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Photo of Gaza massacre echoing Guernica is 1 of 4 commemorating horrific day in ‘Time”s year-end list

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Last week Time Magazine published its top 100 photographs of the year. The second one is a powerful image by Emanuele Satolli, an Italian photojournalist, of the massacre at the Gaza fence last May 14. It is one of four images commemorating that day and the Gaza protests.

Satolli’s photo was first published on May 14, 2018 by Time and captioned, “As the U.S. opened a new embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, violence erupted just miles away at the Gaza border, where Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian protesters like this injured man, who was evacuated by horse cart.” It accompanied an article by Karl Vick, titled “Gaza Border Becomes Scene of Death as U.S. Opens Embassy in Jerusalem.” Vick wrote:

“cameras captured the chaos as Israeli soldiers methodically cut down some 2,700 Palestinians, 60 fatally, as they marched toward the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip.”

In Time’s list of 100 photographs for the year, there were 3 other photos marking the occasion of the embassy opening/massacre at the Great Return March on May 14. The other three are toward the end of the list of 100.

Only one of the four photos is from the embassy. That one is, imho, an incredible photo of Jared Kushner– incredible in the sinister quality of his expression which represents a side to him I have never seen photographed before.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner speaks during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. Ronen Zvulun—Reuters” From Time’s list of the 100 top pictures of the year.

There is another photo by Emanuele Satolli, captioned “An injured man rests in a bed at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on May 14.” It’s a good photo but at first glance imho not that classic nor exceptional, which many/most of the other photos in the 100 are. Which, for me, raises the question, why is it included? Then I look at the composition, 40% of the photo is the gold curtain, the other side framed by the pensive brother (most likely, as he looks like the wounded man), the blanket covering the wounded man, the lion stripes (king of the jungle). So this photo represents the thousands maimed by Israel at the Gaza fence, and humanizes them.

Emanuele Satolli, captioned “An injured man rests in a bed at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on May 14. Emanuele Satolli for TIME

The 4th photo representing the event was taken the day after in South Africa.

“A demonstration by members of pro-Palestinian and other civil society groups outside the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on May 15, one day after dozens of Palestinians were killed along the Israel-Gaza border on the same day the U.S. formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Gulshan Khan—AFP/Getty Images” From Time’s list of the best 100 fotos of the year.

Andrew Katz, Deputy Director of Photography, at Time, tweeted a thread of 11 photos from the list. The #1 photo on Time’s list is “migrants near the El Chaparral crossing in Tijuana climb the fence“ (arguably the biggest story of the year in the American press), by Pedro Pardo.

Pedro Pardo’s shot of migrants climbing the border fence in Tijuana Mexico, from Time’s list of the top photographs of the year.

Another notable photo was the very last in the entire 100 lineup. “Gene Tabachnick, a friend of the slain brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, stands near their graves during a burial ceremony in Pittsburgh on Oct. 30.” This is an incredible photo by Salwan Georges.

“Gene Tabachnick, a friend of the slain brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, stands near their graves during a burial ceremony in Pittsburgh on Oct. 30.” Photo by Salwan Georges for the Washington Post, and included in Time’s 100 best fotos of the year.

There were several other phenomenal photos marking 2018 in the lineup, but the only one I thought even came near Satolli’s in terms of ‘photo of the century’ was Daniele Volpe’s “An abandoned home in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, near the Guatemalan city of Escuintla, after a June volcanic eruption.”

An abandoned home in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, near the Guatemalan city of Escuintla, after a June volcanic eruption. Photo by Daniele Volpe, from Time’s top 100 fotos of the year.

One other thing. Time refers in its caption of the horse-drawn cart to a “clash” of Palestinians and Israelis. They should not call it a *clash* when Israel posts 100’s of snipers on a hillside far away to shoot protesters across a fence demanding freedom. Let’s be honest please.

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RE: Time refers in its caption of the horse-drawn cart to a “clash” of Palestinians and Israelis. They should not call it a *clash* when Israel posts 100’s of snipers on a hillside far away to shoot protesters across a fence demanding freedom. Let’s be honest please. ~ Robbins SEE: “The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada”, By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11 [EXCERPT] . . . The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of… Read more »

What powerful and moving pictures. The one with Kushner is sinister and revealing, and shows despite a baby face, there is evil within.
Looking back at the year, we see human suffering, and once again we are reminded, that many problems in the world remain unsolved, and for many, the hopelessness and pain continues indefinitely.
That is the reality. Sad.

Thank you Annie for sharing.

@Annie Robbins “They should not call it a *clash* when Israel posts 100’s of snipers on a hillside far away to shoot protesters across a fence demanding freedom. Let’s be honest please.” That’s the least we can do.

“A picture’s worth a thousand words” so the saying goes, but an inaccurate caption goes a long way to destroy the point of the photo in the first place.

A “Clash” seems properly defined/fine to me.

clash
/klaSH/Submit
noun
1.
a violent confrontation.
“there have been minor clashes with security forces”
synonyms: confrontation, skirmish, fight, battle, engagement, encounter, conflict
“clashes between armed gangs”

verb
1.
meet and come into violent conflict.
“protesters demanding self-rule clashed with police”
synonyms: fight, skirmish, contend, come to blows, come into conflict; do battle
“protesters clashed with police”

Clash, smash.

Of course the Propaganda Times won’t call it what it is, i.e. Deliberate Mass Murder by Genocidal Invaders. Of course it won’t even find “interesting” any of the hundreds of pictures directly representing the massacre. And count on the “Antizionist” liberal press to consider it news when the Propaganda Times camouflage it all by selecting the blandest, blood-free shots.