Fact Check: Fake Photo Of Israel, Nazi, Confederate Flags Together Is Edited 2017 Charlottesville Rally Image

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Fake Photo Of Israel, Nazi, Confederate Flags Together Is Edited 2017 Charlottesville Rally Image Edited Photo

Did a photographer capture a scene showing a group of people gathered to march who were carrying Nazi, Confederate and Israeli flags? No, that's not true: This photo has been edited to add the flag of Israel. The original photo was taken at the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and there is no Israeli flag in the original.

The edited image (archived here) was published on X by @MOSSADil on April 28, 2024. The post was only captioned with 👀.

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


Twitter screenshot(Source: X screenshot taken on Thu May 2 19:01:22 2024 UTC)

This photo has been digitally edited.

A reverse image search with Google Lens shows that before it was edited, it had appeared in several articles about the extreme right-wing groups and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. The original photo appears at the top of a September 14, 2017, article in New America titled, "What Will It Take to Learn from Charlottesville?" It is also featured as the main image in the Wikipedia article on the Unite the Right rally. The Wikimedia Commons page links to photographer Anthony Crider's Flickr page. He took the photo on August 12, 2017, and uploaded it to Flickr on August 16, 2024. Crider's photo caption names the flags pictured:

Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rally
Alt-right members preparing to enter Emancipation Park holding Nazi, Confederate Battle, Gadsden 'Don't Tread on Me,' League of the South, and Thor's Hammer flags.

The blue and white flag of Israel (pictured above) does not appear in the original photo (pictured below).

(Source: Photo by Anthony Crider August 12, 2017, uploaded from Flickr.com on Thu May 02 21:46:56 2024 UTC)

Other Lead Stories fact checks about claims regarding Israel can be found here.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


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