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Partisans on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict have rehashed graphic videos from the Syrian civil war to demonize the other, International Business Times reported Monday.
On the pro-Palestinian side, the Times discovered, the Kashmir Headlines news service posted on Facebook a video of a father hugging his dead son. The caption reads, "Watch what International Media is hiding from you #GazaUnderAttack #PrayforGaza #FreeGaza." The video actually originated in Syria.
A Syrian blogger who goes by the handle of The Revolting Syrian exposed the hoax on Twitter, upset that no one seemed to care or share the video when the father was Syrian, but people decided to care when the vide was "(mis) labeled as 'Gaza' people."
Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects the airstrikes.
Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza, but a #BBCtrending analysis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.