As Israel strikes back, fake Gaza images dominate social media

A BBC report has found that many of the photographs used to illustrate the situation in Gaza are from years ago, and even from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

A significant part of any battle nowadays is waged in the media, as each sides tries to garner public support through the exploit of images and footage used to influence popular opinion.

A report by the BBC (external - login to view) shows that Palestinian supporters are using fake images to illustrate the suffering in Gaza.

“Graphic images are being shared on social media to show how people have been affected by the renewed tensions between Israel and the Palestinians,” the BBC reported.

“Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.”

The hashtag has received 375,000 retweets in eight days.

“A #BBCtrending investigation has found that many of these images are not from the latest conflict and not even from Gaza. Some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq,” the report said.

Hamas has used this tactic in the past too. Tazpit’s Anav Silverman reported in 2012 that during Operation Pillar of Defense, the militant organization used fake images of Gaza with false headlines, inciting a flurry of comments on Facebook against Israel.

The photos were of massacres that occurred in Syria the previous month, but were depicted as massacres of Gazan families by the IDF. Other such incidents reoccur persistently.

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lone wolf
Who'd have thought someone in the Holy Land could lie...
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Who'd have thought someone in the Holy Land could lie...

Neither side seems to have a monopoly on lying though. The whole thing is a giant mess and I think there is nothing can be done to appease both sides. Except maybe spike their drinking water with MDMA for a several years until they have a new generation of un-indoctrinated people.
In war we have civilians killed. Some wars have had a high ratio of soldiers to civilian deaths.
The Israelis have the lowest ratio of civilians killed to shall we say Hamas soldiers..
Israel, from calling ahead to warn of an attack to dropping a thumper, a small round to warn those an attack is imminent and to evacuate asap.
Hamas is bankrupt as funds have dried up, cut off from their support in Egypt as Morsi is off to jail, no invasion, so no mass causalities so far.
So the Israelis will in my opinion use air strikes against Hamas sites and continue to degrade their capability to attack.
Reports are they have approx 10 K rockets.
Gaza is small, they will be located and attacked.

Unless Hamas causes some significant death toll inside Israel, a ground offensive will be delayed.
That is where the rate rises and world opinion and prssure is then place on Israel
Now one leader was blown away on his couch, civilians were also killed.
So who is at fault here for that 1 incident?
Israel for taking out a Hamas Terrorist, and having provided a warning round an attack was imminent, or the Hamas member.

Hamas needs this war, they need support, they need funds, they need to show they stand up to Israel.
Israel has stated, stop the rockets, we stop the air strikes.
lone wolf
...they need attention.

It's a common problem
Last edited by lone wolf; Jul 10th, 2014 at 08:03 PM..

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Hope the Israelis sort out ISIS once they have finished off Hamas and Hezbollah. It's time to nip this Muslim problem in the bud once and for all.

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