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The claim: US, UK and Israel said no to a ceasefire in Gaza in 2023

An Oct. 26 Instagram post (direct link, archive link) shows an image of the front page of the British newspaper The Independent.

The question “Middle East: Who backs immediate ceasefire?” is in the center of the page. Dozens of countries’ flags are placed beneath the answer “Yes,” while the U.S., U.K. and Israel are the only countries shown under “No.”

“Israel’s accomplices, America and England, are pushing themselves into worthless isolation,” reads the post’s caption. It includes hashtags such as “#GazaUnderAttack” and “Palestine,” connecting the image to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza.

The post received more than 1,000 likes in six days. Similar versions of the claim were shared on Facebook, Instagram and X, formerly Twitter.

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Our rating: False

The headline was featured in a 2006 issue of the newspaper during the Israel-Hezbollah war. It’s unrelated to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

Image shows 2006 issue of newspaper

The newspaper issue wasn’t published amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, which has killed more than 9,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis as of Nov. 2.

The issue’s date, though blurry, can be seen in the top-right corner of the page: “21 July 2006.”

A picture of the issue’s front page can also be found on, a newspaper archive website, and carries the same date.

According to reports at the time, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George Bush rejected demands to back the United Nations’ call for an immediate ceasefire in the 2006 conflict between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

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In a similar fashion, President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Risi Sunak have not supported calls for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Both have endorsed humanitarian pauses instead.

A resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza was passed by the U.N. General Assembly on Oct. 27, with 120 countries voting in agreement, according to the Times of Israel. Fourteen countries, including the U.S., voted against it, while 45 countries, including the U.K., abstained from voting.

USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the post for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

Reuters, the Associated Press and Check Your Fact also debunked the claim.

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