FACT CHECK: Facebook Video Does Not Show Palestinian Mother Meeting Son Released During Recent Prisoner Exchange
A video shared on Facebook purports to show a Palestinian woman meeting her son, who was released during a recent prisoner exchange as a result of the current Israel-Hamas conflict.
The video, originally published on Facebook in 2018, predates the current conflict. The video was also referenced in an Al-Jumhuriya Al-Youm article published the same year.
Israel has confirmed that 11 hostages were released by Hamas on Monday, according to Politico. Over 200 hostages were captured by Hamas following the Oct. 7 attack that ignited the group’s current conflict with Israel, the outlet reported.
The Facebook video purports to show a Palestinian woman meeting her son, who was released during a recent prisoner exchange as a result of the current Israel-Hamas conflict. In the video, the woman can be seen running toward her son before they tearfully embrace.
The video is neither recent nor linked to the current Israel-Hamas conflict. The video was originally published on Facebook in 2018. According to its caption, the video shows a reunion between a mother and her 38-year-old son who was arrested under Israeli occupation when he was 18 years old.
“#Watch a touching video.. A #Palestinian mother hugs her son who was arrested in the “Israeli” occupation prisons when he was 18 years old and released from them when he was 38 years old,” the video’s caption reads.
Likewise, the video is referenced in a 2018 article from Al-Jumhuriya Al-Youm. The outlet also indicated the young man had been arrested and imprisoned under Israeli occupation. (RELATED: New York Times Misleads On Gaza And Ukraine Deaths)
In addition, the video does not appear in any credible news articles highlighting recent hostage releases in relation to the current Israel-Hamas conflict.
Check Your Fact has contacted Al-Jumhuriya Al-Youm for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.