A November 30th article at Independent Arabia – a joint venture of the UK based Independent and the Saudi media group SRMG – by their analyst and editor (Cairo-based) Ahmad ‘Abd al-Hakeem, included the following photo and caption:
However, the photo (which originates in the Library of Congress collection) in fact depicts Austro-Hungarian soldiers marching next to the walls of Jerusalem during World War 1.
Apart from the erroneous photo, two issues arise here (the first more outrageous than the second):
- Jewish civilian immigration into Israel and Jerusalem is presented to Arabic readers of the Independent as a well-organized and well-armed professional army. Whether done deliberately or not, this false presentation paints a grossly distorted history of the period.
- Contrary to the language in the caption, a “State of Palestine” never existed at any point in history. Additionally, even the article itself observes that a Palestinian state doesn’t currently exist, in the very first words:
“Since resolution 181, also known as the ‘Partition [Plan]’ resolution of ‘historic Palestine’, [was passed] on November 29th, 1947, Palestinians have been searching the maps after what is left from their ‘hoped for’ State.”
Research and writing by CAMERA Arabic. Edited by UK Media Watch.
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