Not another doll!

star-dollFauxtography returns to Gaza

During the Second Lebanon War a new term entered the bloggers’ lexicon: fauxtography – a combination of faux meaning imitation or artificial  and photography. A close cousin to the video version AKA Pallywood, it took several recognisable forms, such as, posed photographs pretending to be real-time events; deliberately mislabeled real photographs and staged photo opportunities, even to the extent of bring dead babies to the shoot. Obvious Photoshopping and reusing photographs several times at apparently different dates and locations  appeared.

But the most iconic were characteristics of image composition unlikely to occur in real life, for example, toys in rubble.

Just check out the photograph† below, used by the notoriously anti Israel RT.com (see We’re back – in the USSR) and others and distributed by major press agency AFP‡.

No, Mr. Abed, dolls in pristine condition don’t just make up a perfect composition in the rubble of a building – or do you want us to believe a Palestinian little girl was just passing by a destroyed building and dropped it, accidentally?

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RT.com caption
A Palestinian doll lies on the rubble of a destroyed building
following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 11, 2014 (AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

Just what is a Palestinian doll anyway? I’ll bet if we checked the label would say Made in China. It is not clear whether that was Mohammed Abed or RT’s caption.

Either way, Mohammed Abed, Agence France-Presse (AFP) and RT you should ALL be ashamed at letting this piece of Palestinian fauxtography get released.

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† Keeping to Five Minutes for Israel policy the photograph has been ‘watermarked’ so as not to be accidentally recycled as Israel Hating propaganda.
‡ Agence France-Presse (AFP) is an international news agency headquartered in Paris. It is the oldest news agency in the world and one of the largest.

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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