Israel Defense Forces Usher in War 2.0

Nov 20th, 2012 | Category: Latest News | 142 comments


War is never pretty and its repercussions are horrific. Most people are naturally against the concept of war and do not tend to support armies that are perceived as invaders. This is where war propaganda kicks in. Its goal is to convince public opinion that a particular military operation is the best thing that could ever happen to the world today. If propaganda doesn’t always succeed in making people fully support a military operation, it still often manages to prevent general outcry and indignation from the masses.

Israel has never really enjoyed global support in its multiple military operations against Palestine. While officials claim that Israel has the “right to defend itself”, it is still widely perceived across the world as a strong, U.S.-backed aggressor that is attacking a weak and oppressed population. However, with Operation Pillar of Defense the IDF came equipped with a new weapon to face a hostile public opinion: Social media presence.

As I stated in the article on KONY 2012, the most effective way of influencing public opinion today is not through CNN or newspapers, but through the internet, especially social media. For this military operation in Gaza, the IDF made full use of its social media outlets and has been actively propagating its message through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr and a blog. It is the first time that an army of that magnitude broadcasts up-to-the-minute information on its own military operation.

The IDF’s official Twitter account (@IDFSpokesperson) has become one the most important sources of information regarding Operation Pillar of Defense. The Twitter feed relays information such as the time and location airstrikes, links to anti-Hamas YouTube videos and even information on notable kills. While the strategy has certainly succeeded in going viral and garnering world-wide attention , the war-mongering tone of these live updates have horrified many observers. Here’s an article on the IDF’s Twitter offensive.

 

Military Strikes Go Viral: Israel Is Live-Tweeting Its Own Offensive Into Gaza

It’s no Apple keynote. It’s Operation Pillar of Defense.

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The Persian Gulf War marked a major change in the way Americans experienced combat from their living rooms. It was the first time civilians got to see explosions going off under computerized crosshairs, in grainy black-and-white — a development that led people to marvel at war’s growing resemblance to video games. Then came YouTube. Suddenly, Internet users had on-demand access to a wealth of helmetcam footage — this time in color — taken by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Still, for the most part, you had to dig it up yourself if you wanted to watch.

Now we’ve arrived at the latest iteration in digital warfare: when military operations are liveblogged in real time, and the updates are delivered right to your social newsfeed.

Over the past six hours, Israel’s military has been hammering Gaza with a barrage of missiles. The IDF’s public relations team, meanwhile, has just as steadily been covering the offensive — updating its Twitter handle, @IDFSpokesperson, with the play-by-play on Operation Pillar of Defense. Within moments of the opening salvo, IDF officials announced that they’d killed the top operative in Hamas’ armed services:

The first target, hit minutes ago, was Ahmed Al-Jabari, head of the military wing: idfblog.com/2012/11/14/idf…

Breaking news on social media may seem like oh-so-2009. But livetweeting an ongoing mission is something we haven’t seen before. Minutes after the initial announcement, the IDF posted a video of what it claimed to be the airstrike that killed Ahmed Jabri, the Hamas official:

In case you missed it – VIDEO – IDF Pinpoint Strike on Ahmed Jabari, Head of Military Wing youtu.be/P6U2ZQ0EhN4

The IDF then literally told the enemy to run and hide — an instruction that has so far been retweeted over 2,000 times:

We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.

It gets weirder: In reply to that message, Hamas’ military wing wrote back … on Twitter.

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So now what we’re looking at is a full-on information war being waged over the Internet in addition to in the streets. The exchange is reminiscent of an earlier encounter between NATO officials in Afghanistan and Taliban sympathizers. But that incident was widely read as a tension-reliever in the aftermath of violence, evidence that even enemies could talk reasonably. This, on the other hand — a coordinated PR attack in the midst of battle — feels far more serious.
- Source: The Atlantic

An even more bizarre use of social media in this conflict is the going viral of Instagram pictures taken by young IDF soldiers. The soldier’s smiling faces and attempts to look stylish are in sharp contrast with the horrifying pictures emerging from the Hamas’ Twitter account. The hashtags are also quite perplexing. Here are some of them.

“We’re coming for you gaza! #idf #igers #israel #igdaily #ig_israel #instagood #instamood #iphonesia #iphoneonly #picoftheday #ohb #all_shots #sexy #follow #gmy #gang_family #jj #cute #beautiful #me #webstagram #tbt”

“#istandwithisrael #IDF”

“#me #army

“Ready for war @mayrobichek #war #army #soldier #artillery #fire #friends #cool #sad #israel #idf #instamood #instagood #picoftheday #photooftheday #bestoftheday”

Seeing these pictures while civilians and children are being killed in Gaza have taken aback quite a few observers, but their viral status have still probably helped the IDF’s public perception. They have indeed reached the silent majority (especially the younger generation) that is uninformed/indifferent/neutral about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this age of superficiality and appearances, these pics of young and attractive IDF soldiers probably led many young people to identify with them, making them say something like “Hey, that’s the type of pics I post on Instagram all day”.

Of course, during wartime, propaganda emerges from both sides and truths (as well as lies) are communicated to the public. So, as missiles and rockets get launched from both sides and carnage takes place in Gaza, hostilities have spilled over to a brand new warzone: Your social media accounts.

 





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142 Comments to “Israel Defense Forces Usher in War 2.0”

  1. Tink says:

    Ridiculous.

    • Bepacifiste says:

      I agree with the author of this site, it is horrific and the general public knows better.

      The blame lies with anyone who contributes their energy to further this freak show. I am a native North American, proud Californian, horrified and I stand AGAINST Israel, the IDF, the UN, the war machine.

      I am not alone. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and the like can be used to glorify violence however my precious human nature will guide me and others to victory over violence and oppression.

      Get off the grid, parents and children. Now. They fear us, the profane, the poor, the many. Do not believe the lies the media machine was INVENTED to push onto the human psyche. Be strong. Get off the grid. Now. 

    • face in the crowd says:

      As a side note, I applaud the author of this site now that the focus is back on world events, as they effect so many poor people worldwide. While I have appreciated the media insights, I have been frustrated at the articles lack of substance/relevance pertaining to my own personal life as I have avoided giving main stream media any credibility or access to my personal life for over ten years.

