Fact Check: Edited Video Does NOT Accurately Show Angelina Jolie In 2024 Condemning Violence In Gaza -- It's Cut From Her 2020 Message On Bosnia-Herzegovina

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Edited Video Does NOT Accurately Show Angelina Jolie In 2024 Condemning Violence In Gaza -- It's Cut From Her 2020 Message On Bosnia-Herzegovina Different War

Does a video accurately show actress Angelina Jolie in 2024 condemning violence in Gaza? No, that's not true: The version in a social media post is edited from a 2020 video of Jolie giving a message of support to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The video posted on social media is edited to remove the mention of Bosnia-Herzegovina as a comparison with the original footage shows. She never mentioned Gaza in the original video nor does she mention it in the edited video -- it is the post's caption that makes the claim.

The claim appeared in a post with a video (archived here) on X, formerly known as Twitter, on June 12, 2024. The post with the video had the caption:

Angelina Jolie has condemned world leaders for their complicity in crimes in Gaza...🇵🇸

This is how the post appeared on X at the time of writing:

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(Source: X screenshot taken on Thu Jun 13 14:58:08 2024 UTC)

It is the caption that makes the implication that Jolie's words are about Gaza. They are not, they are some four years old and address another situation.

The video is edited from Jolie's address as the keynote speaker (archived here) at the U.K.'s National Srebrenica Memorial Day 25th Anniversary on July 11, 2020. The original video was posted on YouTube on July 11, 2020, on the Remembering Srebrenica account. Jolie never mentioned Gaza or Palestinians.

The video posted on X matches her words in the original video -- but with certain phrases edited out and the order of her original speech moved around. While the text in the X post makes the claim about Gaza, she never says the words "Gaza" or "Palestinian" in the edited video either.

Jolie is wearing the same black top in the X video but the gold pin on the right side of her chest was either edited out of the video or the footage is cropped too tightly to show the jewelry piece visible in the original footage.

The video posted on X opens with Jolie saying, "But all genocides begin with a failure to challenge these behaviors." At the 0:39 mark she says, "you can share a vision for a world built on equal rights, equal laws, respect for difference." This exactly matches the YouTube video of Jolie speaking, beginning at 2:16.

However, there is a jump cut on the video posted on X at 0:39 that edits out the part where Jolie says, "a world in which the kind of murderous agenda that led to Srebrenica," which she said at 3:02 in the original video.

At 1:01 in the video on X there is another jump cut. Jolie's words are taken from the beginning of the original YouTube video. Her saying, "I'm thinking today of the other survivors," is what she says at the outset of the video but the X version edits out her words at 0:03 when she said, "of the mothers of Srebrenica and all."

With a jump cut at 1:03, Jolie says, "I'm thinking today," then another jump cut at 1:07 in the video on X shows her saying, "of the other survivors whose husbands, brothers and sons were murdered in the genocide." This footage is taken from 0:03 in the original video but the word "genocide" is followed by her saying "25 years ago," at 0:11 in the original, which was edited out.

Jolie ends the video on X with a jump cut and the phrase, "I send you my sympathy and my respect and I grieve with you," which matches the YouTube video beginning at 0:51.

Other Lead Stories fact checks on claims concerning Angelina Jolie are here.

Lead Stories fact checks related to the Hamas-Israel war that began on October 7, 2023, 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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