Dr. Michael Oren, an Israeli deputy minister in charge of foreign diplomacy, says his office launched a probe back in 2015 to check whether the Palestinian Tamimi family were a real family or a group of actors chosen for propaganda.

A Tamimi family member confronting an IDF soldier

A Tamimi family member confronting an IDF soldier Screenshot from YouTube

The Palestinian Tamimi family from the West Bank village of Nabi Salih made headlines around the world in December after a viral video was posted on social media, showing one of its members, 16-year-old Ahed, slapping an IDF soldier.

But now, it turns out that an Israeli deputy minister launched a probe back in 2015 to check whether the family, who had already begun to attract international attention even then, is “real” or “fake.”

Dr. Michael Oren, a deputy minister from the center-right Kulanu party, told Haaretz on Wednesday that he instructed his staff back in 2015 to look into the possibility that the Tamimi family had been assembled solely for Palestinian propaganda purposes and that its members had been chosen for their fair-skinned, European look.

“We examined several aspects of this family,” Oren, formerly the Israeli Ambassador to the US, said. “For example, there was a child who ostensibly belonged to the family, and has since slightly disappeared, who used to come to demonstrations wearing a cast on his right arm one day, and then on his left arm the next day or with no cast at all.”

“Right after the provocation, posters and shirts with the boy’s picture would immediately be handed out. Everything was pre-prepared. This is what’s known as Pallywood,” Oren added.

An official in Oren’s ministry said the investigation did not lead to conclusive results, admitting that the Tamimis are probably a real family but that certain members have been “added” to it over the years.