Some social media users are claiming a video of a Palestinian man writhing in agony in a hospital bed is fake because a second video shot the following day shows the same man in perfect health.
The claim is false. The two videos feature two different Palestinian men. Additionally, the two videos were published months apart. They were not recorded on consecutive days.
Some posts about the man use the hashtags #Pallywood (also spelled #Palywood, #Paliwood or #Palliwood), a portmanteau of the words ‘Palestine’ and ‘Hollywood’.
The term Pallywood is meant to suggest that Palestinian ‘crisis actors‘ are pretending to be injured or dead for the cameras, to exaggerate the scale of civilian casualties in Gaza.
This October 26 Facebook post, for example, said: “Pallywood in action. Just yesterday, this guy (Hamas’ actor) was filmed in a critical condition at the hospital. Today he uploaded this video. He looks very healthy to me.
“Are the hospitals in Gaza that great, or they’re just lying again?”
But claims the two videos show the same man are false.
The teenager was “rushed to an Israeli hospital where his right leg was amputated just above the knee”, the ISM said.
The Times of Israel newspaper reported the Nur Shams raid here.
The man wrongly claimed to be the same person seen in the hospital video is a Palestinian vlogger called Saleh Aljafarawi, whose Instagram account lists his location as Gaza.
Mr Aljafarawi has published dozens of videos documenting the aftermath of Israeli air strikes in Gaza, many of them featuring injured Palestinians or destroyed buildings.
Most of Mr Aljafarawi’s videos are shot as ‘selfies’ in which he speaks into the camera.
The video of Mr Aljafarawi walking among smoking debris in Gaza – the clip most commonly claimed to show the man in the hospital video after a miraculous recovery – was published to the vlogger’s Instagram channel on October 26, three months after Mr Zendiq reportedly lost his leg.
AAP FactCheck previously debunked claims the phone-using corpse was a crisis actor in Gaza. Instead, the photo shows a child dressed in a Halloween costume in Thailand in 2022.
The claim that a hospitalised Palestinian man appears fit and well in a video recorded the following day is false.
The two videos feature two different people.
The man in the hospital was reported to be 16-year-old Mohammed Zendiq, who lost his leg in an explosion on July 24. The video was published on August 19.
The uninjured man is a Palestinian vlogger named Saleh Aljafarawi. His video was published more than two months later on October 26.
False – The claim is inaccurate.