Some people are claiming a video of a person moving around under a white shroud shows a Palestinian pretending to be a victim of the 2023 war in Gaza.
This is false. The video has nothing to do with fighting between Israel and Hamas. The footage instead shows people taking part in a student protest in Egypt in 2013.
The video in question shows a row of people covered in what appear to be white sheets or shrouds marked with Arabic writing. As the camera pans over the bodies, one of the shrouds begins to move.
The hand of a person off-camera is then seen pulling back the moving shroud to reveal a man – who is clearly very much alive – rubbing his nose before laughing.
Some of the posts refer to ‘Pallywood’, 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.
This Instagram account, for example, published the video along with a caption that read: “Wake up world. They think you are fools! The masters of fake news. Welcome the Palestinians and their Hamas.”
However, the video does not show crisis actors in Palestine.
The description of the 2013 video, translated from Arabic to English by AAP FactCheck using Google Translate, said the footage was filmed at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University.
“Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood students at Al-Azhar University organised a massive demonstration in front of the college administration building,” El Badil’s YouTube channel said.
Some students associated with the protest attempted to storm a university building while others lit candles and fireworks, El Badil reported.
Another Egyptian media organisation, Akhbar El Yom, also published footage of the protest on YouTube on October 29, 2013.
In 2017, the same video was falsely attributed to crisis actors in Syria.
The claim that a video of a man moving around inside a bodybag shows a Palestinian crisis actor pretending to be dead is false.
The video originates from a 2013 student protest in Egypt.
False – The claim is inaccurate.