However, other social media posts pointed out that the primarily young, white-shirted religious nationalists would have been celebrating the day 0 marking the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 – regardless of the fire. The juxtaposition of the dancing and the fire was inadvertent.Other tweets breathlessly claimed that the fire was the onset of Jews taking over control of the area and of the al-Aqsa compound on the Mount, the third-holiest site in Islam.According to the Jerusalem Police, the fire was started due to errant firecrackers thrown by Palestinians.The Foreign Ministry tweeted "A burning tree on the Temple Mount this evening, the result of violent protesters shooting fireworks at police."
How fake news spreads on social media: Lie: Israelis dancing & cheering because Al-Aqsa mosque has been bombed.Truth: 1. It's a tree on fire 2. B/c pal protestors threw firecrackers on it. 3. The singing & dancing is for Jerusalem Day, which always ends at the Western Wall. https://t.co/xx4A631udy— David Patrikarakos (@dpatrikarakos) May 11, 2021