Libel against Israel is not a recent phenomenon. From Tuvia Grossman to Al-Dura, anti-Israel activists and detractors have often used lies to advance their agenda. The lies, in this case faked photos, are often meant to make the IDF or Israel police look like monsters. As in this staged photo:

The photo, obviously a fake, went viral. Not an IDF uniform and not an IDF weapon. The Israeli Governmental Advertising Agency responded, by saying: “the photo has been checked by the IDF Spokesperson and after investigating, it seems that the photo is not authentic and that the soldier is not Israeli. Unfortunately, the use of such photos is a known method, trying to harm Israel’s image on the internet and is part of the social networks war of information”.Some sources claim that this was Palestinian “street theater.” Either way, the picture not only depicts a falsehood, if it is theater, but also libels and defames Israel unjustly, if it is staged purposefully.

The photo, obviously a fake, went viral. Not an IDF uniform and not an IDF weapon. The Israeli Governmental Advertising Agency responded, by saying: “the photo has been checked by the IDF Spokesperson and after investigating, it seems that the photo is not authentic and that the soldier is not Israeli. Unfortunately, the use of such photos is a known method, trying to harm Israel’s image on the internet and is part of the social networks war of information”. Some sources claim that this was Palestinian “street theater.” Either way, the picture not only depicts a falsehood, if it is theater, but also libels and defames Israel unjustly, if it is staged purposefully.

Recently two photos were circulated around the web that are supposed enlighten us to IDF and Israeli Police brutality. Both are fake. One came out last month and shows a Palestinian taking a selfie, as he is allegedly being chased by the IDF. The photo, according some sources was from a movie set, maybe meant to be a joke, but that didn’t stop it from being circulated around the web by people thinking it was real, and even congratulating the selfie-taker as “courageous.”

Just in time for International Women’s Day, a new fake photo has been put out. This photo is meant to show people the brutality Arab women face at the hands of Israeli police forces. One anti-Israeli blogger captioned the photo with: “To Palestine: Happy International Women’s Day! Signed, Your Friends at the Israeli Police.” See the photo bellow and read more details on the Israellycool blog.

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Not only are the uniforms not anything close to what Israeli police wear, the guns are the wrong issue, and the hats more closely resemble a Purim costume hat than anything official. Nevertheless, this spread like wildfire across the web.

Israel faces these sorts of attacks every day, and sometimes even the media joins in; sometimes the media can’t make up its mind about what the lie or truth is. It sure is hard to keep up with the deluge; some photos are fake, others are doctored, and some are even staged, as shown in this Honest Reporting video.

Photo bias is a serious issue. It not only defames Israel unjustly, it is often used as subterfuge for honest dialogue. Unfortunately, as recent events have shown, there is no shortage of staged or faked photos that intentionally present Israel in a bad light. These sorts of events are a constant reminder to be well informed and vigilant.