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2017 Video Of Israeli Soldiers Detaining Palestinian Minors Goes Viral Amid 2023 Conflict

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

Israeli soldiers arresting Palestinian children and locking them up in cages. 

The archived version of the tweet can be seen here.

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Fact

Newschecker first ran a reverse image search of keyframes of the video, which led us to a longer version of the viral video uploaded by Middle East Monitor on Facebook, dated December 13, 2017, stating that an Israeli NGO, B’Tselem, published a video showing #Israel soldiers arresting several young #Palestinian boys and proceeding to lock them in a cage at Bab Az-Zawiya checkpoint. We can see the watermark of B’Tselem on the viral video, too.

Screengrab of the viral video.

“On Friday, 13 October 2017, at around 2pm, Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers in the Bab-A-Zawiya area in central Hebron [a Palestinian city in the West Bank]. During the confrontation, the army arrested 18 young men,” read the introduction to the video.

A relevant keyword search led us to a Youtube video, uploaded by btselem on December 10, 2017, stating, “The soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades and violently detained 18 youths, most of them minors. Soldiers routinely enter Hebron, disrupting residents’ lives and arresting youths.  Jamal Abu S’ifan and ‘Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, both Hebron residents, captured on video the arrest of some of the boys and their detention at the checkpoint.” 

A report, dated November 15, 2017, can be seen here, stating, “After the midday prayers on Friday, 13 October 2017, youths threw stones at soldiers in the Bab a-Zawiya area in the city center…The minors were questioned in one room, while those aged 16 and above were questioned separately. All the youths were released at about 10:00 PM the same night.”

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Result: Missing Context

Sources
Facebook video, Middle East Monitor, December 13, 2017
Youtube video, btselem, December 10, 2017 


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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