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Loreben Tuquero
By Loreben Tuquero October 24, 2023

Video doesn’t show Palestinian crisis actors. It’s from a 2017 film project

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  • This footage was originally uploaded to YouTube in 2017 and shows behind-the-scenes moments from a film project.

A video shared on Instagram shows makeup artists creating realistic looking injuries on people, and social media users suggested these were "crisis actors" posing as victims in Palestine amid the war between Israel and Hamas.

"Hollywood? No it’s Pallywood and crisis actors are working overtime to fool the world. Don’t fall for it or fall for it. The choice is yours!" read the caption on the Oct. 23 post

(Screenshot from Instagram)

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The post misrepresents what is shown in the footage. 

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The footage is from a video originally uploaded to YouTube in March 2017 by Turkish public broadcaster TRT World. The report featured special effects makeup artist Mariam Salah on a film set in the Gaza Strip.

"There are not many film productions in the Gaza Strip," says a description on the video. "But that didn't stop makeup artist Mariam Salah from following her dream. She taught herself to make fake blood for Palestinian films, breaking into a business traditionally run by men." 

The footage shows Salah working on a project by international human rights organization Doctors of the World

The video does not show Palestinian crisis actors during the current Israel-Hamas war. We rate that claim False.

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