      Thank you, author, for paying attention to world events and writing about them here. The people younger than I need to arm them selves with information and not just regarding media symbolism. They need to read more sources, understand media conglomerates and how the government connects its tentacles, they need a moral compass to get them through the muck of propaganda that literally surrounds the general public. They need to understand why. 

      ALL of this is an effort to replace natural law in a drive toward genetic perfection. Eugenics. Everyone should read as much as possible about eugenics and understand HOW a debatably sane, wealthy group of people could feel like genetic purification is good or a necessary evil. They then should understand why nothing good can come from manipulation of nature laws. 

      There are MANY people in the US who are off the grid and who are not ignorant, who are born here and are too poor to leave, who understand who owns the US government, not the people (everyone blaming US citizens for EVERYTHING are ignorant, most of us are like you in your fight for food, clean water, etc and foreign entity owns US anyway so why give in to the US scapegoat and stop there? Why not investigate who is trying to purify the population and horde natural resources? It is not US militaristic government as they are owned by foreign entity) many of us in US are loyal to our neighborhood, our county, our state NOT not our federal system of oppression (owned many years by foreign entity), many of us know the sad history of the US RIP JFK we are many and there is NO WAY the media will allow the rest of the world to know how many of us exist in US in silent, bitter anger. The elite, the rich, the powerful are taunting a silent beast here and you don't know about us because they won't report about us. Most of us reside on the West side of Northern America and into Canada/mexico and guess what? networking off the grid is working! Once riots start on the west coast of North America, the entire global financial system will collapse, they know it, so many empires are here…they are trying to keep the rich here happy however the poor that reside here will KEEP WARM AND BURN OUT THE RICH.

      It will happen. Many of us are involved in Biology and Computer Science just so we can assist in the fight against classism and eugenics twenty years down the line. They will lose and the poor will inherit the shit Earth and make it beautiful again. Hopefully they are more women involved, like native american ways…

      Israel is not extension of US. Look deeper. US is just the slave master of the ship, so to say, not the owner of the ship, not the captain. I suspect the owner and captain of the ship of Israel resides in London.

    • TheyLive says:

      Social Media is entertainment, and that is what those running things want war to be, entertainment, with pictures of models and all!

  2. LUPE says:

    thankyou for writing this article, your incredible. i started reading your stuff at 16 and now im 18, thankyou youve taught me a lot! greetings from England :D

  3. Tesha says:

    Wow. Not surprised. 

  4. Fester Adams says:

    DOWN WITH ISRAHELL!!!!

  5. Jon says:

    So lets take time to focus on the social network aspect of the war, but not Israel's right to defend itself? I'm disappointed, vigilant.

    • InitialK says:

       This time around, they were defending themselves from the ire of Palestinian people angry about the death of a 13 y/o boy playing soccer in the street, and killed by Israeli forces.  If it were your son, would you seek vengeance?  Or should the Palestinians just do nothing?  That's where this began about 10 days ago, you know. 

      • Jon says:

        Are you forgetting who started this? Firing rockets from hospitals, neighborhoods, school yards?

      • cheese1 says:

        The palestinians have a right to defend themselves. This isn't war, this is genocide. How many people in gaza have been brutally murdered. Civilians. 142. And in israel only 3. You've clearly been deceived which is surprising seeing as you're visiting this site.

      • Aminah says:

        because he's a jew zionist. he doesn't care about the truth all he knows is, palestinians are not worth living and israelis shall conquer the land.

    • Fermezlabouche says:

      That's not your land to begin with. 

      • Ewarner80 says:

        And in that respect, all Americans should leave as it wasn't our land to begin with?  Are you insane?  And fyi, Palestinians are actually Jordanians who were their own country didn't want and thus became refugees and decided that they didn't like the fact that Israel was prospering and wanted the land for themselves.  

    • Liz says:

      In total agreement.  I am disappointed in VC.  Israel has a right to self defense.  Hamas deliberately hides it's launching sites near schools, hospitals, etc and in effect using human shields!  How many people have been killed when the terrorists launch rockets and they fall back down on their own people?!  Israel drops leaflets and warns the Palis to stay away from Hamas because they actually care about human life.  In contrast Hamas uses their own people as shields and then parade the casualties around to show how horrible israel is when they are the ones reesponsible.  They reprehensible and evil.  

      • soulhustle says:

        That's not true. Hamas rockets are basically home-made, very primitive and very inaccurate and their defense force in comparison to Israel is minimal. Wouldn't be surprised if some of them are paid by Israel to provoke conflict.. Gaza is an open concentration camp. Hearing your lame arguments makes me mad, poor Palestinians have barely any defense and are just being bombarded, killed, with no mercy. I have NO respect for Israel and those who support it, because it's a warmongering bloody RACIST state and the Jews who live there confirmed that for me on several occasions. Baptists who support Israel are like Jews with no brains.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Look guys, I don't see VC defending Hamas' own actions that put their people in danger. You are equating any criticism of actions from Isreal as automatically supporting Hamas. That's not what is being stated here. No one is saying that Hamas SHOULD be using civilians as human shields or launching rockets from hospitals and schools; we know they do that and it's wrong and disgusting. The point of this article is the contrast between the photos in media of the innocent civilains of Gaza being slaughtered, and these IDF soldiers hamming it up for the camera. The fact is, the governments of BOTH sides are wrong, and innocent people of BOTH sides will suffer for it.

    • Yanks1979 says:

      This war, which I'm sure was discussed in some board meeting before its execution, is yet another push towards WWIII.

      • Ted says:

        Word. With 13 out of 14 dead all the land and resources go to the rich coming out of their bunkers. They are thrilled.

  6. Madtatter7 says:

    You forgot to cover the use of media from Hamas, like pictures of dead babies(even if they were killed by their own rockets) or videos of injured people (pally wood video) to try to gain sympathy votes as they indiscriminately launch into Israel. Wired war indeed (:

    • Jon says:

      Excellent point! Always two sides to the story!

