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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  • ziontruth

    This is hardly what’s going to topple Israel’s PR efforts. Our #1 problem is still the fact that we need to get our messages past gatekeepers who are in cahoots with our physical enemies.

    Yeah, stick to the truth—not a hard thing for us to do, as it’s on our side—but a mishap here or there won’t be the end of us. And above all, even when we make mistakes we still should never apologize. The hostile world doesn’t take our apologies for what they are, they take them as admissions of our guilt and justifications for the aggression leveled at us.

    • juvanya

      We have done well this war compared to the last two.

  • mzk1

    Also, since when is Holon in Tel Aviv? Or near it?

    • cba

      Uh… since forever.

    • Inessa

      I stayed in Holon with my cousins, and it is near Tel Aviv, not far from the airport. I suppose in such a small country, you could split hairs, but I travelled there from Neharyah in the north, and to me it was in vicinity of Tel Aviv.

    • Norman B.

      Holon is considered part of the greater Tel Aviv urban area, which also includes Bat Yam, Ramat Gan and other satellite cities.

    • mzk1

      My bad. I actually had relatives there once. (I recall it as a city of houses as opposed to apartments, and dogs, which were not common here back then. I had to get over my fear of dogs temporarily.)

      I was thinking of Hadera.

  • juvanya

    How do these things get started? I really wonder.

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