When Photo Bias Goes Horribly Wrong

Arab (and part Japanese?) AP  photographer Nasser Shiyoukhi  shoots a photo of a palestinian man flinching in reaction to clashes with Israeli soldiers.

I can imagine he’s probably quite pleased with himself, depicting the fear of a palestinian man when up against the might of the Israeli army.

Perhaps he’s even dreaming about accepting his award for photograph of the year.

Palestinian man react

A Palestinian man reacts during clashes with Israeli soldiers, not seen, during a demonstration against Israeli settlements, in the West Bank village of Beit Omar, near Hebron, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

That is, until, he’s confronted with one of his worst nightmares.

caption correctionWhat was meant to show the plight of the palestinians has now humanized an Israeli. And not just any Israeli, but a settler.

I’m not sure if Nasser Shiyoukhi is a drinking man, but if he is, I’m sure he’s having a strong one right now.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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