(JNS) Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) shared a post on March 26 purporting to show video of Israeli police attacking Palestinian teens in Jerusalem during the month of Ramadan, which started on the evening of March 22.
“This is the violent apartheid government of Israel. Don’t look away,” she wrote.
Many online users noted that Tlaib’s comment was completely inaccurate, and the social media platform flagged it with a message sharing context from readers. In fact, the video showed Israeli police officers breaking up a fight between Palestinian teenagers at the Damascus Gate who were entering the Old City as hundreds came to celebrate on the second night of the holiday.
The original post with the video has been removed. But Tlaib has not deleted her post, which has been viewed one point five million times, and has ten thousand five hundred likes and more than three thousand one hundred reposts.
“No Rashida! Palestinian teens were fighting each other and causing a public disturbance,” posted watchdog group Honest Reporting. “Israeli police came in to restore the peace. Spreading lies and misinformation is unbecoming of a congresswoman.”
The Democratic Majority for Israel added: “This is just the latest in your pattern of using false reports to delegitimize and demonize the world’s only Jewish state.” It urged the congresswoman to remove the post.
Also on the platform, the Republican Jewish Coalition posted: “Another day, another blatant anti-Israel lie by Rashida Tlaib—and no one in House Democratic Party leadership will hold her accountable.”