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Saturday August 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday August 17, 2013 MYT 7:49:08 AM
by rahmah ghazali
PETALING JAYA: A photo of the Suria KLCC Mall in Kuala Lumpur was used by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) on its blog to depict “normal” life in Gaza, a Palestinian city in the Gaza Strip,
In a post entitled “What Happened to the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza?”, the photograph of Suria’s centre court was accompanied with the caption “the shopping mall for the latest fashion from overseas”.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the image was part of 17 other allegedly accurate photographs of Gazan life.
The report cited the IDF apologising for the error, saying that it was a genuine error, and the image has since been removed.
“It was an innocent mistake. The picture was removed when we learned (of the error),” the IDF was quoted as saying.
The blog post, which was published on Aug 12, claimed that Gaza was not an “open-air prison” as was reported by the media.
“Sun, beach, shopping: these are the types of things that define summer all over the world, and Gaza is no different,” said the blog post.
The photos, among others, showed Palestinians going to modern-looking grocery stores, playing beach volleyball and having free access to a luxury hotel and enjoying nightlife.
“As you can see, there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Many Gazans have money, food and even luxuries that much of the world goes without.
Though taken down, the photo has since angered netizens on Facebook.
A user, Abdul-Fattah Islam Al-Homsi said, “How could Gaza have a mall? The place doesn’t even have homes””
Another user by the name Pat Noon questioned the error made by the military forces.
“Honest mistake? How do you not know whether or not your country has a HUGE mall like that?” he asked.
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