Iran Muslim Who Set California Wildfires Burned American Flag At U.C. Berkeley Protest Is Fake News

By Shawn Rice

An Iran Muslim who was accused of setting the California wildfires seen in a photograph burning the U.S. flag at a U.C. Berkeley protest is fake news. There is no truth that “Mohammad Islam” caused the wildfires in California or that he joined in the burning of the U.S. flag at an university protest.

At least 42 people have been killed in the wildfires and more than 7,000 buildings have been destroyed. The devastating fires have caused more than $1 billion in damages, according to the Washington Post. Cal Fire continues to investigate the cause of the wildfires.

Where did this fake news originate? Freedum Junkshun published the fake news article, reporting that Mohammad Islam caused the California wildfires and could be seen in a photograph burning the U.S. flag at a protest on the campus of U.S. Berkeley. You can read the fake news below.

Ever since illegal immigrant from Iran Mohammad Islam was arrested for setting the California wildfires, there have been many questions.

So far, we know that he came to the United States under a student visa while Obama was President then dropped out of school. He was supposed to return to Iran, but instead “disappeared” according to the FBI.

Islam did not resurface until someone captured a photograph of him leaving the area where the wildfire originated and discovered a can of gasoline and a blowtorch discarded. Fingerprints matching Islam’s were found on the can.

Much of his activities since November 2016 are still a mystery, but he was spotted on the campus of U.C. Berkeley in August at a protest in which a group of mostly Muslim students burned an American flag.

The protest was allegedly against Donald Trump’s supposed mistreatment of Muslims but as with all liberal displays, it turned into an anti-American hate rally.

However, there is no truth to the above story. A previous fake claim by Freedum Junkshun was debunked. As for this fake news article, the image used with the fake news article is actually attributed to Adel Hana of the Associated Press with the following caption:

Palestinians burn a U.S. flag during a protest against the movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” near the United Nations office in Gaza City, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Muslim anger over perceived Western insults to Islam has exploded several times, most recently in Tuesday’s attacks against U.S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East in which U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.

UPDATE: Muslim Who Set CA Wildfires Burned American Flag At U.C. Berkeley Protest https://t.co/WgTEUDoNwW where is OUR LAW. LOCK THEM UP!

— Angel (@angelbabyangeba) October 21, 2017

UPDATE: Muslim Who Set CA Wildfires Burned American Flag At U.C. Berkeley Protesthttps://t.co/UrcIk0jHik

— Patrick Stalli (@PatrickStalli) October 20, 2017

OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!!!!!https://t.co/lbr33GFur8

— Nana (@lucym62) October 19, 2017

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