FACT CHECK: Video Shows Jews Protesting Draft, Not Israel
A video shared on social media purportedly shows a recent video of thousands of Jews in America protesting against Israel and Zionism.
Hundreds of thousands of Torah Jews in America are against Israel and Zionism.
— Dr. Anastasia Maria Loupis (@DrLoupis) October 23, 2023
The claim is inaccurate. The video predates the conflict by years.
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The Twitter post shared a video that allegedly shows thousands of Jews in Manhattan protesting against Israel. The audio of those speaking is obstructed by music that is played and subtitles are added that read, “The wicked Government of Israel we don’t believe.” The caption reads, “Hundreds of thousands of Torah Jews in America are against Israel and Zionism. Thank you for your humanity.”
This caption is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests this video is recent or that it was to protest against Zionism. The video was uploaded to YouTube in 2014. The longer version of the video does not show any such rhetoric. The description of the video explains, “Tens of thousands of Observant Jews gathered in New York’s financial district on Sunday to protest Israel’s decision to draft previously exempt yeshiva students into the IDF.”
The protest was covered at the time by some news outlets. The report indicates that they were protesting the Israeli Defense Forces new rules on the draft, according to Crown Heights. (RELATED: Does Image Of Large Crowd Show Recent Protest 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 Scotland began accepting refugees from Gaza.
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