Western Sahara: Gaza Child Used In Propaganda War By Elite Media In Spain

gazachild.jpg Original Photo Of Child Victim From Gaz

TV program on Spanish TV about Child victim of Violence in WEstern Sahara
Washington  / Morocco Board News Service-  In an unprecedented wave of xenophobic, anti-Morocco, reporting by the press in Spain, on the Western Sahara conflict, a new milestone has occurred.
A photo of a child, war victim, from Gaza was presented as a [Western Sahara]  "sahrawi" child, a " victim of Moroccan Violence" during the latest clashes between Moroccan Security forces and protesters. 

The crude propaganda gambit was circulated by Spain's elite media sources, such as the main News agency, EFE, the largest daily newspaper in the country, El Pais, ABC, El Mundo, la Vanguardia and most other media outlets both from the left to the neo-fascist right. Spanish television stations, took the matter further and produced news programs, complete with eye witnesses that claimed to know this particular child and spoke at length, with teary eyes, (see Video) about the child victim, his siblings and parents, all supposed victims of violence by Moroccan Law enforcement services, in Western Sahara.



However, Research by Moroccan bloggers showed that the images were not from Western Sahara.

On June 21, 2006 an Israeli missile struck a house in the Gaza Strip, which killed a woman and wounded several other people, including two small children who were treated at a local hospital. These image were released by leading Spanish media in their propaganda war to mislead public opinion on the conflict.

Morocco's Ministry of Communication in Rabat denounced the "spirited practices and falsifying of facts and drifts that have befallen Spanish media correspondents in Morocco in their coverage of events of vandalism committed in [western Sahara city of] Al Laayoune. 
On November 3, the Moroccan Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi-Fihri, accused, in the presence of its counterpart Trinidad Jimenez, the Spanish press of excesses and of "confusing its wishes with reality."

This wave of xenophobia championed by the elite press in Spain demonstrates the immaturity of the Spanish democratic model, the prevalence of the neo-fascism ideology in society and the ubiquity of Spanish historical prejudices, particularly against what they call  "moros".
This state of affairs will come in the way of a peaceful resolution to the Western Sahara conflict, as well as the process of decolonization of the last remaining colonies in Africa, the two Spanish occupied cities in Northern Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla.

Original story
Three Palestinian Children Killed and 15 Others Wounded


Wounded child in Gaza

Report, PCHR, 21 June 2006

Palestinian relatives of Mohammed Rogah, 5-year-old, who was killed by an Israeli air strike yesterday, mourn during his funeral in Gaza City June 21, 2006. (MaanImages/Wesam Saleh)


A Palestinian carries a wounded baby after an Israeli missile struck a house in the southern Gaza Strip June 21, 2006. (MaanImages/Hatem Omar)

Shrapnel from the missile also killed 3 passing Palestinian children and wounded 13 other Palestinians, including 8 children. The three children who were killed were identified as:

1. Mohammed Jamal Shukri Rouqa, 6;
2. Samia Mahmoud Ziad al-Sharif, 5; and
3. Bilal Jasser al-Hissi, 16.

A Palestinian man carries a wounded child after Israeli air strike on a car in Gaza City June 20, 2006. (MaanImages/Wesam Saleh)

Comments (12)  

0 #1 You need to email the palestiniansmorocelli 2010-11-12 23:57
It would be nice if the Palestinians that we are defending could say something about the spanish media using their children to denigrate Morocco.

I already sent them and email, if you all could do the same that would be great. you can just sit your ass and complain.


0 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Western Sahara: Gaza Child Used In Propaganda War By Elite Media In SpainJustinme 2010-11-13 01:17
Oh! This is why Morocco government is banning the foreign media? If they have nothing to hide, then why kicking out the foreign journalists?
0 #3 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Western Sahara: Gaza Child Used In Propaganda War By Elite Media In Spainmorocelli 2010-11-13 01:19
See the link from elpais.com. We are fighting a greater enemy my friends. We are not simply fighting the Algerian devil. We are fighting Spain who has can easily influence European public opinion with lies and deception. The Moroccan gov might not be handling the situation pretty well but give them credit for banning the Spanish from denigrating Morocco. They are using everything possible to screw up our country. We should be dormant.
I wonder where are the so called Moroccan Americans who complain more about LA RAM than about the devil next door?

man en blanc
0 #4 Ah! Hypocrisy. Thy name is SPAIN! man en blanc 2010-11-13 03:01
If Spain really cares about the fate of the Sahraouis, it should start by giving the Basques sovereignty and the right to self-determinat ion over their territory.

