An Uneasy Summer for Young Americans in Israel

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

While Israelis suffering through this latest conflict and unending terrorist rocket fire may seem used to such chaos, those from elsewhere are less adapted to it. Max Daniel, an American spending the summer in Tel Aviv with the Jewish Agency, writes this piece for Tablet on how life is for those young people who have not grown up with terror the norm:

The mood is complex: alternately tense, frightened, anxious, optimistic, adrenaline-pumped, political, apathetic, homesick, Zionist, militaristic, and pacifist. A few have returned to the States, some are on the fence, others are soothing the worried cries of their Jewish mothers, and still others are embracing Zionism and Israel with newfound fervor.

Gathering with friends after the workday now includes discussing where you were when the sirens sounded, if you…

Posted in: American Jews / Gaza / Hamas

#GazaUnderAttack Spreads False Photos on Social Media

As the IDF continues Operation Protective Edge to combat the rash of terrorist rockets being launched from Gaza, many pro-Palestinian people on social media have tried to sway public opinion against Israel by posting and tweeting photos that supposedly show the results of Israeli air strikes. The problem is, BBC News reports, many of these images are either old photos or taken in completely different locations:

Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects the airstrikes.

Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza, but a #BBCtrending analysis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Posted in: BBC / Gaza / Hamas