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Dutch Public Broadcaster Reports on Israeli Attacks in Syria, Adds Photo of Boy Killed by Assad's Troops

(Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
After conservative Twitter-users went after NOS for smearing Israel, the national public broadcaster replaced the image of a man carrying a dead boy with one of the military base that was hit by Israel. Of course they’ve replaced the photo without saying anything about it in the article, but at least they did it. That’s a win for the entire pro-Israel movement in the Netherlands.

This is how Dutch public broadcaster NOS tries to influence public opinion about Israel. The NOS reports today that “Israel has again launched rockets at Syria.” In the body of the text, it continues to say that the attack was aimed at a Syrian army base in the vicinity of Damascus.

The article is accompanied by a photo of a Syrian man carrying the lifeless body of a child:

The problem? During last night’s attack, there were no reports of any (civilian) casualties. So where did the public broadcaster get this image from? From Getty Images. The photo dates from December 03 of this year (2 days ago). In its description we read:

A Syrian man carries the body of a child who was killed in a reported air strike in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on December 3, 2017. A wave of Syrian air strikes killed at least 19 civilians and wounded dozens across the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

In other words, this poor boy wasn’t killed by Israel, but by Assad’s forces.

The Dutch Jewish organization CIDI (Center for Information and Documentation Israel) is rightfully outraged by this piece of anti-Israel propaganda from the NOS. On Facebook, the organization calls the article by the NOS “fake news” and asks the broadcaster why they included this extremely misleading photo.