That staged, "borrowed" and photoshopped disinformation being used by propagandists is nothing new. Below is a tweet from an individual who styles herself a "human rights activist." She acknowledges that photos from Syria are being represented as coming from Gaza. She confesses that she did nothing to counter this lie because she didn't want to "kill their vibe." It was good propaganda and she is a propagandist.
Photos like this are being retweeted by at the very time we should be trying to calm things down. The truth is bad enough and shouldn't be "augmented."
This is particularly disconcerting when coming from "peace activists," who seem to be doing their level best to fan the flames of hate.
One person of my acquaintance, a Protestant minister, retweeted two photos, both of which were problematic. One was of a Palestinian olive tree, allegedly touched by settlers. I believe the picture was photoshopped: the flame was too centered in the middle of the tree, too perfectly triangular and yellow/orange, without a hint of smoke or blackening to the tree. These conditions would have required a miracle: "And the bush was not consumed."
Perhaps my friend believes in miracles, but he would've had to been predisposed to think the worst.
More recently the same minister posted another photo, this one of yeshiva students surrounding and cruelly taunting an older Palestinian woman. The photo was attached to a comment about Jews harassing Palestinians on the Temple Mount. Clearly, this photo was a street scene - there are no shops on the Temple Mount. Further, I had seen the photo before, but it had been captioned "settlers taunting woman whose house had been bulldozed." There are no private houses on the Temple Mount. I don't know if the photo was manufactured, but I do know that it made the rounds.
Mistakes happen. I recall a photo published in the New York Times which had been labeled something to the effect of "Israeli soldier attacking Palestinian on the Temple Mount." As it turns out the soldier, holding a club, was protecting the bloodied man, a Jew, from Palestinian rioters. Behind them was an Israeli "Delek" gas station. There are no gas stations on the Temple Mount. But at least the Times prints corrections - the twitterverse is not at that professional standard.
But some folks are quite certain that Israel is so remarkably cruel that the very same people who were killed by Assad in Syria two years ago are being killed a second time by Israel in Gaza.