|One of yesterday's "Best Photos of the Day" at the Guardian|
And all too often it's due to less respectable reasons.
Thanks to the fine people at CIF Watch, we have a very good illustration today of how this impacts on news coverage and the forming of public opinion.
CIF Watch do a sterling job of "monitoring and combating anti-semitism and the assault on Israel's legitimacy" at the British newspaper The Guardian and at the Guardian's blog called 'Comment is Free' (hence the name "CIF Watch").
Yesterday they highlighted a picture that was part of the Guardian's "Best Photos of the Day". You can see it above. Then the CIF Watch editors point out
"what a Guardian reader casually glancing at the Palestinian “prisoner” wouldn’t have known. A friend who’s fluent in Arabic read the poster and identified the ‘prisoner’ as Ayman Ismail Al-Sharawna. A technical fault prevented the bomb from exploding fully.) He was sentenced to 38 years in prison, but released on October 18, 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal. On January 31, 2012, the IDF re-arrested Al-Sharawna, resident of a Palestinian town near Hebron, on suspicion of having returned to terror planning with a Hamas cell in the West Bank..."
He appears at position number 189 in the official terrorists-going-free list published by the Israel Prison Service. In May 2002 when he was 32, he and a colleague walked up to the Beer-Sheva Old City branch of an Israeli bank and placed a package on the ground before fleeing for their lives. (Hebrew report here.) That package contained a bomb that thankfully failed to explode completely. As a result, "only" ten people were injured. The terrorists intended to execute a massacre (16 Israelis were killed a few days earlier in a Hamas bombing attackon a club in Rishon Leziyon), and would probably have succeeded but for the incompetence or bad luck of the bomb-maker. Abu Sariya was sentenced to 38 years in prison, and was unjustly released after serving less than nine [more]
Bystanders caught and beat one of the Palestinians, while the police caught the other several miles outside the city.
Some saga. Some hero.