An image of a man with medical devices and monitors attached to his face is being claimed as proof that Palestinians are using actors to fake civilian casualties in Gaza.
This is false. The image is not of a patient in a Gaza hospital, it is a screenshot from a 2018 Malaysian TV movie.
Pallywood (sometimes written Palywood, Paliwood or Palliwood) is a portmanteau of the words ‘Palestine’ and ‘Hollywood’ that is meant to suggest Palestinian ‘crisis actors‘ are pretending to be injured or dead for the cameras.
In this post, the caption says: “#pallywood, the fake Palestinian movie industry at play.”
Another post‘s caption says: “FACT: ‘Pallywood’ is a term used to talk about the idea that Palestinians are manipulating the media, distorting information, or using fraud to gain an advantage in the public relations battle with Israel.”
A reverse image search reveals the origins of the image are more than 7500km away in Southeast Asia.
The article titled: “10 Scenes of Sick People in Soap Operas We Will Never Stop Thinking About” featured the same image alongside several other hospital scenes from other shows.
It can be traced back further to a scene from the Malaysian 2018 TV movie Laksa Di Ambang Wati.
Filmmaker Al Jafree Md Yusop told Reuters the movie was an “absurdist satire about Malaysian rural life and corrupt politics” and “nothing to do with the unfortunate conflict in Gaza”.
The claim an image of a man in a Gaza hospital is proof that Palestinians are using actors to exaggerate civilian casualties is false.
The image is a screenshot from a scene in a 2018 Malaysian TV comedy.
False – The claim is inaccurate.