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86.5% of Israelis Disagree with Ceasefire, Poll Finds

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Read original source: http://www.newsweek.com/majority-israelis-are-unhappy-ceasefire-poll-argues-261555

By: Mohammed Zeyara

“86.5% of Israelis oppose the ceasefire in the Gaza strip according to a poll sponsored by Roni Rimon, a former strategist of prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s party.” -Damien Sharkov from Newsweek.

I hope people realize how big of a deal this is. When almost 90% of Israeli’s say do not ceasefire, what does that mean? It means they are not being hurt. So the resistance in Gaza claiming that they do not target civilians is true. It also means that they are supporting the massacres in Gaza and want to watch more Palestinians murdered. We’ve obviously seen that from multiple events they’ve done. Such as sitting on hilltops and chanting every time a bomb falls on Gaza. Or singing in protests “death to Arabs.” Or their ministers saying kill all Palestinian women. Or beating up Palestinian women in the street of Palestine. And much much more.

And Israel’s silly excuses are “self defence” and elimination of Hamas. If you are a believer of these excuses, please put down your ego, open your mind, and reflect on the current situation. Israel has been massacring Palestinians far before Hamas was formed or labeled as a terrorist group. Just yesterday Israel bombed a UN school which was a refuge for families seeking safety killing 10 people. Eye witnesses (even people who do not support Hamas in Gaza) say not a single “Hamas rocket” was fired from anywhere near. What about this UN car (attached), was a “Hamas” soldier running behind it and launching rockets to Israel, forcing Israel to target both? Or was a Hamas soldier “hiding” under the car for protection?

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No evidence of Hamas using Palestinians as human shields

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Gaza: why Israel is losing the social media war


By: Paul Mason

Sourcehttp://blogs.channel4.com/

When Shujaiya was attacked by the Israeli Defence Force, killing dozens of civilians, the first I heard about it was via Twitter, early Sunday morning.

An activist on the ground I follow tweeted: “people running out of Shujaiya, bodies lying on ground”.

Soon after, Mohammed Omer an award-winning Palestinian journalist who tweets as @Mogaza – reported:

“Israel refuse allowing ambulance crew to get into Shejaia now! scores of dead bodies in all streets now!

Not long after that, numerous western TV journalists stationed alongside Palestinian ambulance crews, including my colleague, Jonathan Miller, reported the same things. There was immediacy, corroboration and – with pictures – evidence.

Now compare that to the Israeli Defence Force Twitter feed, @IDFSpokesperson, as news emerged of the massive bombardment and civilian deaths. These are the first three tweets:

Nothing in those three tweets constitutes either a defence of, or explanation for, the killing of tens of non-combatants. But in the space between them, anybody following the Gaza conflict from both sides would have seen tens of independently shot images and accounts of civilian death and the destruction of housing and civilian infrastructure.

The incident shows who is winning the social media war over Gaza. It is evidence of a massive change in the balance of power between social media and the old, hierarchical media channels we used to rely on to understand wars.

Specifically social media has the power to do three things: first, to show people reality or a version of it independent of what TV networks show. Second, and I think just as important, journalists on the ground are using social media to report, necessarily short-circuiting the normal editorial processes that used to filter what they said. Third, to get into your real life consciousness much more powerfully than the old media.

Let’s work through each of these new powers and understand their impact. In a society where the media is supposed to observe balance and impartiality, getting real-time access to corroborated facts independently of TV stations is not so revolutionary.

But modern-day America is not one of those countries. Its media is traditionally heavily skewed towards the pro-Israeli view. My colleague, Matt Frei, tweeted that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interview with Netanyahu was less a grilling more “a warm bath and a back rub”. Others used more profane metaphors.

But now, for the first time in a major Arab-Israeli conflict, the American public has other sources of reality. All research says that young people everywhere regard Twitter as essentially a news service, and via your social network you can easily get served up words and pictures more impactful than anything on TV. By the time many Americans woke up on Sunday, these pictures were of dead Palestinian children.

Netanyahu complained the Hamas strategy was to provide “telegenically dead” people: but where Israel is losing the hearts and minds of the world is not via “tele” anything: it is in the JPEGs that stream into millions of people’s mobile phones every time they glance at the object in the palm of their hand.

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