Spain should clean its in-house mess before interfering in the affairs of its neighbors.
0 #5 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Western Sahara: Gaza Child Used In Propaganda War By Elite Media In Spainmouka 2010-11-13 05:57
This is something the Moroccan government should pounce on and discredit the Spanish media once and for all.
Why aren't they doing it is beyond me.
Frank Rizzo
0 #6 Morocco Invades SpainFrank Rizzo 2010-11-13 06:21
It's time to invade Spain and take control of it's land and resources and bring the Islamic World back to Spain and why not?
0 #7 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Western Sahara: Gaza Child Used In Propaganda War By Elite Media In SpainHaq 2010-11-13 08:30
Justinme: Are you talking about the same Morocco which receives over 9 million tourists a year? You're more than welcome to check it out some day. But irrespective, let us entertain your disingenuous accusation: nothing excuses - in way, shape or form - the lax 'journalism' displayed by the bigots of Colonial Spain and their long-standing propaganda crusade. Furthermore, if you may, do explain this: http://www.map.ma/eng/sections/general/morocco_s_press_unio6717/view.
Whilst we're on this subject: I also look forward to the campaign I trust you'll be starting to give Al-Manar the right to broadcast in your 'demokhracy'..? Irony must be your forte; honestly, the sons and daughters of the blood-drenched imperial colonialists never fail to make me laugh. Peace be with you my 'freedom loving' brethren.
0 #8 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Western Sahara: Gaza Child Used In Propaganda War By Elite Media In Spainpatriot 2010-11-13 08:50
no Frank Rizzo,thanks,sp ain is no dream country any more,spaniards are already seeking low jobs here in "real Europe".

another "failure of s-panic media,this time with deads from casablanca,god damn this liars

moro yankee
0 #9 there is a score that need to be settle between the moors and the spanish, once on for allmoro yankee 2010-11-13 09:17
we can invade spain any time , it's just a question of when, see they don't know , what they are going up against?, i would love to put some of these #@!#@ parasites heads on the rock of gibraltar, like my ancesters used to do, as a warning to the rest of europe , not to #@!#@ with morocco.
0 #10 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Western Sahara: Gaza Child Used In Propaganda War By Elite Media In Spainmorcelli 2010-11-14 04:02
Our support to the PLO will never be in vain, The Palestinians reacted the way every Arab should react. Arab who?

Palestinian official denounces Spanish news agency's exploitation of Palestinian children pictures
Tangier - The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, strongly denounced, on Saturday in Tangier, the exploitation by the Spanish news agency "EFE" of the pictures of the Palestinian children victims of Israeli aggression, claiming falsely that these photos are from Laayoun (southern Morocco).

Following a meeting with Morocco's Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri, the Palestinian official condemned this "disinformation act" which aims to distort the Kingdom's image.

This is a desperate attempt to exploit the Palestinian cause and mislead the international public opinion, Erekat said, underlining that this maneuver is an "unacceptable and unfounded instrumentaliza tion."

"I saw the EFE's pictures, they well and truly come from the Gaza Strip and not Laayun,” he pointed out, reiterating the Palestinians’ support for the significant efforts made by Morocco to settle the Sahara issue through dialogue and peaceful means.

“There is no need to make a comparison between the events in Laayun and war crimes committed by Tel Aviv against the Palestinian people living under the yoke of Israel's murderous occupation,” the Palestinian official underlined.

He also strongly condemned EFE’s failure to respect the journalistic ethics and professionalism .
M.Ali Bouanani
0 #11 Gaza Child Used for Anti-Moroccan PropagandaM.Ali Bouanani 2010-11-15 04:34
Moroccans should not expect anything good from the descendants of the INQUISITORS.
0 #12 Enemy number one is...Algerian regimeobori 2010-11-15 06:51
When all Arabs and Muslim countries are not against Moroccan territorial integrity except Algeria, we have no reason to believe in the Algerians. When Morocco does not make even the fifth of what it spends in the Sahara, one should know it is not the resources that drove the Moroccans to get the Sahara back. Pro polisario activists in Spain and the Algerian regime will not dictate how the Moroccan map should look like. They need to kill Millions of Moroccans for tens of thousand of Sahrawis that some of them don't want to be Moroccans. Let's forget about this " Autonomy thing" for a little a while. Sahrawis are free to live anywhere else. After all, they were just nomads before Morocco came back and built cities there. They could also live in the Algerian Sahara.. It is 5 times bigger than Morocco's including the WS region. Western Sahara region is Moroccan. If any Sahrawi doesn't want to be Moroccan Sahrawi, he or she can be what ever. Having a failed state south of Morocco is not an option for Europe and the leaders know that. US, France and the Arabs are with Morocco. What we need is more Moroccan patriots. Let's not forget that enemy number one should always be the Algerian regime. It is the one who created this conflict. The Spanish media can be overcome. It is already loosing its credibility.

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