A fresco drawn by an Israeli soldier on a destroyed mosque. This is what we can see in a video circulating on social networks according to those who share it. The location of the mosque, the author of the alleged mural, and the purpose of the video are uncertain. What is certain is that the video has been altered.

For those in a hurry:

  • A video is circulating showing a soldier drawing a temple on the wall of a destroyed mosque.
  • The signs of manipulation are numerous.
  • The video has been edited.

Analyzes

Let's see a screenshot of one of the messages being checked. The description reads:

On the wall of a demolished mosque in Gaza, an Israeli soldier drew the third Temple that the Israelis plan to build on the ruins of the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

In the video, a person in military uniform is seen holding an aerosol can in front of the wall of the destroyed building.

The video has been modified

Many elements betray video manipulation. By observing carefully we notice that the lines drawn on the drawing do not correspond to the movement made by the bobbin. Also on the wall are some metal structures, perhaps a ladder, which disappear without a trace of their presence. Additionally, whoever pasted the video by pasting the image on the mosque wall must have forgotten to redraw the shadow cast by the ledge above.

The origin of wall painting

Finally, if the drawing is true, the soldier should have an excellent memory, since the same image appears in a mural created by the Kazakh-born artist who identifies himself as Mart on the Marat-Art website, in Hebrew. Another sign that the video has been altered.

The origin of the modified video

The content shows the watermark associated with the Telegram channel צאפ מגזין Israel News, which is no stranger to publishing unverified information. It should be noted that on the surface this content appears to discredit Israel, which, after destroying a mosque, also adds a drawing of the temple it would like to build in Jerusalem. However, the information is shared on a channel with a partially Hebrew name, which shared a video of the destruction of another mosque a few months ago. Finally, the mosque represented looks very similar to the one seen in this photo taken at the end of November 2023 in Khan Younis by Mohammed Salem for Reutersbut according to the analysis of Open There is not enough evidence to say that it is the same.

Conclusions

A video is circulating showing a soldier drawing a temple on the wall of a destroyed mosque. The signs of manipulation are numerous. The video has been edited.

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