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January 06, 2009

Where Have All the Fighters Gone?

There are some 15,000 Hamas fighters and far fewer Israeli soldiers fighting in the Gaza Strip (the number is not published), so why do two major photo services have countless photos of Israeli soldiers and virtually none of Hamas fighters?

A search of Reuters and Associated Press photo services from Dec. 27 through today using the keywords "Gaza militant" and "Gaza fighter" turned up almost no pictures of Hamas fighters. The exceptions? Three photos from Reuters -- an injured Palestinian fighter brought to Soroka Hospital in Israel for treatment (Jan. 5); relatives mourning over the body of slain fighter Mohammed Abu Shair (Jan. 5); and a wounded Palestinian policeman (Dec. 27).

In contrast, here were plenty of pictures of Israeli soldiers, Palestinian casualties, statesmen and diplomats, destruction in Gaza, and other related topics -- but almost nothing on Hamas fighters.

This seems to be a repeat of the 2006 Lebanon war after which searches of the major photo services turned up not one picture of Hezbollah fighters (except at funerals) for the whole 34-day war.

Israel is not battling a ghost enemy. Nor is it battling Gaza's civilian population, whose casualties show up in countless pictures. Which is just how Hamas likes it.

Posted by TS at January 6, 2009 07:07 AM


I am from Greece and I am very unhappy with this situation.I think,it is a Hamas' plan.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 6, 2009 07:39 AM

Israel isn't letting in any independant journalists because they showed how incredibly biased they were during Lebanon so the only 'journalists' there are Palestinian stringers. These will all be working under Hamas supervision if not directly for Hamas.

Just seen a BBC News interview with an 'independant ambulance volunteer' who is from Free Gaza... No bias there then.

Posted by: JoshC at January 6, 2009 09:41 AM

We saw footage on BBC world ànd on dutch television ànd Al Jazeera, of a taxi stopping at a hospital with 'wounded' children and footage of 'docters' treating the wounded. They where dressed in white coats and gloves, maybe pulling at a piece of plaster, maybe lifting a sweater, all beds with 8 at least around it, always running around chaoticly. Nothing like an ER. Camera never zooming in, never more than two seconds with one patient. Both films where hoax films. If one knows what to look for, it's obvious. Every day we hear the stations broadcasting that the IDF 'kills womans and childrens', preferably mentioned in every sentence, I can't hear and see their lies anymore. Broadcasting stations known in the world, seem to have no problem. BBC World as a department of pallywood, a month ago I would not have believed it!

Posted by: ng at January 6, 2009 09:48 AM

As a Moslem (formerly irish Catholic ) all I can say is that my tears are not dry for a week. I donated blood for Palestine but UPS refused to deliver it to ANY Palestinian hospital. I refuse to believe there is no way to deliver my donation to Palestine. What a shame.

Posted by: Yaakov Sullivan at January 7, 2009 02:21 PM

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