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January 05, 2009

Green Helmet's Successor?

We all recall the Green Helmet fauxtography brought to us thanks to Reuters during the second Lebanon War. Now, as the ground operation of Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip is in full swing, meet Green Helmet's potential successor at the Shifa Hospital -- Brown Jacket.

Exhibit A

brown jacket injured.jpg

Exhibit A is a Reuters photo by Mohammed Salem from yesterday (Jan. 4), captioned:

A wounded Palestinian is brought into a hospital in Gaza January 4, 2009. Israeli sheels killed at least five Palestinian civilians and wounded 40 others when they exploded in Gaza City's main shopping area, medics and witnesses said.

Note the injured man's brown jacket, black short-cropped hair, black shirt, black jeans, lean build. Said to be injured, he appears to be dependent on the supporting medic as he is brought into the hospital.

Exhibit B

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Exhibit B is also a Reuters photo by Mohammed Salem from the very same day. The Reuters caption is:

Palestinians react beside bodies in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza January 4, 2009. Israeli shells killed at least five Palestinian civilians and wounded 40 others when they exploded in Gaza City's main shopping area, medics and witnesses said.

Note the man squatting on the right. Note the brown jacket, black short-cropped hair, black shirt, black jeans, lean build. Note that there is no sign of injury and no sign of a supporting medic. What do you think? Is it the same man?

Given reports that Hamas members are hiding out in mosques and hospitals disguised as doctors and nurses, the potential for staging photographs does not surprise.

Denying allegations that Hamas members were hiding out in his hospital, the director of Shifa stated indignantly:

But to say that they're hiding here? Media teams and Red Cross representatives freely walk around here. If there were activists here, they would have photographed them by now.

Indeed, they very well may have.

Posted by TS at January 5, 2009 05:14 AM


Why is the man on the left in the top photo wearing a kippa?

Posted by: Denis MacEoin at January 5, 2009 09:41 AM

It's not a kippa -- it seems to be Reuter's watermark/insignia that comes up on his head where a kippa would be.

Posted by: dafna at January 5, 2009 11:47 AM

I am surprised that no one has commented on the big smile on the man on the left in the second photo. He seems to be laughing at the whole scene.

Posted by: Jay at January 5, 2009 01:42 PM

I am surprised that no one has commented on the big smile on the man on the left in the second photo. He seems to be laughing at the whole scene.

Posted by: Jay at January 5, 2009 01:43 PM

Thanks. I need new glasses. (Actually, I really do need new glasses.) But it's positioned so perfectly...

Posted by: Denis MacEoin at January 5, 2009 01:53 PM

I dunno. The guy in Exhibit A following the "wounded" looks a lot like the supposedly injured guy and he could be the guy in Exhibit B.

Posted by: ThreeSheets at January 5, 2009 02:01 PM

Why are the by-standers in the first pic all strolling aimlessly around sans panic and why is that man on the left of the "body" having a big ol' belly-laugh?

These idiots can't even do a set-up right.

Posted by: Miss Trixie at January 5, 2009 02:14 PM

In Exhibit B, why is the guy on the left laughing?

Posted by: Diane at January 5, 2009 02:44 PM

In Exhibit B, why is the guy on the left laughing?

Posted by: Diane at January 5, 2009 04:00 PM

Its really strange that while you are pointing out the guy in the brown jacket, I noticed the man carrying him in (the red jacket) on BBC news pulling back a cover from over the face of a child being brought into hospital to clearly show her "injuries" to the photographers.

I found it the entire set up very strange and it reminded me of Mr Green Helmet.

The other funny thing is that he looks so much like Mr Green Helmet. Could it be the same man!!! :-)

Posted by: Me at January 5, 2009 04:25 PM

ThreeSheets: if you look closely, said "following guy" in the first photo has a different collar on his jacket than the mourner in the second photo. The guy in the second photo also has a beard, unlike the following guy in the first. I think, but am not certain, that the jackets are different colors as well - hard to be sure with the lighting.

Posted by: Dan G. at January 5, 2009 04:31 PM

This picture is credited to Shuhaib Salem at Reuters. It looks to me like it could be the same Red Jacket guy as in the Brown Jacket guy picture. Hard to tell since it is a little blurry.

