How the Latest Gaza-Israel Conflict Unfolded on Social Media

    by Jenny Xie
    November 26, 2012
    Both the "Israel Defense Forces":https://twitter.com/idfspokesperson and "Hamas":https://twitter.com/AlqassamBrigade used Twitter to post shareable messages of war.

    In mid-November, tension between Gaza and Israel escalated to new heights as hundreds of rockets were exchanged over the region day after day. Both the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas, the political group that governs the Gaza Strip have taken the battle to Twitter, where they broadcast attack strategies, death tolls, victim photos, and more. The IDF has also expanded their official social media presence to Facebook and Tumblr. The following Storify covers important tweets exchanged between the IDF and Hamas, as well as essential readings on social media’s role in the conflict.

    "I don't think I have ever been in a conflict where so many media buildings were deliberately targeted by a government" - "@pdanahar":http://twitter.com/pdanahar

    Jenny Xie is the PBS MediaShift editorial intern. Jenny is a senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying architecture and management. She is a digital-media junkie fascinated by the intersection of media, design, and technology. Jenny can be found blogging for MIT Admissions, tweeting @canonind, and sharing her latest work and interests here.

    Tagged: citizen journalism gaza-israel journalists social media and politics twitter warfare

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