A Palestinian Arab blogger and "award-winning journalist" has been caught cynically using a picture of a severely disabled Palestinian child for propaganda purposes, falsely claiming his limbs were blown off by the Israeli military during last summer's conflict with Gaza.
Mohammed Omer – who started the Rafah Today blog and has written for numerous major news outlets including Al Jazeera, the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, the New Statesman, Aftonbladet and others – received the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in 2008.
The Prize is granted to journalists who "tell an unpalatable truth, validated by powerful facts."
But ironically, Omer's reporting skills have been exposed as anything but truthful after a tweet he posted Sunday, featuring a Palestinian toddler from Gaza he claims is "one of the last Gaza war victims," referring to last summer's Operation Protective Edge.
But the picture in question is of Mohammed al-Farra, a toddler from Gaza with a rare genetic disease who has been living at Israel's Tel Hashomer hospital with his grandfather after being abandoned by his parents.
Soon after being exposed, Omer removed the tweet – which had been retweeted dozens of times by then. A screenshot can be seen below.
Al-Farra's case was reported widely in 2013, after becoming the subject of an Associated Press feature piece.
A quick Google search revealed that the picture Omer used is in fact an AP photo used in that very report.
Omer was called out by an Israeli blogger and activist David Ha'ivri, who noted that the only way he could have gotten hold of the picture was by lifting it from an article about Al-Farra and his treatment in an Israeli hospital – cynically co-opting the young child's suffering for the sake of cheap propaganda.
Even by the cynical standards of Pallywood, this one really hits rock-bottom.