Posted by: Chris at January 5, 2009 04:35 PM

It's the same photographer who did the picture of the parliament session in candlelight (with the curtains closed; yet clearly showing it was bright daylight outside):

Caption back then:
Palestinian lawmakers attend a parliament session in candlelight during a power cut in Gaza January 22, 2008. Israel agreed to allow some fuel, medicine and food into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Tuesday, at least temporarily easing a blockade that has plunged much of the territory into darkness and sparked international protests. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA)

Posted by: Suzanne at January 5, 2009 04:49 PM

In 2nd photo, kneeling man on right may have cloth over his face, held up to his face by his hands. In any case, the hairline (near his left eye) does not match the man being carried in the 1st photo. But hairline might be hidden by cloth...

Posted by: Fred at January 5, 2009 05:02 PM

Come now, let's be reasonable. It can be difficult to tell from a still picture whether someone was laughing or in anguish. Let's not get carried away: maintain your skepticism but don't judge too quickly - I don't even think a Hamas official photographer (isn't that every 'independent' photographer in Gaza?) would try to photograph comedy hour and pass it off as a crowd in anguish.

Let's face it - there are people being killed in Gaza. They have friends and relatives who would be only too compliant to be photographed distraught over their dead friend/relative. It would not be difficult to set this 'photo opportunity' up with real dead people and real grieving people. There is no need to fake a simple scene as shown in picture B. I can't see enough evidence that the person with brown jacket is the same in both pictures, and it is highly likely there are many, many young men with dark trousers, brown jacket and short trimmed hair. The pictures before and after each of the chosen Reuters images would help make this determination. It's the captions which contribute highly to the damage these images cause, where the claims of five dead civilians and 40 others wounded in the 'main shopping area' imply the IDF is shelling marketplaces indiscriminately. It's the repetition of unverified claims as if they are fact that eventually turns them into 'common knowledge', and then they are immune from investigation.

There is plenty of potential fauxtography examples we can spend our time on, such as the little burnt girl being carried around by at least three 'helpers'.

Posted by: Bill at January 5, 2009 05:27 PM

The front corpse in exhibit B is not credible because its muscles are clearly flexed.

Posted by: Ed at January 5, 2009 06:48 PM

Over 500 dead in gaza, around 25 percent of them civilians. Morals and political talking points are irrelevant...those are a lot of dead bodies, many of whom were women and children. I hope for a day of peace.

Posted by: Mike at January 5, 2009 07:07 PM

If you look at two other pictures on this link you will notice a little girl one saying her father is bringing her to the hospital. The other a palistian man bringing her into the hospital. Same girl two differant men. Shes wearing her clothes in one the mans carrying them in the other. Strange!!!

Posted by: clide at January 5, 2009 07:34 PM

And by a remarkable coincidence, the guy on the right on the right in the first Brown Jacket photo seems to be the Mr Green Helmet yet again.

Small world in Hamas, eh?

Posted by: Anonymous at January 5, 2009 08:03 PM

All your fakes are belong to us.

Posted by: Sahib Ramadan at January 5, 2009 08:20 PM

It's a shame children and non combatants have to get caught up in the fighting. But these terrorists have no fighting standards, in fact will attack non combatants in their cowardly fasion by taking up arms against unarmed people. They wanted little to do with the land Isreal built up till they did, then they wanted it.They have been terrorizing them ever since. They only use any humanitarian effort to smuggel weapons through at the expence of these children as well as take up warfare around them like in their schools.They cheer when they kill a school full of children from Isreal like it's someting heroic instead of cowardly and sick. They they cry when they fight back not even in the same manner because they are not targeting the children..they are hiding behind.So why don't they do something manly and evacuate them..not that smart..or fearing for their own lives would throw away their edge.It's their own fault and lack of responsibility putting them in harms way when they were warned. I guess it is the only language they they want peace..yeah right sure they do..when it's not a one sided they don't have to worry about any consequences to their actions..which appears to be based on the Cain and Able jealousy. JMHO

Posted by: t at January 5, 2009 08:52 PM

Wow! I think many of you need to take a closer look. I am shocked and discusted by some of the comments regarding the photos. The man in the 2nd photo clearly had a more recent haircut than the man in the 1st photo-CLEARLY.

The man you claim is laughing--He looks to be crying out for help to me-if it was staged as you claim, WOULD THEY BE LAUGHING?!

How can any of you minimize the fact that innocent people, especially women and children, are being killed. Are any of you denying that the holocaust happened? Do you think those photos were staged too?

Lets come together and pray for world peace, please,our own lives and the lives of the ones we love depend on it.

Posted by: IWantPeace at January 5, 2009 09:21 PM

the guy on left pic A is the same guy in pic B that is laughing the guy being carried in pic a is covering his face in pic B

Posted by: tim at January 5, 2009 09:28 PM

the color of the jacket is not the same

Posted by: Anonymous at January 5, 2009 09:37 PM

I think we need to be careful not to conflate Pallywood with Fauxtography. The latter refers to photographic manipulation, which is not the same as outright staging of news.

