On "doctored" evidence

I can’t resist.

The minute I saw this photo, I felt that it might be doctored:

Photo of man aboard Mavi Marmara provided by IDF spokesmans office

The knife looks completely fake.   It looks like a photoshop job to me.  What if this guy, on board the Mavi Marmara, were really only shaking his fist?  Would this be fair?

Besides, How would he have gotten this long sharp weapon on board?  How would he have been able to keep it, once he flashed it like this? Nobody around him objected??

It’s only too easy to do this, in all-out ideological war.

UPDATE: I just saw this now (10 June) — see how Ali Abunimah treated this here and here, and how Max Blumenthal blogged it here.

Now, look at this other photo — also published in Haaretz:

Photo of Israeli PM Netanyahu on 1 June 2010 by Reuters

It would be so easy to do the same…

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