WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a lot different propaganda, the anti-Muslim videos unfold round by President Donald Trump combine grains of reality, fakery and shades in between, overlaid with a message meant to be a blunt hammer blow for a trigger.
Trump’s penchant for sharing doctored pictures and making false statements on Twitter implies that content material tweeted or retweeted by the president needs to be considered skeptically. His spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, steered the veracity of the videos wasn’t a excessive precedence amid concern over nationwide safety and robust borders, saying: “Whether it is an actual video, the risk is actual and that’s what the president is speaking about.”
Here’s a have a look at identified info behind the videos tweeted by a far-right British fringe group and retweeted by President Trump:
One video exhibits a younger man attacking one other who’s on crutches, close to a river financial institution. It was initially posted to a Dutch viral video web site in May and picked up by Dutch media. In her tweet, Jayda Fransen, the deputy chief of Britain First, wrote: “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” But the sufferer was not attacked by a Muslim migrant.
“Facts do matter,” the Dutch Embassy in Washington mentioned in a tweet directed at Trump. “The perpetrator of the violent act on this video was born and raised within the Netherlands. He obtained and accomplished his sentence underneath Dutch regulation.”
One video exhibits a person, mentioned to be a supporter of Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate then generally known as the Nusra Front, smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary. The Middle East Media Research Institute recognized the person as Sheikk Omar Raghba. In the video, he declares that “idols” will not be worshipped within the Levant earlier than he smashes the statue, half his measurement, within the Yakubiya village in northwestern Syria.
The circumstances will not be verified, however the pictures ring true. It’s well-known that Islamic extremists goal individuals and objects of different faiths — Christians, Jews, Muslims of different sects and actions — in addition to indiscriminate populations. Also well-known: Anti-Muslim extremists within the U.S. and different nations of the West have torched mosques. The video appeared on-line in 2013.
One video, blurry and shaky, exhibits somebody falling from the roof of an obvious elevator shaft, then not less than one man punching the sufferer. “Islamist mob pushes a teenage boy off roof and beats him to dying!” says the tweet introducing it.
The video was filmed days after the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by Egypt’s navy. In the video, a supporter of Morsi is seen roaming the roof of a constructing within the coastal metropolis of Alexandria, elevating a black flag usually utilized by militants. Little else is apparent from the video besides that a confrontation was unfolding on the roof. Perpetrators of the roof violence have been sentenced to dying for killing a boy and a person.
The wider context of these killings was ignored — the truth that each side had blood on their arms. It was a time of violent protests by pro-Morsi protesters and a violent navy crackdown. More than 1,000 individuals died within the navy’s dispersal of Islamic protests.
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