A video purporting to show hundreds of Kerala-based Palestine supporters waving the Italian flag in place of the Palestinian flag has been circulated.
Verified user on Twitter Tejinder Pall Singh Bagga (“@TajinderBagga“) shared the 31-seconds video clip of the incident on Oct 21,2023. He claimed that supporters of the Hamas terrorists gathered in Kerala, but they carried the Italian flag instead of the Palestinian one. His thoughts has reached to an almost 580.8k users on twitter. The archive can be read from above.
Hamas terrorists supporters gathered in Kerala, instead of carrying Palestine flag 🇵🇸 they carried Italy Flag 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/jgBVI5M2Ty— Tejinder Pall Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) October 21, 2023
@NewsNow4USA shared the video with the caption “Indians march in support of Palestine, carrying Italian flags”. The tweet has received an about 3.1 M views and more than 1.5k reshares.
هنود يقيمون مسيرة دعمًا لفلسطين حاملين أعلام إيطاليا. pic.twitter.com/6nS12gmCyl— الأحداث الأمريكية🇺🇸 (@NewsNow4USA) October 21, 2023
Several other accounts on X, including The Mossad:Satirical, Yet Awesome (“@TheMossadIL“), Azzat Alsalem (“@AzzatAlsaalem“), Imam of Peace (“@Imamofpeace“) shared the video claiming the same, contributing to the spread of the information to more number of users.
What is the Actual Truth About the Clip that went Viral? : Fact
In actuality, the flag is of the The Welfare Party of India, the group that planned the rally. The Italian flag has nothing to do with it.
Welfare Party of India is an Indian Political party. The detailed information can be found from the Wikipedia Page of Welfare Party of India. The picture of the Political Party’s flag is also shared in the page. It shows the same flag which is being circulated in the video. The history of the Political Party can be found from here and here from the official website.
We visited madhyamam, which posted an article on Oct 17,2023 and shared the picture of the Welfare Party’s massive rally in favour of Palestine.
D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:
1238— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) October 21, 2023
FACT: A video of Palestine Supporters from Kerala has been shared claiming that the hundreds of supporters raising the Italian flag (🇮🇹) instead of the Palestinian flag (🇵🇸), the fact is that this flag is of the Welfare Party of India, (1/2) pic.twitter.com/YooucZZceh
Videos with fabricated claims are being circulated by disinformation propaganda accounts in an attempt to elevate their propaganda over the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Claim : A video purporting to show hundreds of Kerala-based Palestine supporters waving the Italian flag in place of the Palestinian flag has been circulated.
Fact : The Welfare Party of India, the group that organized the rally, is actually the owner of this flag. The Italian flag has nothing to do with it.