Moroccans Slam Al Jazeera for Mistaking Photo of Ahmed Zefzafi for Netanyahu


Rabat – Moroccan internet users slammed Qatari news outlet Al Jazeera after it posted the wrong photo with a piece about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The news outlet used a photo of the father of detained Hirak Rif activist Nasser Zefzafi, Ahmed Zefzafi.

On September 4, Al Jazeera Mubasher Channel shared a post about Netanyahu facing backlash after he gave a ceremonial address at the Haram-al Ibhrami, or the Tomb of the Patriarchs. The visit of the Israeli prime minister sparked outrage among Palestinians.

The news outlet did not notice its mistake until Moroccan internet users called for Al Jazeera to apologize to the father of Nasser Zefzafi

The photo shows Ahmed Zefzafi in Al Hoceima on his house’s rooftop.

In the photo Zefzafi is putting black flags on his rooftop for Eid Al Adha, the feast of sacrifice, which Morocco celebrated on August 12. 

Several Moroccan internet users called on Al Jazeerra to apologize to Ahmed Zefzafi. 

“The photo is from Morocco’s al Hoceima of the father of  activist Nasser Zefzafi, who received 20-year prison sentence after he called for a hospital and a university in the city.”

Another wrote, “it is better to fix the photo and provide  medical glasses to Al Jazeera employees for free.”

This is not the first time Al Jazeera has made such a mistake. In February,  Al Jazeera news channel also mistook the controversial Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar for the granddaughter of the late Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein.

Al Jazeera posted a picture of Abidar on its official Facebook page on Thursday, September 4, accompanying the photograph with general information on Hussein’s granddaughter.