In the wake of Hamas’s deadly invasion of Israel on October 7, 2023, a slew of misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories about the ongoing conflict are percolating on social media. The following is a list of false or misleading narratives and the truth of each case. FALSE NARRATIVE: Man accused of Islamophobic murder in Chicago was “of Jewish background” During an October 15, 2023 press conference, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab suggested that Joseph Czuba, the man charged with murdering a six-year-old Muslim boy in the Chicago area, may be “of Jewish background.” Rehab stated, “This individual, Joseph Czuba…there are claims that he is of Jewish background, and he was incensed by what happened in Israel.” Rehab later cautioned the Muslim community against taking revenge for the tragedy, saying, “Do not let the injustice of an individual or a people cause you to engage in an injustice.” REALITY: According to statements from his legal team and local church representatives, Czuba is Catholic. Czuba’s public defender told CBS that Czuba “was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plainfield.” The Diocese of Joliet, Illinois also confirmed this to Our Sunday Visitor. (…) FALSE NARRATIVE: Israel will attack Palestine to expedite The Great Replacement White supremacists and antisemites are claiming that the Israel-Hamas war will help speed replacement of white people by forcing people of color out of Palestine and into predominantly white countries in Europe and North America. One poster in a white supremacist Telegram chat claimed Hamas was an “Israel created proxy,” saying the invasion “was a planned attack to import more nonwhites into white countries.” On another Telegram channel, a poster commented on the prospect of Palestinian refugees in the United States: “This is clearly part of the white replacement agenda.”  REALITY: These conspiratorial claims play directly into antisemitic tropes inherent to “Replacement Theory,” which alleges that people of color are “replacing” white people through immigration, high birth rates and other social or political means. Many white supremacists and extremists believe this phenomenon is being orchestrated by Jews. These theories are entirely unfounded, and while they have been debunked repeatedly for years, extremists often use world events to promote them.

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