The Israeli army has acknowledged that a “declassified map” it had released earlier this week to show the alleged military positions of resistance movement Hezbollah in Lebanon was fake.
On December 6, the Israeli military posted on its Twitter account a map titled “Declassified map of Hezbollah’s military infrastructure in Lebanon” with countless spots that alleged to show the positions of Hezbollah rocket launchers, anti-aircraft and infantry, and tunnels in 85 villages in south Lebanon. Accompanying text read, “This is a war crime.”
Online users later drew attention to how the map had been fabricated by pointing to its history, which showed it had been created by an Israeli military spokesman’s account using Google Maps. The online sleuthing also revealed that the dots appearing on the map displayed a repetitive pattern.
On Thursday, the Israeli military admitted that the map, which Israeli media said had been circulated among foreign diplomats, was inaccurate. It claimed the picture was just a “visual illustration.”
It is not the first time the Israeli regime has used social media as propaganda tools against the Lebanese resistance movement. In 2013, an Israeli military spokesman published a fake Facebook page it said belonged to Hezbollah. The Israeli military has also created and regularly updates a fake Hezbollah website.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, which fought off two Israeli wars, in 2006 and 2008, has been successfully protecting Lebanese territory against the spillover of terrorism from neighboring Syria, where the Israeli military is known to be abetting anti-Damascus militants.
Hezbollah has also deployed fighters to Syrian territory near the Lebanese border to help the national army of Syria fight extremist militants.
Last month, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the group’s fighters would remain in neighboring Syria until they achieve final victory over foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists and purge the crisis-hit Arab country of extremists.
Since March 2011, Syria has been gripped by militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies.
The Takfiri terrorists operating in Syria have suffered major setbacks over the past few months as the Syrian army, backed by allied fighters, has managed to liberate many areas.
The Israeli regime has, meanwhile, set up field hospitals to treat wounded militants from Syria.