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Fact Check: 2015 Image Displaying Israeli Flag At Baku’s Flame Towers Goes Viral With False Claims

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In the midst of the Israel-Palestine conflict, which has claimed over a thousand lives on both sides, an image is widely shared on social media, depicting the Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan, illuminated in the colours of the Israeli flag. Some shared this photo, asserting that Azerbaijan was displaying this gesture as a sign of support for Israel.

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: The Israeli flag was projected onto skyscrapers in Baku, Capital of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan thus declares support for its old ally, Israel”. 

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FALSE. 

Doing a simple Reverse Image Search, the NM team identified a tweet, dated June 29, 2015, carrying the same viral image. The tweet text reads: “Israeli Flag displayed on Flame Towers in #Baku honouring part. of Team Israel at @BakuGames2015 in #Azerbaijan”. 

Searching further, we found the same image uploaded on the Facebook page of Azerbaijan Consulate General in Los Angeles on June 30, 2015, with a description: “Israeli flag displayed on Flame Towers in #Baku honouring participation of Team Israel at European Games in #Azerbaijan”. 

Another YouTube video, dated June 2015, also displays Flame Towers building adorned with flags, including the Israeli flag, representing countries participating in the Baku Games.

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Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral image is old and unrelated to the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.

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