28 December '14..
The year 2014 was notable for the global escalation in terror and death compared to prior years.
- Islamic State/ ISIS created killing fields in Iraq, executing and beheading hundreds of people which it recorded and aired on the Internet. The group massacred and destroyed entire villages that existed for centuries.
- Boko Haram in Nigeria killed hundreds of Christians and abducted hundreds of girls.
- The ongoing war in Syria had a death toll approaching 200,000 people including over 10,000 children.
- Israel responded to attacks from Gaza for the third time in eight years as Hamas continued rocket fire into Israeli towns. An advanced Hamas terror tunnel network extending into Israel forced a ground invasion into Gaza which claimed over 2000 lives.
- Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, as Ukraine turned to the world for support but received virtually nothing.
- Wars in Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan and other countries continued to claim thousands of lives.
The year also included near break-out race riots in the United States as several unarmed black men were killed by white police officers. In Africa, the deadly disease Ebola killed thousands.
Various news agencies highlighted the most significant news events which ranged from Ebola to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They selected new events that impacted thousands of people in 2014 which had potentially long-term consequences.
However, for the New York Times, the most significant picture which summed up a dominant theme in its reporting for 2014 was the picture above, of a 15-year old Arab surrounded by Israeli policemen. For the New York Times, the stories on its cover pages in 2014 repeatedly told the story: that Israel attacks Arab youths.
The large color picture was displayed on its cover page on July 7, 2014. The bruised 15-year old Arab boy was being escorted out of a police station where he had been detained after throwing stones in a riot. There are several things that make the front-page treatment of the teenager note-worthy: