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Fact Check: Video Shows 'Israelis Running Over Children' with Hatchback Car?

A video purportedly showed an Israeli person driving a hatchback car and striking two children who were reportedly throwing rocks.
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Claim:

A video posted to X in December 2023, captioned as "Israelis running over children," authentically shows two children being struck by a driver in a hatchback car.

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Context:

Some of the children in the video had been throwing stones at cars. Also, the video was recorded on Oct. 8, 2010, in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. In other words, it was not directly related to the Israel-Hamas war that was ongoing in late 2023.

 

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On Dec. 4, 2023, a video of two boys being struck by a driver in a hatchback car was posted on X with the caption, "Israelis running over children."

This was a real video. It was recorded on Oct. 8, 2010, in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. In other words, despite when it was reposted on X, the clip had nothing to do with the Israel-Hamas war in late 2023.

As for the caption, it was true that an Israeli person was reportedly behind the wheel of the car and that the boys were Palestinian, as The Associated Press previously published in a description of one of its YouTube videos. The reporting also said that some of the children had been throwing stones at cars and provided context regarding what was believed to have led to the incident in the streets:

[The] tensions come after Israeli troops killed two senior Hamas members in an early-morning raid that same day in the West Bank city of Hebron, the Israeli military and Hamas officials said.

The two were wanted in connection with the killing of four Israelis near Hebron on August 31. Media aligned with Hamas in the Gaza Strip also said the men were behind the attack.

CBS News previously reported that one of the Palestinian boys who was struck by the hatchback suffered a broken leg. The reporting also mentioned El'Ad, a Jewish settlers' group:

Some of the incidents have become violent, like one on October 8. Boys were throwing stones at passing cars; two of the boys got hit by a car.

The driver was, of all people, the head of El'Ad. He later went to the police and said he hadn't stopped because he felt his life was in danger. Both boys survived, one with a broken leg.

For more information and context surrounding these events, we refer readers to our sources below.

Sources:

“Controversy in Jerusalem: The City Of David.” CBS News, 14 Oct. 2010, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/controversy-in-jerusalem-the-city-of-david-14-10-2010/.

Diehl, Jackson. “ISRAELIS, ARABS PROTEST HOUSE SEIZURES BY JEWISH SETTLERS.” Washington Post, 21 Dec. 1991, https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1991/12/21/israelis-arabs-protest-house-seizures-by-jewish-settlers/68ee62ea-52d9-4b3e-8013-6f4ad60ee80a/.

“Palestinian Boy Run over in Jerusalem, Hamas Demo.” YouTube, The Associated Press, 8 Oct. 2010, www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjTQx-Sar94.

Updates:

Dec. 13, 2023: This report was updated to add two additional mentions of the fact that the children seen in the video had been throwing stones at cars.