The following article was written by an American woman who writes for The Times of Israel.
The article below is a commentary on a recent court decision in New York, in which a judge ordered the arrest of an Israeli journalist who allegedly posted an image of a severed head of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in an online article.
It is important to note that in the court’s opinion, there was no legal basis to justify the act.
The judge said that it is not a violation of law to publish the photo of the head, but merely to use it in an article in which it can be used to criticize the state of Israel and its policies.
He concluded that it was necessary for the public to be aware that the photo was taken from private property, and that he did not intend to incite anyone.
As a result of the court order, the Palestinian journalist who took the photo has been arrested, and the news of the incident has been reported in the international media.
This incident highlights the need for journalists to be cautious when commenting on the actions of Israeli authorities and the international community.
The same needs to be said about the use of social media, especially Facebook, in the public sphere, and about the consequences of social distancing.
Many people in the media industry feel that it’s an acceptable activity to post images of decapitated heads on social media.
But, as a result, these photos and the ensuing reactions have led to a deterioration of public relations in the region, especially in Israel.
In this context, it is important that we take a step back and review the ways in which we can better protect our own privacy.