— Gaza Now in English (@EnglishGaza) September 10, 2021
Social media quickly caught on to the photos, which have been faked for an unknown reason.
A Twitter account parodying the Mossad was the first to react, writing “Gaza media just FaceApp’ed a smile on the two re-captured Palestinian terrorists and we can’t even.”
— The Mossad: The Social Media Account (@TheMossadIL) September 10, 2021
The account went on to show the straightforward manner in which the photos were tampered with.
— The Mossad: The Social Media Account (@TheMossadIL) September 11, 2021
Another video making waves on Twitter made fun of the photoshopped photos, instead using the app to make recaptured terrorist Mohammed Ardah sing along to “I Want to Break Free” by Queen.
— LTC (R) Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) September 11, 2021
Israeli media speculated the photos were photoshopped to encourage the Palestinian public, who have suffered a blow to morale after celebarting the prisoners’ escape throughout the week.