News

Lies on Social Media Inflame Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | The New York Times

By Sheera Frenkel
May 14, 2021

In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to launch rocket attacks at Israelis from densely populated civilian areas.

At least that is what Mr. Netanyahu’s spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, said the video portrayed. But his tweet with the footage, which was shared hundreds of times as the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis escalated, was not from Gaza. It was not even from this week.

Instead, the video that he shared, which can be found on many YouTube channels and other video-hosting sites, was from 2018. And according to captions on older versions of the video, it showed militants firing rockets not from Gaza but from Syria or Libya.

[…]

Source: Lies on Social Media Inflame Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | The New York Times

Recent Related Items
Help inform the conversation
MediaWell relies on members of the public to submit articles, events, and research.