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About That Viral Photo Of An “IDF Soldier” Standing On A “Palestinian Girl”

The following photo, purportedly of an IDF soldier standing on a palestinian girl, has been going viral on Facebook and other social media.

Many already suspected this not to be the case, since that is not what an IDF uniform looks like, and the weapon – a Kalashnikov AK47 – is not IDF issue. Plus the IDF already denied its authenticity last year, after an investigation.

But in order to put this libel to rest once and for all, I can confirm the photo is not of an IDF soldier and palestinian girl. Rather, it is of actors playing an IDF soldier and palestinian girl during street theater in Bahrain, taken in December 2009 (hat tip: EoZ)

If you come across this pernicious lie, you can now point people to the truth.

20 thoughts on “About That Viral Photo Of An “IDF Soldier” Standing On A “Palestinian Girl””

  1. Beat me to it! Nice job. Speed is important in these types of blood-libel situations (“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Twain), so kudos for posing this quickly.

  2. This is why this site is worth its weight in macaroons. The moist kind with the chocolate drizzled on top. I’d kill for one right now.

  3. this i’m sure was posted here months ago and received comments? what has taken the high speed web so long and has/did receive plenty of attention at the time.
    even though it did not pop up in archive search here.

  4. What the IDF is doing in Palestine could have been dramatized in the Bahrain? I don’t think so the reality and this drama has no difference.

  5. Although now that I see the whole picture, I can tell it is staged, I also know, from first hand experience that Israeli soldiers regularly point weapons such as M16s at children and other innocent people. I saw it with my own eyes. So sure, discredit the photo. It is staged, but what it depicts is very real.

  6. Although now that I see the whole picture, I can tell it is staged, I also know, from first hand experience that Israeli soldiers regularly point weapons such as M16s at children and other innocent people. I saw it with my own eyes. So sure, discredit the photo. It is staged, but what it depicts is very real.

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