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The hashtags of war: Israel and Hamas’s spin strategies on social media

The hashtags of war: Israel and Hamas’s spin strategies on social media | Israel Palestine Conflict | Scoop.it

InStruggle for domestic and international opinion is seen by both sides to have long-term stakes

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In a perspective that is fresh and far from the usual political ongoings on the takes on Gaza and Israel and Palestine in general, this article deals with how social media is being used for propaganda/inciting hatred/sending threatening messages back and forth, in the Israel-Palestine war.

Both sides mock and threaten one another. The Hamas encourages Palestine to hashtag their casualties as innocent victims, whereas Israel insists that they be called the human shields used by the Hamas - demonstrating the deep-rooted disparity and mutual hatred.

While international leaders tend to promote their points of view while demoting the others on a subtle scale, this article shows the reality of those actually suffering in the war, thus providing an insight into what is truly happening, behind the veil of diplomacy and political dealings. 

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Gaza crisis: Who's who in Hamas

Gaza crisis: Who's who in Hamas | Israel Palestine Conflict | Scoop.it
The political and the military arms of Hamas appear to have contrasting aims. Who's calling the shots?
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This article attempts to provide an insight on the constituency of the Hamas leadership, and to attempt to understand who is in control of the war against Israel. 

The article also highlights what the international community believes about the Hamas, and the fact that the Hamas has altogether rejected the Egyptian-proposed ceasefire, by declaring it not worth their time.

The video provides a breakdown of the infamous political party. The article summarises itself with the affirmation that it is the Hamas military that has set itself in charge, as claimed by head of Middle East and North Africa Country Risk and Forecasting at IHS, Abi Ali. 

This article highlights an agenda, a budget, and an international community's perspective. 

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Israel Targetting Hamas not Palestinians - YouTube

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni speaks with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Israel's invasion of Gaza.Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni speaks with C...
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In a YouTube video wherein the comments section is peppered with a majority of anti-Zionist feelings, the Israeli Justice Minister addresses how the Israeli government is at war, not with Palestinian civilians, but with the Hamas regime. This, she insists, is demonstrated by how they call out for a civilian-clearance of the Palestinian areas they are going to attack.

The video in itself sounds like a politically-motivated justification, whereas the majority of the anti-Zionist extremist comments  seem to scoff at these 'transparent' justifications, accuses Israelis of being murders and 'killers of innocent children', and elucidates upon its disgust with the international community and world leaders for their negligence of the violence Israelis are inflicting on Gaza, and on Palestinian civilians in general, thus rounding off one perspective with the (hateful) counter-arguments of the other.

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Israeli PM: We Kill Palestinians Because Hamas Wants 'Telegenically Dead' - YouTube

"Reiterating a point made in an interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Sunday m...
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Aptly captioned in the video with "The Devil Made Me Do It", the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blames the Palestinians for the Palestinian death toll, at that point a 550 versus Israel's 25, on the Hamas regime itself.

The rationale employed behind this is that the Hamas is attempting an attack on the character of Israel to defame them in the international community, and to seek sympathetic support from the international community, by killing off their own in gruesome ways.

Considering the source of this information is the leader of one of the warring sides, the information can be perceived as biased, and thus slightly more "conspiracy theory" than actual, valid truth with a solid foundation. 

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Israel Is Facing Difficult Choice in Gaza Conflict

Israel Is Facing Difficult Choice in Gaza Conflict | Israel Palestine Conflict | Scoop.it
With the lopsided casualty count mounting, world leaders are demanding a halt to the hostilities. But Israel’s ground invasion operation has uncovered more militants’ tunnels than it expected.
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This article provides an insight into the conflict faced by the Israeli government in agreeing to a complete ceasefire as appealed to by Ban Ki Moon, John Kerry, and the international community in general. Their reluctance is owing to the tunnels unearthed by the Israeli forces which enable the Hamas militants to enter Israeli territory - if they agree to a ceasefire, they will be providing their enemy an added advantage in the form of the leverage to attack. 

This article, while highlighting the key points of this historical conflict between Israel and Palestine, and a fair idea of the violence that has prevailed, seems to focus on Israel's point of view, making them the victims of Palestinian Hamas and the zero-tolerance it is associated with, without adding the Palestinian perspective on the same.

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Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire

Kerry's Aim In Egypt: First, Get Israel And Hamas To Cease Fire | Israel Palestine Conflict | Scoop.it
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
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This interview deals with the issue of John Kerry's visit to Egypt.

