Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Israeli Posts Photos, HPers Hate

The thought police on the Huffington Post couldn't post this story of an Israeli soldier posting a picture on Instagram fast enough. You see, the picture was of crosshairs allegedly pointing at a Palestinian child. Here's the picture:

Difficult to tell whether the person in the crosshairs is a child or a Palestinian, but let's not go there.

First of all, we've got a nice, HP style biased headline to lead off the article:

Note the Huffington Post's willingness to name the Israeli in question by name (something they couldn't do for Daniel Viflic or any Israeli victims of violence). Note also the lack of ambiguity in the headline, the picture is unquestioningly of a Palestinian child.

As the article goes on, the bias continues (this article is HP original reporting, not copy pasted from other news sources which is the usual MO). The article quotes professional Israel hater Ali Abunimah and describes him as a "Palestinian rights activist:"
"Palestinian rights activist Ali Abuminah wrote: "There are no other images to suggest that the photographer actually fired at the person in the image in this case.
"The image is simply tasteless and dehumanising. It embodies the idea that Palestinian children are targets.""
How nice that the fringe haters are given a platform on the Huffington Post.

In fact, the Huffington Post covered this story twice, once in the UK section and once in the US version. Because why let such good anti-Israel material potentially go to waste? 

The comments section, of course, consisted almost entirely of the HP commenters declaring that this soldier represents all of Israel (translation: Israeli Jews, I don't think Israeli Arabs want to shoot Palestinians), which is normally bigotry if the same logic was applied to Muslims, Arabs, etc., but apparently when it comes to Israelis it's OK. Additional comments included whining about anti-Semitism (the most common talking point out there) and straight up anti-Semitism.

Just another day on the Huffington Post.

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