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Outdated Photos Resurfaced in Relation to the Recent Shooting Attack in Occupied Jerusalem

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
28th January 2023
Outdated Photos Resurfaced in Relation to the Recent Shooting Attack in Occupied Jerusalem
The photos show the casualties of the 2021 Meron crowd crush (Twitter)

The Claim

Two photos show the fatalities after the shooting in Jerusalem on January 27.

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Social media users and media outlets circulated two photos purporting to show the Israeli fatalities after the shooting that occurred in Jerusalem on January 27.

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar’s team found the viral photos to be updated and unrelated to the recent shooting near a synagogue in occupied Jerusalem.

Outdated Photos of Israeli Fatalities Resurface

The two photos making the rounds date back to April 30, 2021, as can be seen below.

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The photos show the Israeli fatalities who were killed in a stampede at a religious festival in Israel at the time.

Fatalities in a Stampede in Israel, 2021

On April 30, 2021, a religious celebration stampede resulted in at least 44 fatalities in Israel.

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Dozens more people were injured at the Lag B'Omer celebration in Galilee, in the north of the country, at the base of Mount Meron.

The incident happened at the tomb of the Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, where primarily ultra-Orthodox Jews gather to commemorate the annual Lag B'Omer celebration with bonfires.

Reports suggested that a structure had fallen, but officials later claimed that a stampede was the cause of the deaths.

According to police reports, the stampede began when a few people tripped on some steps, causing dozens to fall.

Seven Israelis Killed in Occupied Jerusalem

On January 27, a Palestinian gunman shot seven Israelis near a synagogue in an Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.

The shooting was in response to an increase in violence following a devastating Israeli military raid in the West Bank the day before, which killed at least nine Palestinians.

Israeli police later revealed that the suspect, a 21-year-old East Jerusalem resident who appears to have acted alone, was shot dead after being pursued by police.

Ten people with gunshot wounds were reported by the emergency response organization.

Seven people were killed in the incident on Friday, according to the Magen David Adom rescue service.

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