We Need To Be Careful About “Inaccurate” Photo Captions Too


I have noticed the following photo and caption being spread on social media (for example, here).

Today, a six month old Palestinian boy and his mother arrived from Gaza to the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon [Tel Aviv], just as the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza toward the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and a vehicle outside the hospital was damaged by shrapnel.

But it is not entirely true. Using the same image tool I use to identify fake photos being disseminated by the anti-Israel crowd brought me to the photo source.

Sure, it is a photo of an Israeli doctor and palestinian mother and child (as part of the Save a Child’s Heart program), but it’s from September 2012.

Now don’t get me wrong. It does show how we are involved in humanitarian causes that transcend the conflict. It is just not accurate to depict it as a photo from this week.

And believe me, our enemies will pounce on us for mistakes like this.

We do not need to be careless with the truth, because it is on our side.

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