The Palestinians are often noted for appropriating everybody and anybody’s narratives. When I first became interested, in-depth, in Israel advocacy the PLO were claiming that plane hijackers and bus bombers were somehow the equivalent of Viet Cong fighting a guerilla war. So it wasn’t actually surprising that they hitched-a-ride on International Women’s Day. Nor was it surprising that they took the slogan from this year and MADE IT HAPPEN!
The photograph of two Israeli police arresting a battered Palestinian woman (we know she is Palestinian because she is wearing a keffiyeh, blue jeans and a shirt with Arabic letters – don’t all Palestinian women look like this?) is the Palestinian contribution to International Women’s Day. Richard Silverstein thinks it is.
See how many problems you can find with this photograph
- The uniforms were the first give away. Perhaps they bought the hats as a Purim costume because they definitely are not standard issue.
- It has been suggested the משטרה (Police) on the shirts were Photoshopped in. (ht Mirel Goldenburg) I doubt it. It is so much easier to have them ironed on.
- משטרה (Police) should say משטרת ישראל (Israel Police).
- The choice of font is dodgy. Compare with the lettering on the badge.
- Is the photographer really checking his screen with this action going on before him? Not to worry. They’ll repeat it until every photographer gets it right. (ht David Oman)
- A journalist friend pointed out the hole in the other photographer’s jeans as unrealistic. Still, I will admit we are only assuming from the stance that he is a photographer (ht David Oman).
- Since when do police have their handcuffs dangling from their belts? Toys?
- Is that a real pistol? I don’t know what is more worrying. that it’s a fake gun or a real one. It might be a Beretta 71 .22LR that is issued to Israeli police but shouldn’t it have front and rear sights? You be the judge.
- The police hats are from a child’s costume hence too small and why you’ll notice the visor is extended. (ht John Nathan)
- The handcuff on her left wrist does not appear to be connected to the other handcuff. (ht Jeff Levy) [Plastic? Five Minutes for Israel?]
If you see the photograph please post the one I prepared to refute it.
Who thinks the damage to her face is make-up and who thinks she took one for the team?
- 10 Facts about Life for Women in Israel on International Women’s Day, Lea Speyer, BREAKING ISRAELNEWS, 8 March 2015
- IDF Celebrates 2012 International Women’s Day, IDF Blog, 7 March 2015
- International Women’s Day: Facts You Need to Know About Women in the IDF, IDF Blog, 7 March 2015
I see Israellycool may have beat me to it 🙁 Don’t let that stop you reading his account.
Latest Blood Libel: Fake Israeli Police Brutality Edition, Aussie Dave, Israellycool, 9 March 2015