8
Jul

#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
7
Jul

Using Social Media to Unite

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

The world waited as the search for three kidnapped Israeli teens – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel – lasted for over two weeks. And now the world mourns with the three boys’ families, after learning that they were murdered. Throughout, social media has connected those around the globe – in hope, in grief, in prayer. Writing for The Algemeiner, Anav Silverman looks at the effect social media had and has on the three boys’ kidnapping and killing:

The online campaign, which went viral, garnered millions of hits with supportive tweets from such personalities as Gal Gadot, Matisyahu, Bar Refaeli, European parliamentarians, and U.S. congressmen …

“In reality, our collective efforts in the Bring Back Our Children campaigns achieved an important result: we managed to make people of…

   
Posted in: Algemeiner / Anav Silverman / EyalGiladNaftali
7
Jul

Students Take Exams Amid Falling Rockets

(Photo: flickr/ lighthousenews)

(Photo: flickr/ lighthousenews)

As terrorist rockets rain down on southern Israel, life still goes on for the people who live there. The Jerusalem Post reports on the students who are still taking their exams despite the rocket attacks, and on how The Fellowship is helping the region’s children and other residents during this difficult time:

“The matriculation exam was stressful – both because of the material and also because of the Kassams [rockets]. If there wasn’t a threat of a Code Red siren it would much less stressful,” said Aviv Levy, a 10th-grade student from Sderot who took the matriculation exam in communications on Thursday morning.

Levy said that just prior to the start of the exam the siren sounded.

“We received instructions from teachers beforehand on how to act and how to stay calm,…

   
Posted in: education / Israel / Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
2
Jul

Parents Eulogize Murdered Sons: “We’ll Learn to Sing Without You”

(Photo: screenshot/ Channel 2)

(Photo: screenshot/ Channel 2)

Before Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel were eulogized by Israel’s public figures and buried side-by-side, the murdered teens were remembered at separate services in their respective hometowns. While the grief that the boys’ parents must be experiencing is unfathomable, the eulogies each gave for their lost sons were as eloquent and full of faith as they were heartbreaking:

“Rest in peace, my son,” Rachelle Frenkel said, standing in front of her son’s flag-draped body. “We’ll learn to sing without you. We’ll always hear your voice inside.”

Ofir Shaar found strength as he addressed Gilad:

“My prayer shawl is orphaned, it envelopes your untarnished body before you are buried in the soil of the Israel you so loved. You are part of the family of Israel. Your final message and your ascension…

   
Posted in: EyalGiladNaftali / funeral / Israel
1
Jul

Responding to the Senseless Deaths

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

Yesterday’s discovery of the bodies of Eyal Yifrach (19), Gilad Shaar (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16), who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas a little over two weeks ago, has brought the entire Jewish state to a place of mourning. Spontaneous prayer vigils popped up all over the country well into the night, as mothers and fathers sobbed for children lost to other parents.

Candles arranged in Star of David formations flickered alongside tea lights spelling out the boys’ names, all encircled by teenagers swaying in unison, singing songs of redemption and pain, frustration and hope, faith and unity. Cries could be heard throughout the night in Israel as the country mourned together as only the Jewish people can, with unmatched unity.

Our enemies must not mistake our cries for hopelessness, for when the…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / EyalGiladNaftali / Israel