Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Journalist and author Antony Loewenstein currently displays the photo below – via the Sydney Morning Herald – noting:
The following photograph and caption speak for themselves (how many civilians did our bombs kill today, Daddy?)

Israeli girls write messages in Hebrew on shells ready to be fired toward Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon.

Well, I've looked at a blowup of the image and the writing that's visible isn't Hebrew. Surely Angry Ant and the SMH editors could work this out for themselves – since Ant's a Jew he should be able to recognize Hebrew. Regardless, the impact of the photo is obviously meant to be enhanced by noting that the children were writing in Hebrew. (Don't get me wrong, I reckon the photo is tasteless in the extreme but since I don't know the circumstances I'm not going to get all worked up about it.)

While I'm on the subject of bloodthirsty children I might as well include the photo below, no caption required.

Obviously the photo and caption at top didn't "speak for themselves"; the caption now reads:
Israeli girls write messages on shells ready to be fired toward Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon.
Stealthy after the fact editing doesn't seem appropriate coming from a journalist and author of Loewenstein's stature. Shame!


Anonymous Dactyl said...

Not only is it English, it's misspelled English. Funny.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Iconoclast said...

There's more to this picture than meets the Ants eye.


12:25 PM  
Anonymous Alex Bensky said...

Well, the ironic thing about the storm of protest this has set off is that, as you can see on Little Green Footballs virtually any day, the Palestinians delight in dressing toddlers as suicide bombers and posing children with all sorts of weaponry under bloood curdling banners and slogans. This seems to unsettle no one but a few writings on shells by Israeli children is evidence of depravity.

This is yet another example of what Meryl Yourish calls the Exception Clause but I, who discovered it, modestly refer to as the Bensky Corollary to Everything: any statement, principle, or declaration by anybody, anywhere, any time, contains the implicit proviso "except for Jews."

8:28 PM  

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