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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke May 18, 2021

No, this video doesn’t show Palestinians faking a funeral

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  • This video originated in Jordan more than a year ago. 
 

A video of men carrying what looks like a body on a stretcher down a street ends when sirens sound, the group drops the stretcher and runs away while the person they were carrying sits up and darts off camera. 

It’s being shared on social media as an example of staged anti-Israel propaganda.

"Palestinian funeral procession for a child killed by the Israeli reprisals. Only to be interrupted by an air raid siren," one post sharing the video says. "The siren was so loud it woke the dead!" 

More than two dozen children have been killed in Gaza amid violence there, but this video isn’t depicting the funeral after such a death. It wasn’t even filmed there. 

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

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Doing a reverse image search, we found that this video has been online for more than a year. It was published on YouTube in March 2020, and translated into English, the title says, "A (fake) funeral during home quarantine in Jordan." 

A media outlet in the United Arab Emirates published an article that month that said Twitter users were then sharing the video of a group of people in Jordan who were trying to break a stay-at-home order the government imposed to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Reuters reported that it was shared as a satirical example of Jordanians creatively trying to circumvent the lockdown. 

We rate claims that this was staged and filmed in Palestine False.

 

Our Sources

Facebook post, May 10, 2021

Reuters, Gaza conflict intensifies with rocket barrages and air strikes, May 14, 2021

Facebook post, April 8, 2020

YouTube, A (fake) funeral during home quarantine in Jordan, March 23, 2020

Al Roeya, In the video, a fake funeral to break the ban in Jordan … and the police whistle returns the ‘dead’ to his home, March 24, 2020

Reuters, Fact Check-Video showing body rising from stretcher is not linked to current situation in Gaza, May 13, 2021

Roya News English Facebook post, March 23, 2020

Mohammed Zubair tweet, May 11, 2021

 

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