy correction occurred, thanks to the parents of the youth,  Tuvia Grossman, launching an immediate response… even though damage of course was done.

The Jerusalem Post now has a postscript on the incident here which indicates 2 positive outcomes.

Firstly, it led directly to the establishment of Honest Reporting – which indeed helps to “keep the bastards honest”,  and secondly, Tuvia Grossman is now happily living and working in Tel Aviv. 

More broadly, this incident and its initial misreporting shows just how dangerous false anti-Israel images can be; they are often part of a broader anti-Israel agenda, and need to be vigorously combated. 

As stated in Honest Reporting,

“On September 30, 2000, The New York Times, Associated Press and other major media outlets published a photo of a young man — bloodied and battered — crouching beneath a club-wielding Israeli policeman. The caption identified him as a Palestinian victim of the recent riots — with the clear implication that the Israeli soldier was the one who beat him.

The victim’s true identity was revealed when Dr. Aaron Grossman of Chicago sent the following letter to the Times:

Regarding your picture on page A5 of the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian on the Temple Mount — that Palestinian is actually my son, Tuvia Grossman, a Jewish student from Chicago. He, and two of his friends, were pulled from their taxicab while traveling in Jerusalem, by a mob of Palestinian Arabs, and were severely beaten and stabbed.

That picture could not have been taken on the Temple Mount because there are no gas stations on the Temple Mount and certainly none with Hebrew lettering, like the one clearly seen behind the Israeli soldier attempting to protect my son from the mob.”

The article also reveals that Gidon Tzefadi, an Israeli Druse, was the policeman who saved Grossman’s life.

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  1. This reminds me of the Muhamad al Dura picture which was a fake killing of a Palestinianian kid who never died. Israel was blamed for his “death” and the photo was sent around the world by France 2 TV. It was years before it was proven to be a fake.