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Al Jazeera Did Not Fabricate the Truth in Reporting The Flour Massacre Deaths and Injuries

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
11th March 2024
Al Jazeera Did Not Fabricate the Truth in Reporting The Flour Massacre Deaths and Injuries
Israeli forces opened fire on hundreds of Palestinians waiting for aid (X)

The Claim

Al Jazeera Fabricated the Truth in Reporting “Flour Massacre” Deaths and Injuries.

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After Israel committed the “Flour Massacre” on February 29, social media users widely circulated a video clip purporting to feature a short video from Al Jazeera. The footage appeared to capture a Palestinian victim on a truck briefly opening his eyes before closing them upon realizing he was being filmed. 

Pro-Israel publishers criticized Al Jazeera, alleging the network manipulated facts about the massacre and accused it of promoting antisemitism. An X user shared the video, commenting, “A miracle before our eyes. @AJEnglish is an antisemitic propaganda outlet.” The publishers employed organized hashtags like "#Pallywood #gazawood," alleging that Gazan individuals were fabricating fatalities and injuries.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the widely circulated video and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a comprehensive reverse image search, Misbar’s investigative team determined the claim to be baseless.

Al Jazeera Did Not Cover Deaths of All Palestinians in “Flour Massacre”

The original video report from Al Jazeera features Palestinian individuals grieving the loss of their loved ones on the targeted trucks, which were en route to provide aid to the besieged Gaza Strip.

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A screenshot of the original report (Al Jazeera English’s X account)

Contrary to the viral claim that accused Al Jazeera of altering the truth, the network’s report video did not mention the deaths of all Palestinians near the trucks. 

In contrast to the widely circulated claim alleging that Al Jazeera manipulated the truth, the video report from the network did not specifically address the fatalities of all Palestinians. However, it did report on deaths and injuries in the vicinity of the trucks. 
Al Jazeera English’s official X account published the video report on February 29. The video’s caption reads, “Dozens of Palestinians have been killed or wounded after being shot while waiting for aid in northern Gaza. At least one empty aid truck was used to transport casualties to a nearby hospital.”

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A screenshot of the original video report (Al Jazeera English’s X account)

Israel Dodges Accountability in “Flour Massacre” Despite Evidence of Involvement

On February 29, Israeli forces opened fire on a gathering of hundreds of Palestinians who were awaiting humanitarian aid on Al-Rashid Street south of Gaza City. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, this resulted in 120 fatalities and 760 injuries.

Initially, the Israeli occupation army did not deny its involvement in what the Palestinian government media office labeled as a 'horrifying massacre.' However, the Israeli occupation army later adjusted its narrative, offering justifications that suggested both direct and indirect involvement in the incident.

A press release published by the Relief Web on March 7 further affirms Israel's full involvement in the 'Flour Massacre.' Many victims of the incident reportedly suffered injuries from 5.56x45mm NATO bullets, a type of bullet fired from Israeli army weapons. An examination of a sample of 200 deceased and injured victims indicated that they were indeed hit by this type of bullet. The bullets were reportedly discovered and examined at the massacre site, along with shrapnel found in the bodies of the wounded and deceased.

In published blogs, Misbar's investigative team presented compelling evidence that contradicted Israel's denial of involvement in the incident.

Israel Restricts Humanitarian Aid and Essential Services in Gaza Ahead of Ramadan

Since October 7, Israel has killed more than 30,900 Gazan people. The humanitarian crisis has led to at least 23 deaths attributed to dehydration and malnutrition, as reported by a spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the enclave.

As the start of Ramadan approaches, the Gaza municipality has renewed its appeal for humanitarian aid. A statement issued on Sunday highlighted the dire situation, citing the severe impact of relentless Israeli aggression on essential services such as water, sanitation, and waste management.

U.S. President Joe Biden has expressed concern, stating that Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, is "hurting more than helping" his country by failing to limit civilian casualties. The U.S. has announced that the first equipment needed to establish a temporary pier in Gaza is en route as part of efforts to address the escalating humanitarian crisis.

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