Fake Video: Youtube Shooter Nasim Aghdam NOT Doing Squats In Front Of Israeli Flag

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake Video: Youtube Shooter Nasim Aghdam NOT Doing Squats In Front Of Israeli Flag

Is the video of YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam doing squats in front of an Israeli flag to the tune of "Hava Nagila" real? No, it is not: the video was manipulated and uploaded with a fake title.

A video appeared on April 4, 2018 on the website Liveleak under the title "Youtube shooter Nasim Aghdam doing squats in front of the Israeli flag while hava nagila plays in the background" (archived here and here) with following caption:

Any video of her is going to disappear into oblivion soon so I thought I would (try to) preserve this one here.

However it is pretty clear the video was manipulated by looping parts of this original and replacing the blue background with a flag video while simultaneously adding a new soundtrack (should that video be taken down, here is a copy):

Notice how the new video also crops out the edges of the original.

While it could be true the manipulation was done by Aghdam herself we rate this as higly unlikely since we have not spotted any other reports about such a video and it would have been quite newsworthy. Unfortunately YouTube shut down Aghdam's channels so we can no longer verify if such a video existed.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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