Published on
by
The Guardian/UK

Gaza Twitter War Intensifies over Pictures of Infant Casualties

Pictures of BBC cameraman's 11-month-old son – who died in Gaza attack – are followed by response from Israel's PM

by
Paul Owen and Tom McCarthy

Jihad Misharawi holds the body of his 11-month son, Ahmad. (Photograph: Corbis)

A grim new feud opened up on social media on Thursday as pictures were traded of babies who died or were injured during the conflict in Gaza.

Pictures emerged of BBC cameraman Jihad Misharawi's 11-month-old son Omar, who was killed on Wednesday during an Israeli attack. Misharawi's sister-in-law also died in the strike on Gaza City, and his brother was seriously injured.

Misharawi told BBC Arabic:

Shrapnel hit our house. My sister-in-law was killed along with my son. And my brother and my other son were wounded.

What did my son to to die like this? What was his mistake? He is 10 or 11 months old, what did he do?

We are not the resistance, there are no fighters in my house.

A picture of Omar was posted on Twitter by BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar.

Soon after, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu posted what was seen as a response, tweeting this picture of a baby reportedly injured in today's rocket attack on Kiryat Malachi. "Hamas deliberately targets our children," Netanyahu wrote.

Three people were killed during the Kiryat Malachi rocket attack, and a four-year-old boy and two babies were also wounded.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: