Tuesday, June 18, 2024

False claims dead Palestinian baby 'a doll' go viral - Jerusalem Post retracts - Business Insider

  • False claims that the body of a five-month-old Palestinian baby, was "a doll" went viral.
  • The Jerusalem Post, a leading Israeli news outlet, removed and retracted its article about the "doll."
  • This story includes graphic images.


There has been a deluge of disinformation around the Israel-Hamas conflict, including the October 7 terror attacks and the IDF's siege of Gaza, said a media analyst.

It was highlighted this week when verified images of a grieving grandfather holding a dead Palestinian baby were widely denigrated as "a doll" in a slew of social media posts.

Photojournalist Ali Jadallah posted an Instagram story, writing: "I shared the name of this baby, and still Israeli media are claiming he is a doll. No, he is not a doll. He is a human that was killed by Israeli airstrikes."

Several of Jadallah's photos were supplied to Getty Images, a respected global photo agency, for its client base of news outlets worldwide.


Getty's caption for the photos read: "Dead body of a 5-month-old Palestinian baby named Muhammad Hani Al-Zahar, is brought to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital by his mother Asmahan Attia Al-Zahar and grandfather Attia Abu Amra after the Israeli airstrikes at the end of the humanitarian pause in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on December 1, 2023. 32 Palestinians were killed within 3 hours of the end of the humanitarian pause in Gaza."

The Reuters news agency also supplied the images of baby Muhammad.

Ben Goggin, NBC's News deputy tech...

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