Jun. 9, 2016
Palestinian Health Ministry Gave Misleading Report to WHO
On May 26, the World Health Organization called for an investigation into alleged abuses of “mental, physical and environmental health” rights of Palestinians by Israel, the only country singled out during the annual assembly of the UN body. Prior to the decision, the Palestinian Ministry of Health submitted a report to WHO containing photos that highlight the report’s total lack of credibility.
Page 30 of the PA report presents a picture captioned: “Settlers attacking a Palestinian child while being observed by Israeli occupation forces.” In fact, it is a photo showing the eviction of Israeli settlers by Israeli security forces with no Palestinians present.
A photo captioned: “Photograph taken during the Israeli war on Gaza, 2014” is a primitive Photoshop version of a picture originally published on a blog to illustrate a story on how Israel might attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. The mountains which appear in the original (and do not exist in Gaza) were erased from the photo.
A third photo, captioned: “The devastation wrought by the Israeli war on Gaza, 2014,” was first published on the BBC website in 2006, reporting on the Second Lebanon War. Could you imagine the outrage if Israel was caught using just a single fake or distorted photo?