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2012 Video of Palestinian Activists Arrest Shared as Recent Clip

The video dates back to 2012 and is being incorrectly shared as a recent clip.

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An old video from 2012 is being shared on WhatsApp with claims of it being recent.
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An old video from 2012 of a Palestinian woman being manhandled and detained by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is being shared on social media, falsely attributing it to the recent escalation between Israel and Palestine.

However, we found that the video has been on the internet since 2012 and shows Palestinian activist Nariman Tamimi being arrested by Israeli soldiers after a weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank region of the Palestinian territories of Israel.

CLAIM

The video, which is being shared on WhatsApp, claims that the video is recent and shows the present situation.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The video was submitted for verification by two readers.</p></div>

The video was submitted for verification by two readers.

(Source: WhatsApp/Screenshot)

WHAT WE FOUND

We broke down the video into keyframes using InVID Google Chrome extension and used them to conduct reverse image searches.

This led us to a report published on International Solidarity Movement, which is a Palestinian-led non-violent movement supporting the Palestinian cause. This article was published on 25 August 2012.

The report carried a longer version of the video we received, which mentioned that Israeli soldiers detained three Palestinian women, one American journalist, and one Israeli activist who were participating in a weekly protest against the occupation of their village's water spring.

Screenshots from the video from the report (left) and the video received for verification (right) show the same visuals from slightly different angles.
Screenshots from the video from the report (left) and the video received for verification (right) show the same visuals from slightly different angles.
(Source: Viral video/International Solidarity Movement/Altered by The Quint)
Screenshots from the video from the report (left) and the video received for verification (right) show the same visuals from slightly different angles.
Screenshots from the video from the report (left) and the video received for verification (right) show the same visuals from slightly different angles.
(Source: Viral video/International Solidarity Movement/Altered by The Quint)

It identified the place as Nabi Saleh and the woman in the video as activist Nariman Tamimi, who was detained by the Israeli soldiers.

We then looked up for the incident using keywords and found more websites carrying matching visuals.

We found a photo article by web magazine +972 Magazine carrying stills from the clip. They credited the images to ActiveStills, an independent collective of documentary photographers recording the ground reality in Palestine.

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ActiveStills’ archive contained multiple images that matched the visuals of the video, and it was captioned, “Protest against the Israeli occupation and settlements, Nabi Saleh, West Bank.”
<div class="paragraphs"><p>Archives on the collective's webpage show many images that match the video.</p></div>

Archives on the collective's webpage show many images that match the video.

(Source: Screenshot/ archivestills.org

An August 2012 report by The Sydney Morning Herald also carried images from the clip. The article on the plight of Palestinian children carried many photographs, one of which matched the visuals of the video.

The image in the article (left) matches a screenshot in the video (right).
The image in the article (left) matches a screenshot in the video (right).
(Source: Viral video/The Sydney Morning Herald/Altered by The Quint)

Evidently, this video is from local demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, West Bank, from 25 August 2012 and not a recent one. However, it is true that at least 200 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the violence broke out. The violence that spread from Jerusalem to cities across Israel has both historical and contemporary roots.

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