FACT CHECK: Were Pro-Palestine Protesters Blasted With Water In New York?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on social media purportedly shows police spraying protesters with water during a recent protest in New York.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The video was not taken in New York.

Fact Check:

Israel announced its plan for a partial troop withdrawal from Gaza as the region is mostly in its control, Fox News reported. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated the war will still last for months.

An X post purports cops used force on pro-Palestinian protesters in New York. The video shows several demonstrators scaling a wall and being hit with water jets.

The caption reads, “JUST IN: Pro-Palestinian protesters are blocking the road leading to JFK Airport forcing travelers to walk around them to make their flights.”

The caption is inaccurate. The video dates back July 2023 in Israel. The incident was covered by Associated Press.

The protest was in response to Netanyahu’s proposal to change the Supreme Court’s oversight powers, according to The New York Times. Several pro-Palestine protesters were arrested recently in New York, Reuters reported. Reuters reported that protesters stopped traffic at LAX and JFK airport on Wednesday. Police reopened the roads after about 20 minutes. (Did Donald Trump Deliver A Bigger Tax Cut Than Ronald Reagan?)

This is not the first piece of misinformation that has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim that Greta Thunberg wore a Hamas headband.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter