Early Wednesday morning, President Trump set off worldwide outrage when he shared a collection of movies depicting Muslims in a damaging mild.
The movies, taken in three totally different nations at three totally different instances, all have one factor in frequent: All of them purport to indicate violence carried out by Muslims and supply no clear rationalization of what’s occurring in entrance of the digicam.
However a better take a look at the clips, first tweeted out by Jayda Fransen of the perimeter nationalist group Britain First after which retweeted by Mr. Trump, reveals extra, together with that one video misrepresents the info of what the viewer is seeing, whereas the opposite two lack context about what is going on.
Here’s a breakdown of what we all know in regards to the movies.
‘Muslim migrant’ beating up Dutch boy was himself Dutch
The primary video was of a youngster attacking one other boy, and was introduced within the tweet as footage of a “Muslim migrant” attacking a Dutch boy.
However in accordance with native officers, each boys are Dutch, and neither is a migrant.
The clip was taken in Monnickendam, a small city within the North Holland province of the Netherlands, in Could 2017. It exhibits a youngster punching and kicking a boy holding a crutch.
The general public prosecutor’s workplace of the North Holland province mentioned the aggressor was a 16-year-old who was “born and raised within the Netherlands.” He was arrested after the video got here to mild, officers mentioned.
The video offers no indication of the background of both teenager. Each are talking Dutch within the clip.
Marleen van Fessem, a press officer for the general public prosecutor, mentioned in a press release that was sentenced below a program for juvenile offenders.
Mrs. van Fessem wouldn’t elaborate on the faith of both of the youngsters, saying it was not coverage to debate this kind of info. However she mentioned the fast unfold of the video with out the info was detrimental.
“Information travels quick, even native information!” she mentioned “Lacking context info clearly can have an effect on its reliability.”
On Wednesday afternoon, the official Twitter account of the Embassy of the Netherlands in the USA identified the info of the case to the president.
It’s unclear the place Ms. Fransen’s model of occasions got here from when she tweeted the video early Wednesday with the caption, “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” British First didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Statue of Virgin Mary destroyed by Syrian extremist
The second video retweeted by Mr. Trump exhibits a person smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary in Syria.
The unique tweet with the video describes the person merely as “Muslim.” However he’s an extremist Syrian cleric, Abo Omar Ghabra, who was within the militant Islamist group Jabhet al-Nusra on the time. The destruction of spiritual iconography carried out by extremist Islamist teams has lengthy been condemned by the broader Muslim inhabitants. The tweet lacks this context.
The incident befell in October 2013 in Qunaya, a village within the northern countryside of Idlib province, mentioned Nazir Abdo, 28, who lived within the village on the time.
Mr. Abdo now works as a media activist documenting human rights violations in Syria and was reached in Turkey by telephone. He mentioned the cleric later joined ISIS in Raqqa however fled when United States-backed forces captured the town. Mr. Ghabra was ultimately detained by Syrian rebels in Aleppo.
Earlier than this incident, Jabhet al-Nusra militants destroyed one other statue of the Virgin Mary on the town’s predominant roundabout by chopping it with an ax after which demolishing it. They later erected their flag there.
The footage of Mr. Ghabra was extensively circulated by a number of teams in 2013, together with the Iranian state-run information outlet Al Alam and Alex Jones’ InfoWars — the right-wing website that always propagates conspiracy theories and rumor — which posted this piece on it that 12 months. It has continued to seek out new life on the planet of far-right, anti-Muslim retailers and conservative media activists.
Footage of man pushed from constructing, throughout Egypt unrest
The final clip retweeted by Mr. Trump was described within the authentic tweet as: “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to dying!”
The footage was taken on July 5, 2013, throughout clashes within the Sidi Gaber neighborhood of Alexandria, Egypt, between supporters of Mohamed Morsi, who had lately been ousted because the democratically elected president, and his opponents. That info was completely lacking from the tweet as was any rationalization of the complicated political scenario in Egypt on the time.
The incident occurred days after the Egyptian army overthrew Mr. Morsi, when tensions have been operating excessive throughout the political spectrum. After Mr. Morsi’s elimination, there was a wave of clashes between his supporters, opponents and the police in numerous elements of Egypt. That violence was then later dwarfed by the army’s dispersal of Islamist sit-ins in Cairo in August of that 12 months, which killed over 800 protesters in a single day.
A person within the background of the video may be seen carrying a black flag, which was initially carried by many supporters of various Islamist teams earlier than it turned synonymous with the Islamic State.
The person seen carrying the black flag, Mahmoud Ramadan, was discovered responsible of homicide for the dying of one of many youngsters pushed off the roof; he was hanged in March 2015. The youngsters on the roof have been believed to have thrown stones at an anti-military rally, which can have provoked the assault captured on video, in accordance with Egyptian state media.
Whereas the video was a transparent depiction of violence, tweeting it with out context fails to take note of the political unrest and the actions from many events that have been pushed by political affiliations.