A Wall Street Journal photo caption suggests that an Israeli woman faked a rocket attack on her home: “A resident of Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha inspects the damage purportedly caused by rocket fire from Gaza.”
Unlike several disputed incidents which have caused numerous casualties in Gaza, the fact that Palestinian rockets have targeted and hit Israeli homes is not disputed. As Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum warned earlier this month, Hamas is targeting every Israeli home, saying “This is not the time for quiet. We have a bank of various targets. An Iron Dome [missile battery] will be needed in every Israeli home.”
So why “purported”? If it was not a rocket attack which damaged this woman’s home, what was it? A cooking experiment gone wrong? A “work accident” involving a home-made rocket? Self-inflicted damage so as to deceive photographers into believing that her home was struck by a Palestinian rocket when, in fact, it was not? The Journal did not say.
When it comes to an Israeli strike on Gaza, however, there is nothing “purported” about it. A photograph of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Gaza appears on the top of the same page, across four columns, compared to the “purported” photography, which is three columns wide: “Palestinians carry injured men through the streets after an Israeli strike on the embattled Gaza City neighborhood on Shujalyeh on Wednesday.” Perhaps like their colleague
Carolyn Cole, the Journal photo editors are careful to treat all claims about Israeli attacks as fact, and all facts about Palestinian attacks as suspect.