The reporter expresses appropriate scepticism on the issue of what good Kerry's visit will do, whether the international community (and who specifically in it) is pressurising them to aid a cease-fire. Finally, the reporter also asks whether the world leaders have any concrete plans as to what should follow the ceasefire, especially in Gaza.

The reporter provides the information on the international pressure Kerry brings with him for a ceasefire, the complications of the situation owing to Kerry's refusal to speak to the Hamas, and Hamas's distrust of Egypt, alongside the potential aftermath of a ceasefire, which he describes at present as letting Gaza 'breathe.'


This interview provides the international perspective and plans on the issue, without an obvious bias towards either Israel or Palestine, but with an emphasis of the US distrust and lack of enthusiasm in dealing directly with the Palestinian Hamas.
 

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Oren: Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians

Oren: Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians | Israel Palestine Conflict | Scoop.it
Michael Oren says Hamas mounts a sophisticated media and military campaign that puts its own people at risk
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This article has been written by a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. It covers how Israel, while responding out of its duty to its sovereignty, to Hamas's attacks, tries to minimise the damage to Israeli civilians through warnings etc, and constantly strives to make their attacks on the Hamas 'more surgical still.' It blames the Hamas, however, for disguising as women and old men, and firing from Red Cross vehicles. It also blames the Hamas for making it physically impossible for Palestinian civilians to flee from combat zones.

Additionally, it attacks the Hamas  for using the media to display Palestinian casualties to all and sundry, while Israel prefers to maintain the privacy and dignity of their fallen.

This article forms the opinion that many seem to share in the international community - that Hamas has no allegiance towards, or sympathy for, the civilians it is has the duty to protect. 

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Madeleine Albright: Hamas putting civilians in line of fire hurts Israel’s ‘moral authority’ - Hot Air

Madeleine Albright: Hamas putting civilians in line of fire hurts Israel’s ‘moral authority’ - Hot Air | Israel Palestine Conflict | Scoop.it
Incoherence.
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Another perspective of the Israeli side on the disputed issue of whether Hamas forces are using civilians as 'human shields' in order to protect their military forces - arises in the form of the statement issued by U.S. Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.

The former diplomat states that this loss of life is "sapping Israeli forces of its moral authority", while on the other hand Israel is insistent that they will not be apologetic for being particularly good at preserving their civilians' lives, when questioned about the Israeli death toll in comparison to the Palestinian.

The article seems to aim towards pointing out the iffiness of Albright's stance on the issue, and sums it up with a self-deprecating remark on 'our' forgetfulness of the many international affairs-related inadequacies of George W Bush's government. This, therefore, puts it as an article that is apparently critical of the American stance on the issue. 


 

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Why do Palestinians continue to support Hamas despite such devastating losses? | +972 Magazine

Why do Palestinians continue to support Hamas despite such devastating losses? | +972 Magazine | Israel Palestine Conflict | Scoop.it
I know of many Palestinians who do not like Hamas. Yet for them, the Gaza war is about the siege – part of their own war of independence. Israelis refuse to get that. In The…
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This document provides a Palestinian perspective of the violence in Gaza, and the conflict in general, by, surprisingly, an Israeli. 

In a world marked by the idea that each has to defend their own, this Israeli boldly steps out to try and perceive the Palestinian perspective and the reasons behind their support of the staunch idealogical Hamas regime. The Israeli focuses on how all Israel has been at fault, and draws parallels to the effectiveness of Kennedy's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and on the other hand, the mixed perspectives, and the resultant misunderstandings, of the Vietnam War.

What makes this article easier to interpret is the parallels drawn with points in history, and the fact that an Israeli could draw such an understanding perspective on the mindsets of Palestinians.  

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Watching Movies During Wartime: A Report From Jerusalem

Watching Movies During Wartime: A Report From Jerusalem | Israel Palestine Conflict | Scoop.it
"Welcome to Jerusalem," the driver said. "There is your first rocket."

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This article provides a perspective on an outsider (specifically an American's) experience in Jerusalem during the ongoing escalation in the Israel-Palestine conflict, outlining the manner in which the eruption of violence has become almost routine for the Israelis. It also provides an artistic interpretation of the conflict (via films), and how there are political messages underlaying every aspect of life in the conflict region. It is an accurate interpretation of a terrible political situation through a layman's eyes.

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