Libel Debunked: Jews Ripped Their Clothes to Frame Palestinian Arabs

A few days ago, a number of anti-Israel twitter accounts alleged that “Israeli settlers” were ripping their clothes in order to frame palestinian Arabs for an attack that never occurred.

The video (and libel) is at least from 2018. It naturally does not show what the haters claim that it shows, but rather the Jewish custom of kriah, the act of tearing one’s clothes as an expression of grief and anger at the loss of a loved one.

Although kriah is usually performed after the death of a loved one by the child, parent, spouse and sibling of the deceased, it is also performed by some upon seeing the Temple Mount, which is the case in this video.

This is an established fact; even Reuters fact-checkers have published a debunking of this libel, and Twitter added the following context box to some of the libelous tweets:

But for one of the haters, the latter merely served to trigger him to put his foot even deeper in to his mouth:

In case you want to give him the benefit of the doubt and believe he just followed the Twitter context box link (which mentions kriah in context of a funeral and not when visiting the Temple Mount), he posts an explanation of kriah from a different website than the one Twitter provides.

He clearly cherry picked one of the search results that mentions kriah is done in private, even though some of the other search results clearly show that kriah is done at a gravesite or during a funeral service, and is also regularly performed when seeing the Temple Mount.

By the way, the reason the man asked the person not to film it is likely because it was not for show, but a Jewish custom at a time of mourning the loss of our Temples, and not – as some of the haters claimed – proof it was to hide a nefarious attempt to frame palestinian Arabs.

Alas, these haters are not interested in the truth. Rather, they will post anything to demonize Jews and the Jewish state, knowing full well even if what they are tweeting is false, the lie will get halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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