Washington Post Reports on Hamaswood’s Staged Atrocity Propaganda

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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It’s hard to believe that no one else had noticed how fake and staged these scenes were. But they take the easy photo and the easy story.

The scene was too neat.

I had just arrived outside the shattered remains of a large mosque in central Gaza City last week. It had been pulverized by an Israeli airstrike. There was rubble, glass and metal everywhere. But on a patch of ground in front of the structure, visible for everyone to see, was a small, dusty carpet.

On top lay piles of burned, ripped copies of the Koran, Islam’s holy book.  The symbolism was obvious, almost too perfect. It was clear that someone had placed them there to attract sympathy for the Palestinian cause.  A television crew spotted the pile and filmed it. Mission accomplished…

In the middle of the road, where the kids were killed, was a small pool of blood. At first glance, it evoked a sense of sadness and outrage. As I looked closer, I noticed a child’s slipper in the middle of the blood. The slipper was intact. There were no bloodstains. And next to the slipper, a black plastic toy gun.

Again I noticed a television cameraman drawn to this powerful image. I moved on.

Earlier that day in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, as the dead and wounded were being rushed into the building, I saw a girl, no older than 7, dressed in a yellow and blue dress, speaking in front of a television camera.

“Bring back my brother and father,” she cried, visibly upset.

Her mother, seated next to her, whispered into her ear and nudged her.

“They were kids,” the girl continued, following her mother’s coaching. “They were just playing. What is their crime, for Israel to target them? They are just kids.”

90 percent of PR is giving reporters what they need to tell a story. Hamasbara and Hamaswood are largely about staging the same scenes that their predecessors have been staging for decades, giving sympathetic reporters and even detached press who just want a good quote and a good symbolically sad photo the material they need to wrap up and go home.

Most don’t want to look any further.

  • Dallasyaherd

    These kids especially the little girls go from molestation which is legal in almost every Arab country, but everywhere every child in Hamas town, to acting like a basketball player who wants to get a foul called, to complete drama. I’ll put anything down the little girl who always has the genicidal conviction on the Hamas Jew hating Mickey Mouse mornign show for kids who gets martyred every 2 weeks, is molested very often. The deeper the little girl is involved with Hamas media the more often she is molested is the mathematical equation.

  • DaveGinOly

    In all fairness to western reporters in Gaza, Hamas doesn’t allow them to cover actual events, only staged events. They are left with nothing else to record or photograph. So in order to seem to be doing their jobs, they record interviews of rehearsed “victims” and take video of arranged scenes of Israeli “war crimes.” Kudos to those few western reporters who are now speaking out about what they actually observed in Gaza.

  • Asienka

    Potiomkin villages, anyone? It doesn’t surprise me at all, totalitarian regime in power creates scenes like this. Expecting anything else is like asking people in North Korea about the death of their “beloved” leader and not getting cries in return. It’s so obvious it doesn’t cease to amaze how people can’t see it for what it is.