    • InitialK says:

       Dead babies are not Hamas.  Dead babies are Palestinian children.  No excuses.  You have bottle rockets and pipes fired from an open air concentration camp vs the 4th largest, and most advanced military in the world.  How do you defend Israel in its genocide?

      • Madtatter7 says:

        I support Israel because they are making every effort to minimize the loss of life with strategic strikes, flyers, texts, phone calls and warnings. They want to live in peace with their neighbors and have bent over backwards to prove it. The reality of the situation is that Israel is not going away. The Palestinians should take the land they were given and make it flourish for its people like the Israelis have. Contribute to humanity, teach their children to rise above adversity and not to hate and move forward and make the world a better place for their children. This will never happen if they continue to launch "bottle rockets and pipes" that are disrupting and indiscriminately damaging the daily life of all people in Israel. These "bottle rockets" can and do kill and need to bee stopped. Even if you aim a Bb gun at a police officer, he is not going to wit to see if it can kill him…he will shoot you. Common sense will tell you don't aim at someone who has an M16 with your BB gun. My two cents (: I'm praying for a quick resolution and for all to live in peace with each other. Move forward.

      • George says:

        The number of Zionist settlers killed before the war in 2012 was zero. The number of Palestinians killed by the Zionist Occupation Army before the war in 2012 was in the hundreds. Occupied people will always have the right to defend against and resist foreign fascist occupiers.

    • Guest says:

       Good point Mad, every time they cut to video of the aftermath of an explosion in Gaza you can see media & cameras everywhere, all waiting for a photo opt.  Hamas never intended this to be a real war, they know they can't defeat Israel, no, it's a psyops war for them, the more women an children they can show being killed the more damage they feel they can inflict on Israel, that's their intent, that's why they launch rockets from playgrounds.  That's why many good people in Gaza are upset with them.

       

  7. Momo says:

    All I can think about is The Hunger Games. Killing others is never justified.

    • addy says:

      Killing is often the only answer left when a people have done everything possible to avoid a conflict with another people intent on their utter destruction. They have given up portions of their TINY country, complete with businesses and infrastructure already in place, and removed, sometimes forcefully, their own citizens, only to see it destroyed out of spite. They have made near-suicidal concessions to the Palestinians (Oslo, Camp David) that gave them virtually everything the Palestinians supposedly wanted, only to have the treaties rejected outright, or broken in short order. (I guess getting 99% of your demands met just isn't good enough if you're Palestinian) The Israelis erected a wall in an attempt to protect themselves and established checkpoints to restrict movements of weapons. (anyone who has dealt with regular checkpoints and border/traffic stops anywhere knows what a MASSIVE, and expensive, pain-in-the-ass they are for all involved) The people of Israel (and that includes Arab Muslims and Christians, both of whom have representation in the Knesset) are not evil, they do not want war, and should not be expected to tolerate a situation that NO OTHER COUNTRY on this planet would.

      Ponder this… if the Palestinians stopped the attacks and aggression, and truly wanted to live peaceably with Israel, what would happen? Would the Israelis rise up and slaughter the Palestinians, including their babies, and small children? Would they drive every Palestinian into the sea, and erase every trace of them? Would the teachers that are required to carry weapons to protect their students start hosting field trips to go Palestinian hunting? Israel has long had better weapons and technology, which they have used to limit civilian casualties as much as possible, including warnings before strikes, and have treated Palestinians injured and sick in their top-notch medical facilities during war and peace, for free. (and cried when they couldn't save them, especially the children)

      If you're wondering, no, I'm not Jewish, and I don't live in Israel, and I don't hate Palestinians. I do judge a tree by it's fruits, however, and I don't think "Israel turning the deserts green" with high-tech agriculture, and exporting many crops, while the Palestinians destroyed the greenhouses and equipment they were GIVEN so they could have their own businesses was a sheer coincidence.

  8. Fixxx says:

    This whole war is sick! It's disgusting and inhumane. Disappointed… 

  9. Guest says:

    No mention of all the rockets that are consistently being fired into Israel.  Ironic to see that you pride yourself on exposing propaganda, yet this article is a basic carbon copy of all the propaganda being spewed by Al Jazeera.    

    • Quest says:

      moron, its Palestinian land, they shouldn't be there in the first place!

      • Donna says:

        You're wrong. There are no palestinians. No one wanted the land until they saw what Israel did with it. Now the arabs want to steal it and as always, want to destroy Israel. Is that what you're learning in school? Better go elsewhere for your information.

    • deedee says:

      “When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can't defend yourself when you're militarily occupying someone else's land. That's not defense. Call it what you like, it's not defense.”
      Chomsky

  10. RoSheikh says:

    Wow, all those hashtags? And I ain't giving NO like.

    It's terrible..it's like they're pushing: "War is Cool/Fun" on social media, such a bad influence. This is real military too…not a music video or a video game.

  11. Jo Jo says:

    It is not war….it is murder.  How can anybody support a country who uses sophisticated jets/naval vessels to bomb a largely oppressed population which has no navy, air force or heavy weapons.  It is truly sickening.

  12. Hfg says:

    Your want peace? End occupation simple as that

  13. Jimmy says:

    I find this positive although maybe a little extreme on the part of Israel but still the truth nonetheless. Hamas is the one that spreads lies through social media and it is working since the perception is as you stated where the world feels bad for the poor terrorists and hate Israel for responding with force.

    • New says:

      yeah poor israel, why don't those Palestinian terrorist children just lay down and take it. wake up.

    • George says:

      Official statements by IDF spokesperson Afikhay Adri'e: ''no rockets of the Palestinian resistance have fallen on 'tel aviv'' and ''hamas rockets have fallen on and killed Palestinians''.
      Both turned out to be complete lies.

  14. the_locust says:

    For all of you who are not aware:
    The USA invaded Iraq for the official purpose of forcing Iraq to obey UN Security Council resolutions.
    Public Law 107-243 was the US declaration of war – read it for yourself.

    Then ask yourself if you dare, why does the USA allow Israel to ignore international laws? You can start with UN Security Council resolution 242 from 1967. There are dozens if not hundreds of other violations that go unpunished.

