Thomas Wictor

New York Times, please contact the Mossad

New York Times, please contact the Mossad

Last night I was looking for photos of explosions in Gaza that I could check using the equalization technique. This method of exposing composite images was given to me by a Czech photographer angry at the injustice to which Israel is subjected. In my search, I discovered that a photographer who has no such scruples is Tyler Hicks of the New York Times. He’s up to his neck in Operation Four Little Martyrs, the Hamas deception carried out on the Gaza beach, July 16, 2014.

What, exactly, makes journalists support a murderous, racist, totalitarian terrorist organization like Hamas? I’m sure Hicks views Israel as a genocidal apartheid state that uses disproportionate force indiscriminately. His head is full of boilerplate slogans. Well, that doesn’t excuse his complicity in the murder of four little boys. Is he afraid to tell the truth? I don’t think so. He’s been in danger many, many times. The only conclusion I can draw is that he’s in favor of what Hamas did.

Hicks is no doubt a vain man.

I understand the seduction of fame and public adoration. As late as March of this year, I still wanted to be a successful writer. I’m glad I gave it up. Fame and public adoration always warp you. Hicks made many small compromises along the way, and now he’s doomed. One of the greatest films ever made is Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas as William Foster, a man who loses everything through his rigidity and bitterness. After many terrible decisions, he’s an irredeemable monster. Here’s what he says to his ex-wife.

I’m past the point of no return. Do you know when that is? That’s the point in a journey where it’s longer to go back to the beginning than it is to continue to the end. It’s like…

Remember when those astronauts got in trouble? They were going to the moon and something went wrong. They had to get back to Earth, but they had passed the point of no return. So they had to go all the way around the moon to get back, and they were out of contact for hours. Everybody waited to see if a bunch of dead guys in a can would pop out the other side.

That’s me. On the other side of the moon now, out of contact, and everybody’s just going to have to wait until I pop out.

I feel very sorry for William Foster, even though he deserves what he gets.


Tyler Hicks is past the point of no return and on the dark side of the moon, but I feel no sympathy for him. He sold his soul for money, fame, and applause.

Tyler Hicks and the Hamas beach operation

Here’s what Hicks first said about what he saw on the Gaza beach, July 16, 2014.

I had returned to my small seaside hotel around 4 p.m. to file photos to New York when I heard a loud explosion. My driver and I rushed to the window to see what had happened. A small shack atop a sea wall at the fishing port had been struck by an Israeli bomb or missile and was burning. A young boy emerged from the smoke, running toward the adjacent beach.

I grabbed my cameras and was putting on body armor and a helmet when, about 30 seconds after the first blast, there was another. The boy I had seen running was now dead, lying motionless in the sand, along with three other boys who had been playing there…

I watched as a group of people ran to the children’s aid. I joined them, running with the feeling that I would find safety in numbers, though I understood that feeling could be deceptive: Crowds can make things worse. We arrived at the scene to find lifeless, mangled bodies. The boys were beyond help. They had been killed instantly, and the people who had rushed to them were shocked and distraught.

He told a self-contradictory story a day later.

Hicks inadvertently exonerates the IDF by correctly deducing what I did the second I heard about this: The Israelis could not have accidentally killed these children.


Initially Hicks said that he saw four boys killed together. After the faked 24 Media Production Company photos were made public, he changed his account to match the images: One boy was killed in the first explosion, and only three of the four runners died. But he started out this interview with the original story. He tripped himself up with his own lies.

Hicks’s biases made him decide that the IDF deliberately killed the children, and in my opinion that’s what compelled him to take part in the Hamas deception. It was in the name of “social justice.”

Now I’ll prove that Tyler Hicks is lying about what he saw that day. The only hotel that matches his description is the Palestine.

Fishing port in Gaza City. (Photo: Arne Hoel)

The first Hamas IED went off in front of the Adam Hotel. Seconds later the IDF fired an air-to-surface missile at the steel container on the breakwater. Hicks says there would’ve been no terrorists having a meeting on the breakwater; he’s right. But that’s lying by omission. In reality the IDF fired a missile at what it thought were terrorists about to carry out an attack.

The IDF had a target, a Hamas terrorist target. We had intelligence pointing specifically to that location, and we had the indication that the perpetrators were on the beach. We had visual surveillance, clearly, to an extent that we should have been able to determine who was on the beach.

I’m positive that the first Hamas IED made the Israelis think that the terrorists were about to fire a missile at a hotel.


