Did a couple from Brooklyn occupy a home that used to be owned by an elderly Palestinian couple?
Take a look at the photo that Michael Moore made viral, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : This Palestinian Home Was Occupied By Brooklyn Couple!
This photo was shared several times during the recent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, but it only went viral after Michael Moore posted it on his Facebook wall.
His Facebook post did not specifically address the couple, so it looked like he only used the photo because it fitted his narrative.
Fact Check : Palestinian Home Occupied By Brooklyn Couple?
This is a rather iconic photo – a Palestinian couple looking at what used to be their ancestral home, now occupied by an Israeli couple. That was probably why Michael Moore chose it.
We decided to investigate the photo, and here was what we found…
Fact #1 : The Photo Was Taken In Israel
This photo was taken in the village of Ijzim, about 30 minutes south of Haifa in Israel.
Just to be clear, Ijzim is not in the West Bank. Nor is it in the Gaza Strip.
Fact #2 : Ijzim Was Depopulated In 1948
Israel captured Ijzim during the 1948 War, and the majority of the villagers fled or were expelled during the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe).
The Israelis quickly demolished the Arab houses to make way for permanent Jewish settlements.
Fact #3 : The Photo Was Taken In 2020
Despite what people may say, this photo was not taken recently. It was taken and published a year ago – in May 2020.
The last time the elderly Palestinian couple was in Ijzim was 72 years ago.
Fact #4 : The House Was Not The Original Home
The house in the picture was not the original home of the elderly Palestinian couple.
The original home, which belonged to the Palestinian man’s father, was demolished, and a new home built on the land.
Fact #5 : It Was Part Of An Al-Jazeera Project
In May 2020, Najwan Simri of Al Jazeera took an elderly Palestinian couple to visit their original homes and to meet their current Israeli residents.
Here is the Al Jazeera video clip, as well as an English translation.
Fact #6 : No Evidence The Couple Was From Brooklyn
The most direct source was Al Jazeera, and even they did not identify the Israeli couple, much less confirmed that they were from Brooklyn, New York City.
Despite my extensive searching, I could find no source of this claim. None of the earlier posts using this picture – in May to June 2020 – mentioned that the Israeli couple were from Brooklyn.
Therefore, it is highly likely that their Brooklyn origin was completely bogus.
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