Photo of Israeli settler clash with police mistakenly shared as ‘attack on Palestinian child’

An AFP photo of Israeli settlers clashing with local police in 2009 has resurfaced in a social media post falsely claiming to show Israelis “trying to rip apart a Palestinian child.” The post went viral during the Gaza conflict that erupted after Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have been harassed by Israeli settlers for years, and the United Nations has warned that violence has escalated since the conflict began.

“In the occupied West Bank, brutal settlers are ripping apart Palestinian children,” X Post Shared on June 26th.

This photo is Arabic, Greek language and Urdu — Depicts a group of men who appear to be pulling by the arms and legs of a figure suspended in the air. A man in uniform is visible in the foreground.

The United Nations expressed serious concerns. Rising violence The attack occurred in the West Bank since the Gaza war began on October 7.

Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 First Arab-Israeli War.

Since then, the company has expanded to dozens of Settlement The West Bank is home to over 490,000 Israeli residents, whose residence is considered illegal under international law.Archive Link).

About three million Palestinians live in the West Bank.

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A screenshot of the fake X post taken on July 9th

Settlement expansion has increased under successive governments since the West Bank was occupied, but It accelerated rapidly Under the pro-settlement government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

On July 10, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip said more than 38,240 people had been killed in the war between Israel and Palestinian militants as it entered its 10th month.

At least 568 Palestinians have been killed in military raids and violence with Israeli settlers in the West Bank since the start of the war, according to Palestinian figures.

At least 16 Israelis, including soldiers, were killed in the region during the same period, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli figures.

Israeli settler clashes

However, a reverse Google image search reveals that the photo was taken years before the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas.

Photo, AFP ArchiveThis photo was taken by Yehuda Reisner on September 13, 2009.

The picture shows settlers trying to drag a fellow settler away from Israeli police during clashes in the West Bank.

“Border patrols capture Israeli settlers trying to drag them away as clashes break out at the entrance to the illegal settlement of Havat Gilad, west of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, after Israeli police tried to seize a truck loaded with construction materials for new homes on September 13, 2009,” the photo’s caption reads.

Below is a screenshot comparison of a photo circulating online (left) and one in AFP’s archives (right).

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Comparison of a photo circulating online (left) and a screenshot from AFP’s archives (right)

Reisner took various photos of the crash, which were published by AFP. here and here.

<span>Israeli border patrols clashed with Jewish settlers near the illegal settlement of Havat Gilad, west of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on September 13, 2009, as police tried to confiscate trucks carrying construction materials for new houses.</span></p>
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On September 13, 2009, Jewish settlers clashed with Israeli border patrols near the illegal settlement of Havat Gilad, west of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, as police tried to confiscate trucks carrying materials for building new homes.

Yehuda ReisnerAFP

<span>Israeli settlers try to pull away settlers who are being dragged away by border guards as clashes break out at the entrance to the illegal settlement of Havat Gilad, west of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, after Israeli police tried to seize a truck loaded with construction materials for new houses, 13 September 2009.</span></p>
<div><span>YEHUDA RAIZNER</span><span>AFP</span></div>
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Reisner told AFP FactCheck on July 4 that the man in the photo was “a settler who the police were trying to arrest, while his other friends were trying to evade arrest.”

The clashes occurred after Israeli police intervened to stop settlers from placing trailers in an informal settlement in the northern West Bank, according to police and witnesses.

AFP fact-checks further misinformation about Israel-Hamas war here.

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