As far as band promotions go, taking a selfie while “being chased by the Israeli Defence Force” has got to be right up there with the most daring – and controversial.
The image, posted to Twitter by the Palestinian hip hop trio DAM, has exploded across social media, with the official version receiving more than 15,000 retweets in less than 24 hours.
A selfie while the Israeli military running after me. pic.twitter.com/bdgO7xURd2— DAM (@DAMRAP) February 2, 2015
Unfortunately, part of the reason for that seems to be that people genuinely believe it shows a man with the audacity to grab a quick selfie while fleeing from armed police.
.@DAMRAP Greatest thing on Twitter. Get it right up them.— Paddy Brennan (@PaddyBrennan7) February 2, 2015
@DAMRAP You are one brave guy! Lion heart— Ajay (@AjayLack) February 2, 2015
@DAMRAP You rock. This deserves to go viral. Stay safe !— Vinnie.Rohan (@LehmannBro) February 2, 2015
@DAMRAP Look if you have time for a selfie your life is not in danger...— Charl Steven Joubert (@4sublimehealing) February 3, 2015
How the hell did u have the presence of mind to take the pic while running fr an armed policeman? @DAMRAP— Tikun Olam (@richards1052) February 3, 2015
The group’s website describes DAM – or Da Arabian MCs – as “the first Palestinian hip hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic, [who] began working together in the late 1990s”.
And to the credit of a number of Twitter users, many have pointed out that the selfie actually appears to simply feature band members Suhell Nafar, Tamer Nafar and Mahmoud Jreri – with two of them in “bad costumes”.
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There’s certainly a pretty striking resemblance between the two “soldiers” and Shuhell and Mahmoud – and a spokesperson for the band has reportedly confirmed that the photo was staged. The DAM associate told Buzzfeed News they did not want to be quoted on record because “they’re enjoying watching the reaction the photo is generating online”.