    Iraq was invaded but Israel is allowed to ignore international laws.
    Smell the hypocrisy.

    By international law, what Israel is doing to Gaza is a crime against humanity. It is the same as what the Nazis did to the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. It is disgusting and vile and evil and yet acceptable to Americans and others who are brain-washed by the idiocy of religious and ethnic hatred.

    I ask you, is law important? Should it apply to everyone?
    Or do you think that law is only for the other guy to obey?

  15. Bethy85@gmail.com says:

    Seriously? I have been an avid supporter of your site but this is ignorant. Over 8,000 rockets have been fired FROM gaza TO Israel in the past 3 years. 8,000!!! Just because they're too stupid to hit many targets means it should be ignored? They have openly declared they want to KILL all the Jews. They want them wiped off the face of the earth. Sounds like something that happened under the third reich. Furthermore, pop quiz, who knows what Iran means in Persian? After all, Iran was called Persia for centuries. It means Aryan! As in the aryan nation? As in nazi? They named it that in honor of Hitler. Yet these are poor innocent people who are being bombed by the aggressive Jews. Wake up. Israel IS defending itself. And everyone is abandoning them. Shameful.

    • Ruckusmus says:

      you ever thought why those 8000 stupid rockets were fired in the first place, Bethy? boils down to 1 stupid word: Occupation. 

      Shameful. 

    • Imtiaz Ahmed says:

      you claim to be an avid supporter of this site….yet you obviously havent learned anything at all…whats wrong with you?  this site shows the bigger picture of history and how everything has unfolded till today, and you are still too narrow minded.  maybe you should also check out the sister site: secret arcana.  open your eyes, open your mind

    • guest says:

      The name Persia was the official name of Iran in the Western world before 1935, but the Iranian people inside their country since the time of Zoroaster (probably circa 1000 BC), or even before, have called their country "Aryānām" (the equivalent of "Iran" in the proto-Iranian language) or its equivalents. It is not exactly clear what the Iranian people[7] called their country during the Median (728 BC-559 BC), Achaemenid (550 BC–330 BC) or Parthian (250 BC– 226 CE) empires, but evidently from the time of the Sassanids (226–651 CE) they have called it Iran, meaning "the land of Aryans".

    • NotProudOfUs says:

      Israel is not defending themselves.

      Gaza is a ghetto, they have nothing. No navy, no army, no $, zilch.

      Israel has one of the most impressive armies on Earth.

      Please, as an Ashkenazi Jew myself, I support Palestine 100%.

      I am not brainwashed anymore.

      There is an agenda here. Can you see it yet?

    • skopp says:

      YOU are ignorant, Go there and observe instead of talking crap behind your screen

    • Truth Watch says:

      Watch the video and then discern for yourself who gains from lying. Despite tremendous Zionist intimidation, Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews took to the streets to protest and condemn the present Zionist atrocities in Gaza. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

      Protests like these go on all the time in Canada, the US and throughout the world but you'll never hear a peep about them on our Zionist owned & controlled media. Understand that if you're only being told half the truth, you're being lied to.

      Rabbi Dovid Feldman to Algerie Network ; Israel is a Danger for Humanity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH1vdY3sRHI&li

      Rabbis in London protest for Gaza http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a0JjOtS17s&fe

      Canadian Jews Protest for Gaza in Ottawa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i_FPaha5Yo&fe

      Rabbis Protesting for Gaza in Times Square, New York City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYrPaq16t78&fe

      November 19, 2012 in front of Israeli consulate in New York City, Rabbi Dovid Feldman of Neturei Karta International [www.nkusa.org] delivered a message of Anti Zionist Orthodox Jewish communities world wide. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLilgYMEXxw&fe

      A former Jew exposes Israel…Butchers Of Gaza http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embed

      Watch "The General's Son" and "Return of the General's Son" for more truth regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict.

  16. Ughhhh says:

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

  17. lvb lvb says:

    This is all very sick.

  18. Chazaq says:

    The people in israel today ARE NOT ISRAELITES! THEY ARE NOT THE PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE! GO DO YOUR RESEARCH!

    They are Khazars from Khazaria which was located near Turkey and the byzantine empire. They CONVERTED TO JUDAISM IN THE 8th Century, they are not blood descendants of Abraham! THEY DON'T BELONG IN THAT LAND!

    Encyclopedia Americana (1985)
    "Khazar, an ancient Turkic speaking people who ruled a large and
    powerful state in the steppes North of the Caucasus Mountains from the
    7th century to their demise in the mid 11th century A.D… In the 8th
    Century it's political and religious head… as well as the greater part
    of the Khazar nobility, abandoned paganism and converted to Judaism…
    (The Khazars are believed to be the ancestors of most Russian and
    Eastern European Jews)."

    The Jewish Encyclopedia:

    "Khazars, a non-Semitic, Asiatic, Mongolian tribal nation who emigrated
    into Eastern Europe about the first century, who were converted as an
    entire nation to Judaism in the seventh century by the expanding Russian
    nation which absorbed the entire Khazar population, and who account for
    the presence in Eastern Europe of the great numbers of Yiddish-speaking
    Jews in Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Galatia, Besserabia and Rumania."

    "Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a ‘Jew’ or to call a contemporary Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew."

    (1980 Jewish Almanac, p. 3).

    CHRIST CALLS THEM BLASPHEMERS! QUIT SUPPORTING THESE PEOPLE!

    Revelations 2:8-9
    8“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.
    9I
    know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know the
    slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue
    of Satan.

    If you look up where Smyrna was that is around the same region these false jews came out of! Wake up!

    • AmericanAshkenaziJew says:

      Agreed 100%

      Thank you.

    • George says:

      Religion doesnt have anything to do with ethnicity. Jews and Muslims can be and are Arab, European, American. Palestine isn't a Muslim country. It is a Palestinian country, and home to Palestinian Muslims, Christians, and Jews. These zionist settlers that have occupied Palestine and found the zionist state of 'israel' on it, are Jews largely Caucasian—as in ethnically and historically from Europe. How can a European Jew be from and Arab country? How can a European Jew be descended from Semites?

