Last Summer, Israel regularly used an image of an IDF soldier handing an elderly Palestinian woman a bottle of water to promote its “humanitarian” action towards civilians in Gaza. But what happened after the photograph was taken says much about the reality of Israel’s actions in the besieged enclave.
By Kerry-Anne|Addicting Info
On January 22nd, Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee shared this image on his Twitter account:
“An Israeli soldier holding the water bottle and helping the old woman drink as an example of the humanity of the Israeli army towards the civilians in the Gaza Strip,” he wrote.
But just moments after the photograph was taken, the elderly woman was shot dead by the same soldier. As Middle East Monitor reports:
During the Israeli bombardment and shelling of the Gaza Strip last summer, an Israeli soldier approached a 74-year-old Palestinian woman Ghalya Abu-Rida to give her a sip of water. He gave her the water, took a photo with her and then he shot her in the head from a distance of one metre. He then watched as she bled to death, the Palestine Information Centre reported.