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Hamas and “Fauxtography”

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian journalists report that Hamas staged scenes of darkness as part of a campaign to make Palestinians appear to be suffering from the Israeli blockade against the Gaza Strip, writes Khaled Abu Toameh.

In one case, journalists invited to cover a Hamas government meeting found Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his ministers working by candle light. In another case, journalists noted that Hamas leaders meeting in Gaza City also sat in front of burning candles. Only, there was no need for candles because both meetings were held in daylight.

As Michelle Malkin notes, Hizbullah also engages in fauxtography – manipulating or even directing video footage. Hizbullah is also good at manipulating print images. But not good enough to pull one over on the media critics who are getting very good at catching this sort of thing.