The 2010 E. Jerusalem Ambush-Hoax

Summary

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In August 2010, “news” organizations around the world used this photo as the basis for a false accusation that a Jew “ran down” a Palestinian boy.

On October 8, 2010 major elements of the Western and Arabic “news” media engaged in a campaign to elicit sympathy for a two pre-teen Palestinian boys, whom they claimed were “run down” by a Jew in E. Jerusalem.

The situation was greatly aggravated by dramatic photos and selectively-edited videos, which, on first glance, seemed to support this incendiary allegation.

In reality, these children – along with a gaggle of international “news” photographers – waited at the bottom of a hill for Jewish cars to roll past, at which point the children hurled rocks at it, and actually charged the car as it attempted to swerve to avoid hitting them.


“News” items designed to elicit sympathy for the children who threw rocks at, and charged this car

Eyewitness: Palestinian youth run down, The Guardian (UK), October 8, 2010.

08Oct10 Telegraph - Jew ran over Palestinian boy HLPalestinian boy run over by Jewish settler in East Jerusalem, The Telegraph (UK), October 8, 2010.

Israel probes running over Palestinian boys, Al Arabiya, October 9, 2010.

Leader of Jewish Israeli settlers Runs over Palestinian Kids, Escapes, Islam Times, October 9, 2010. Excerpt (emphasis added):

In a series of Israeli violence and abuse against Palestinians, Leader of Jewish settlers in the East al-Quds (Jerusalem) neighborhood of Silwan has deliberately run over two Palestinian children and fled the scene.

Palestinian boys run down by settler car in East Jerusalem, Middle East Online, October 10, 2010.

Israel arrests hit-and-run victim, PressTV (Iran), October 17, 2010.

Photo of stone-throwers getting hit by car in East Jerusalem wins award, by Nir Hasson, Ha’aretz, Dec. 14, 2011.  Excerpt:

The winning photo was shot for the French News Agency (AFP ) by Ilia Yefimovich, in October 2010 in Silwan, next to Jerusalem’s Old City. The driver, David Be’eri, chairman of Elad Association, a group dedicated to strengthening Jewish settlement in the area, claimed after the photo was published that photographers were part of a Palestinian ambush and that the photo was actually staged.

Yefimovich vehemently denies these claims. “Who staged the photo? It can also be interpreted in defense of the driver. Who staged it? The children who felt like being run over that day?”

The debunking of this hoax

MSM, Stone Throwers Collude and Collide In Silwan, by Alex Margolin, Honest Reporting, October 11, 2010. Excerpt:

How did everyone manage to be in “the right place at the right time?”

HonestReporting put the question to David Katz, veteran photographer and imagery advisor. He offered four reasons why he was sure the incident was set up, with collusion between the rock-throwers and the photographers.

1. The Location

Silwan isn’t really the most tense place. Photographers waiting for stone-thowings would be more likely to go to places like Bilin or Hebron. You wouldn’t hang around Silwan unless you knew ahead of time that something was going to happen.

Also, the only photographers who can safely work in Silwan are the ones who are already known to the locals. Newcomers wouldn’t be allowed to operate, and would be in physical danger. I’ve seen it.

Confirming Katz’s latter point, an Israeli Channel 2 film crew was stoned in the same area on Sunday.

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Video analysis by local residents about this hoax

This video was produced by an unknown party in E. Jerusalem:

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