The following photo, taken by Mahmoud Zayyat, was published by AFP on April 17, 2012, which was also commemorated as the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.
Here’s the current photo caption:
“Palestinian refugees pose as Israeli soldiers arresting and beating a Palestinian activist during celebrations of Prisoners’ Day at the refugee camp of Ain el-Helweh near the coastal Lebanese city of Sidon on April 17, 2012 in solidarity with the 4,700 Palestinian inmates of Israeli jails. Some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails have begun a hunger strike and another 2,300 are refusing food for one day, a spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) said.”
Wait, so it’s not IDF soldiers in that photo, right?
Right, but the impact of the photo alone has already made its mark. Lots of people don’t read the caption, and don’t see the full picture. For the untrained eye, this photo shows IDF soldiers arresting and beating a Palestinian activist. It shows brutality, inhumanity and unnecessary aggression.
Unfortunately, this case is one of many trying to delegitimize the IDF and Israel. These kind of photos constantly circulate online and are meant to demonize IDF soldiers. Of course, such behavior is completely at odds with the IDF Code of Conduct - but who reads the fine print, right?