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The Image Of a Pro-Palestine Protester Holding A Sign Is Digitally Altered

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
13th May 2024
The Image Of a Pro-Palestine Protester Holding A Sign Is Digitally Altered
Zionist accounts have led a campaign to discredit the student protests (X)

The Claim

An image claiming to show a pro-Palestinian demonstrator holding a sign saying "You Don't Get To Choose Who We Rape."

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Recently, social media users have been circulating an image claiming to show a pro-Palestinian demonstrator holding a sign saying "You Don't Get To Choose Who We Rape."

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

Misbar's team found that the image has been digitally altered. The initial photo, shared on January 1, does not feature the same message. The unaltered sign states, " You don’t get to choose how we resist."

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