Actress Katherine Heigl arrives at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2015..
(photo credit: REUTERS/MARIO ANZUONI)
Twitter is all aflutter about a photo gaffe by the Palestinian Information Center, which posted a picture of Hollywood actress Katherine Heigl on Wednesday with the caption "A French Doctor arrives in the Gaza Strip to offer medical help to the wounded Palestinian protesters."
Ms. Heigl is well-known for her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy
from 2005-2010, but she is not a medical doctor, nor is she French.
The post has since been taken down, and on Wednesday morning, The Palestinian Information Center posted on Facebook: "Apology: we wholeheartedly apologize to our friends and followers for the news item which included the picture of actress Katherine Heigl that described her as a French doctor. The post has since been deleted as we are committed to truth and credible news. Sorry again."
Social media lit up with creative responses to the incident, with various other "international volunteers" lining up to show their support for the Palestinians.
One commenter on the apology posted a photo of Sylvester Stallone from Rambo
with the caption "An American soldier arrives in the Gaza Strip to offer military help to the Palestinian protesters."
On Twitter, a poster joked that "This French 'doctor' has since been joined by these Physicians from Spain, Ireland & America!" accompanied by photos of George Clooney from ER
, Neil Patrick Harris from Doogie Howser
and Alan Alda from M*A*S*H
Ofir Gendelman, spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office to the Arab media, posted on Twitter: "Who is coming next to treat Hamas terrorists? Dr. Grey? Dr. House? Those who have truth on their side don't lie."
According to their website, The Palestinian Information Center claims its material is "purely fact-based and rooted in real data compiled and published by a team of professional journalists," and that the "news website" is "dedicated to bringing the news of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Pro-Palestine lens to a wide audience with absolute credibility and accuracy despite on-the-field difficulties and challenges."