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December 16, 2016 8:46 am

Reuters Photo of Hijab-Wearing Muslim With Bikini-Clad Jewish Counterpart at Tel Aviv Beach ‘Dispels the Notion of Israeli Apartheid,’ Blogger Says

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The Reuters photo of the two women. Photo: Screenshot.

An image included in Reuters’ recently released “Pictures of the Year 2016” slideshow “dispels the notion of Israeli Apartheid,” a blogger contended on Wednesday.

The picture, taken by photographer Baz Ratner and one of 100 featured in the annual display, shows a hijab-wearing Muslim woman smiling at the camera, as she stands next to a bikini-clad Jewish Israeli on a Tel Aviv beach.

The blogger — going by the name Dusty — who posted on the site Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers, pointed out sarcastically that the image “provides yet another example of the abysmal failure of Israeli apartheid.”

For its part, Reuters, which promoted the photo, has regularly been accused of anti-Israel bias. The wire service was criticized last month for falsely implying Israeli guilt for water-supply issues in a Palestinian village, and over the summer, the news agency came under fire for misleading readers by depicting a Palestinian attacker as a victim in a report on a West Bank terrorist attack. Its Jerusalem bureau chief, Luke Baker, frequently tweets articles that are hyper-critical of Israel, though he has denied accusations of bias against the Jewish state.

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