  19. awakened says:

    The question is: Who is at fault. The power elite, the ones who want to create a one world order. Both sides are falling into the trap of propaganda and the divide and conquer mentality. Study conspiratorial history as opposed to accidental history and you can begin to see this was all laid out in advance. You can actually see what will happen, as you hope and pray that you are wrong and it won't happen. This is ushering in a third world war folks. More people need to wake up.

  20. Janine Mota says:

    You can just see America's fat fingers in this cookie jar. Sies!!!!

  21. maru. the free ant says:

    VC is not talking about who's the good guy and who's the bad.The main subject of this article is the use of mass media to make war attractive, not who started this war.This situation comes from a long time ago, but the difference is that the armies use social network to influence peoples opinion in this matter!!

  22. Honeyrabbit says:

    Correction PEOPLE: Israel is defending its occupation. NOT itself. 

    • soulhustle says:

      It's not defending, its brutally murdering Palestinians who are in an open concentration camp with barely any defense. Reverse Holocaust, even worse, much worse. White phosphorus bombs, ever heard of them?? I suggest you go on google and see, but don't eat prior to that.

  23. literal caption read says:

    I came here to read about Usher going into war. 

  24. Lindie says:

    Hammas is using woman and children as human shields. Its heartbreaking to see the way the bodies of children is being used to fuel the flames of hatred! Every story has two sides, does it mean Isreal is never doing anything wrong? Of course not! But neither will admit wrongdoing.

    • 007trinity says:

      Are u writing this from some PR war room in Tel Aviv?

    • Nyla says:

      Israhell seem to think they are justified for firing advanced, precision guided weapons at babies and the elderly. In such a densely populated place like Gaza the israhellis know that many innocents will die yet still choose to bomb there. Israhell is fully aware that Gaza does not have advanced weaponry like that provided to israhell by the US but every few years israhell decides to mercilessly bomb Gaza and inflict suffering and death on countless hundreds and then still has the audacity to go around pretending to be the victim!

      People need to read the Talmud and familiarise themselves with what the jews believe and how they view the rest of humanity as sub-human and worse and also how they believe they have a right on everything and are free to take it by whatever means.

      Israhell are invaders, occupiers and murderers. The people of Gaza have every right to defend what is rightfully theirs!!

  25. Rayy says:

    How can you be visiting this website and still be this ignorant? Wake up people. Israel are committing genocide on the people of Palestine. Innocent men, women and children are dying. Please pray for the people of Palestine. 

    • Think Pink says:

      Also pray for the people in Israel. People in Palastine opened fire on Israel these last days! Israel won't take it anymore so theygot every right to defend them selves! 

      • Nyla says:

        Poor poor israhell stole peoples land and homes and should have the right to defend its ill-gotten gains! Israhell stands on the graves of innocents and has no right to be there! God damn israhell!!

    • Bob says:

      An inefficient "genocide" to say the least, where their numbers INCREASE.

  26. themuslimreview says:

    Israel started this round of violence it usually does when it's Election time.

    two days before the "offical" version of events Israel entered Gaza and killed a 13 year old boy

  27. Think Pink says:

    tough, Israel is not the only one who does this. Gaza people also do this, AND they started the war, not Israel. There is such a negative glow on Israel these days.. They're Gods nation, so he'll take care of it all:)

    • soulhustle says:

      God's nation? They rejected their Messiah and had no land for 2000 years like Jesus said their house is 'DESOLATE', their having this land has been predicted as well that they ALWAYS will be in a WAR STATE, just as its happening. Their father is the devil and you can see by Israel's racist inhumane behavior, by their fruits you shall know them.

    • Aminah says:

      God nation? LOL. what a joke.

  28. Truthful One says:

    ISRAEL NEEDS TO LEAVE GAZA ALONE! FIRST U TAKE THEIR LAND AND NOW WANT TO KILL THEIR PEOPLE?? PISS OF!

    • Think Pink says:

      actually, the land was given to them, so yeah.. it's theirs! And gaza threw bombs first, not Israel! It's now only defending themselves, and they got every right to ;)

      • leila says:

        yeh exactly…given to them…that means it wasn't theirs to begin with

      • Willie says:

        Google it: false flag operations. Zionism is different from Judaism.

        The rockets were launched by Israel as a pretext to pave the way for invasion and more colonization. This is the cicle. $380 million per month is the Israel profits from this stupid war.

        And no, the land do not belong to them. Plus, the "chosen people" have the right to kill given by god himself, right? This is the most obscurantist and ignorant point of view, and shall be not accepted.

        YOU open your eyes. Sorry.

      • cadorna says:

        think pink, actually your house was given to me by the United nations, so get the f-ck out, and shut up!!

  29. frechie_montana says:

    Ok people vigilant has officially become a illuminati controlled web site by joining up with disqus which was created by the elite and forced down on all web sites .so what ever you post now remember there is no animosity every word of every comment will be saved to disqus which will know who you are by email/ip .my last comment on this site which I always knew was illuminati run by the masonic ranking of board members .

  30. FreshyFresh says:

    I don't get those that are "disappointed" in VC. He just talked about the use of social media by the Israeli army. He didn't even take sides. Maybe some of you should re-read the article before spewing your war rhetoric.

  31. Pffft says:

    You know what I think? I think this site is a propaganda machine of it's own. Distracting people from real issues with all this Illuminati in Pop Music ignorance. Then on occasion like this, post an article filled with political bias. Leading the readers who hang on his every word down his way of thinking. Palestinians are radicals and terrorists. You people need to look beyond what some half baked blogger says.

  32. JesusisLord says:

    Thought this article was interesting. Israel discriminates against Christians.

    Christians Discriminated Against by Israel – http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/rel-christ

  33. Jujube says:

    @Jesisislord:

    And why are you surprised they discriminate against Christians? They always have… In general. No surprise there, who cares. BTW I am a believer, but I don't let my faith be effected by others choices, if they want to discriminate against me so-be-it, the Bible promises persecution, so bring it on.

