Rosie O'Donnell Panned for Selling anti-Israel Artwork Featuring Syria Photo

Outspoken co-host of 'The View' was selling two works purporting to show Gaza; blogger calls her out on use of Syria photo.


"The View" co-host Rosie O'Donnell has drawn criticism for selling anti-Israel artwork on her official website that purports to show children in Gaza, but actually uses a photo from war-torn Syria.

The outspoken TV personality had been selling two limited-edition acrylic works that were critical of Israel's actions in Gaza during the summer war with Hamas, according to One of them shows a collage of images, including her child, stills from the animated movie "Frozen" and an image of a father carrying a wounded child.

The work is titled “Israel Begins Bombing Gaza,” and O'Donnell's website originally presented it with this quote from her: “This man carries a baby about the same age as the one I sit next to, watching Frozen."

Another piece, also depicting Israel and Gaza, according to O'Donnell, shows the same image of the father and wounded child with the words “stop and think” and is presented on the site with the quote: “The death of innocent children never fails to kill a part of my soul.”

The blog IsraellyCool called out O'Donnell in a post titled, "Rosie O'Donnell Screws Up with Anti-Israel Artwork."

In the post, the bloggers write, "Not surprising, it turns out the photo of the man holding the child wearing a red dress is not from Gaza at all, but rather Syria (and her store contains no Syrian civil war-related products, naturally)."

The photo was in fact shot by Getty Images photographer Khaled Khatib in Aleppo, Syria, in February.

The caption in the Getty Images photo archive reads, “An emergency response member carries a wounded child following an airstrike attack by government forces on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 22, 2014. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict since March 2011, and millions more have fled their homes.”

O'Donnell responded to the blog post on Twitter, saying she got the image from the newspaper. Then, when another user on Twitter told her to rename or stop selling the image, she responded, "i made it the day Israel started bombing gaza - the image of a dead child - next to the image of my own - is the point."

The two artworks have seen been removed from the store.

O'Donnell has made her feelings about Israel known before, first in 2010 when she defended late White House correspondent Helen Thomas who said Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Germany, Poland or the U.S.

“Now, I think, in the year 2010, what she was saying was not, ‘Go back to the ovens,’” O'Donnell said, according to the Huffington Post.

“What she was saying was, the homeland was originally Palestinians’ and it’s now occupied by Israel and Palestinians should be afforded human and civil rights. That’s what I think she was saying, but I don’t know,” O’Donnell reportedly said.

During the summer war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, O'Donnell retweeted pro-Palestinian posts and also thanked director Jonathan Demme for making comments that were critical of Israel.