Monday, January 05, 2009

Gaza Market Massacre Video a Hoax

Another cruel Hamas disinformation campaign video has been found to be a hoax. The real Gaza Market Massacre occurred in 2005 by accidental detonation of homemade Palestinian rockets during a Hamas rally. has issued an apology to its readers after being alerted to the fact that the video footage of the Gaza Market Massacre had been doctored. The video allegedly showed the aftermath of an Israeli IDF air strike on a Gaza market four days ago. It turned out that the video was actually taken in 2005 showing a scene from the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The real video depicted the accidental detonation of homemade Palestinian rockets during a Hamas rally.

The erroneous story had widespread coverage and was circulated in the BBC News,, and on Digital Journal.

According to, a detailed comment on Reddit debunked the claim by comparing the video with photographs taken after the 2005 blast at the Hamas rally. One of the photographs that was compared with the video is from a CBS News article dated Sept. 23, 2005.

A side-by-side comparison of a frame from the video at ~4:08 and the aforementioned photo from the CBS News article is here.

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  1. There's a surprise - NOT! And of COURSE, no suprise at ALL that people like the Beeb ran with it.

    Thanks for this one.

  2. One would think a serious journalist would pick up on such simple fakery.

    Oh, wait. The serious journalist did.

  3. Just like all the other so-called massacres, this one is just another Hamas hoax.

  4. Didn't they learn a lesson from Reuters during the Summer War between Israel and Lebanon(or Hezbollah I should say)???

    Debbie Hamilton
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  6. You were one of the first to pick up on this!

  7. Thanks for the great responsed to this article. I think the most important thing to remember is that no MSM outlet even discovered this hoax. It was discovered by a citizen who left a comment on a blog!!! This is the power of Citizen Journalism!!!

  8. Makes me wonder how many go undiscovered everyday.

    Great post and great reporting.