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Palestinian’s ‘IDF escape’ selfie is not what it seems

Twitter users had praised the man in the photo, who many believed snapped the selfie while being chased down by Israeli forces

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As a selfie taken by a man while “being chased by the Israeli Defense Force” went viral on social media, it has turned out that the controversial snap could be something a little less daring.

The image, posted on Twitter by Palestinian hip hop trio DAM, exploded across social media with the original tweet garnering more than 15,000 retweets in less than 24 hours.

Twitter users expressed praise for the man in the photo who many believed snapped the selfie while being chased down by members of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).

However, a number of Twitter users then pointed out that the two IDF members appear to be band members - Suhell Nafar and Mahmoud Jreri - in “bad costumes.”

An acquaintance of the band told Buzzfeed News that the photo was indeed staged but added that the band did not want to be quoted on the record as “they’re enjoying watching the reaction the photo is generating online.”

The group’s website describes DAM – Da Arabian MCs – as “the first Palestinian hip hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic, [who] began working together in the late 1990s.”