FACT CHECK: Did The City Of Chicago Ceremonially Raise Palestinian Flag?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purports the City of Chicago ceremonially raised the Palestinian flag at a recent event.


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Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The flag was raised by Chicago’s chapter of American Muslims for Palestine, not the city.

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A post shared on Instagram alleges the city of Chicago raised the flag of Palestine. The video shows a large gathering around a smaller group of men raising the flag in front of a building.

The text overlay reads, “Before they can get communism they must destroy Judeo Christian America. Chicago ceremonially raises the Palestinian flag to the same height as the American flag.”

The caption reads, “Judeo Christian America is against everything Hamas stands for!”

The claim is inaccurate, the flag was not raised by the city of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reported on the event saying that a pro-Palestine group planned the event.

Chicago’s chapter of American Muslims for Palestine organized and advertised the annual event on social media. The event was to commemorate the 76th Nakba Anniversary. Nakba refers to the 1948 exodus of Palestinians from the land that is now Israel, according to AP News. (RELATED: Video Claims To Show King Of Denmark Waving Palestinian?)

Check Your Fact has reached out to the city of Chicago for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim Democrats are trying to make the American flag “more inclusive.”

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter