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In this troubling [not suitable for all audiences] video, you see a young man being shot.

There were many claims on Reddit that it was fake, and then claims that it was real.

Is there a way to know for sure if this is real or not?

I personally have no clue (this is why I post it here)

Is there a scientific way to prove / disprove it is real / fake?

Obviously, this is a sensitive video and discretion is suggested. I'd be terribly sad if it is indeed real. My condolences to this person's family, and I condemn whomever shot him, if it turns out real.

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    Scientific, no, but it's certainly possible to give more context to a piece of information to understand its origin.
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 19:37
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    The Telegraph reports that someone analyzed the video frame by frame and you can tell that it is staged. The supposed uncut video has clear edits (time of day changes, moving rubble/chairs, theatrical squibs that don't have the time delay between the impact of a sniper found and the sound, inconsistent damage from Israeli weapons, etc.
    – user1873
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 14:50
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    Debunking is done for the video part by Thomas Wictor here-thomaswictor.com/gaza-sniper-video-definitively-debunked and the counterpoint by Eran Efrati a former sergeant in the Israeli Defense Force here-spokesmanbooks.com/Spokesman/PDF/126Efrati.pdf. Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 10:19
  • @pericles316 The thomaswictor site is currently unavailable, but from what i can see on the waybackmachine, the author seems more than a little unhinged. There are lots of pictures with arrows in them, but nothing that is clear. the only clear 'evidence' ( a side by side of the same shadow in two different images, implying a time delay) is only that clear because one of the chose images is from a videoframe where the shadow is extremely vague. There are more frames adjacent, where the shadow is clear - and totally benign. This leaves me to question whether the site is arguing in good faith.
    – bukwyrm
    Commented Jun 30, 2023 at 12:59

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