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Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online
Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 7:09 AM EDT | Tia Goldenberg

Posted on 07/23/2014 6:33:27 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration.

Using videos, Twitter, text messages, leaflets and phone calls, both sides have attempted to direct the tone of the fighting—for their own public, their opponent’s population and for a global audience. Propaganda and psychological warfare are nothing new in battle, but technology and social media have exponentially increased the ability of each side to penetrate their intended audiences.

Each side has sought to tip the moral scale in its favor with an international audience. Israel has tried to make its case that it is defending its citizens from unprovoked attacks but taking steps to avoid killing civilians on the other side. Hamas has appealed to the world by pointing to the high civilian death toll from Israel’s onslaught on Gaza. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror

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