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Either the news outlets knowingly amplified the talking points of a Hamas terrorist-aligned influencer… or they were so eager to run with an anti-Israel narrative that they didn’t bother to vet their sources.
You will notice that references to the supposedly “damning” footage never identify the readily-available source’s name.
Social media users have given him several monikers — “Gaza Greg”, “Mr. Pallywood”, and my favorite, “Mr. FAFO”, a reference to the internet shorthand of “F**k around and find out.”
Mr. FAFO, who seems to always be in the right place at the right time, has had his videos picked up by MSNBC, the BBC, the New York Times, and who knows how many others.
— Eli Kowaz (@elikowaz) November 10, 2023
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 6, 2023
Here’s a screenshot of Mr. FAFO on the BBC report about the blast near the Al Shifa Hospital, the civilian building that Hamas hides its military headquarters under.
He’s just a guy on the street according to the media.
— Liam Nelson 🇺🇸 (@LiamMaxNelson) November 11, 2023
The “news” outlets don’t ever explain that the guy filming the video is a YouTuber.
Mr. FAFO’s real name is Saleh Aljafarawi. He’s a Palestinian content creator and musician that lives in Gaza. He first started uploading videos to YouTube in May 2020.
Here’s his first video uploaded on May 19, 2020 urging people to “stay home” because of the pandemic.
That tells you that he’s okay with spouting government propaganda.
Since then, Aljafarawi has used his now-deleted Instagram account to post updates on the current war in Gaza sparked by the October 7 terror attack by Hamas that left around 1400 Israelis dead and over 240 taken as hostages.
On October 7, Aljafarawi posted a selfie video on Insta celebrating the rocket attacks fired by Hamas into Israel.
There are some people online calling him a “journalist” who is going from hospital to hospital to report what he is seeing there.
Palestinian journalist plays with a little baby boy who survived an lsraeli airstrike, Gaza. pic.twitter.com/SaQpZd70yH
— TIMES OF GAZA (@Timesofgaza) October 12, 2023
Others on social media are calling Aljafarawi a “crisis actor” since he seems to be everywhere doing everything.
There’s even a meme of him with his various hats.
He has appeared in another video running through the streets while hysterical and filming the various sites of air strikes.
This is despite him previously posting a video pretending to be in a critical condition in a hospital bed. pic.twitter.com/3O5MuZpYzQ
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) October 25, 2023
Let’s be frank for a second, “Pallywood” appears to be a real thing that happens. There are just so many video clips from Gaza that raise a few questions.
— 🟢 🇮🇱Yael (@Yael42500724) November 9, 2023
And any time Israel responds to a terror attack by bombing a target in Gaza, the dead bodies of children are carried and shoved in front of the nearest camera. Every dead child is a propaganda win for Hamas. It’s gruesome, but it’s true.
While the crisis actor claim is a compelling narrative, it’s not clear that it’s true in this particular case. A few of the photos in the meme and the video above have been confirmed by “fact checkers” that they are not actually of Aljafarawi — for whatever that’s worth.
He could just be a regular run-of-the-mill attention whore content creator who is just trying to get more clicks while all of the attention is on Gaza right now. Think low-budget paparazzi but focused on accusing Israel of war crimes.
He certainly looks like a Hamas propagandist.
— Nioh Berg ♛ ✡︎ (@NiohBerg) October 24, 2023
— David Vance (@DVATW) November 13, 2023
When the first propagandist’s video doesn’t look sufficiently tragic, Mr. FAFO is always ready for his close-up.
— Oleg Ostrovsky (@Olegos888) November 12, 2023
His “reporting” has become a meme in itself.
— Ujjawal Rai (@Ujjawalrai0408) November 1, 2023
— Real Men of Gaonis 💡 (@GeniusYidden) November 12, 2023
— ThePragmaticObserver (@asaf_ko) November 11, 2023
It’s unclear if he’s a propagandist for Hamas or one of the brainwashed masses in Gaza who have been steeped in hate for Israel by the Iran-backed death-cult that is the leadership there.
Either way, his message is pretty clear and pretty dangerous — civilians in Gaza should not evacuate Northern Gaza.
#MrFAFO only a few days after Oct. 7 telling civilians to ignore the warning from Israel to go south. Shaming them into staying behind as human shields. He is Hamas propagandist pic.twitter.com/VfoWdKO6Fz
— Ben Balls (@gloryvanman) November 10, 2023
Ayer 50.000 gazatíes abandonaron el norte de Gaza hacia lugares más seguros al sur a través del corredor protegido por el IDF. Mientras, hamás envía a #MrFAFO para tratar de impedirlo.
Por suerte los gazatíes confían más en el IDF. pic.twitter.com/2oZtlGfful
— 🇪🇸Spain4Israel🇮🇱 עם ישראל חי (@Spain4Israel) November 9, 2023
At the end of the day, it all comes down to this — major news outlets like the New York Times, MSNBC, and the BBC have refused to name Saleh AlJafarawi and identify him as a YouTuber, but ClashDaily and the site Know Your Meme have. Just think about that for a moment.
The media’s own worst enemy is itself.
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