The Camera Doesn’t Lie, But What About the Caption?

An Israeli and Palestinian scuffled during a riot — right in front of AP and Reuters photographers. But as Elder of Ziyon points out, the captions are vastly different. The Israeli in black has the Palestinian in a headlock.

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Reuters:

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An undercover Israeli police officer (R) scuffles with a Palestinian youth suspected of throwing stones while trying to detain him during clashes in the Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank near Jerusalem February 9, 2010. Clashes erupted between Palestinian stone-throwers and Israeli police that entered the refugee camp, a Reuters witness said on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Now for AP:

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A Palestinian rioter tries to grab a weapon from a plain-clothes Israeli police officer, right, during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. Palestinians scuffled with Israeli security forces, after an arrest operation triggered clashes in the camp the day before. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The captions at Daylife didn't include the names of the photographers. I added their names from Yahoo links 1 and 2.

Strictly speaking, the two captions don't contradict each other. But credit Bernat Armangue with going the extra mile to more carefully describe the context.

Elder of Ziyon also posted some other images from Shuafat showing why rock throwing isn't so harmless.


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