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A tweet with images claiming bombings and disruptions in Palestine is circulating with misplaced context

A tweet with three images and hashtag #PalestineWillBeFree claiming bombings & disruptions in Palestine currently is circulating with misplaced context.

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A tweet claiming bombings and disruption in Palestine currently with hashtag #PalestineWillBeFree accompanied by three images has been widely shared on Twitter recently with approximately 1K likes and 400+ retweets. 

𝑅𝑎𝑧𝑖𝑦𝑎 𝑘𝒉𝑎𝑛 on Twitter

हम फिलिस्तीन तो नहीं जा सकते, मगर इस पाक महीने में उनके हक मे दुआ तो कर सकते है.. अल्लाह पाक फिलिस्तीन के मुसलमानों की हिफाजत फरमा।🙌🙌 #PalestineWillBeFree

We found many other users tweeting about the same here and here.

We also found the same text as mentioned in the first tweet being shared on Facebook. Although the accompanying images here are different. 

Factcheck

We fact-checked this tweet in two parts: 

  1. We looked for the source of the images 
  2. How & when the hashtag #PalestineWillBeFree began

A simple search took us to a 2014 BBC news report titled “Gaza conflict: Hamas vows no Israel ceasefire” which includes the first image in the tweet. 

Hamas vows to continue Gaza battle

A reclusive Hamas commander has rejected suggestions the Palestinian militants are ready for a ceasefire with Israel to end violence in Gaza. In an audio recording, Mohammad Deif, commander of Hamas’ military wing, said his soldiers were “eager for death”.

We also found the image in a 2014 news report on the Gaza war by AKIPress, a news agency in the Kyrgyz Republic. 

The second image in the tweet was found in a 2018 news report from Sada News Agency, an Iraqi news agency part of the Iraqi Media Network. According to this report, the image was taken at the Al-Khan Al-Ahmar area of the Jerusalem Governorate of the West Bank to prevent the Israeli occupation forces from demolishing Bedouin homes. 

The third image was found in multiple old media reports including these two

Therefore, we know from our search that these are old images being reused by Twitter users in a different context. 

The hashtag #PalestineWillBeFree as we notice has been used with the same message and related images. 

We came across the following tweet posted by the Twitter handle @MahvishFatima_ which we had found to be temporarily suspended due to exceeding the tweet/retweet limit using a certain hashtag, during our research. 

Mahvish Soleimani on Twitter

ट्रेंड अलर्ट तारीख़:15/05/2020 समय:Friday 5:00 AM Hashtag: #PalestineWillbeFree दुनिया जानती है कि अमेरिका, इस्राईल सहयोगी देशों की मदद से फिलिस्तीन पर हमला कर समय समय पर लोगो का नरसंहार करते रहते हैं फिलिस्तीन के मज़लूमों की आवाज़ बनकर ट्रेंड में हिस्सा लें। @_garrywalia

It claimed to either start a trend or alert users about a trend on 15 May 2020 with the hashtag #PalestineWillBeFree and an accompanying message: “The world knows that America, with the help of Israeli allies, invades Palestine and massacre people from time to time. As the voice of Palestinian laborers. Take part in the trend.”

Using the same hashtag #PalestineWillBeFree but with a different message related to the freedom of Palestinians, we came across the following tweet by the Twitter handle @DrxHamidMalik_2 which claims to be the official account of Youth Students Wing President of AIMIM .

(حامد محمود) Drx Hamid Mahmood on Twitter

ट्रेंड अलर्ट हैशटैग: #PalestineWillBeFree समय: आज रात 12 बजे माहे रमज़ानुल मुबारक का आखिरी जुमा फिलिस्तीनियों और क़ुद्स की आज़ादी के लिए मनाया जाता है इस लिए एक बार फिर फिलिस्तीनियों और क़ुद्स की आज़ादी के लिए ट्विटर के माध्यम से आवाज़ उठाने में हमारा सहयोग कीजिए @EramSyed__

Conclusion

We found that the images used in the tweet are old and placed here in a different context. The hashtag included was sourced from another user who aimed to start a Twitter trend related to Palestinian freedom. 

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Result: Misplaced Context 

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Cipla Did Not Issue A Statement On Remdesivir’s Direct Supply To Hospitals

Cipla set up an additional helpline to share information on availability of critical Cipla products for COVID-19 in July, 2020.

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Cipla's additional helpline for information on critical COVID-19 products

Cipla will supply the drug Remdesivir directly to a patient’s hospital, shows an image widely circulated on social media platforms. The accompanying image includes details of Cipla helpline for COVID-19 as well as other details on the drug. 

We received the image in context on our Whatsapp helpline number asking us to verify this claim. 

Claim on Cipla supplying Remdesivir directly to hospitals.
Claim on Cipla supplying Remdesivir directly to hospitals.

This claim with the accompanying image has been circulating on social media platforms since July this year.

Fact Check/ Verification 

On 15 July, Cipla, the global pharmaceutical company “set up an additional #helpline to share information on availability of critical Cipla products, for the #COVID19 pandemic period only.” 