The bomb went off, journalists and hotel guests began congregating in extremely vulnerable crowds, and the IDF therefore took out the two adult males in the container.

Again, this is what Hicks said.

A young boy emerged from the smoke, running toward the adjacent beach.

I grabbed my cameras and was putting on body armor and a helmet when, about 30 seconds after the first blast, there was another. The boy I had seen running was now dead, lying motionless in the sand, along with three other boys who had been playing there…

Here’s Tyler Hicks wearing his body armor and helmet.


It’s a very distinct vest—short and khaki colored.

For reference, I re-post the high-quality Zain Media for Production video that an anonymous helper sent me. WARNING! EXTREMELY GRUESOME FOOTAGE OF MURDERED CHILDREN!

This is Tyler Hicks running to the breakwater.


Therefore he in fact did not see four boys lying dead in the sand when he arrived at the beach. Instead, he went up on the breakwater and photographed the recovery of Ismail Bakr’s body.



This the Hospital Video that I urged you to not watch, since it presents butchered children as art objects.

Tyler Hicks.


Why would Tyler Hicks lie and say that he came out to find four dead bodies in the sand? Well, remember this Hamas terrorist who first masqueraded as a journalist?


And then in the Hospital Video he masqueraded as an injured bystander?


Guess what? He’s Tyler Hicks’s driver. They’ve worked together since 2012.


Same thick watchband and same bracelet. Hamood Abu Kwaik was the second field commander of Operation Four Little Martyrs. And a “fixer” is someone who greases the skids for you.

So how deeply involved is Tyler Hicks in this deception?

After the body of Ismail Bakr was removed from the container, all the western press left the beach. MSNBC filmed the scene from the roof of the al-Ghifari Tower.


I know that the three additional bodies have not yet been produced because the second ambulance is waiting at the assembly point, the corner of the Avenue Restaurant and Coffee Shop (above the “C” in “Casualties of War”). The third ambulance has not yet arrived.

There’s no question that MSNBC filmed the placing of the bodies in the sand. As I said, all western journalist cleared the area. All except for Tyler Hicks.


He’s marked by the red arrow. The screen grab shows what I believe to be the body of Mohammed Bakr in the green shirt (front) and the body of Zakaria Bakr in the gray shirt (rear) being carried. Tyler Hicks stands where the corpse of Ahed Bakr in the red shirt will be deposited.

Mohammed Bakr ended up here.

By matching up the landmarks, we can locate his approximate position in Tyler Hicks’s photo.

Yet when Hicks (red arrow) first arrives, there are no bodies in the sand.

In preparation for this post, I looked over all my evidence, and something leaped out at me from the high-quality Zain for Media Production video. After the TV truck arrives to take away the corpses of the two adult sacrificial lambs in the police post, you can see a man enter the blue tentlike structure (red arrow).


He’s preparing the three corpses and the wounded bomber for presentation. We know the bomber was hiding in this structure. WARNING! EXTREMELY GRUESOME FOOTAGE OF MURDERED CHILDREN!


Tyler Hicks saw all of this. Here’s his Hamas “driver” Kwaik (red arrow) and Hicks (green arrow) as the bomber is taken to the ambulance.

After the bomber and the Mohammed Bakr are taken to the second ambulance, Hicks stands around, waiting.


Hicks (green arrow) springs into life and photographs the removal of the corpses as Kwaik (red arrow) takes control and chews the scenery with a display of anguish.


Kwaik also personally put the children’s bodies on the stretcher, arranging them the way he wanted.



Hicks runs with the group, stopping to take photos.

Tyler Hicks lied about what he witnessed on July 16, 2014. He did not see a child running on the breakwater, because Ismail Bakr’s legs were too mangled for him to even walk. Hicks also did not see four boys lying dead in the sand, because there were never four corpses together in one place.

It’s obvious that Tyler Hicks observed and photographed the entire deception being carried out. I’m sure he also knows that his driver is a Hamas terrorist. Hamood Abu Kwaik’s Facebook page lists him as a teacher.


Tyler Hicks is on the right.


This is why I don’t talk to the press. The enemy of my friends is my enemy.


One of the reasons that I relinquished all rights to the Gaza beach posts is that uncovering the truth was a team effort. This effort continues. Today a sharp-eyed reader pointed out something I completely missed.

In the Hospital Video above, Tyler Hicks rode in the ambulance that carried the uninjured Hamas operative Hamood Abu Kwaik to the photo op where the desecrated corpses of four little boys were paraded past the cameras.




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