Editor’s note: This fact-check contains references and links to graphic images from the Israel-Hamas war.
In the image, a white-haired man cradles a blanket-wrapped infant in his arms while people look on from behind.
One TikTok post shared the image as part of a screenshot of an X post that claimed the infant was not real.
“Video from Gaza shows a Palestinian man showing a plastic baby doll toy that had been ‘killed’ in an air strike,” read the X post, made by British social media influencer Oli London. It appears that London later deleted his original post.
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The photo does not depict a doll.
As part of his work documenting the Israel-Hamas war, photojournalist Ali Jadallah captured a series of images of the deceased infant boy Dec. 1 in Gaza; the baby was held by his mother and grandfather. The images were distributed by Getty Images with the caption: “Dead body of a 5-month-old Palestinian baby named Muhammad Hani Al-Zahar, is brought to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital by his mother Asmahan Attia Al Zahar and grandfather Attia Abu Amra after the Israeli airstrikes at the end of the humanitarian pause in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza.”
The Jerusalem Post spread the claim that the baby was a doll with an article it published Dec. 1 headlined, “Al Jazeera posts blurred doll, claims it to be a dead Palestinian baby.” The news site later deleted the article and issued a statement on X the following day saying the article had “faulty sourcing:” “The article in question did not meet our editorial standards and was thus removed,” the statement said. The Jerusalem Post did not immediately respond to PolitiFact’s request for comment.
Jadallah shared the photo on his Instagram story with the caption, “I shared the name of this baby and still Israeli media are claiming he is a doll. No. He is not a doll. He is a human that was killed by Israeli airstrikes.”
We rate the claim that this image shows a Palestinian man holding a doll that he says is his deceased grandson False.