Old Video Of Syrian Father Teaching Daughter To Laugh When Bomb Falls Goes Viral as Being From Palestine: Fact-check

It has been claimed that a Palestinian father encourages his daughter to smile whenever they hear an Israeli airstrike in order to help ease her fear, based on a video that shows the father and daughter laughing at the sound of shelling.

Breaking News (“@PlanetReportHQ“), a verified profile on twitter, shared the 20 seconds video clip of a father and a daughter laughing at the sound of shelling. The account tweeted “A Palestinian father encourages his daughter to smile whenever they hear an Israeli airstrike to help ease her fear”. The tweet was made on Oct 26, 2023.

Several other twitter users like Muhammad Huzaifa (“@MHuzaif56366673“) also claimed that in order to keep his daughter from becoming afraid, a Palestinian father advises her to laugh whenever she hears an Israeli airstrike. The user tweeted the popular hashtags like #Gaza #PalestinianGenocide #Gaza_Genocide #ArmiesToAqsa #Palestine from the ongoing conflict.

Many profiles, including @hashim_tung, @zain_rajpoot39 also believed that a father in Palestine asks his daughter to laugh whenever they hear bomb sounds while they are giving out toys. The bomb explodes at that exact moment, and they both burst into laughter. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Truth About the Father and Daughter Video? : Fact

In actuality, this is an old video from Syria that was taken in 2020 by a man by the name of Abdullah Mohammed, who laughed with his daughter at the sound of bombs going off in order to help her get over her fear. Palestine is not related to it at all.

We visited AP News, which published an article on this viral video on Feb 25, 2020. It attached the picture where Abdullah Mohammed plays with three-year old daughter inside a house, where he fled near the Syrian-Turkish border. He loves her daughter so much that he would do anything to make her laugh, even if it means forcing himself to laugh at the sound of exploding bombs, to help her overcome her fear.

Guardian News posted the full video in their youtube channel, 3 years ago.

Check out the full video here:

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent :

Old videos from Syria that purport to be from Palestine are being circulated by propaganda accounts in an attempt to set their propaganda over  the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Conclusion:

Claim : According to a shared video featuring a father and daughter laughing at the sound of shelling, a Palestinian father tells his daughter to smile whenever they hear an Israeli airstrike in an effort to calm her fears.

Fact : To help his daughter get over her fear, a man named Abdullah Mohammed laughed with her in this old video from Syria that was taken in 2020 as bombs exploded. Palestine is unrelated to it.

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