Fake News: NOT A Video Of An Israeli Policeman Strangling A Palestinian Child To Death

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: NOT A Video Of An Israeli Policeman Strangling A Palestinian Child To Death

Does a video show an Israeli policeman strangling a Palestinian child to death near some kind of escalator? No, that's not true: a video filmed in the Swedish city of Malmö has been making the rounds since December 2017 with a false description. The policeman was not from Israel (and not a cop), the child was not Palestinian and nobody died.

The story most recently appeared in an article published by Nana Aisha on May 30, 2018 titled "An Israeli policeman strangles a Palestinian child to death" (archived here) which opened:

An Israeli policeman strangles a palestinian Child to death on saturday during the protest of US embassy move to the Jerusalem. The innocent boy even read Kalima e shahadat before dying. Despite many attempts by groups to upload this video to the Youtube, its been consistently removed and deleted from google, Facebook and youtube. pls make this video viral so that it reaches all the media.

Turkish fact checking site Teyit already noted the video actually showed a private security guard at a train station in Sweden and that it took place in December 2017:

The allegation that the video shows the Israeli police officer strangling Palestinian child to death - teyit.org

CLAIM / Video: Israeli police officer strangled a Palestinian child to death. FALSE It is claimed that a video shared on social media and on some news sites such as İstiklal shows Israeli police officer strangling a Palestinian child. It was stated that the child was killed after the events that followed the announcement America would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem happened in May 2018, well after the video was taken.

According to Swedish media reports, two boys (one aged around 9, the other 12) were involved in some kind of incident on a train and were kicked out at the next station. There security guards tried to detain them but they attempted to escape after which the private security guards used force against them. Later the real police arrived, they took the kids into custody and an investigation was opened.

Vakt dunkade nioårings huvud i marken

En nioårig pojke tjuvåkte på tåget och greps av en ordningsvakt. En film från ingripandet visar hur vakten sitter på pojken, håller för hans mun och dunkar hans huvud mot stengolvet.Vakten är nu tagen ur tjänst. Polisen lade först ner sin utredning, men ska granska händelsen på nytt sedan flera polisanmälningar inkommit under måndagskvällen.

The video has nothing to do with Palestine, Jerusalem or Israel. And the high visibility jackets in the video are clearly labeled "ordningsvakt", which is Swedish for "guard" or "steward". Yet it has been shared on several sites with misleading descriptions.

Recently the video got shared on a pro-Bernie Sanders and an anti-Trump Facebook page. Don't fall for it, always check if a video is real before liking, sharing or commenting (yes, commenting too, as this is one of the signals Facebook uses to determine if a post should be shown to more people).

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  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an 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.

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