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FIGHT DISINFORMATION: Comprehensive ongoing list of the most prevalent viral imagery of Syria falsely attributed to the Israel-Gaza war.

This image is of child victims of the Assad regime's gas attack against Eastern Ghouta a decade ago, not Israeli or Gazan victims of war. Image
This is a video of children in the Assad-besieged Yarmouk, Syria from a Syrian documentary called "Little Palestine" from nearly a decade ago.

Though these children are mostly of Palestinian descent, this is Syria, not Gaza.
This viral image is from the ruins of the Omari Mosque in Daraa, Syria from a decade ago. The mosque was attacked by Assad regime forces.

This is not a mosque in Gaza. Image
This video (very distressing) is of a Syria Civil Defenseman saving a baby in the aftermath of this year's earthquake in northern Syria.

This is in Aleppo Governorate, not the result of missile strikes in Gaza.
This is a video of a Syrian child whose relatives died in the Assad regime's siege of Aleppo a decade ago.

This is not a video from Gaza and is nearly 10 years old.
This is a video from early this week of the Assad regime indiscriminately using Russian-provided heavy artillery on the town of Ariha in northern Syria.

This is not imagery from Gaza nor Israel.

This is a video from 2016 of Assad regime soldiers in Aleppo being targeted by Syrian resistance fighters.

This is not a recent video of Israeli soldiers being attacked by Hamas, and vice versa.

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The student who complained was warned multiple times, including right before the viewing, where the professor invited anyone who was uncomfortable to step out.

She stayed anyways and got the lecturer fired. My opinion as a Muslim college student? INSANE conduct by the student. Image
The lecturer was extremely mindful and respectful. The painting is one of the most important in Islamic art. Who are we to enforce a belief (not even shared by all Muslims, including myself) on other students who are trying to be educated? These people are absolutely insane. Image
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A few weeks ago, I was conducting interviews for a student society I'm on the board of and I had a super intelligent applicant who was born and raised in Iran.

We had a long conversation on Iran and the Middle East, and not shockingly, we had multiple disagreements.
We disagreed fundamentally about Iran's role in the Middle East, especially Syria, the JCPOA, the virtues of figures like Zarif, Suleimani, etc.

He wasn't an apologist by any means and was definitely less than lukewarm about the regime, but nevertheless, we had split opinions.
I make my hard opposition to the Iranian regime no secret, and I told him that in plain terms.

I advocated for his acceptance into the society regardless obviously and saw him at our first meeting this Monday, and what he told me shocked me.
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⚡️ After a months-long investigation ordered by Congress, the State Department has validated both the OAS and EU accounts that the 2019 Bolivian election conducted by Evo Morales faced multiple irregularities that made it impossible to verify the legitimate outcome. Image
"The first quick count of the Preliminary Results Transmission Center (TREP) showed that Morales had not achieved a victory in the first round, obtaining 45 percent of the total votes and only 8 percent more than his closest rival. However, Morales claimed to have triumphed."
"With the official count underway, the Internet service was intentionally cut off. The blackout lasted 18 hours, preventing the public dissemination of information about the counts and the preliminary results that is normally carried out."
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My grandparents were both one of the few surgeons of their specialties in Northern Syria before they died.

Their home, an apartment in the hospital they operated, was blown up by a regime tank while they were inside, sharing iftar with hospital staff.

These people are sick. Image
My grandpa on my dad's side died in his sleep in the early stages of the war. I could not go to Syria for his funeral.

My grandmother on my dad's side died not knowing where she was, in a middle of a war-zone, from dementia. I could not go to Syria for her funeral.
My grandma on my mom's side died in the same way — not knowing where she was, in the hollowed remains of the city she lived in for her whole life. I could not go to Syria for her funeral.

My grandpa on my mom's side died a few months ago. I could not go to Syria for his funeral.
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Sep 25, 2022
BREAKING: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has determined that the Bolivian gov. of Evo Morales ordered the extrajudicial massacre and torture of multiple foreign nationals at the Las Americas Hotel.

This may lead to a trial against Morales or the Bolivian State. Image
In 2009, at the Las Americas Hotel in Santa Cruz, the IACHR determined that a police operation ordered by Morales entered the hotel and gunned down multiple foreign nationals from behind.

They note that one victim was shot multiple times in the back while on the ground dying.
This disputes official accounts by Morales' police who claimed that a shootout occurred between the victims and the elite police unit.

The commission believes some victims may have even been asleep when the unit began indiscriminately firing after entering their rooms.
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