CAMERA’s Israel office prompted correction yesterday of Agence France Presse photo captions which referred to rockets “reportedly fired from the Gaza Strip,” as if the origin of the attacks was not confirmed. A sampling of the original captions, since corrected, follows:
Why qualify these attacks as “reportedly” emanating from Gaza when there is no doubt about the rockets’ origin? As AFP reported the same day that the photographs were taken, Hamas even acknowledged that it was responsible for the rocket attacks (“Israel says hits Hamas with biggest strikes since 2014 war,” July 14).
Notably, in these AFP captions and others, Israeli air strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza aren’t similarly identified as “reportedly” originating from Israel’s army. Indeed, the very same captions clearly identify Israel as responsible for air strikes (“Israel unleashed its biggest air strikes,”) while obscuring Palestinian responsibility for the rocket attacks (“rockets – [as opposed to Palestinians] – targeted Israel”) and even cast doubt on their origin (“reportedly fired the Gaza Strip”).
CAMERA pointed out the inconsistency and unfounded use of the term “reportedly,” and AFP editors commendably deleted the qualification from the captions.