In a 28-second video posted to Twitter this week by spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Palestinian militants in Gaza appear to launch rockets at Israelites from civilian areas. Densely populated
At least that’s what Netanyahu spokesman Ofir Gendelman said in the video. But his tweet with footage, which was shared hundreds of times as the conflict between Palestinians and Israelites intensified, was not from the Gaza Strip. It wasn’t even from this week.
But the video he shared, which can be found on YouTube channels and other video hosting websites, is from 2018 and, as the caption in the older video, shows that the terrorists are not from Gaza. But from Syria or Libya
The video is the only misinformation circulated on Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media this week about the escalating violence between Israeli and Palestinian citizens due to their territorial forces. Israel attacked the Gaza Strip early Friday. The false information included videos, photos and clips purported to come from government officials in the region, with an unreasonable post earlier this week that Israeli soldiers had invaded Gaza or a group of Palestinian tribes. Ramps through the lonely outskirts of Israel.
The lie has been widened as it is shared thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook, spreading to the WhatsApp and Telegram groups with thousands of members, according to analysis by The New York Times. Life threatening, disinformation experts say the growing tensions between Israeli and Palestinians as suspicion and distrust begin to rise.
“It’s mostly rumors and phones are broken. But now it’s being shared because people want to share information about the situation, ”said Arieh Kovler, a political analyst and independent researcher in Jerusalem, who studies the misinformation. That is false and genuine due to the wrong location or the wrong time. “
Twitter, TikTok and Facebook, which own Instagram and WhatsApp, did not respond to requests for comment.WhatsApp spokeswoman Christina LoNigro said the company had limited the number of times people can forward messages to limit misinformation.
The Times found several misinformation spread across neighboring Israeli and Palestine and activist WhatsApp groups this week. One message, which appears as a block of Hebrew text or an audio file, warned that the Palestinians were preparing to descend to Israeli citizens.
“Palestinians are coming, parents, protect your children,” reads a note pointing specifically to several suburban areas north of Tel Aviv. Thousands of people are in the Telegram groups where the posts were shared. The post then appeared on several WhatsApp groups with tens to hundreds of members.
Israeli police did not respond to a request for comment. There were no reports of violence in the areas mentioned in the message.
In another post earlier this week, written in Arabic and sent to a WhatsApp group with more than 200 members, warnings showed Israeli soldiers were slated to invade Gaza.
“Invasion is coming,” read a message that encourages people to pray for their families.
Arabic and Hebrew news sources also seem to expand on some misinformation. Several Israeli news agencies recently talked about a video showing a family walking to a funeral with a wrap just to drop the body when a police siren rang. The video was quoted by the news organization as evidence that a Palestinian family was hosting a fake funeral and that there were too many deaths in the conflict.
In fact, the video appeared on YouTube last year and may show a Jordanian family holding a fake funeral based on the captions featured in the original video.
Another video clip showing religious Jews tearing their clothes to denote their devotion was also published on an Arabic news website this week. The clip claims to be evidence that Jews feigned themselves injured in the Jerusalem clash.
That’s false.The video was uploaded multiple times to WhatsApp and Facebook earlier this year, according to analysis by The Times.
Long history of misinformation has been shared between Israeli and Palestinian groups, with false claims and conspiracies in a time of escalating violence in the region.
In recent years, Facebook has removed disinformation campaigns by Iran aimed at inciting tensions among Israeli and Palestinians.Twitter also eliminated a network of fake accounts in 2019 that were used to slander its opponents. Mr. Netanyahu
A small video, which Gendelman shared on Twitter on Wednesday, intended to show Palestinian militants fired on Israeli rockets, was deleted on Thursday after Twitter identified it as “the content of the Israelites”. It is misleading. ”Mr Gendelman’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
It appears that Gendelman is misrepresenting the content of the other videos as well. On Tuesday, he posted a video on Twitter showing three adult men ordered to lie on the floor with a nearby crowd aligned. Gendelman said the video showed Palestinians preparing their bodies for photo opportunities.
Kovler, who followed the video back to the source, said the video was posted on TikTok in March. The accompanying text says the footage shows people practicing bombs.