Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show People Fleeing SuperNova Festival During Hamas Attack In Israel -- Video Shows Bruno Mars Fans Running To Concert Seats Days Earlier

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show People Fleeing SuperNova Festival During Hamas Attack In Israel  -- Video Shows Bruno Mars Fans Running To Concert Seats Days Earlier Bruno Mars

Does a video show festival attendees running for their lives amid the attack by Hamas gunmen at a rave in Israel on October 7, 2023? No, that's not true: The footage is from three days before Hamas' attack; It shows people rushing into a Bruno Mars concert in Tel Aviv on October 4, 2023. It does not show the festival near the Gaza strip that was attacked by Hamas as one part of its incursion into Israel.

The claim appeared in a video published on TikTok on October 7, 2023 (archived here) with following description:

Israel is under attack right now. The world needs to wake up! #WorldNews #Israel #War #Help #PrayForIsrael #????????

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

TikTok screenshot

(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Mon Oct 9 16:23:27 2023 UTC)

The footage is not from the open-air SuperNova music festival, held in the Negev region, where Hamas killed about 260 attendees and took hostages.

The footage was originally posted Wednesday, October 4, 2023, on TikTok (archived here). A translation of the caption posted on the video says: "Fob: That moment when the gates were opened in Bruno Mars."

There is no a caption that reads "#PRAYFORISRAEL" on the original video as this screenshot shows:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Mon Oct 9 16:31:11 2023 UTC)

@noareynathecosit 讗转诐 讘讛讜驻注讛 讛讬讜诐? #讘专讜谞讜诪讗专住 鈾 original sound - Noa Reyna

Mars performed in Tel Aviv at Yarkon Park on October 4, 2023, as news outlets reported. He canceled his scheduled October 7, 2023, concert after the attacks.

Here is the video posted on TikTok that is falsely labelled as footage of the festival attack:

@avi.koen Israel is under attack right now. The world needs to wake up! #WorldNews #Israel #War #Help #PrayForIsrael #馃嚠馃嚤 鈾 original sound - Avi

Other Lead Stories fact checks about the Hamas-Israel war can be found here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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