Where the old video used by a Trump advisor to condemn Gaza attacks really came from | All Charts News - breaking news english


After deadly violence broke out between Israel and Gaza last weekend, senior US President Donald  Trump advisor Katrina Pierson used a 2015 video of a rocket attack to criticise Representative Ilhan Omar, demanding that the congresswoman respond to the escalating conflict.

“What is @IlhanMN response to this violence? Will she condemn it?” Pierson, an advisor to Trump’s re-election campaign, tweeted on Sunday.

Many online users quickly noted that the video had been posted on YouTube four years ago and reportedly shows Ukrainian forces firing missiles in Donbass, which has been swept up in conflict between government and Russian-backed separatists since 2014. (You can also use a reverse image search to find the YouTube video.)

Online users accused Pierson of using a misleading video in her comments about the Gaza violence. “Pull the video down and stop lying and gaslighting,” one Twitter user wrote.

But the video in fact wasn’t filmed in Ukraine. Aric Toler, a researcher for the open-source investigative website Bellingcat who focuses on Eastern Europe, tracked down the original video and found that it was taken in Belarus in 2014.