Photo: The scream

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Palestinian child screams because of the sound of the rockets being intercepted in the sky, Jabaliya, Gaza, November 16, 2012. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills)

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  1. Avi_G.
    November 16, 2012, 4:30 pm

    I don’t see the word “intercepted” mentioned in the original caption. Unless Mondoweiss editors are experts on the subject they might want to refrain from making such commentary.

    Also, it seems that Mondoweiss in its misguided effort of being evenhanded and balanced has been giving the rockets more photo space on the website than it has Israel’s heavy bombardments. There is enough one sided pro-Israel information in the mainstream media.

    • Walid
      November 17, 2012, 7:10 am

      “… Mondoweiss in its misguided effort of being evenhanded and balanced has been giving the rockets more photo space on the website than it has Israel’s heavy bombardments.” (Avi)

      What I’m not getting is why Mondo with 2 journalists currently in Israel is not reporting on the situation on the ground because of the rockets flying over or hitting Israel. I’ve been watching news clips of screaming Israelis in panic, to use Raphael Eitan’s 1983 words, “scurrying around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle” and throwing themselves on the ground in fear of incoming rockets. Nobody outside of Israel is saying anything about Netanyahu being rushed to a bunker yesterday or how TA’s streets were like a ghost town most of yesterday. Israel’s channel 2 seems to be not hiding much of what’s going on. Arab pro-Palestinian TV channels are showing clips of the hysteria in Israel from channels 2 and 10; the other ones are not disrupting their regular programming to discuss Gaza. Phil and Allison could say which of this is true or untrue.

  2. Betsy
    November 16, 2012, 4:32 pm

    Max Fisher at Washington Post has an article titled “The Israeli-Palestinian politics of a bloodied child’s photo” — which reduces questions of justice & violence to a “bickering” over the politics of photos of dead children — which I think ends up making a false equivalency — as if the conflict is a tit for tat problem — where (he says) each side is trying to prove to the world “how badly “we” suffered, and how much “they” are faking it.” Something about Fisher’s framing bothers me. It’s a sort of marriage counseling frame, as if what’s going on are two parties who need to learn to empathize, to feel each others pain. It psychologizes war — pre-balances everything, so the two parties seem to be sitting on a playground seesaw, equally balanced. It seems to me to be an attempt to defuse the incendiary power of new media that are bringing direct experience of things in Gaza — by containing any new insights into Gazan suffering in a discourse where people have to immediately ‘balance’ it w/ Israeli suffering…(altho’ I guess this is progress for MSM in that it’s including something like a Gazan perspective, however, pre-framed…unlike the total ‘disappearance’ of Palestinian voice & perspectives in much).

    Plus, these sentences are jarring to me — (emphasis added)

    When Kandil and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh arrived at a Gaza hospital just as an ambulance pulled up with the body of a local boy, and a photographer captured the two reaching compassionately for the body, Web discussion quickly turned to two questions: Was it posed? Was it populist showmanship? Though anyone who has spent time covering Egyptian politicians might doubt their ability to elaborately stage a photo op with this degree of precision.

    those dumb A-rabs — can’t blame them for staging this — they’re too dumb (seems to be what he’s saying). To me, this sounds racist, or at least, ethnocentric, or at least, inappropriate for a journalist reporting on this terrible tragedy.

    • tear-stained uzi
      November 17, 2012, 11:07 am

      I had the same reaction, Betsy. Another fact-free and lazy false-equivalency piece of modern ‘journalism,’ and that last bit was indeed cutely snarky.

      This part got me:

      The photo of [BBC Arabic reporter Jihad] Misharawi wailing as he carried his son was attached to tweets accusing the Israel Defense Forces of “infanticide” or worse, feeding into dark stereotypes about Israelis’ intentions. [emphasis added]

      Masterful use of the “blood libel” eternal get-out-of-jail-card, by Max Fisher. Well-played, sir!

      Or this:

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Twitter feed posted the photo with the message, “I saw today a picture of a bleeding Israeli baby. #Hamas deliberately targets our children.” It’s hard to find fault with the not-subtle argument in support of Israel’s campaign against the Gaza-based group, which does fire many rockets at civilian neighborhoods, but such pointed use of the harrowing photo to make that case can be jarring. [emphasis added]

      Oh tsk, tsk, Max! Such strident criticism of the King of the Jews cannot be allowed to stand. Krauthammer will have you drummed out of the WaPo Gestapo, if you’re not more careful!


  3. DICKERSON3870
    November 17, 2012, 4:42 am

    RE: “Photo: The scream”


    P.S. I am feeling so darn good about having voted for Jill Stein of the Green Party rather than “O’bomber” who obviously authorized Israel’s current “Pillar of Cloud” assault on Gaza. I guess I should thank my lucky stars that I don’t live in a “swing state” where I might have been tempted to vote for Obama/O’bomber as the (not very) “lesser evil”!
    Israel is the “little sadist”, but the United States is the “Big (Global) Sadist” ! ! !

    Jill Stein –

    The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) –

  4. Les
    November 17, 2012, 10:39 am

    Of course there’s no effort to name the child. That would be our media taking sides.

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