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Fake News: Video Does NOT Show Palestinian Martyr Scratching His Nose Under His Shroud

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 16 May 2018 10:14:25 Z)

Were Palestinian 'martyrs' seen moving under their shrouds in a video that was making the rounds in May 2018? No, the video being spread by Twitter user "p4z" is not real or even recent, it was made in Egypt in 2013 during an evocation/demonstration and does not show real corpses.

Two days after over fifty people were shot dead in the Gaza strip during unrest near the Israeli border fence, @_p4z_ tweeted:

(tweet archived here, video here)

Screenshot of https://twitter.com/_p4z_/status/996648794149326848

However the video in question has been online since at least 2013 and shows students at Egypt's Al-Ahzar university during a protest where they 'evoke' martyrs:

We were unable to determine what exactly they were protesting for or against but they clearly weren't supposed to be "real" corpses.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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