Battleground Twitter

As the Gaza conflict rages online, is social media now an instrument of war?


  1. Via Instagram user rabaya
    Via Instagram user rabaya
  2. Via Instagram user ialagha
    Via Instagram user ialagha
  3. Via Facebook page "We Are All Khaled Said"
    Via Facebook page "We Are All Khaled Said"
  4. Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz posted this timeline of hashtags used to document the Gaza conflict on Twitter. The competing hashtags include #PrayForGaza, which has far surpassed #PrayForIsrael in its number of mentions. 
  5. People on the ground in Gaza used Twitter to post live updates even after power had gone out:
  6. After the military strike that killed Hamas commander Ahmad Jabari, the Israeli army went on a Twitter offensive, tweeting updates on the operation as well as this image of Jabari:
  7. The video footage of the Israeli army's airstrike that killed Hamas commander Ahmad Jabari has been viewed more than 700,000 times in less than 24 hours. The video was briefly removed for violating YouTube's terms of service but later reinstated. 
  8. IDF Pinpoint Strike on Ahmed Jabari, Head of Hamas Military Wing
  9. Questions were also raised after the Israeli army account tweeted this threat to Hamas operatives in Gaza. Twitter's terms of service prohibit "direct, specific threats of violence against others".  
  10. The official account for the Hamas military wing @AlqassamBrigade has also posted updates and responded to the Israeli army's threat: 
  11. Information also spread quickly before events had become clear, such as this video which purported to show Hamas rockets in Tel Aviv. 
  12. لحظة سقوط صواريخ كتائب القسام على تل أبيب