The image in the claim is almost identical to the one shared by the company about their additional helpline. Except it does not include details on the drug. 

This claim began to circulate on social media platforms at a time when the company launched “its generic version of broad-spectrum anti-viral drug remdesivir (branded Cipremi), to be used on critically ill Covid patients in the hospitals,” reported Financial Express. 

Costing Rs. 4000, you can read more about Cipla’s remdesivir Cipremi launched in India here

We reached out to Cipla who clarified that they didn’t issue any such statement as written in the image. “The second part of the message (after the poster) is not a statement by Cipla,” they said. 

The obvious grammatical errors in the image also led to suspicion on its authenticity. This includes the spelling of the drug Remdesivir, which was incorrectly written as “Rendemsivir”. Other errors include doctor’s advice written as “Dr. s Advise”, and written as “N” and no full stops at the end of a sentence. 

Conclusion 

The claim with the accompanying image which states that Cipla will supply the drug Remdesivir directly to a patient’s hospital is false. The pharmaceutical company did not issue any such statement. A poster of Cipla’s helpline to share information on its critical products has been modified to fit the claim. 

Result: False 

Our Sources

Direct confirmation from Cipla

Cipla’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cipla_Global/status/1283381524704849920?s=20

Cipla’s website: https://www.cipla.com/covid-care

Financial Express: https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/health/cipla-launches-remdesivir-claims-it-is-inexpensive/2018015/

LiveMint: https://www.livemint.com/news/india/coronavirus-vaccine-cipla-launches-generic-version-of-remdesivir-in-india-11594223346722.html



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Kerala Police Officer Pins Down Youth Congress Worker, Not BJP Member

The man pinned to the ground was identified as Anthony, a Youth Congress worker, reported The News Minute.

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Kerala police officer pins Youth Congress worker down

A social media user tweeted an image of a Kerala police officer pinning a man to the ground. The user claims that the man is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party in Kerala. The tweet reads:

“This is how Kerala Police deal with @BJP4Keralam and @YUVAMORCHABJP at Thiruvananthapuram on #KTJaleelResign protest!”

Fact Check/ Verification

The photograph in context of a police officer pinning a man to the ground in Kerala has created quite a stir on social media platforms. Some users have equated the photograph to police brutality faced by the late George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA. 

When some of our intellectuals and media said Kerala has achieved conditions of living comparable to those of most…

Posted by Karthikeyan Ramakrishnan on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Through a reverse image search of the photograph we came across a News Minute article from 15 September titled, “Kerala cop pins Congress worker to ground during protest, pic sparks outrage.” 

The News Minute story on Kerala police officer pinning Youth Congress worker down
The News Minute story on Kerala police officer pinning Youth Congress worker down

The man pinned to the ground was identified as Anthony, a Youth Congress worker, “in order to allow Kerala Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel’s convoy to pass through,” according to the article.

It further quotes State Congress vice-president and former legislator PC Vishnunadh who called the police act shameful. “Just see the cruelty that was shown to one of our young activist Antony, who turned into a victim of police high-handedness, as literally a replay of what happened in the US was played out,” he said. 

Kerala Protests Turned Violent

Last week, Kerala witnessed widespread protests by various political parties demanding the state’s higher education minister KT Jaleel’s resignation. This was after he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in relation to a gold smuggling case. 

These protests which turned violent in many areas with police using water cannons included members of the Congress party, BJP, ABVP, Mahila Morcha and the Muslim league.

You can read more about the anti-government protests in Kerala here.

Member of AICC, Indian National Congress, VT Balram also posted the photograph in context on 14 September with the caption, “Citizen and Pinarayi government.”

പൗരനും പിണറായി സർക്കാരും

Posted by VT Balram on Monday, September 14, 2020

Chief photojournalist of Malayala Manorama Daily, Josekutty Panackal, shared a video published by Manorama News reporting about the photograph. 

അങ്കമാലി അമ്മാവൻ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി… 🏃🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Posted by Josekutty Panackal on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Manorama Online also reported on the incident on 14 September. 

Conclusion

Our research makes it clear that the police officer in the photograph is pinning a Youth Congress worker to the ground, and not a member of Bharatiya Janata Party. 

Result: Misleading 

Our Sources

The News Minute: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kerala-cop-pins-congress-worker-ground-during-protest-pic-sparks-outrage-133126

New Indian Express: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2020/sep/12/kerala-gold-smuggling-case-protests-erupt-in-state-demanding-minister-jaleels-resignation-2195950.html

The Hindu: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/gold-smuggling-case-anti-govt-protests-roil-kerala-for-sixth-day/article32628592.ece

Member of AICC, Indian National Congress, VT Balram: https://www.facebook.com/vtbalram/posts/10157974220694139

Chief photojournalist of Malayala Manorama Daily, Josekutty Panackal: https://www.facebook.com/josekuttyp/posts/3479483808768662

Manorama Online: https://www.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2020/09/14/protest-against-kerala-government.html

Prathmesh Kunt contributed towards research of this fact check.


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