Old Video Shared as Recent Incident of Israeli Forces Beating a Palestinian Girl

The video dates back to February 2022, and reportedly shows Israeli forces beating a young girl in Jerusalem.

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A video of several armed men beating a young girl is being shared with a claim that it shows Israeli armed forces recently assaulting a 12-year-old Palestinian girl in Jerusalem.

  • The claim is being shared in the backdrop of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.

What have users said?: Those sharing the video have said, "Footage taken yesterday shows a contingent of heavily armed Israeli police officers brutally assaulting a 12-year-old girl at the Bab Al Amud Plaza in occupied Jerusalem."

The video dates back to February 2022, and reportedly shows Israeli forces beating a young girl in Jerusalem.

An archive of the post can be found here.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

(More archives of similar posts can be found here, here, and here.)

Are these claims true?: No, the video could be traced back to at least February 2022 and reportedly shows a young girl being beaten by Israeli forces at Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem.


How did we find out?: We performed a Google Lens search on the keyframes of the video and came across the same one uploaded on an Instagram handle named 'eye.on.palestine.'

  • The video was uploaded on 28 February 2022 and was captioned, "#Palestine | Israeli soldiers brutally beating a 12-year-old Palestinian girl in Damascus Gate area in the occupied city of Jerusalem."

Interview of the minor: On going through the Instagram page, we found a video of the minor talking about how she was attacked at the Damascus Gate.

  • The minor was identified as Iman Kiswani. According to the caption, the video was taken after Kiswani was released from the detention center.

  • The caption also carried a translated quote that said, "I have no idea how they attacked me at the instant I entered Damascus Gate, many of them attack and beat me."

  • We also found that the video also carried footage from a different angle which showed the instance when Kiswani was attacked.

News reports: A keyword search led us to a video posted on the official YouTube channel of Al Jazeera English.

  • The video was uploaded on 1 March 2022 and reportedly showed visuals of a young girl getting injured after being hit in the face with a stun grenade by Israeli forces.

  • At around the 0:31 timestamp, one can also see the viral video playing.

  • According to the video, the incident happened when people had gathered to celebrate a Muslim holiday.

  • A report published in Times of Israel said that thousands of Palestinians had gathered in the Old City to celebrate al-Israa wa al-Mira.

  • According to the police, Palestinians had "chanted incitement and threw stones and bottles at police on the scene."

  • The report further said that around 25 Palestinians and four police officers were injured during the clashes.

Conclusion: An old video is being falsely shared as a recent incident of Israeli forces beating a Palestinian girl in Jerusalem.

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