Online hearts and minds
July 5, 2014 07:46
‘Hasbara’ hub: Israeli social media activists are setting agendas and dueling it out on the Internet with pro-Palestinian activists.
People gather at a rally last week in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, to bring attention to the kidnapping of three yeshiva students, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, Eyal Yifrah, 19.
(photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
On Wednesday, June 18, Mohammad AlQadi woke up to a barrage of inquiries from friends abroad. “Israeli friends who work for peace asked why I support the kidnapping of three Israelis in Palestine, and I was surprised to see my photos used in a campaign of hate,” he explained.Wearing a kaffiyeh and holding up three fingers, AlQadi’s image was one in a long line of photos of Palestinians, mostly children, holding up three fingers to support the abduction on June 12 of Naftali Fraenkel (16, from Nof Ayalon); Gil-Ad Shaer (16, from Talmon); and Eyal Yifrah (19, from Elad). The problem: AlQadi had taken that photo over a year ago, in support of a Palestinian singer from Gaza competing in Arab Idol – whose voting number was three.