A photo of a Palestinian toddler taken by Israeli photographer Shira Goldin has gone viral and became a symbol of a wider trend of violence and discrimination against the Palestinian people.
The young girl was photographed holding a knife on her finger and was taken by Goldin as she and her husband walked to their car.
It was one of several shocking moments captured by the photographer and uploaded to the internet, with millions of views and tens of thousands of comments.
After a few days, the photo was shared on Twitter and other social media platforms, sparking a national debate about the use of the knife by Israelis.
The hashtag #boycottboycottIsraeli became an international movement, and hundreds of thousands signed petitions to boycott Israel.
But the young girl in the photo remains a silent symbol of the cruelty of the occupation, and a source of international criticism of Israel.
Since the #boycotboycott hashtag began trending on Twitter in the last few weeks, some commentators have pointed out that the photo is not representative of Israeli society.
“It’s not an image of Israeli teenagers,” said Shadi Al-Bazz, a professor at Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
“This is a photograph of an Israeli teenager, and it’s a photo that shows the reality of the situation of Palestinian minors.”
A photo of Palestinian teenager, Shira, wearing a #boycot hashtag T-shirt, as she walks to her car, during a demonstration against the Israeli occupation, in the West Bank city of Hebron, on August 29, 2017.
Source: Al Jazeera News