Fact Check: 2017 photo of PM Modi’s visit to Israel falsely shared as that of his birthday celebration

A video of PM Modi has gone viral on social media claiming that PM Modi is busy celebrating his birthday even as the youth of the country are committing suicide due to unemployment.

The Facebook caption read, “साहब मना रहे अपना जन्मदिन उद्योगपतियों के साथ गिलास टकराकर देश का युवा कर रहा आत्महत्या बेरोजगारी से तंग आकर”

(Translation: Saheb (PM Modi) is celebrating his birthday by cheering glasses with industrialists and unemployment has made such circumstances that the youth of the country are committing suicide)

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.

With the help of keyword search, we found a video on YouTube dated July 6, 2017, claiming that Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian PM Narendra Modi attended a demonstration of a mobile desalination unit.

On digging further, we found the video on PM Modi’s official YouTube account dated July 6, 2017, stating that Prime Minister Modi visited GALMobile Water Filtration Plant at Dor beach in Israel.

Also, government media organization DD News uploaded the news report on July 6, 2017, stating that PM Modi had witnessed a mobile water purification unit in Israel.

Further, we also found a news report by ABP news dated July 6, 2017, claiming that PM Modi witnessed has a sea-water purifying system of Israel.

Hence, the video of PM Modi is from his 2017 Israel visit and not of his birthday celebration. Don’t fall for misleading content.

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