Does a viral video show a Palestinian teenager killed by the Israel Defense Forces during the 2023 Hamas-Israel war? No, that's not true: The footage went viral in 2015. The events preceding the scene in the video were highly contested, but the video showing the 13-year-old bleeding on the ground captured his injuries, not his death. He was later convicted for his role in the attempted murder of another 13-year-old boy. As of this writing, there were no credible reports of his death.
GRAPHIC: Israel slaughters an innocent child and then mocks him. #genocide *NSFW
This is what it looked like on X at the time of writing:
The caption contained the acronym NSFW, which means "not safe for work." According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is typically used to warn colleagues that a link or an attachment "is not suitable for viewing at most places of employment."
During the final seconds of the video, viewers briefly see the legs of a uniformed man standing close to the injured youth and a fragment of a white car.
However, it not only predates the conflict but also shows a person who was reported to have been alive as of September 2023.
According to the reverse image search engine TinEye, the footage was first published on social media on October 13, 2015 -- for example, its traces could be found on the now-defunct (archived here) social media platform Google+:
(Source: TinEye screenshot taken on Dec 20 15:13:28 2023 UTC)
(Source: YouTube screenshot taken on Wed Dec 20 18:37:46 2023 UTC)
(Source: NBC screenshot taken on Wed Dec 20 16:29:11 2023 UTC)
The clothing and the appearance of the cobblestone street matched those in the video on X.
NBC's caption of the screenshot named the person and the place where the footage was recorded:
Ahmed Manasrah, 13, was filmed after an incident in East Jerusalem on Monday.
According to Reuters (archived here), the original video was two minutes long, not 15 seconds. The news agency confirmed Manasrah's identity and age back in 2015 and added important details about the video: