On December 6, the IDF Spokesperson tweeted in English a photo of a map described as “declassified,” showing Hezbollah military positions scattered among Lebanese villages.
Eighty-five villages appear on the pictured map along with thousands of sites tagged as military sites of combat equipment, launch sites, anti-aircraft and infantry positions.
“This is a war crime,” the tweet said. It was retweeted hundreds of times.
This is a war crime. pic.twitter.com/CPE3XS1Xs0— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) December 6, 2016
But an investigation by Twitter account holder @JudgeDan48 found that the map is not “declassified” that in effect this is not a map of Hezbollah military positions in Lebanon, but a map prepared by the IDF Spokesman.
The fabricated map contains points of interest for sites that were glued onto a map of southeastern Lebanon. Even a check of the points listed on the map found conflicts with the map that was tweeted.
The IDF confirmed that the map is inaccurate and is in effect only an illustration of what is going on in Lebanon.
The tweet came during a period when aerial attacks that were blamed on the Israeli Air Force were reported in Syria. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman hinted at the attacks and said “we will not permit any harm to Israeli sovereignty and we will not permit the smuggling of qualitative sophisticated weaponry or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon for Hezbollah’s benefit.”
The IDF has been trying to fight against Hezbollah in recent years via Twitter as well as quizzes on Playbuzz. A half a year ago the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit published a quick in English and Spanish on Playbuzz headlined, “How well do you know Hezbollah?”
The military propaganda doesn’t end here. In 2013 the IDF Spokesperson published a fabricated Facebook page of Hezbollah under the heading of “If Hezbollah had a Facebook account this is what it would look like.”
The army has also opened a web site called “The Terrorist Army of Hezbollah” updated from time to time
The IDF said the site was launched “in light of the knowledge gap in the international community about the Hezbollah terrorist organization.”
The army said that “the information appearing on the site was gathered from internet sites and various sources, and were verified before publication by the Intelligence Corps.”
The IDF Spokesperson said in response: “The picture in question is a visual illustration of threats posed by Hezbollah, which has intentionally deployed inside a civilian sector of Lebanon, and is exploiting the population as a human shield.”
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