When first published about ten years ago the Associated Press, The New York Times and scores of other newspapers identified the bloodied young man as a Palestinian brutalized by the Israeli soldier wielding the truncheon. The truth was somewhat different. The young man is named Tuvia Grossman, a yeshiva student from Chicago. The Israeli soldier is rescuing Tuvia from a mob of Arabs who were trying to murder him.
Our son Ariel, ZT'L saw the picture and incorrect caption in the New York Times and was shocked that his friend Tuvia was identified as an Arab victim of Israeli brutality. This was a defining moment in Ariel's life. He realized that the mainstream media was not just unreliable but deeply biased against Israel. A few days later, the New York Times printed a correction. Several days after that Robert D. McFadden published a story in the NY Times setting the record straight. Ariel pinned the correct story to the bulletin board above his desk where it remains to this day. Ariel would be overjoyed to see Tuvia's reunion with Gidon Tzefadi, the Israeli soldier who saved his friend's life.