Fact Check: Does viral collage show Palestinians torturing donkeys?

The claim is false. Both images are old and unrelated. They don’t show Palestinians torturing donkeys.
(Source: Social media screenshot)
(Source: Social media screenshot)

collage of two photos has gone viral in connection with the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict; one is a photo of a donkey being paraded with an Israeli flag painted on it, and the other is of a donkey on fire. People sharing the collage claim that Palestinians tortured both donkeys.

A social media user shared the collage with the caption, “A donkey was painted with Israeli flag and tortured, another donkey with Israeli flag was burned by Palestinians. This poor animals! (sic)”

Similar posts can be seen here and here.

Fact Check

SouthCheck found that the claim is false.

Image 1

On doing a Google reverse image search, we found the same image on Getty Images. The caption read, “Palestinians display a donkey painted as an Israeli flag during a demonstration to support the Palestinian bid at the United Nations for statehood recognition on September 23, 2011, in the West Bank village of Kfar Kadum. Palestinians across the West Bank prepared to celebrate the formal submission of their bid to become a UN member state, despite opposition from Washington and Israel. AFP”

The same image was also published by AFP Forum.

Image 2

We also found the second image on Getty Images. The caption said, “Palestinians burn the donkey, who was killed earlier by an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 6, 2014, while Israeli and Palestinian delegations prepared for crunch talks in Cairo to try to extend the 72-hour truce. The ceasefire, which came into effect on August 5, has brought relief to both sides after one month of fighting killed 1,875 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side.”

Hence, we conclude that two old and unrelated images were shared with a false claim.

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