(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — A controversial photograph that has been circulating on the Web in recent weeks is challenging such pre-Internet truisms as “seeing is believing” or “sharing is everything.”

About six months ago, @madlamin tweeted a picture with a message in French encouraging users to spread it around the world in 48 hours. The photograph of a soldier pointing a rifle at a little girl on the ground with his boot on her was marked with a #Syria hashtag, suggesting to users it was related to the bloody riots that have been occurring in that country in recent months.

The picture eventually did make it around the online world, but it somehow became associated with a different conflict: the Israeli-Palestinian one.

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