FACT CHECK: Does Image Of Large Crowd Show Recent Protest In Israel?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on social media purportedly shows a massive protest that took place in Tel Aviv recently against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The video predates the current events in Israel.

Fact Check:

Hezbollah and Israeli forces exchanged fire across Israel’s northern border with Lebanon on Sunday, The Associate Press reported. Hezbollah announced that five of their militants were killed in the incident.

The Twitter post purports to show an aerial image of thousands in the streets of Tel Aviv protesting against their government. The caption reads, “Protests in Tel Aviv that call for Netanyahu to resign. Everyone knows the problem but not everyone has the fortitude to acknowledge it. An unpopular leader going to war …. Seen this playbook before.”

The caption is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests this image was taken recently. The image is of a protest that dates back to March of 2023, before the recent conflict in Gaza. A video showing this image was uploaded to YouTube earlier this year by The Telegraph. The video’s title claims, “Israel’s ‘biggest ever’ protests as Netanyahu govt persists with reforms.”

There have been protests in Tel Aviv recently. Families and friends of those taken hostage by Hamas in Gaza took to the streets to demand that more be done to bring them home. NBC News shared videos of the protests. (RELATED: Does Video Show Recent Arrests Of Pro-Palestine Jews In Israel?)

This is not the first piece of misinformation surrounding the Israeli-Hamas conflict that has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim that student protesters at the University of Pennsylvania chanted “we want Jewish genocide.”

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Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter