A fake selfie showing a Palestinian man being chased by IDF forces went viral on Twitter on February 3. The selfie, which was staged and does not depict real IDF soldiers, was taken by Palestinian rap group DAM and shared by unwitting users who thought it to be real.
According to BuzzFeed, an associate of the DAM rap group confirmed that the photo was staged but did not want to be quoted on the record because he and his band mates have enjoyed watching reactions to the photo online.
When closely examined, there are several hints that the photo is a fake—from the sneakers the two “IDF Soldiers” are wearing, which are not a part of official IDF uniforms, to the posing of the two soldiers.
A selfie while the Israeli military running after me. pic.twitter.com/bdgO7xURd2
— DAM (@DAMRAP) February 2, 2015
However, for those unfamiliar with the IDF, the photo seemed real and many people shared the photo on the Internet as an act of defiance by the Palestinian man.
According to BuzzFeed, the three people in the photo are DAM members Tamar Nafar, Suhell Nafar, and Mahmoud Jreri.
According to the group’s website, DAM is the first Palestinian hip hop group and was formed in the ‘90s after the three Palestinian men were struck by the resemblance of the reality of the streets in a Tupac video that look similar to the streets in their neighborhood of Lyd.
One of their best hits is a song called “Min Irhabi,” or “Who’s The Terrorist,” which was downloaded over a million times after its Internet release in 2001. Rolling Stone Magazine in France distributed the song for free in one of its issues, according to the DAM website.