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December 05, 2012

Foul Play: Reuters' Gaza Stadium Captions

Captions for a series of Reuters photos yesterday featuring a Gaza soccer field hit last month in an Israeli airstrike ignore the widely noted IDF report that the field was used as a rocket-launching site. Some of the photos and captions follow:

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Palestinian security guards pray at Palestine soccer stadium, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike during an eight-day conflict, in Gaza City December 4, 2012. Eight days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza and cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement last month, calling on Israel to ease restrictions on the territory. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION)

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A Palestinian girl looks at a soccer stadium, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike during an eight-day conflict, in Gaza City December 4, 2012. Eight days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza and cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement last month, calling on Israel to ease restrictions on the territory. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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A soccer stadium, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike during an eight-day conflict, is seen in Gaza City December 4, 2012. Eight days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza and cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks ended in an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement last month, calling on Israel to ease restrictions on the territory. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

One of the photos, and its tendentious caption, is featured at the MSNBC Photo blog.

CiF Watch, a CAMERA affiliate, has compiled many of the sources noting that IDF report that Hamas launched rockets towards Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from the stadium.

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Posted by TS at December 5, 2012 05:05 AM

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This is the same stadium in which four young Palestinian men allegedly died while playing soccer. Frédéric Kanouté, a soccer player for Seville FC has started a petition to cancel the planned UEFA Under-21 championship in Israel next year.(1)

The problem with this allegation, which has been widely reported, is that the men died on the 10th of November, while the stadium was bombed on the 16th. Furthermore, reporting at the time (2) says that the young men were in a totally different part of Gaza, on the opposite side of the border from Nahal Oz, that they were rather older than alleged, and that they were not playing soccer at all - they had allegedly been in a "mourning tent" nearby while a relative of one of them was firing an anti-tank mortar at an Israeli Jeep. These details actually come from the relative.

I have no idea why this blatant discrepancy has not been noted and commented on.

(1) http://www.kanoute.com/EUROPEAN-FOOTBALLERS-DECLARE-SUPPORT-FOR-PALESTINE_ad-id!35-ol!en-l!en.ks

(2) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/world/middleeast/israel-uses-tanks-and-machine-guns-to-fire-into-gaza-palestinians-say.html?_r=0

Posted by: Joe in Australia at December 5, 2012 07:31 AM

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Joe. We address it here:
http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=3&x_outlet=14&x_article=2354

Posted by: TS at December 7, 2012 02:02 AM

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