The Latest Anti-Israel Photo That Doesn’t Tell the Entire Truth

The following photo has been doing the rounds today:

The optics are certainly not good from an Israeli point of view.

But what those spreading it don’t show you is what happened right before this photo was taken:

It very much looks like the woman attacked the boy, and the knee may have been a reflexive, defensive reaction:

But I simply don’t know. And neither do those passing this off as Israeli aggression against poor, defenseless palestinian Arabs.

Now don’t get me wrong. I do not agree that he should have reacted the way he did against a much smaller, old woman. But to try pass this off as simply an Israeli boy attacking an elderly palestinian Arab woman for shits’n’giggles is dishonest.

Need I remind you how photos designed to demonize us are often not at all what they seem? Take this example from 2014:

As I explained at the time, he was angry at her because she stole a book of Psalms from him, something that was caught on camera.


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