There is another possible case of Pallywood identified here:

Posted by: Daniel Lewis at January 5, 2009 09:40 PM

I think we all have to agree that given the dire situation in Gaza now, its easier to snap photos of the injured and the dead than to stage them. Thats common sense.

Posted by: Abbas at January 5, 2009 09:44 PM

It's well known that Hamas has threatened anyone that takes an unauthorized picture of them with death. Hamas will not allow ANY of their fighters to be shown firing weapons, manning fighting positions etc. They are playing on the sympathies of the world by staging "victim" photographs whether the victims are real or not is not important, it's biased reporting for propaganda purposes, plain and simply. As far as I'm concerned, Israel should deal with Gaza one and for all and if that means turning it into a parking lot, so be it.

Posted by: tde2749 at January 5, 2009 09:56 PM

palestine is palestinian land only no jews!

Posted by: t at January 5, 2009 10:13 PM

In the 2nd picture, the man standing to the right of the corpse seems out of proportion with the rest. You can't see his head. It looks very odd, like he's a giant compared to the other guys. And not just because he's standing closer to the camera; because his feet are lined up with the body.

Posted by: Lynne at January 5, 2009 10:20 PM

I will be the first to believe that the arabs stage photos but what looking closely i have to say that these are two different men.

If you look at the hair lines of the "man in brown" around the temple you will notice that it is not the same.

As far as smiling man; i have seen men grimace in emotional pain and it look a lot like a smile.

Posted by: kelly at January 5, 2009 11:39 PM

If Gazanians wanted peace all they had to do was stop the rocket attaches into Israel.
TV said that up to one million school children are not goint to school because of the bombing and threat thereof
The take-over of the elected government by Hamas and forcing the Fatah group out sounded very much what the Hitler did when he was elected.
People in Gaza, evict Hamas!!!!

Posted by: wolfee at January 5, 2009 11:56 PM

these photos are a good example of the love that flows through the middle east. lets bring our own men and women home first before we get into any other scuffles with countries that have a total disregard for western civilization and american does not matter if these photos are staged which I highly doubt they are the truth is that there is a war being photographed here not the poparazi snapping shots of a hollywood celebrity

Posted by: kono at January 6, 2009 12:07 AM

what happens in war happens in life, Hamas provoked now they have the consequence, I would not like to wake up with a bomb going off at my front door, so someone has to do the dirty work, to keep the world safe do you have courage to volunteer?

Posted by: Frank at January 6, 2009 12:20 AM

I applaud the IDF for its push. One should not expect the IDF to stand idle while those rats are firing rockets and mortars into Israel. I hope the government of Israel won't give them air to breath or rearm.

A truce is a consent to rearm and regroup. Hamas is a terror organization and as such one should deal with it with no mercy better yet burn them I say.

Posted by: JONAS at January 6, 2009 12:33 AM

This is the same story over and over. Palestinians see someone with a camera and they start pulling hair, throwing dust, beating their breast and wailing about the "injustice" of Israel, then the cameras go away and they pull the rockets out of the basement and start shooting. All journalists in Gaza are Palestinians, and probably Hamas. ALL. They will give a brief tour of select wreckage to foreign journalists, but only if the journalists give up their passports first. Gotta have some insurance to make sure the "right" story gets out. Faked ambulance scenes get broadcast with crowds of "rescuers" running around, screaming and crying, carrying bodies in and out, then they take 5 and shoot it again to make sure the world sees the best side of their "suffering". If bombs are falling on your neighborhood, LEAVE! Hello! If you stay, you either want to be a victim, or you are actively supporting Hamas. In either case, I have no sympathy for you. MORE POWER TO ISRAEL. Wipe em all out, dozer the strip and lets have some peace. I am sick of pathetic Palestinians crying about their lot. They started shooting first after the cease-fire, lets not forget.

Posted by: R at January 6, 2009 12:43 AM

Also, Palestine wails about "indiscriminate" bombing by IDF, but fire unguided rockets by the dozens while Israel uses drones, satellites and spotters to target rocket launchers and those who use them. Whatever they spittle about to cameras, Hamas WANTS civilian casualties, it gets world sympathy on their side. Israeli soldiers stand in FRONT of their civilians. Hamas hides BEHIND children. I think that says it all.

