Yesterday, anti-Israel hate site Quds News Network posted this video
It is actually this BBC video from a year ago
My initial thought was this is clearly staged: the men had likely never met and this story was manufactured – either by Hamas shopping it around to media outlets, or perhaps by the BBC itself.
So I did some digging and it turns out I am not the first to cover this (the video is a year old after all). BBC Watch was all over this at the time and – surprise, surprise – this story does not have a leg to stand on.
Seeing as the video is uncredited it is unclear how the BBC came across this story or why it decided to produce a filmed report at this particular time. However, this is not the first time that the two friends from the Shuja’iya district of Gaza have told their story to various outlets.
In January 2017 a similar article appeared on the anti-Israel website ‘Electronic Intifada’ but there the friends are named as Adli Ibeid and Mansour al Qirim. That article likewise states that Ibeid/Obaid was injured in March 2011 – a year before the date given in the BBC report.
In July 2017 a Chinese news agency produced written and filmed reports on the same story and there too readers were told that Adli Obeid (as he is named) was injured in 2011 rather than 2012 – five months before his friend.
While I am not sure why they decided to change the men’s names (albeit slightly) and details of the supposed airstrikes, the inconsistencies point to the probability that the story is a lie.
For all we know, these men are Hamas-holes who lost their legs during a premature detonation.
In fact, I think this is the more likely scenario. Can you imagine these two carrying on in Gaza like two lovers as they do in the video? Hamas would make sure their legs were not the only appendages they lost – assuming they would even allow them to live.
So shame on the BBC for allowing themselves to be duped. Or perhaps they knew what they were doing all along, and were fine with it.