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Old Video Shows ISIS, Not Hamas, Members Destroying a Church in the Philippines

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
25th October 2023
Old Video Shows ISIS, Not Hamas, Members Destroying a Church in the Philippines
The video shows ISIS members destroying a church in the Philippines in 2017 (X)

The Claim

A video shows Hamas militants destroying a church.

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Pro-Israel social media users widely circulated a video clip purporting to show Hamas members destroying a Baptist church in Gaza City and kicking the statue of Jesus.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the footage and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar's team found the video making the rounds to be outdated and unrelated to Hamas.

Old Video Shows ISIS Members Destroying a Church in the Philippines 

Contrary to the circulating claim, the footage is old and has nothing to do with Hamas or any other Palestinian resistance factions. 

The Daily Mail news outlet uploaded the original video in an article about ISIS members vandalizing statues and setting fire to a church building in a besieged city in the southern Philippines. The video dates back to June 5, 2017.

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A screenshot of the original video (The Daily Mail)

In the video, ISIS brought down crucifixes, defaced posters of Pope Francis, and vandalized effigies within the church, reportedly located in Marawi, a city in the southern Philippines.

The video was initially released by the Amaq News Agency, affiliated with ISIS.

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A screenshot of the original video (Catholic Herald)

Israeli Propaganda Links Hamas to ISIS 

Hamas and the Islamic State (ISIS) are two distinct organizations with significant differences in their actions and ideologies. Hamas primarily operates within its own territories and has not challenged the sovereignty of other states outside its borders. Despite claims by Israeli officials, there is currently no concrete evidence to substantiate a direct connection between Hamas and the Islamic State.

Misbar's team has previously refuted Israeli claims that link Hamas to ISIS. They show the significant differences between the two groups, citing their long-standing historical disagreements over many decades.

Israel Intensifies Assaults on Gaza Killing Over 5,791 Palestinians

Since October 7, more than 5,791 Palestinians have been tragically killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, with approximately 2,000 of them being innocent children. Gaza, already under siege, has experienced an escalated "total" blockade imposed by Israel, severely limiting the entry of crucial necessities like food and water.

On October 21, there was a brief opening of the Rafah border crossing, connecting Egypt and Gaza, allowing a limited amount of vital aid to reach the Palestinian population struggling with shortages of food, medication, and water in this besieged region. Amidst these dire circumstances, roughly one-third of Gaza's hospitals have become non-operational, exacerbating the medical crisis.

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has successfully delivered medical supplies to three critical hospitals in southern Gaza, there is an urgent need to ensure that these provisions also reach the northern areas of the territory. The Indonesian Hospital, the largest medical facility in northern Gaza, faced a power outage overnight due to a lack of fuel.

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