Posted by: R at January 6, 2009 12:49 AM

If the Israeli Army has nothing to hide it should let independent journalists in Gaza.

Israeli Army’s claims that it is only interested in stopping Hamas rocket attacks are a farce. They are intentional killing innocent people to either force Hamas to surrender or enrage Iran enough so that it will do something stupid, like prodding Hezbollah to get involved, which will give Israel and US cover to attack Iran.

If the Army wanted to it could have stopped the rocket attacks in ten days just using a dozen helicopter gunships. But, the rocket fire is the excuse it needs for attacking Iran next. The following examples should make it clear that IDF is intentionally targeting innocent people.
“Israeli aircraft have hit three ambulances in Gaza since the campaign began, killing seven medics, according to Gaza health officials. A medical building owned by a relief organization not connected to Hamas was also bombed, said Dr. Daher. He said the building was destroyed, along with an ambulance, three mobile clinics and donated medicines.”
Once again, if the IDF is telling the truth, let the journalists in.
If anybody thinks, this war will bring peace, you are wrong. Revenge is a powerful thing and even the anti-hamas Palestinians will not forget or forgive.

Posted by: Mohammad at January 6, 2009 12:53 AM

I don't know about it being the same guy but the guy in the 2nd photo on the left is definitly laughing.

Posted by: Erika at January 6, 2009 12:55 AM

Your pictures do not mean anything, whether they are true or made up. We are not sure of their origin. Anyone could have made them just to discredit the Palestinians, and divert the focus from Israel's illegal attack.
The question that we should be asking ourselves is, are not the guns and bullets that are killing palestinians real?
Aren't the palestinians really dying out there?
Are these attacks justified?
Out of more than 500 palestinians killed, what percentage of that is suicide and mortar throwers?

Posted by: xandagie at January 6, 2009 01:37 AM

First off, the guy in Exhibit A is wearing a lighter shade of brown jacket than the guy in Exhibit B -- adjusting for sun/daylight intensity. Second, the guy could have been injured superficially, treated shortly and ultimately let go to visit his dead relative or acquaintance. So far everything is base on speculation, even mine not to mention the specious claim by the author of this thread which suffers from major veracity. But above all, the guy in Exhibit B is covering his face with both hands so it's very difficult to even identify him clearly, let alone assertively claim that he is the same guy as the one in Exhibit A. Besides, even the guy behind him in the morgue, along with almost everyone, is wearing a similar type clothing. This type of gratuitous nonsense is what discredits CAMERA's reputation even though this is only a blog but hosted by the site.

Posted by: roiox at January 6, 2009 02:31 AM

seriously people? First of all its not the same jacket because if you look closely in the second photo its darker and is made of a different material. Second, the hospitals are crawling with red cross, red cresecent, UNRWA and foreign volunteer doctors from Europe especially Finland, so youre claims of complacency by hospital staff in this unfounded claim are ridiculous. Third, there have been no reports of censorship by Hamas of media collected by respected international news agencies such as Reuters, Al Jazeera International, and Al Arabiya (an opponent of Hamas and fundamental islamist groups) stop looking for ways to avoid the fact that Israeli planes and artillery batteries are killing civilians.

On another topic, in relation to the Green Helmet issue, the article in 2006 claims that the Qana massacre was staged by Hezbollah which would mean that Hezbollah directed an Israeil F-16 to bomb a house with cluster and laser guided bombs that can only a plane can deliver and since the maximum Hezbollah has in militayr ordinance is jeeps and pickups, the claim is also ridiculous..

This topic is disgusting and so is the moderator and everyone who agrees with him/her...

Posted by: seriously?! at January 6, 2009 02:34 AM

Whoever put these shots together is obviously a rank amature. They need Bush and Cheney to show them how to lie!

Posted by: john jyers at January 6, 2009 03:00 AM

Who cares? What it means are people are dying. I don't care the identity of the dead or injured, whether there are Palestinians or Israelis. if staging makes us think twice, and discuss about pain, then let it be. The pictures scored their purpose.

Posted by: Ginger at January 6, 2009 03:43 AM

It's well known that Hamas has threatened anyone that takes an unauthorized picture of them with death. Hamas will not allow ANY of their fighters to be shown firing weapons, manning fighting positions etc.
I didn't know that, so I'm not sure it's well known at all.

I believe your point deserves a much wider audience.

Posted by: Daniel at January 6, 2009 03:45 AM

Umm, no.

The guy on the photo's is not the same, or he must have had a haircut in between.
Look where his beard goes towards the top of his hair. It's a corner. In the second photo it is a straight line.

