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in General Factchecking by Master (4.7k points)
No name is provided and this sounds like it could be exaggerated to stir up controversy.

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by Apprentice (2.0k points)
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The Florida Republican, Rep. Brian Mast, did wear a military uniform on Capitol Hill but it was the uniform he had when he was serving in the Israel Defense Forces in 2015. This happened back on October 13, 2023, and Mast did this because he wanted to show support to Israel since Hamas sent a surprise attack against Israel which killed 1,300 people. This led Israel to send an airstrike. About a month after this event, Mast describes Palestinians who are a part of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad or Hamas as considered a terrorist and that “there are very few innocent Palestinian citizens.”

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4254384-brian-mast-israeli-military-uniform-capitol-hill/#:~:text=Rep.%20Brian%20Mast%20(R%2D,Hamas's%20surprise%20attack%20last%20weekend.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4288268-brian-mast-innocent-palestinian-civilians/

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/oct/13/rep-brian-mast-dons-israeli-military-uniform-in-ca/

 

by Novice (890 points)
I like how you cited multiple articles in your fact check and added a quote as well. You did a good job at explaining what you had found. I think it is important how you provided evidence and background. Some sources may be giving correct news with false background or misleading tag lines.
by Apprentice (1.4k points)
The sources you used seem trust worthy. Both are consistent and reputable news sources. I like that you provided dates and a specific quote in your answer as well. This provides additional support to your answer.
by Novice (520 points)
This is a good fact check. It sites many sources as well as giving background on why he wore the uniform. You put lots of detail that a reader might need or question when reviewing this statement. It expands on your understanding and the readers. I really appreciated the quote and his current standing on the political issue.
by Novice (700 points)
This is a great fact check! I think it is important to also add that wore it to show his support on behalf of the US for Israeli support. He served for both Israel and the United States. His time in Israel consisted of one month of volunteer military work. He feels that it is only right and fair he should be able to represent another country: “The halls of Congress belong to America,” Mr. Miller wrote on X. “They should be reserved for flags that embody our great nation.” https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/oct/13/rep-brian-mast-dons-israeli-military-uniform-in-ca/
by Apprentice (1.2k points)
This fact check is really good. You provided multiple sources that show the real purpose of why he wore an old uniform. You provided detail that helps the reader with the evidence of the overall claim.
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by Novice (990 points)

A Florida congressman, Brian Mast, did wear a an Israeli military uniform to a GOP conference meeting on October 13th following a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7 which ended up killing 1,300 citizens of Israel. When asked about why he wore it he stated “As the only member to serve with both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces, I will always stand with Israel.”After a little digging I was able to find that in 2015 he volunteered to serve alongside Israel Defensive Forces to ,"show support for the freedom Israel represents throughout the Middle East and the world."

https://mastforcongress.com/meet-brian/

 https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news/brian-mast-idf-uniform-gop-us-b2429500.html

by Novice (570 points)
Great job digging even deeper as to why he wore the uniform. There are lots of reasons shown as to why he did, however you went deeper to explain why he did wear the uniform. You gave a lot of good context.
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by Apprentice (1.1k points)

In the post, the congressman's name is never mentioned, which is the first part of misleading information. The congressman in question is Brian Mast, a Florida Congressman part of the Republican Party. The post is correct in stating that Mast wore an Israeli Military Uniform following the October 7th attacks. The post fails to give any context to mast's past. As he served in a volunteer role in the Israeli Military in 2015 and is very proud of it. “As the only member to serve with both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces, I will always stand with Israel,” He wrote to Twitter. It is clear that the publisher "@GoodPoliticGuy" is writing this post based on his opinion of Israel. This is a misleading post because he does not even say the name of the congressman in his post and it seems to go with his agenda or beliefs. It is a very informal post and I think confuses viewers. It is true that he said “there are very few innocent Palestinian citizens” during a speech on the house floor in October.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4288268-brian-mast-innocent-palestinian-civilians/

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2023/oct/13/rep-brian-mast-dons-israeli-military-uniform-in-ca/

by Novice (840 points)
This is a great start to the fact-check as you appropriately answer the beginning of the claim. You address who the congressman is and give the necessary context to the situation. However, the 'X' user also claims the congressman said there are no innocent civilians. A different fact check mentions that Brian Mast said, "There are very few innocent Palestinian civilians." This is an important piece of information, as the claim takes this statement to the extreme and twists his words, all be it slightly.
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4288268-brian-mast-innocent-palestinian-civilians/
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by Apprentice (1.2k points)

This is true. Brian Mast is the representative for the 21st District in Florida. On Friday, October 13th, 2023, Mast wore his military uniform from his time serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to Capitol Hill. His did this following Hamas's surprise attack on Israel the weekend prior.

That same day, Mast posted to his Twitter account with photos of him in his uniform being interviewed. In this post he writes, "As the only member to serve with both the United States Army and the Israel Dense Forces, I will always stand with Israel."

by Apprentice (1.3k points)
Very simple and straight to the point! I also appreciate linking back to his own Twitter account and quoting him as proof.

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