A hoax is an trick that fools a lot of people. Evolutionists have used fossils as hoaxes; see Piltdown Man. Arab partisans have faked civilian deaths to accuse Israel of atrocities.
- During an April 2002 funeral procession, the stretcher carrying the "victim" was dropped. Thankfully, the "victim" sprung up quickly and shook it off. The West was fooled, though, for at least a few days earlier that month following an intense battle at the Jenin refugee camp, a known terrorist hotbed. Palestinians immediately accused the Jewish state of systematically committing war crimes, and the Western press parroted the claims uncritically. That no massacre actually occurred — even the United Nations found no evidence to suggest one had — received only a fraction of the earlier coverage.