Only 20 Years Old, She Has Foiled Two Terrorist Attacks

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

Throughout Operation Protective Edge – and long before – IDF soldiers performed many amazing deeds. But the IDF’s blog brings us the incredible story of 20-year-old Corporal Lihi Meir, a brave young woman who has already helped thwart two terrorist attacks:

The IDF Field Intelligence Corps is responsible for monitoring Israel’s most sensitive borders. Hundreds of observers, most of them female soldiers, scan video monitors around the clock, searching for the smallest details.

These soldiers are the eyes of the nation, ensuring the safety of Israel’s civilians on a daily basis. Corporal Lihi Meir is one of the soldiers responsible for Gaza’s northern border. Pressure, adrenaline and speed – these are the words she used to describe when she spotted…

Posted in: Gaza / IDF / IsraelUnderFire

Hamas Warns Gazans Not to Post Terrorist Deaths on Facebook

(Photo: flickr/ abd_abd4161

(Photo: flickr/ abd_abd4161

While Hamas has been using the people of Gaza as human shields so that the resulting photos of civilian casualties will bring international scorn on Israel, the terror organization is also trying to keep terrorist deaths off of social media. The IDF’s blog reports that Hamas has warned Gazans not to publish photos of terrorists during Operation Protective Edge:

Hamas has posted a Facebook message urging Gazans to stop publishing photos of terrorists killed by IDF forces. The post appeared yesterday (Aug. 5) on the official page of Hamas’ Ministry of the Interior and National Security. It instructs Palestinians to “refrain from disseminating photographs of martyrs of the resistance” in Gaza.

The message appears to have several purposes. In order to support Hamas’ claims of victory in battle, it…

Posted in: Facebook / Gaza / Hamas

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