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Environmental Groups Praise Hamas for Recycling Photos from Syria

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Rafah, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Greenpeace International has issued a statement lauding the Islamist movement Hamas for using old photos of the civil war in Syria as part of its anti-Israel propaganda effort.

“This is not the first time images have been recycled in public relations,” said the statement by Greenpeace International Director Kumi Naidoo. “But the way Hamas reuses dramatic, relabeled photos from the conflict in Syria is worthy of emulation.” He specifically cited a photo of a crying man cradling a child killed in the fighting, which Hamas sent out via Twitter, explaining that the photo depicted a scene in Gaza’s Shifa Hospital. The original photo came from Syria and was taken on 25 October.

Another praiseworthy example, said Naidoo, was a photo of a crater from a rocket that hit the Israeli town of Netivot, relabeled as more impressive, more distant Tel Aviv.

The environmental organization also praised Hamas for efficient use of limited resources, noting that many of the homemade, shorter-range Qassam rockets aimed at the area immediately around the Gaza Strip use materials discarded or repurposed from construction projects. Metal launching tubes and the fuselages of the missiles are often produced by cutting lengths of metal sewer pipe, and other components are similarly scratched together.

The use of sewer pipe is especially beneficial, the organization said, as it means that much less pipe is available for use in removing the sewage from urban areas and into the Mediterranean Sea, where it can harm marine life.

Naidoo, in a telephone interview, said he hopes more countries and institutions follow Hamas’s lead. “One photo of a dead child is pretty much just like any other. There’s little reason to keep manufacturing new ones.” He also expressed concern over the carbon emissions generated by Israel’s Iron Dome missile interception system. “It would be better to just let the rockets land, instead of burning even more fuel to send a projectile at it. It’s going to explode soon anyway,” he said.

The statement also said that Greenpeace acknowledges the efforts by the government of Syria to reduce the number of carbon-emitting human organisms within its borders.

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Written by Thag

November 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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  1. Love it, Thag — well done!

    Ned's Blog

    November 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    • i am from Greenpeace – this is not funny

      please take this down now – some people this is a true story

      sam daniel

      November 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      • i am from Greenpeace – this is not funny

        please take this down now – some people think this is a true story

        sam daniel

        November 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        • This. Is. Satire. I cannot be any clearer. People who want to be idiots can’t be stopped.


          November 16, 2012 at 7:12 am

  2. The nazis also made soap from the ashes of Jewish corpses! Does that mean they too should be praised?
    These environmental groups who made such statements are retarded – their are no boundaries to their sensibilities. I have lost all respect for you and will find it hard to take you seriously again…


    November 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    • Um…you do realize this is satire, right?

      Unless you’re playing the fool and yanking everyone’s chain, in which case, good job.


      November 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  3. To the extent you received comments taking your satire seriously, you have proven how sick this world is.


    November 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

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