Labour MP Apologizes for Posting Fake Video of 'Israeli Soldier Beating Up Palestinian Children'

'My error demonstrates the dangers of fake news,' Grahame Morris tweets after footage he shared turned out to be from Guatemala

British Parliament Member for the Labour Party Grahame Morris
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British Labour MP Grahame Morris apologized Tuesday for sharing footage of what he initially claimed to be an Israeli soldier "beating up Palestinian children for the fun of it," which turned out to actually be footage from Guatemala.

According to Sky News, Morris shared a tweet from a prominent pro-Jeremy Corbyn account, and added: "Marvelous, absolutely marvelous the Israeli Army, the best financed, best trained, best equipped army in the world caught on camera beating up Palestinian children for the fun of it. May God forgive them."

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Before the video was deleted from both Morris' account and the account he retweeted from, the Israel Defense Forces replied on its official account: "The only marvelous thing here are your lies. These are not IDF soldiers. Apologies would be in order."

Morris first called it an "honest mistake," adding "there are lots of … documented examples of the IDF abusing Palestinian child prisoners I have seen for myself in … the West Bank."

He later tweeted: "I am sorry for sharing a post which purports to show the IDF hurting children but it was in fact the Guatemalan Army. My error demonstrates the dangers of fake news online and I will be more diligent in future in checking my sources."

The Labour Party, the United Kingdom's main opposition party, has been accused of tolerating anti-Semitism in the party's ranks under Corbyn. The Jewish Labour Movement, which is affiliated to the party, passed a motion of no confidence in Corbyn in early April over his handling of anti-Semitism complaints.