FACT CHECK: Incident Involving Big Ben Predates Current Israel-Hamas War
A viral video shared on X, formerly Twitter, purports jihadis recently attacked U.K. landmark Big Ben with paint amid the current Israel-Hamas conflict.
Big Ben – Jihadis attack Big Ben with paint. Khans Met standing around. pic.twitter.com/kKk2sdbwBt
— 🇬🇧RonEnglish🇬🇧🏴 (@RonEng1ish) November 15, 2023
The video is not linked to the current conflict. The incident occurred in 2022 and was led by Animal Rebellion protestors, according to TikTok and The Independent, respectively.
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The X video, viewed over 300,000 times, purports jihadis recently attacked Big Ben with paint amid the current Israel-Hamas conflict. In the video, a group of British police officers can be seen standing near the famous landmark, which is covered in white paint.
The video is neither recent nor linked to the current Israel-Hamas conflict, however. The video was originally shared on TikTok back in September 2022. “Big Ben has been hit by white paint by protesters, multiple arrests have been made by the police,” the video’s caption reads.
@kicking_off Big Ben has been hit by white paint by protesters, multiple arrests have been made by the police #police #policeofficer #999 ♬ original sound – Kicking_Off_TV
Likewise, a similar video showing Big Ben covered in white paint was published at the same time by the U.K.-based outlet the Independent. The outlet reported that Animal Rebellion protestors sprayed the famous landmark with the paint to escalate their “Plant-Based Future” campaign urging the government to “move away from animal farming and fishing.” (RELATED: No, Database Does Not Show That Israel Is A Company Owned By UK)
According to the Daily Mail, 10 protestors were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage as a result of the incident.
In addition, Check Your Fact found no credible news reports indicating jihadis had recently targeted Big Ben with paint amid the current Israel-Hamas conflict. The London Metropolitan Police also has not publicly commented on the claim via its website or verified social media accounts.
Check Your Fact has contacted the London Metropolitan Police for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.