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The Video Does Not Feature a Recently Released Israeli Hostage Reciting the Quran

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
30th November 2023
The Video Does Not Feature a Recently Released Israeli Hostage Reciting the Quran
This is a German pro-Palestine activist (X)

The Claim

A video shows a Recently Released Israeli Prisoner Reciting the Quran 

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Amidst the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, social media users widely circulated a video clip purporting to feature an Israeli female hostage, recently released in a hostages exchange operation conducted by Hamas, reciting Quranic verses alongside her daughter.

An X user uploaded the footage along with the caption, “Israeli prisoners reciting Quran after their return from Gaza. They saw first hand Islam & Muslims closely. The chapter they recite is about Victory to Muslims. People will enter fold of Islam in groups. Islam can’t be defeated, it will previal. It’s call worship One God!”

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

Following an extensive reverse image search, Misbar's team discovered that the woman featured in the video is not an Israeli-released hostage. She is a German pro-Palestinian activist.

This Is Not an Israeli Hostage Reciting Quran After Being Released

The video shows a German woman reciting verses of the Quran along with her daughter. In the footage, the woman is seen reciting verses from Surah An-Nasr. Through her TikTok account, she consistently shares videos expressing solidarity with the Palestinian cause, particularly in light of the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza

The user uploaded the video on TikTok six days ago, accompanied by hashtags that clearly indicate her identity as a German woman supporting Palestine. Noteworthy hashtags include "freepalestine” and “ceasefirenow.”

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A screenshot of the original video (TikTok)
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A screenshot of the original publisher's TikTok account

Hamas and Israel Exchanged Prisoners Amid Temporary Pause

As of Tuesday, Hamas and Israel had released additional captives and prisoners. Israel reported the release of 10 citizens and two Thai nationals by Hamas, bringing the total number of freed captives to 86 out of around 240 taken to Gaza.

Israel released 30 Palestinians from its jails, totaling 180 freed prisoners. Among those released were 15 children and 15 women. 

Israeli forces have killed more than 15,000 Palestinians and injured over 36,000 in Gaza since October 7.

In a post on its X account, the Israeli army announced that it has approved plans for the “continuation of fighting.” Furthermore, Israeli PM Netanyahu says in a video message that Israeli forces will resume hostilities in Gaza once the current pause concludes.

“But in the last few days I hear a question – after this phase of returning our abductees is exhausted, will Israel return to fighting? So my answer is an unequivocal yes,” Netanyahu wrote on X.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined plans to expedite diplomatic efforts for hostage release and the establishment of a lasting ceasefire. Erdogan also mentioned the departure of a second ship carrying 1,500 tonnes of humanitarian aid bound for Gaza today.

Expressing concern, UNICEF spokesperson James Elder emphasized in a video on X, "Nowhere is safe in Gaza, and nowhere will be safe until this humanitarian pause  is turned into a lasting ceasefire.”

Moreover, Gaza City Mayor Yahya al-Sarraj reported that Israeli forces are obstructing fuel deliveries, highlighting that the aid received "is not enough either in quantity or quality."
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