    • Nice Guys says:

      yeah i'm confused as to what the point of that is? Christians are persecuted in different ways worldwide, why would Israel (where most reject Jesus Christ as Messiah) be somehow different as a secular society? I guess it's another reason to hate Israel? GIve me a break.

  34. 4Peace says:

    People who defend the Israeli Government's racist regime need to educate themselves on the history and present day apartheid system that has been in place for years against the Palestinian people. Zionism is racism. The indigenous people of that region have a right to live in a society free of oppression and murderous aggression from a government that's morally out of control. Same goes for the imperialistic United States.

  35. Jujube says:

    Also, I love how everyone on here so readily hates Israel, and while I don't agree with war per say, those in the Hamas would just as readily blow Israel up… So I really don't see a problem. So many people are so ready to defend Muslims (and I have nothing against them per say), but many of them are very war driven and hate driven in every country they move to, so while people hate Isreal and Jews because they are so successful, they jump to Muslim's defense, which seems a bit bass ackwards to me.

    I don't think either of them are right or wrong, it just is what it is. Call me deluded I don't really care, I believe what I believe based on watching the actions of people and extensive research.

  36. Fleurdamour says:

    The "#me #army" fashion-styled photo is sickening in every possible way.

  37. aqsa says:

    aww poor israel…they have every "right" to "defend them selves" by using their high tech weapons and army because they were attacked by pipe rockets by inhuman Palestinians who have nothing to eat and who are not allowed (by israel)to get any aid from the world…who are so wrong in hating israel ..just for killing Palestinian civilians and children …who have no army ..nothing compared to israel whoon the other had has support of U.S ..good article…what are you talking about people^^^do you only see and believe what your media tells you?

  38. MM says:

    Thank you for getting back to the real issues. I know revealing occult side of the media has an important purpose, but these world events are the things I'm more interested in hearing and learning about. I hope to see similar articles from you in the near future.

  39. GoAskAlice says:

    I don't think the main point of the article is the polemical issue of whether Israelis or Palestinians take the moral high ground. VC is saying that now even war is being made to look sexy. But war isn't sexy, and it involves real people, not instagram. So, wake up from your virtual dreams and show compassion for all of those affected. Israelis and Palestinians are human beings and therefore made in God's image, and an injured man is an injured man, so hold off making judgements.

    It might be you or your child that's injured or in need one day. Would you like it if you were ignored, or even further attacked you because your clothes looked wrong, or you spoke the wrong language? Jesus didn't turn away prostitutes. Nor did he cut Judas Iscariot from his inner circle after telling him that he was a traitor. Divide and conquer is the way of our corrupt leaders (N.B if you choose this path, since you're not the leader, you're the conquered). Whose example will you follow?

    • Nice Guys says:

      agreed. The soldiers that posted these pictures are probably young (18-20 year olds) and they made a stupid decision posting these pics. I have a feeling their excitement waned when they saw explosions, death and fear on both sides.

  40. askseeknock says:

    A piece of land the size of Conneticut. Thats what the Jewish people were granted in covenant by G-D thru Abraham. Imagine the rest of the usa telling Conn. They do not have the right to defend themselves! RIDICULOUS!! Israel has the right to defend itself and to EXIST! End time prophesy is unfolding before our very eyes. Read DANIEL, EZEKIEL, JEREMIAH, REVELATION. Everything is happening as fortold by the prophets. To the tee. You VC readers should know better then to beleive the lamestream media. I am disapointed in you. G-ds word says that thewhole world will { all nations} will gather against Israel in that great and dreadfull day. But guess what? G-D wins. Jesus WINS!! All nations will bow their knees to JESUS!! BTW Have you seen the video today of the gentle loving Palistines dragging one of the 6 executed bodies down the hyway behind a motorcycle screaming "spy spy"? These are the same people who behead gay peeps and behead and stone the women for looking westernish or too sexy etc. women are 2nd class people no more valuable then animals. I could go on. You have fallen for the propaganda hook line and sinker.

  41. Willie says:

    This is an abomination, dismal and cruel at the maximum level. The banalization of life and death are now in their lowest point. Unfortunately, point of no return, i guess.

    This makes me fell sick of belong to the human race.

  42. Nice Guys says:

    I see the growing anti-Israel sentiment that has been bubbling has now had it's opportunity to explode freely…I'm not saying Israel is perfect but I stand with them when it comes to the Palestinian issue (even in this they are not perfect). But Yep, overall I stand with Israel and I'm PROUD to say so. I will say that I feel sad for Palestinians because they are pretty much pawns of certain factions in the Arab world and I wish they'd see it and realized they are being used.

    Anyways, it's all interesting how isolated Israel is becoming…interesting in light of Zechariah 12:3 "It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it." I guess that day is getting closer and closer. My eyes are always on Israel in terms of prophecy and I'm looking for Isaiah 17 (burden of damascus), psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 coming to pass. Prophecy will soon come to pass.

    Israel should not exist. It should have been wiped out the day it came into existence when it was attacked by it's surrounding neighbors and even in the 3 day war but somehow…there are so many accounts of miraculous things happening during that particular that even atheists jews could not ignore or explain. Either way, the world will soon see who is truly protecting Israel…it's going to be miraculous, awe-inspiring and sobering and noone will be able to deny that Israel is protected by God Almighty. But until that day, global hate and disdain will continue to grow.

    • face in the crowd says:

      Sounds like the good book has tainted you abilities to connect to God (natural law) in the present and process reality.

      You say:

      "My eyes are always on Israel in terms of prophecy."

      and I say how sad it is that your perception on reality, the manifestation of God (natural law) is so skewed.

      • Nice Guys says:

        would you care to expound on this comment? Very interesting how you've established so much from that statement. Anyway not wanting to argue, just very iinterested :) God bless.

