“Friendly match between Morocco and Israel” during wartime.. What is the truth about the video?

While Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip continue, social media pages published a video that was said to show a “friendly basketball match” between a Moroccan and an Israeli team, suggesting that the video was filmed during the war currently raging in the Palestinian Strip.

It appears in the video What appears to be a basketball match between two female teams. Footage from the video shows one team with the Moroccan flag, and the other team with the Israeli flag.

The accompanying comments clearly suggest or claim that this match “ignores the war in the Gaza Strip,” which resulted in the deaths of more than thirty thousand Palestinians, the majority of whom were women and children, according to the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas, classified as a terrorist movement, launched unprecedented attacks on Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people, the majority of whom were civilians, including women and children, according to Israeli figures.

Video truth

But this match is not as new as the posts suggest or explicitly claim.

Searching for scenes from it on search engines leads to Sites Informative published The video is from 2022, which denies that the match is recent.

On that day, the Moroccan women’s basketball team welcomed its Israeli counterpart in a friendly match, in the city of Salé, near the capital, Rabat, in the first sporting meeting between the two countries since the normalization of their diplomatic relations, but with a limited public presence.

The organizers chose to invite about 200 fans, including several male and female basketball players, to watch this match, which took place in a covered hall amid tight security measures, according to Agence France-Presse.

The match ended with the victory of the Moroccan women over their Israeli counterparts (62-58).

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