Ukraine, Palestine and the propaganda of war

Local residents prepare Molotov cocktails in Uzhhorod, western Ukraine, 27 February. Following Russia’s invasion, people in the country are likely to become fodder in an escalating superpower confrontation. (credit: Serhii Hudak / Avalon)
The double standard of war is revealed, again.

By Ali Abunimah | The Electronic Intifada | Feb 28, 2022

The EU regularly lectures Palestinians that violence isn’t a solution but apparently doesn’t take its own advice.

This video circulated widely on Twitter on Sunday, purporting to be from Ukraine.

“ ‘Go back to your country’: brave little girl confronts invading Putin’s Army,” was the description that accompanied it.

Although some people clearly bought it – it has several thousand “likes” – it didn’t get very far before many Twitter users pointed out that the landscape, the weather (February in Eastern Europe is very cold) look nothing like Ukraine.

And they recognized the Palestinian girl in the video: It shows Ahed Tamimi at least 9 years ago, as she confronts an Israeli soldier in Arabic.

In 2017 and 2018, the teenaged Tamimi spent eight months in an Israeli prison, sentenced for a different confrontation with Israeli soldiers who had invaded Nabi Saleh, her home village in the occupied West Bank.

Her “crime” was slapping an occupation soldier soon after Israeli forces shot her 15-year-old cousin in the head, causing horrifying injuries.

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