Kadima chairman MK Shaul Mofaz.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) announced on his Facebook page Thursday that he was alive and well, following a flood of rumors on Arab social media and pro-Hamas forums that he had been assassinated in Brussels.
“Sorry to disappoint the Arab world, but I am in the Jewish state, safe and sound,” Mofaz wrote.
The reports that Mofaz had been assassinated circulated on social media sites Twitter, Facebook, and pro-Hamas internet forums.
The content of the rumor messages is almost identical: “Sources confirm the assassination of Shaul Mofaz, former Israeli Defense Minister, in the city of Brussels”. However, some of the reports attributed the story to Lebanese news source Al Jadeed
, and others to the international Reuters
news agency. None of the stories included a link to any other source.
The rumors appear to have originated from social media users in Gaza. One of those repeating or starting the rumor was Mohammad Abu Safia, a Gazan journalist and photographer. The rumors were also spread via the pro-Hamas internet forum PALDF.