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Friday, May 14, 2021

In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to launch rocket attacks at Israelis from densely populated civilian areas. Instead, the video that he shared, which can be found on many YouTube channels and other video-hosting sites, was from 2018. [I]t showed militants firing rockets not from Gaza but from Syria or Libya.



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The video was just one piece of misinformation that has circulated on Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media this week about the rising violence between Israelis and Palestinians, as Israeli military ground forces attacked Gaza early on Friday. The false information has included videos, photos and clips of text purported to be from government officials in the region, with posts baselessly claiming early this week that Israeli soldiers had invaded Gaza, or that Palestinian mobs were about to rampage through sleepy Israeli suburbs.

The lies have been amplified as they have been shared thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook, spreading to WhatsApp and Telegram groups that have thousands of members, according to an analysis by The New York Times. The effect of the misinformation is potentially deadly, disinformation experts said, inflaming tensions between Israelis and Palestinians when suspicions and distrust have already run high.

Every single conflict on the globe will be fought asymmetrically and governments better learn how to deal with this new reality. Not only does one have to take on a military or insurgency, one also has to fight lies and disinformation campaigns designed to keep chaos ascendent. Skepticism and distrust can be potent weapons just like rockets and bombs. All of them are getting people killed, maimed, and displaced, often through no fault of their own

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-14 12:30 PM | Reply

Israel has been "swatting" the Palestinians for generations.

#2 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2021-05-14 03:41 PM | Reply

It's shocking that slumlord Jared failed to bring a lasting peace to the region.

#3 | Posted by Reinheitsgebot at 2021-05-15 08:56 AM | Reply

This isn't just social media, but it is the Israeli government pushing disinformation towards its own benefit -

A Press Corps Deceived, and the Gaza Invasion That Wasn't

The Israeli military abruptly announced after midnight on Friday that its ground forces had begun "attacking in the Gaza Strip," saying it on Twitter, in text messages to journalists, and in on-the-record confirmations by an English-speaking army spokesman.

Several international news organizations, including The New York Times, immediately alerted readers worldwide that a Gaza incursion or invasion was underway, a major escalation of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities.

Within hours, those reports were all corrected: No invasion had taken place. Rather, ground troops had opened fire at targets in Gaza from inside Israeli territory, while fighters and drones were continuing to attack from the air.

But by Friday evening, several leading Israeli news outlets were reporting that the incorrect announcement was no accident, but had actually been part of an elaborate deception. The intent, the media reports said, was to dupe Hamas fighters into thinking that an invasion had begun and to respond in ways that would expose far greater numbers of them to what was being called a devastatingly lethal Israeli attack.

Deception has always been a weapon of war, but never one as potentially powerful as it is today.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-05-15 09:17 AM | Reply

"By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War"

Why don't the Israelis buy the land? They can afford to overpay, its pennies to the shekel in the long run. As they buy more and more land the threat of a plebiscite will scare any holdouts to settle on a price. It will be expensive, but how much does the Iron Dome cost? How much for the wall and the checkpoints? How much to rent American, British and French politicians? It has to be cheaper to just buy the land.
I think the rest of the world would agree to give provisional visas to Palestinian families who sell. We're talking about the population of Omaha, flush, ready for normalcy and spread out over dozens of countries.

#5 | Posted by BluSky at 2021-05-15 11:37 AM | Reply

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