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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Westport’s Hicks Witnesses Gaza Childrens’ Beach Deaths Image
Westport award-winning photojournalist Tyler Hicks, in Gaza on assignment for The New York Times, today witnessed the deaths of four children playing on a beach caused by an Israeli attack. He filed this picture and an anguished, first-person account of what he saw. Click here.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tyler Hicks/The New York Times photo


Posted 07/17/14 at 02:15 AM


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While I admire Mr. Hicks’ talent as an award-winning photojournalist, I feel this picture of a dead child is highly disturbing and inappropriate for to publish.
I never thought I would say this, but I’d rather see more teardowns, rainbows, and sunsets on

Posted by AUDREY HERTZEL on July 18, 2014 at 05:12 PM | #

This picture appeared in the New York Times as part of a news story. As sad as it is for all of us, this child was killed by an Israeli attack in Gaza. It happened, and no amount of rainbows will erase the terrible event. Perhaps if more of us were uncomfortable with what’s happening in the middle east, it could trigger some action and further carnage might be avoided.

Posted by Ray Wilhelm on July 18, 2014 at 06:29 PM | #

You’re missing my point in that it is very uncharacteristic for WN to publish pictures such as this. Normally, the site is inundated with pictures of rainbows, sunsets, teardowns and, of course, car accidents.

Posted by AUDREY HERTZEL on July 18, 2014 at 07:02 PM | #

And this only tells one side of the story-Hamas is and has been bombing Israel on a daily basis.  And, they did kill the 4 teens, did they not.

I agree w/ Audrey, this is hardly appropriate for WN even though Hicks is from Westport. Being uncomfortable w/ what’s going on is not a deterrent against Hamas or Iran. If it were that simple, it would have ended long ago.  I forgot about Syria…

Posted by Jean Marie Wiesen on July 18, 2014 at 11:37 PM | #

But this IS the story—these children have been killed by bombs that happened to be sent by Israel. This tragic event does not have to be turned into a partisan argument, like so much of what comes out of the middle east. Read the reporting in the New York Times, and try to set aside your argument that Hamas caused and/or deserved this. These, like the others, were children. Let’s try to keep that in mind, and put an end to the senseless bickering that has even invaded this space.

Posted by Ray Wilhelm on July 19, 2014 at 01:24 AM | #

Yes, this picture appeared in the NY Times as Mr. Hicks is a NY Times photojournalist.  However, during Mr. Hicks’ interview with CNN (see link below), the image of the child lying on the beach was blurred out.  Apparently CNN, too, felt it was disturbing and inappropriate to broadcast.

Posted by AUDREY HERTZEL on July 19, 2014 at 02:26 AM | #

Westport Now or New York Times, they’re both websites and both easy ways to view this picture. Tyler Hicks is an amazing photographer in such a dangerous environment, he’s truly documenting history. I don’t feel this picture was posted for the actual content or to start a discussion on the issue, but to show that Westport is connected to current events throughout the world in ways we might not know of. Unfortunately our world can’t always be rainbows and sunsets, this is just a way to show Westport Now readers how we’re proud of a fellow Westport resident, who’s going through this situation while we’re all here talking about it at our kitchen tables. If you’d prefer not to see it, then click the X at the top right of the screen. Great job, Tyler!

Posted by Jaime Bairaktaris on July 19, 2014 at 02:33 AM | #

Tyler’s not going through anything, he gets to leave when his job is complete, Jaime. Yes, his current job, as well as the rest of the press corps have dangerous assignments…part of being war correspondents. I believe what Audrey’s pointing out is the shift of WN in becoming a sensitive news site when it’s never been one in the past.  I don’t see photos of the crash site of MH17 in the Ukraine w/ corpses strewn about?  Perhaps, if Tyler were in the Ukraine instead of Gaza we would?

I go back to my prior statement that we’re only seeing this b/c Tyler is/was a resident of Westport.

The world is most assuredly not made up of rainbows, egrets and gorgeous sunsets. However, w/ the wide availability of current events, it’s soothing to the soul to get a break from the constant assault of the results of rocket attacks, bombings and passenger jets being blown from the sky.

Posted by Jean Marie Wiesen on July 19, 2014 at 03:14 PM | #

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