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Viral Selfie Of Palestinian Fleeing From Israeli Defense Force Is Not Real (Photo)

| by Khier Casino

An Arab-Israeli hip-hop musician recently tricked everyone on social media after he tweeted a photo of himself allegedly being chased by Israeli border policemen.

The photo appears to show Tamer Nafar taking a selfie while two “policemen,” dressed in the uniforms of Israel’s border police, go after the rapper with a gun pointed at him, according to The Times of Israel.

The picture was posted to the Twitter account of Lod-based rap group DAM (or Da Arabian MCs) on Monday with the caption, “A selfie while the Israel military running after me.” It has since gone viral, garnering 19,000 retweets and 11,000 “favorites” as of this writing.

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However, BuzzFeed News reported that an unnamed source close to the group confirmed the photo was staged, but did not want to be quoted on record as other users shared the image as if it were real.

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It turns out the cops in the picture are fellow DAM members Suhell Nafar and Mahmoud Jreri.

The Jerusalem Post reports that it wasn't until a day later that Nafar revealed the photo was fake, tweeting:

And CUT.... A pic from a film set that's based on a true story! #Thelastverse pic.twitter.com/Te9Zy1xZYp

— DAM (@DAMRAP) February 3, 2015

According to the group’s website, DAM is the first Palestinian hip-hop crew, formed in the late 1990s after being “struck by the uncanny resemblance of the reality of the streets in a Tupac video to the streets in their own neighborhood of Lyd.”

Sources: The Times of IsraelBuzzFeedJerusalem Post / Photo Credit: DAM/Twitter, glichfield/Flickr Creative Commons