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One Getty image gets many more than 1,000 words

What photo did Getty Images choose to represent the latest Nefesh B'Nefesh flight of olim to Israel? An picture, from the back, of a boy draped in an Israeli flag, peeing into a urinal

Yesterday, a large crowd gathered at Ben Gurion Airport to welcome  a Nefesh B’Nefesh flight from the US with 351 new immigrants to Israel.

Thousands of photos of the event have been put on Facebook, shared, tweeted, and tagged.

Getty Images has lawyers to make sure you do not use their elite photos without proper credit. So what was their choice photo used on Yahoo?

Did they show a photo of the excitement and anticipation?

Did they show the enthusiasm and energy of the new arrivals?

Did they show the emotional family reunions?

Perhaps they showed the over-the-top security for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appearance that left some guests in tears?

Writing a new Torah scroll would certainly not be newsworthy.

Getting new citizenship on the spot and all the smiles — everyone got that picture.

The fact that 127 young people came to volunteer to be Israeli soldiers should be shocking, considering all the negative press the IDF receives.

Nope, none of the above. Instead, they used an image, from the back, of a boy draped in an Israeli flag, peeing into a urinal. The link is no longer available. It has been replaced with a picture of Netanyahu welcoming the “Jewish migrants.”

It may be true that a boy using a urinal is “holding the future of the Jewish people in his hands,” but Getty Images had to use that as the picture? Really?

Getty Images may never use my photos, but this image tells the story much better than the one they selected.

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