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MISSING CONTEXT: This video of a Palestinian journalist and a medic killed by an Israeli strike on live TV is not from October 2023

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The footage was filmed in 2014 and was featured in Al Jazeera’s documentary depicting Israeli strikes against Hamas that resulted in the death of cameraman Khalid Hamad.

post shared on X (formerly Twitter), with a video of a Palestinian journalist filming the moment an Israeli strike killed him and a medic on live television, is MISSING CONTEXT.

Part of the post reads, “Palestinian journalist films the moment an Israeli strike kills him and a fellow medic on live TV ‘The most moral army’.”

Since war erupted between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas on 7 October 2023, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has condemned the death of journalists killed in the line of duty and called on the International Criminal Court prosecutors to investigate the deaths of 34 journalists.

Using visible clues from the video in question, we performed a Google search for the keywords “Al Jazeera Khaled Hamad and Fouad Jaber”. The results established that the clip is part of a 2016 documentary by Al Jazeera.

The documentary film dubbed “Gaza: The Last Picture” was uploaded to YouTube on 20 July 2016.

The video’s description reads in part, “On July 8, 2014, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, aimed at stopping alleged rocket fire from Gaza into the occupied territories.”

The text adds, “In this film, cameraman Khaled Hamad joins local paramedics in Shujayea as they attend to the dead and wounded at the height of the raid. Risking his life, he documents the atrocities committed against civilians in the neighbourhood during Operation Protective Edge… Most of the footage in the film is Hamad’s, his camera never stops shooting even after he is struck, and continues rolling long after he has taken his final breath.”

According to the film, the footage in question was filmed on Hamad’s camera on 20 July 2014, as indicated from minute 32:44.

Hamad’s death was covered by The Guardian on 20 July 2014.

PesaCheck has looked into a post shared on X with a video of a Palestinian journalist filming the moment an Israeli strike killed him and a medic on live television and finds it to be MISSING CONTEXT.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck Fact-Checker Peris Gachahi and edited by PesaCheck Senior Copy Editor Cédrick Irakoze.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.

Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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