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Misleading Video Claims Digital Billboard in NYC Shows Solidarity With Israel

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
20th November 2023
Misleading Video Claims Digital Billboard in NYC Shows Solidarity With Israel
The NYC billboard in support of Israel is doctored (X)

The Claim

Digital Billboard in NYC Replaced "Stand with Ukraine" with " Stand with Israel"

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A video of a digital billboard in New York City has been circulating on social media, with users claiming that it shows an advertisement in which support for Ukraine is replaced by support for Israel.

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

Misbar's team found that the viral video has been digitally altered.

NYC Billboard in Support of Israel Is Fake

social media user, @RitornellaNYC, shared videos of the same digital billboard displaying an advertisement for the movie "Trolls Band Together," which premiered in theaters on November 17. These videos, along with the altered Israeli video, show a traditional billboard ad for the "Trolls" movie positioned below the digital screen. The account shared the video with a caption of “I filmed the video 3 min ago, there’s nothing about Ukraine or Israel.”

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Insufficient Fuel Allowance in Gaza Hinders Humanitarian Operations, Says U.N. Official

The head of the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency, Philippe Lazzarini, expressed concern over the limited amount of fuel that Israel has agreed to allow into Gaza each day. In a statement on Saturday, Lazzarini, the commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), emphasized that the approved quantity, which Israel stated as two fuel tankers per day on Friday, falls significantly short of meeting the region's needs. Lazzarini highlighted that this amount is "far from enough" to support various essential operations such as desalination plants, sewage pumps, hospitals, water pumps in shelters, aid trucks, ambulances, bakeries, and communication networks.

According to Lazzarini, the approved fuel allowance would only fulfill half of the minimum daily requirements for humanitarian operations in Gaza. He further warned that, if the current rate persists, the lack of clean drinking water would persist, significant areas of the enclave would remain flooded with sewage, and the U.N. would be compelled to reduce the number of aid trucks crossing into Rafah on a daily basis.

Israel's national security advisor, Tzachi Hanegbi, had previously indicated on Friday that the amount of fuel entering Gaza would be "very minimal," raising concerns about the impact on the region's humanitarian situation.

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