The man was holding a child dripping in blood.
I am still not sure which was more shocking: that a young girl doing homework would get that photo as the top result for a Google Image Search for “people who smile a lot,” or the caption, “Israelis kill a lot of Arab children.”
Years later we would find out that the photo had nothing to do with Israel, but was the result of an accident in an Arab country.
There was not a bit of truth to that search result, but the image is seared in memory, perhaps forever.
This year’s Hasby Award winner Israellycool has posted hundreds of blogs, yet Naked Truth About Real Photos of Arab Girls is at the top of the Popular posts. Nothing but a rant, but it has received tens of thousands of views.
So maybe the way to reach out and share the real Israel with the world is to offer them real Arab girl photos?
In honor of World Hijab Day on February 1, here are a few:
This girl wanted to pose outside the Walls of the Old City,
and her friend wanted in the photo too.
These young girls were leaving school in The Old City and walking home, alone, freely.
Ahmed Qurei accuses Israel of the “ethnic cleansing” of Jerusalem, just one of many negative accusations that are not true.
Where else in the Middle East do young Arab girls have freedom to dress, study, shop or learn to drive a car, even a taxi or bus?
So that is it, no nude or naked girls, just real ones in Jerusalem, Israel.
When someone talks of Israeli apartheid or BDS, hope you will remember these real photos of real girls.
Photo credit: The Real Jerusalem Streets