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This Video Does Not Depict Teenager Running Onto Field with Pro-Palestine Poster

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
12th June 2024
This Video Does Not Depict Teenager Running Onto Field with Pro-Palestine Poster
The video predates the ongoing war on Gaza (X)

The Claim

A teenager in a Spanish stadium runs across the field with a poster in defense of Palestine 🇵🇸 . Pursued by security guards, he is grabbed and beaten. The people invaded the field and acted in favor of the young man, beating the security guards and freeing the young protester. Let it serve as a lesson!

Emerging story

Recently, social media users have been circulating a video claiming to show a teenager running onto a Spanish stadium field with a poster supporting Palestine. 

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.

Footage From August 2009 Captures Benfica Fan Support

Misbar's team found that the video from August 2009 captured a Benfica fan running onto the pitch with a banner to support the referee.

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During the team's first training match against a Swiss third division team. The game descended into violence as approximately 3,000 Benfica supporters stormed the field to protect a Portuguese man from security guards who had attacked him. The incident led to a chaotic scene with fans and security personnel passing by the hospital.

Spain Spearheads European Support For Palestinian State Recognition

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has commended his country's upcoming decision to recognize a Palestinian State as a significant milestone. Spain is the first European nation to support this cause, joining over 140 other countries worldwide. The move is seen as a step towards historical justice for generations of Palestinians and a necessary component for achieving lasting peace. Spain has a longstanding commitment to Palestinian rights and aims to promote peace and a two-state solution. 

According to Isaias Barrenada Bajo, an expert in Spanish-Palestinian relations at the University of Complutense in Madrid, the decision to recognize Palestine follows years of bipartisan policy in Spain. Despite a previous motion passed by the Spanish parliament in 2014, the recognition had not materialized until now. 

The recent shift is attributed to the war in Gaza and external pressures urging Spain to recognize Palestine. A survey by the Real Elcano Institute in Madrid revealed that 78 percent of Spaniards are in favor of recognizing Palestine, while 18 percent are against, and 4 percent are undecided.

U.N. Security Council Backs Cease-Fire Resolution For Gaza

The U.N. Security Council approved its first resolution endorsing a cease-fire plan to end the long-standing war in Gaza. The resolution, sponsored by the U.S., supports President Joe Biden's proposed cease-fire, already accepted by Israel, and calls on Hamas to agree to the three-phase plan.

The vote saw 14 out of 15 Security Council members in favor, with Russia abstaining. The resolution urges Israel and Hamas to promptly and unconditionally implement the plan's terms. While the actual agreement between Israel and Hamas is still uncertain, the resolution's strong backing from the U.N.'s key body puts additional pressure on both parties to support the proposal.

During his visit to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken encouraged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to embrace the Gaza plan and urged more international pressure on Hamas to accept the cease-fire. Netanyahu remains cautious about the deal, emphasizing Israel's commitment to dismantling Hamas.

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