The photo used by Russian propaganda to spread disinformation was edited in Photoshop. In fact, the image shows a rally in Israel in support of Ukraine that took place in the summer of 2022. In the original photo, the protester is holding a poster that reads “Russia is a terrorist state,” and there is no poster with words about Israel in the background.
Users on social media spread the news that a rally of Ukrainian refugees was held in Spain, allegedly holding posters with the words “Hands off military aid to Ukraine” and “F*ck Israel.”
StopFake checked the photo shared by users using image search tools and found that it actually depicts Israeli Friends of Ukraine rally in support of Ukraine that took place in the summer of 2022. In the original photo, the protester is holding a poster with the words “Russia is a terrorist state,” and there is no poster mentioning Israel in the background.
Israel’s war with Hamas has become the subject of many fakes and disinformation, portraying Ukraine as a competitor to Israel in receiving aid from the West. Fakes are also used to incite hatred against refugees from Ukraine and Ukrainians in general.
Earlier, StopFake also refuted other fakes about the war in the East in the materials Fake: Three Ukrainians Detained in Israel for Looting, Videofake: Ukraine Admits that “Foreign Mercenaries” Left Country to Fight for Israel, Fake: Ukraine Refuses to Evacuate Its Citizens From Israel.