Basically it demonstrates how news from the Palestinian areas should be automatically considered suspect as it is a known fact that much of the video footage coming from the area is staged and in fact scripted.
This post is meant to further that point.
The following image was recently used by various media outlets to show the carnage of an Israeli IDF strike on a civilian market in Gaza on 1.01.2009.
The fact of the matter is that this image is from 8.23.2005 and is the aftermath of a Hamas pickup truck which was carrying Qassam rockets accidentally exploded. The original 2005 image is here. A reluctant but honest critic of Israel post further and more in depth about this particular claim here.
We have also been told of the IDF having attacked a U.N. school in Gaza, I believe one yesterday and one today.
There is a reason why such an attack may have taken place, the same reasoning can be applied to attacks on Mosques, hospitals, etc…
Watch the following video and read the accompanying captions to see why such an attack would take place and why Hamas is far more responsible for the deaths of civilians in Gaza than is Israel.
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Certainly not all news that comes from Gaza, the West Bank, etc is false or staged, but enough of it is that any news which comes from the area is suspect.
One has to wonder, why is it that the media outlets themselves are not able to weed out the lies from truth while persons viewing the news are?
It is actually very sad, because as the fact of the staging of tragedies from this area of the world becomes better known, the more likely it becomes that the world will ignore what is real for fear that they are again being lied to.
When the tragedies and victims are real, we may not be there to help for the Palestinians and those who would exploit their plight have cried wolf too many times.