    • face in the crowd says:

      Why don't you elaborate? With facts, please, based on reality (which is set in motion by natural law). Try not to rely on just your interpretation of ancient text. Elaborate on your own comments:

      "Israel should not exist"

      "the world will soon see who is truly protecting Israel"

      "Israel is protected by God Almighty"

      You are like Satanists in that you think you are special and set apart from the rest. There is no dualism here. There is only one. We are all in this together so you think a geographical region is somehow special above other regions on Earth and I will tell you you are misled. Willingly. This goes beyond the region on Earth we are discussing. People should not use violence and oppression to fuel their eugenic genetic ideals. Again, we are one and the only God ever in existence, ever was and ever will be, is reality set in motion by natural law….

      Thanks for feeling empathy for the dead because you feel they are "pawns" in terms of prophesy. You are so blind to the message being communicated and I can give you a hint, it does not come from a light-skinned man dead some thousands of years ago. The message is real, beyond race, gender, books and death. It is life. Respect it and don't EVER treat it like a necessity because of something written thousands of years ago. Wake up. Open you eyes. Live for today and pay attention to the message in reality….manifested by natural law. This is the God you should come to know and respect. And appreciate.

      Don't even try to spin your web onto me. I know God. Is the gift of my life, my perception of reality, ever changing and administered by natural law. Observable, beautiful fact.

      So yes. The book is good. But your comments are not and I strongly feel somewhere deep down, you know more than the good book's "instructions" and "prophesy".

      Have you ever heard of string theory?

  43. Truth says:

    This will be just like the Egypt propaganda, it will diffuse in a few weeks. This was all political for political agendas. Nothing will escalate beyond the usual in that region. There is more to life than to focus on Israel and Iran.

  44. Hm says:

    When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.
    Noam Chomsky

    • lkp says:

      Noam Chomsky is one of them. He might try to manipulate the masses by saying that. Like K Marx who was a Rothschild.

  45. excalibur says:

    Chazaq: Apologies but that "Khazar" theory is horse shit. I used to believe it myself but on further research, its dis-info. I do believe though that the Zionist Jews, especially the ones of (German and Russian) origin are fake jews.

    Everything is falling into place. Egypt is already becoming a sharia country run by the muslim brotherhood, same with all the nations that where liberated from dictators. What we are seeing know is the rise of the wounded beast in the book of revelation which is the Ottoman empire. The Anti-christ's kingdom is being re-built with the sole purpose of attacking and capturing Jerusalem, the holy-city.

    When Jerusalem is captured (it is worth knowing that the Mahdi is the one who leads the Muslims to victory according to Islamic Eschatology) the Anti-Christ will declare himself God in the temple of God. Its also interesting that Muhammed claims the Mahdi rules for seven years just like the Anti-christ in the Hebrew bibl

  46. Scotty monster says:

    The USA must always stand behind Israel and her decisions. This is an absolute.

  47. Nick says:

    War is all thanks to religion. Anyone can agree with that, regardless of their stance on religion.

    • Fleurdamour says:

      No it isn't – war is always about resources and power. Religion is just one excuse, a cover to present the people you want to subjugate as inferior and therefore deserving of attack. But it's always really about taking their stuff, their land, etc., or expanding your own power base.

    • Bob says:

      That is so stupid, war is thanks to nature. War is necessary, people dying is necessary. Its part of being a living organism, you compete and prosper, you compete and die.

      Pacifists are dumb blaming death and violence on everything besides the simple act of living.

    • Jay says:

      War is because of religion? Name me all of the wars and military conflicts of the 20th and 21st century and tell me how many of them were due to religion…

      P.S VC – what happend to my previous comments about the Muslim perspective in regards to the Anti-Christ etc.? Don't tell me they have been deleted?! Don't tell me the conspiracy against Islam is taking place here on VC too?!

  48. Fleurdamour says:

    If this doesn't convince everyone of the connections between fashion, war and media, I don't know what would. I don't think for one minute that all of these photos are candid and legit, either – I am sure some of them are staged propaganda aimed directly at brainwashing young people.

  49. AAM says:

    Those photos.. Its just shocking. War is not sexy at all.
    On a side note. Israel, in the first place has no land nor is a country at all. Thus, the "right to defend themselves" do not apply to them. They dont have any "land" to defend in the first place. Im with the palestines.
    & @bepacifiste im glad to know that there are ppl like you in the US.

  50. fromamsterdam says:

    was salaamu alaikum (Peace be upon you)

    if we wish to end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, we need to know who created Israel and why. In 1917 British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour penned a letter to Zionist Second Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild in which he expressed support for a Jewish homeland on Palestinian-controlled lands in the Middle East.This Balfour Declaration justified the brutal seizure of Palest inian lands for the post-WWII establishment of Israel.Israel would serve, not as some high-minded “Jewish homeland”, but as lynchpin in Rothschild/Eight Families control over the world’s oil supply. in fact you have a picture of FREEMASON MONUMENT on main road into isreal from egypte
    http://thekeyofknowledge.net/Hebrew/N_Zionism.htm

    So all the who with isreal THINK before you say stupid and do reseach !

    Israel – Zionist Illuminati Freemason State youtube

    and VC you are the man! great job!

    viva PALESTINA, hasta la victoria siempre

  51. Shaun says:

    ." Israel has never possessed all the land that God had promised them, and will not until the thousand years of peace. Their establishing themselves in the land as a nation in 1948 after centuries of being expelled from it has been greatly resented by other surrounding nations. Palestinians who had occupied the land, though without any solid form of government, were bitterly opposed when Israel established a government. Though Israel promised them equal status as citizens if they would submit to this government, most of the Palestinians refused this and left the land. Since then they have strongly agitated for the expulsion of Israel in order that they may form their own government, though some remain in the land.

    Who decides what land belongs to whom? Only God! and He has decreed that the land of Canaan is Israel's. Though other nations fight against this, God will eventually make it clear to all the world that Israel is to possess all the land from the Euphrates River to the Nile River. Nations continue to bitterly oppose this now, but they will fail. Meanwhile, because Israel's ways do not please the Lord, they must suffer the strong opposition of these nations until such time as they receive their true Messiah, the Lord Jesus.

