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Fact-Check: Video of Fight Inside Jordan’s Parliament Falsely Linked to Israel

This video dates back to 2021 and shows a fight during a session in Jordan's parliament.

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A video showing several men dressed in suits, engaged in a physical fight is being shared on social media platforms.

What is the claim?: Users have shared this video with the claim that it shows an Israeli official being beaten up.

This video dates back to 2021 and shows a fight during a session in Jordan's parliament.

An archive of the post can be found here

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot) 

(Archives of similar claims can be found here, here and here.)

But..?: The claim is false. This video dates back to 2021 and shows a fight inside the Jordanian parliament over a proposed amendment to the constitution.

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How did we find out?: We divided the viral video into several frames and ran a Google reverse image search on some.

  • We came across the same video uploaded by Reuters on their YouTube channel on 29 December 2021.

  • We compared the frames of the two videos and came across similarities.

This video dates back to 2021 and shows a fight during a session in Jordan's parliament.

Here are the major similarities between the two videos/ 

(Source: Altered by The Quint

  • The video was uploaded with the title, "Jordanian MPs brawl in parliament"

Taking a cue from this we did a relevant keyword search and came across reports from The Guardian and CNN about this incident.

  • The Guardian report dates back to 29 December 2021 and mentions the "scuffles broke out in Jordan's parliament where lawmakers were discussing a proposed amendment to the constitution."

  • Similarly, CNN's report also dates back to 29 December 2021 and notes the altercation between conservative lawmakers Hassan Riati and Shadi Udwan, who got into a physical fight after exchanging insults. Other parliamentarians were also involved in the fight.

What was the amendment?: The proposed amendment aimed to address the issue of gender inclusion in Jordan.

  • Women have equal rights in healthcare, education, employment, and political participation. However, they do not enjoy the same nationality and citizenship rights as men, as per CNN.

  • The amendment sought to use both feminine and masculine tenses when addressing Jordanian citizens to ensure equal representation and inclusion for all.

This video dates back to 2021 and shows a fight during a session in Jordan's parliament.

Here is a preview of the report

(Source: CNN/Screenshot) 

Conclusion: The viral claim is false. The video is old and dates back to December 2021 and shows a fight inside the Jordanian parliament and has nothing to do with the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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