Did Greta Thunberg wear a Hamas headband and hold an Islamic State flag in an image that appeared on social media? No, that's not true: The picture showing the Swedish climate activist has been changed from the original using photo editing. While Thunberg does support a ceasefire in Gaza and "Justice for Palestine," based on posts on her social media accounts, there's no evidence she supports the militant Palestinian nationalist and Islamist movement Hamas or the ISIS terrorist group.
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This is what the post looked like on X at the time of writing:
(Source: X screenshot taken on Fri Dec 22 16:20:30 2023 UTC)
The picture of Thunberg wearing the Hamas headband and holding the Islamic State flag appears to have been created via photo editing. Lead Stories found a version of the original image by doing a reverse image search using Google Lens (archived here). The result was a November 12, 2023, article about Thunberg (archived here) on The Times of Northwest Indiana website. That image appears below:
(Source: The Times of Northwest Indiana screenshot taken on Fri Dec 22 17:39:28 2023 UTC)
Climate activist Greta Thunberg (front, right) is pictured with other activist in this photo, which was posted to social media. She has removed this picture from her social media accounts, citing concerns it was unknowingly hurtful toward Jewish people.
This is what the original image looked like on the Toronto Sun website at the time of writing:
(Source: Toronto Sun screenshot taken on Fri Dec 22 18:03:06 2023 UTC)
As a final comparison, Lead Stories overlaid the photo-edited version of the image from the post on X on the original image found on the Toronto Sun website. It appears below:
(Source: X and Toronto Sun screenshots taken on Fri Dec 22 2023 UTC)
Lead Stories has debunked other false claims involving Thunberg here.
Other Lead Stories fact checks about the 2023 Hamas-Israel war can be found here.