Yesterday, we published some photo’s and information about the link between the Mavi Marmara activists and terror organizations.
Today, we show these photo’s again together with photo’s published by Reuters to show how they cropped the photo’s to leave the weapons out used by the militants aboard the Mavi Marmara when they attacked and injured the Israeli naval soldiers.
The Turkish newspaper Hürriyet published some recovered photo’s (from memory cards) showing armed militants (with knives and metal rods) dragging injured soldiers below deck. Some reports said they wanted to take the injured soldiers hostage and use them as a bargain to stop the Israel navy take control of the flotilla ships and negotiate a way to the Gaza Strip. But on the photo’s Reuters published, there were no weapons visible, as if the militants were unarmed and are actually helping the soldiers.
Here’s one of Hürriyet’s pictures; notice the knife held by the militant in the lower right corner:
And here’s the same photo, but now as how Reuters released it yesterday:
That’s a very interesting way to crop the photo. Most people would consider that knife an important part of the context. There was a huge controversy over whether the activists were armed. Cropping out a knife, in a picture showing a soldier who’s apparently been stabbed, seems like a very odd editorial decision.
Unless someone was trying to hide it.
Here’s another cropped picture to hide a knife that was published by Reuters:
The picture is a cropped version of this photo:
The same photo enlarged:
Israel’s military said the series of images “shows that our boarding party in fact did face deadly violence from the hardcore Islamist activists on the boat from the fundamentalist IHH movement.” (AP Photo/IHH; the IHH is the radical Islamist group whose members rioted aboard the Mavi Marmara)
Militants with metal rods holding guard and waiting how the Israeli naval action develops on the upper deck: