FACT CHECK: No, Video Does Not Show An Israeli Discussing Atrocities Caused By Hamas

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows an Israeli discussing atrocities caused by Hamas. 

Verdict: False

The video is miscaptioned. It predates the current Israel-Hamas conflict by several years and is not about Hamas.

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The Facebook post purports a woman spoke about Hamas in an interview and detailed horrific things they did to torture someone. The video allegedly shows an Israeli discussing atrocities committed by Hamas, mentioning a woman that was held captive and unknowingly fed her one-year-old son and a 10-year-old who was raped to death in front of her family.

“The question that we keep asking is: ‘Why?'” the subtitles read. “Why did these savages do this to us?”

The video’s caption reads, “This lady is an Israeli escaped from Hamas militants and interviewed by Middle East Media Research Institute Headquartered in Washington DC. Identity not disclosed by the MEMRI TV.”

The woman speaking is not Israeli, however, and is not talking about Hamas. The video was originally posted to YouTube in June 2017 by Egyptian outlet eXtra news.  “An interview with Vian Dakhil, a member of the Iraqi Parliament June 2, 2017,” the description reads once translated. 

The video was also posted to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “Yazidi Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil Breaks Down in Tears Recounting Atrocities Committed by ISIS against Her People,” the post reads. (RELATED: Video Of Protestors Allegedly Setting Police Officer On Fire Predates Israel-Hamas Conflict)

Check Your Fact has reached out to eXtra news and MEMRI for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received from either source. 

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter