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Proof That Photographer Samuel Hardy Lied To Press To Cover Up For Corbyn

I’ve been all over the story of photographer Samuel Hardy covering for UK Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and his worrying associations with those calling for Israel’s destruction.

This is what Hardy told the press as being his reason for not allowing his photo of Corbyn standing near a Hizbullah flag to be used by Israel’s Ynet:

One seemingly innocuous image snapped by photographer Sam Hardy back in 2012 has received an unexpected surge of less-than-welcome interest recently.

The image in question features newly-appointed UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn with his arms crossed, smiling. In the background, two men pass, holding a flag.

At the time he captured the photo, Hardy was unaware of the significance of that particular flag—it happened to be the flag of Hezbollah, the Shi’a Islamist militant group considered to be terrorists by the Western world.

When leading Israeli newspaper ?????? ??????? Yedioth Ahronoth approached him, enquiring about a photograph he had uploaded to stock image siteDemotix, it dawned on Hardy that in the wrong hands—and without context—this image of a relaxed Corbyn listening to speakers at the 2012 pro-Palestine march could be very damaging for the politician.


Hardy explained to Phogotrophy the situation that led up to the image he snapped of Corbyn:

“Jeremy Corbyn was (by) himself just standing to the side listening to the speakers. I turned to get a shot of him and he smiled back at me–at the time, I did not realise that the flags were of the Hezbollah group (had I realised at the time I might have tried to framed a photo without the flag), although it was clear to me that Jeremy was not posing with the flag–the two men behind him were simply passing by.”

I have already shown that Hardy seems to be a fan of Corbyn, harbors the same kind of anti-Israel views that Corbyn does, and possibly antisemitic ones, indicating he was covering up for Corbyn.

Now I have proof he was lying to the press.

This is a photo he took at the same rally. Notice the caption he uses (hat tip: Bob).

hizbullah flag samuel hardy

Seems like he is either outright lying or suffered from convenient amnesia during his interviews with the press.

I think he’s lying. Methinks it is because he got told off by Corbyn’s people and wanted to make amends.

hardy comment

Of course, it was always highly unlikely someone with Hardy’s views and associations would be ignorant about Hizbullah. Furthermore, it was not the first time he had seen those flags, or Jeremy Corbyn around them. For instance, here is video he took earlier in 2012 showing both.

I should also point out that these days, Hardy seems to have formed an opinion about Hizbullah. From a comment thread he has now deleted:

sam hardy comment

Got it.

Although not surprising from a person who considers arch terrorist Arafat to be a freedom fighter.

freedom fighter

Meanwhile, while Hardy disallows Ynet to use his photos, here is a site Hardy seems to allow to use them: The blatantly antisemitic Shoah: The Palestinian Holocaust.

Reader Alex writes:

Unfortunately I pointed out to him his hypocrisy with regards to supplying anti-Semitic and anti-Israel websites, such as Shoah, with his photographs in one of my FB private message exchanges he initiated with me and which became inaccessible the moment he blocked me on Facebook. Since I’ve never before been blocked by anybody on Facebook or anywhere else for that matter, I didn’t realise I should have taken screenshots of the FB private message exchanges.

It looks like Sam Hardy has now had Shoah remove his images, except for one article he appears to have written for them or at the very least given them permission to use. However, his name is still listed underneath each of the picture placeholders:

For example, see here.

Update: From Hardy’s Deviant Art page. Notice the name he goes by, as well as the flag in the background of the photo.

deviant art

More of his photos here.

4 thoughts on “Proof That Photographer Samuel Hardy Lied To Press To Cover Up For Corbyn”

  1. Yaaser Arafat:

    We will not bend or fail until the blood of every last Jew from the youngest child to the oldest elder is spilt to redeem our land!

    In his speech “The Impending Total Collapse of Israel” at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden, January 30, 1996

    Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations… We shall not rest until the day when we return to our home, and until we destroy Israel.

    Quoted in The Times, UK (5 August 1980).

  2. Hasan Nasrallah, Head of Hezbollah

    “And on this last day of the century, I promise Israel that it will see more suicide attacks, for we will write our history with blood.”

    Speech at a Hezbollah rally in Beirut. December 31, 1999.

    It is our pride that the Great Satan (U.S.) and the head of despotism, corruption and arrogance in modern times considers us as an enemy that should be listed in the terrorism list.

    United Press International. November 4, 2001

    If they (Jews) all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.

    Daily Star, Oct. 23, 2002

  3. “From Hardy’s Deviant Art page.”

    Lol, the “friendly protester” he claimed to have come across at the anti-war protest on the 28th Jan is one of his school mates from Gillingham, Medway. See

    Samuel and the friendly mates at a demo…
    You have a lot more scrubbing to do, so much more stuff you have not deleted yet

    You have a lot more scrubbing to do, so much more stuff you have not deleted yet

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