[ View the story "Battleground Twitter" on Storify] Battleground Twitter As the Gaza conflict rages online, is social media now an instrument of war?
Storified by The Stream · Thu, Nov 15 2012 09:41:22
Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz posted this
of hashtags used to document the Gaza conflict on Twitter. The competing hashtags include #PrayForGaza, which has far
#PrayForIsrael in its number of mentions.
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools, but our spirit will never die. We will not go down in Gaza tonight. #PrayForGazaمحمد اشرف زاباني
#PrayForIsrael !! israel's under fire. no school's tomorrow. routine has stopped. kids are praying for their lives!!!24th February 2011
#PrayForIsrael and #PrayForGaza please God just make them stop killing each other , I pray for all because it's about humanity .Mena Faخry
People on the ground in Gaza used Twitter to post live updates even after power had gone out:
Electricity is off. #GazaWalaa Al Ghussein
More than ten strikes just in 5 mins!!! what is going on! #Gaza #PrayForGazaMohammed Y. Ismail
After the military strike that killed Hamas commander Ahmad Jabari, the Israeli army went on a Twitter offensive, tweeting updates on the operation as well as this image of Jabari:
The video footage of the Israeli army's airstrike that killed Hamas commander Ahmad Jabari has been viewed more than 700,000 times in less than 24 hours. The video was briefly
for violating YouTube's terms of service but later reinstated.
IDF Pinpoint Strike on Ahmed Jabari, Head of Hamas Military Wingidfnadesk
Questions were also raised after the Israeli army account tweeted this threat to Hamas operatives in Gaza. Twitter's
terms of service
prohibit "direct, specific threats of violence against others".
We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.IDF
The official account for the Hamas military wing @AlqassamBrigade has also posted updates and responded to the Israeli army's threat:
@idfspokesperson Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)Alqassam Brigades
1:20, Al Qassam Brigades shelling Israeli Nerim artillery site with 2 mortars#Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #Hamas #ShaleStones #Palestine #IslamAlqassam Brigades
Information also spread quickly before events had become clear, such as this video which purported to show Hamas rockets in Tel Aviv.
لحظة سقوط صواريخ كتائب القسام على تل أبيبshaamnews11
The Israeli army and Hamas have disputed the claim.
Clarification: No rockets were fired from #Gaza on Tel-Aviv. #Hamas propaganda is constantly spreading misinformation.IDF
#Israeli occupation admits shelling Tel Aviv Tel El Rabee city with Fajer and homemade projectiles by Al Qassam Brigades, Hama's armed wing.Alqassam Brigades