BLOOD LIBEL: Ten years ago, the anti-Israel media published a mis-labeled photo which caused international condemnation against Israel

The New York Times, AP, and other major media sent out countless papers around the world with a grossly miscaptioned photo on September 30, 2000. The photo showed a dazed, bloody young man slumped on the ground, with a fierce looking Israeli soldier standing behind him, raised baton in hand. The caption read, “An Israeli policeman and a Palestinian on the Temple Mount.”

However, the wounded young man is not a Palestinian but an American Jewish student named Tuvia Grossman. The attack did not take place on the Temple Mount, but on a street in Jerusalem, and the Israeli soldier, contrary to the impression left by the picture, is not attacking the young man, but is protecting Tuvia from an Arab mob who had dragged Tuvia out of a taxicab and had beaten and stabbed him.

The victim’s true identity was revealed when Dr. Aaron Grossman of Chicago sent the following letter to the Times:

‘Regarding your picture on page A5 of the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian on the Temple Mount — that Palestinian is actually my son, Tuvia Grossman, a Jewish student from Chicago. He, and two of his friends, were pulled from their taxicab while traveling in Jerusalem, by a mob of Palestinian Arabs, and were severely beaten and stabbed.’

In response, the New York Times published a half-hearted correction which identified Tuvia Grossman as “an American student in Israel” — not as a Jew who was beaten by Arabs. The “correction” also noted that “Mr. Grossman was wounded” in “Jerusalem’s Old City” — although the beating actually occurred in the Arab neighborhood of Wadi al Joz, not in the Old City.

In response to public outrage at the original error and the inadequate correction, The New York Times reprinted Tuvia Grossman’s picture — this time with the proper caption — along with a full article detailing his near-lynching at the hands of Palestinians rioters.

The photo of a bloodied Tuvia Grossman became a symbol in the struggle to ensure that Israel receives the fair media coverage that every nation deserves. HR


HONEST REPORTING has reunited Tuvia and his rescuer for the first time since those terrible events.