Also: On the first photo the jacket is made of leather, the second photo looks more like normal fabric.

Also: On the first photo the jacket has more of a "shoulder". (looks a bit like shoulderpads)
Second photo: right, it has not.

Good luck with finding a "real" spoof.

Posted by: kip at January 6, 2009 05:18 AM

Mohammad at January 6, 2009 12:53 AM - And of course, anything stated by Gaza "officials" (read: HAMAS) is true. It's quite simple, really. If Hamas had NOT fired their rockets, the Israelis would not be in Gaza now.
As for the pictures, FWIW, I, too, don't see conclusive proof it's the same brown jacket guy in both picture.

Posted by: Peter at January 6, 2009 05:26 AM

I cannot believe there are a few people saying so what if pictures/scenes are staged! Yes, either way there are casualties, but how is anyone across the word supposed to believe ANYTHING about ANYTHING to do with palestinians if they are willing to go so low to manipulate by staging gore and bloody children.

How do we know the numbers of injured/dead aren't greatly inflated then! Why lie with pictures, people don't lie unless they are trying to make people think something different than the truth, that's the point of lying, jeez!!! If conditions were really so bad, people starving, and the injuries were that bad, there would be no reason to make imaginary images of said awfulness.

Posted by: Charlot at January 6, 2009 06:26 AM

Those are not the same guys, the hair is different.

Posted by: OH GOD! at January 6, 2009 06:32 AM

Take into consideration that Hamas has no real power so he's using these things...poor Israel needs to deal with these Terrorist...

Posted by: Alona at January 6, 2009 08:33 AM

Check these out - post in danish, but two "doctors" are parading two dead children. They din´t seem to be in a hurry to put down the dead to help the living.

Posted by: .sfw at January 6, 2009 10:07 AM

It's not the same guy. Look closely at the hair.

The top guy's hair has kinda round corners, the bottom guy has right angled corners.

Posted by: Trevor at January 6, 2009 12:56 PM

I think it IS the same guy. look at the first photo - he is wearing a (dark) brown jacket, but apparently has another, lighter-colored garment thrown over his shoulders.
In the second photo, he has removed this second garment, leaving only the same dark jacket that is visible in the first photo.

Posted by: tomaig [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2009 02:34 PM

ok first of all, this is just a load of crap. in the first picture alone you can see 3 guys with the same hairdo and beard. and brown yes its a very rare colour for a jacket. come on you guys, this is pure suggestion. pretty sad

Posted by: jan smit at January 6, 2009 03:00 PM

Is this the same guy again??

Posted by: James at January 6, 2009 06:37 PM

While the pictures are obviously staged, and we all know they have a well-established history of blatant lying, the man in Exhibit B is most likely not actually laughing - some people's faces move the same way whether they are laughing or crying. So they're just dishonest & somewhat stupid, not colossally stupid - in this instance.

Posted by: Susan at January 6, 2009 09:00 PM

I would love to catch reuters out staging photos, but there is too much doubt here. If we keep making ambit claims we'll lose credibility. His hair is different, end of story, but keep your eyes open.

Posted by: Trevor at January 7, 2009 06:40 PM

The man in the red jacket looks suspiciously like the man on the right doing CPR in the fake CNN resuscitation video. And YES he also looks like Grenn Helmet

Posted by: sharon smith at January 10, 2009 06:53 AM

See if you can spot any more 'Faux' stuff here:

But in this instance: these are situations of confusion. This man is in grief and shock. The error was in the caption. The ludicrous suggestion that Palestinians need to "stage" pictures!

The world's media are banned by 'Israel' but we can all see 1000s of pounds of explosives, costing millions of U.S. tax dollars go up ~ or are they Hollywood special effects?

OBVIOUSLY, these massive munitions in a concentration camp such as Gaza - will cause horrendous death and injury... and then the local photojournalists who document these things are accused of faking propaganda? What would Uncle Sam say? – "GIVE ME A BREAK"

Posted by: Hue at January 12, 2009 08:27 AM


Perhaps the explosives are Hamas explosives smuggled from Egypt. That cetainly is not a stretch. Not only have the Pals (and Hezbollah) been known to have staged media events, they have sacrificed their own brethren in order to score media points.
Maybe you can accept the fact that Hamas does not give a hoot about the civilians it puts into danger and that the explosives you see are there own. Or are you like Diana Buttu who insists Hamas rockets "have no explosive heads"?

See this film of a school and zoo booby-trapped by Hamas:

Posted by: pundita at January 12, 2009 09:29 AM

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