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Fact Check: Old Video From Car Running Over Israeli Protesters Viral With Fictitious Claims

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The Israel-Hamas conflict, which began on October 7, 2023, has so far resulted in over 2,000 reported casualties in Israel, and nearly 12,000 in Gaza. Amid this, a video of a car running over some people carrying Israeli flags is widely shared on social media. Many users claim that the Israeli settlers are running over the Israeli protesters.

This Facebook post can be seen here.

It is being widely shared on Facebook and X with a similar claim.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be false.

Putting the video keyframes through a Reverse Image Search, our team spotted the same video in a tweet by Kann News, a Hebrew-language media channel, dated September 10, 2023. According to the tweet, the viral incident took place on Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv. The driver explained to cops that his son, a new driver, had been driving the car before he got overwhelmed by the protesters blocking the road. The father, in the front passenger seat, decided to switch seats with his son, but accidentally hit the gas when he was moving into the driver’s seat, causing the car to jolt forward into the protesters.

We also came across a report from The Times Of Israel, dated September 10, 2023, carrying the still of the viral video. According to the report, several people were thrown to the concrete and a 25-year-old woman sustained injuries. The driver was detained by police for questioning and later released, with investigators accepting his claim that it was an accident, and he did not intend to hit the demonstrators.

Later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement, saying: “I strongly condemn any form of violence, everyone must act with restraint and uphold the law.”

Thus, based on the above fact check, it is clear that the viral video is quite old, and NOT related to the recent Israel-Hamas conflict.

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