A Facebook meme shared in a number of African countries claims to show a rock that miraculously floats above the ground in Jerusalem, Israel.
It reads: “There’s a floating rock in Jerusalem, floating in the air from thousands of years. After many researches, still there is no explanation on it.”
The meme, posted on 6 July 2017, has been shared 5,600 times.
Second version from Saudi Arabia
Another meme uses the same photo, but with the background whited out. This version has a more detailed story, set in Saudi Arabia in 1989.
It claims that a “mujahid” – Arabic for a person fighting in jihad or “holy war” – was shot dead at the rock, and that the rock has floated in the air since.
The meme also claims that fresh blood appears on the rock once a year, on the anniversary of the mujahid’s death.
But is the image authentic? We checked.
Wind-eroded rock formation, photoshopped
The image in the memes has been photoshopped to remove the pedestals, to make it look as if the rock is floating.
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