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Reuters (and AP) are at it – again!

On September 27, 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister of Israel – delivered a 30-minute speech to the UN General Assembly.  The speech was extensively covered by the media, most noticeably because of the bomb illustration he used to demonstrate the need for the world to put a red line in front of Iran, in it’s quest for a nuclear bomb.

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Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu points to red line he drew on graphic of bomb used to represent Iran’s nuclear program, in New York.
As usual, dozens of photographers stood at hand to offer hundreds of professional photos of the speech to the various news agencies. 
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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the UN Genral Assembly in New York on September 27, 2012.

Just a few moments after the speech ended, the world’s two largest news agencies, Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, both selected photos of the same moment in Netanyahu’s speech to send to their subscribers worldwide on their respective wire* services.

At the beginning of his speech, Mr. Netanyahu spoke about Israel’s contribution to the world. He went on to say: “Recently, I was deeply moved when I visited Technion, one of our technological institutes in Haifa, and I saw a man paralyzed from the waist down climb up a flight of stairs, quite easily, with the aid of an Israeli invention.”

As saying that, Mr. Netanyahu raised his left hand, his arm straight, in a gesture illustrating the story of the man climbing the stairs.

Within moments after the speech ended, AP and Reuters had sent out the news story of the speech to their worldwide wire* subscribers, accompanied by one photo.  Of the hundreds of professional photos taken at this speech, both the AP and Reuters decided to push these onto the wire*. 

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This is the photo the Associated Press (AP) selected to encapsulate Netanyahu’s UN General Assembly address
This is the photo Reuters selected to encapsulate Netanyahu's UN General Assembly address
This is the photo Reuters selected to encapsulate Netanyahu’s UN General Assembly address
Learn more about Reuters manipulating Middle-East photos, describing terrorists as ‘gunmen’, and calling a bus-stop bombing ‘an attack by militants’.


* The news agencies sell their reports and photos to newspapers,
websites and television stations, which are the ones who pass the
materials on to the end consumer. The agencies essentially serve as
reporters-for-hire, for news outlets that rely on them to cover the
events in a purely professional manner.


U.N. Official Publishing False Information Regarding Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Reuters is not alone in fabricating facts when it comes to reporting hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians – a U.N. (yes, The United Nations) media official has joined the club.

Khulood Badawi (@KhuloodBadawi), an Information and Media Coordinator for OCHA – the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, on March 10 2012 posted a Tweet: "Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by #Israel… Another father carrying his child to a grave in #Gaza," with a link to a photo of a blood-covered Palestinian girl being carried by a man.

This photo is now the top tweet for #Gaza, with over 300 retweets. But…


It is completely false!


The photo was actually taken in 2006 by Reuters. The girl was injured in an accident by falling off a swing and died.

Reuters had originally reported that the girl was killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza, but later retracted that claim and published a corrected caption to the photo.


Read more…


Palestinian State with 1967 Borders. Another Palestinian Lie!

In a May 16, 2011 op-ed in The New York Times that is littered with lies, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas wrote "this September, at the United Nations General Assembly, we will request international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border and that our state be admitted as a full member of the United Nations."

He lied!

The official Application of Palestine for Admission to Membership in the United Nations submitted on September 23, 2011, reads: "This application for membership is being submitted based on the Palestinian people's natural, legal and historic rights and based on United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947…".


The United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947 calls for the creation of an Arab state and a Jewish state, with borders that are entirely different than the 1967 borders. In fact, the borders stated in resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947 call for a much smaller Jewish state than Israel's 1967 borders.


Upon passing, the UN resolution 181 (II) of 29 November 1947 was immediately accepted by the Jewish residents of Palestine.

Just as quickly, the Arabs of Palestine and the entire Arab world have unanimously and collectively rejected it.  In fact, once the British left Palestine on May 14, 1948, six Arab nations joined the Arab residents of Palestine to wage a war against the just-declared Jewish state of Israel.

The 1948-1949 Israel's Independence War resulted with new borders for Israel, which held until the 1967 Six-Day War, now commonly referred to as 'the 1967 borders'.