Russian propagandist misuses Gaza war photo for Ukraine conflict

Last summer Eliran Fitoussi became a media sensation in Israel when a photograph of him shielding an infant with his body during a missile alert went viral, making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter and showing up on news websites.

Last week Russian Pavel Ryzhevsky, a columnist and blogger for the pro-Kremlin Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper and a prominent youth activist with the ruling United Russia party posted the picture for his 200,000 followers on Twitter, claiming the Beersheba-based DJ was a civilian in separatist controlled Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

“Donbass: During the bomb attack a father saves a child with his own body. There are Donchane (Donbass people),” Ryzhevsky wrote, according to a translation provided by journalist Shimon Briman, who discovered the appropriation of the image.


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