    This is a needed lesson for all Gentile nations. They must not either defend the Jewish nation, nor oppose them. At the time of the end, some nations will take sides with Israel while others fight against them. But Israel must not be supported in their wrong doing (idolatry), nor does anyone have the right to condemn Israel, for they are God's people and He will deal with them. In fact, He will in sovereign wisdom send the Assyrians against Israel because of their idolatry (Isa.10:5-6), and when the Roman beast and his armies try to interfere to defend Israel, God will judge them first (Rev. 11-21). Afterward He will judge Assyria also because their intentions against Israel exceed the reasons for God's sending them (Isa.10:12).

    • lkp says:

      I'm not knowledgeable, however IMO God considers all people equal. I don't think there would be some kind of favouritism towards some.

    • lkp says:

      Well what did tell about the chosen ones then eh?

      Book Of John Chapter 8 – as Christ damns the Jews ( and NOT JUST THE HIGH PRIESTS AND Pharisees – see notes below)

      ” Ye do the deeds of your father (the devil). If God were your father. ye would love me; for I proceed forth and came from God: neither came I of myself, but He sent me.”

      ” Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie – he speaketh of his own; ( the Jews) for he is a liar, and the father of it”

      “That this SATANIC FATHERHOOD cannot be limited to the Pharisees is MADE CLEAR in 1 John 3;8-10″

      Matthew 23:15″ Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

      “You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?” (Jesus – to the Jews; in Matthew 23:33)

      Just pity the Jews because they thrive on hate. Pity them, so you can feel better within yourself.

    • den says:

      Well what did tell about the chosen ones then eh?

      Book Of John Chapter 8 – as Christ damns the Jews ( and NOT JUST THE HIGH PRIESTS AND Pharisees – see notes below)

      ” Ye do the deeds of your father (the devil). If God were your father. ye would love me; for I proceed forth and came from God: neither came I of myself, but He sent me.”

      ” Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie – he speaketh of his own; ( the Jews) for he is a liar, and the father of it”

      “That this SATANIC FATHERHOOD cannot be limited to the Pharisees is MADE CLEAR in 1 John 3;8-10″

      Matthew 23:15″ Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

      “You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?” (Jesus – to the Jews; in Matthew 23:33)

      Just pity the Jews because they thrive on hate. Pity them, so you can feel better within yourself.

  52. Shaun says:

    An interesting commentary regarding the Jews in Israel and the other nations!

  53. N says:

    My grandparents are refugees from Palestine, and I live in the US now. All of the lies the media feeds the public disgust me. I've been to both Palestine and the Israel side, and there's an obvious difference between the two. Israel looks a lot like America, while Palestine is filled with crumbling buildings and trash. Israel claims they're defending themselves, but they've killed 130 Palestinians, 27 of them children and one an 11-month old baby boy. 3 Israelis are dead.

    • Historian says:

      Ask your grandparents from where they camed to "Palestine" I'm sure you will find out very intresting information….

      So there is no enough Israelis killed for ah?

      Its 5 for now….. the diffrence I think is simple… palestinians shooting rockets of the population and dont care about the non-combatant loses by they side….

  54. aqsa says:

    Brave Israeli Soldier, Yonatan Shapira, speaks out about the Zionist Israeli governments crimes.

    Read the blog "The Dark History of Modern Day Zionism" – http://choiceandtruth.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-da

    Youtube version – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL4D7NSFN5M&fe

  55. crowley says:

    not surprisingly, it appears all of these chump Israelis have watched too many movies.

  56. Jackie says:

    I'm very dissapointed with this article Vilgilant. We all know that Israel has been in constant war with Palestine or other terrorist muslim group who want to swipe them out of the earth. Unlike Hamas, we haven't seen Israel pass out candy whenever they accidentally kill any civilians. It's because of facebook and tweeter we can see the true stories. Please get your facts before posting anything agains Israel. I'm glad the this government is still support Israel on its defense. I'm against war, but sometimes its needed to wipe out your enemies. I hope Israel continues to defend its citizens even it means going to war.

  57. Happy Texan says:

    VC you are wrong this time. Palestine is not a real country. Israel has the right to defend itself & they have a great defense system that intercepts missles. The author I take it is upset that more Israelies are not dead. This article supports the leftish sheep argument, ironic for a website that claims to be so aware.

    • A random thought says:

      I am sorry happy Texan but neither is the STATE of Israel, the place would not exist if it had not of been for the masons and certain western governments, also if one looks at a map of Israel and Palestine back in say the 1940's or so and then compare to a map today you will notice the huge amount of ethnic cleansing Israel has been doing. so to say they have been defending themselves is a joke! i suppose u would call the invasion of Irag and Afgan defending yourself aswel lol

      • Donna says:

        Random Thought,

        You need to look at more than maps. Palestine was a region no one wanted. No one was from there. There were no Palestinians until the arabs saw they could use them as leverage to get nations on their side to destroy Israel. Arabs say Israel is the little satan and America is the big satan. Whose side do you want to be on? Arabs? Really?

  58. A random thought says:

    does not surprise me in the least!

    lets all learn something new about Israel

    Is = Isis Egyptian Goddess

    Ra = Ra Egyptian God

    El = Elohim God/Gods

  59. Donna says:

    I stand with ISRAEL.

    Try having all your various opinions & freedoms in an arab nation, Good luck, cuz it ain't gonna happen. Want to go to an other-than-muslim church in an arab nation? Good luck, cuz it aint' gonna happen.

    In Israel, you can have and do all those things. They developed a land that nobody wanted. That is until years later when others started to see what the Israelis had done to improve it. Then all of a sudden there are so-called palestinians (made up term) who want their land back. It's a dog & pony show to get nations on the side of the arabs to destroy Israel.

  60. chiefsportlad says:

    hamas kills his own ppl for playing music and singing ! and the children are carrying machine guns and also killed by their own ppl

  61. mina says:

    vigilant what would you do if missiles were being launched at your city every day? what would thr US do? you all know how hamas deliberatrly use children faciluties for its porpuses and encourage their people to get injured. not to mention all the false pics posted everywherr. you are conserned about children and women getting killed? why dont you talk about syria. the soldiers are proud to defend our country and hit hamas, very disappointed at you VG

    • JC Denton says:

      @mina

      95% of all missiles being fired against Israel do not land on populated areas. Their guidance system is non existent. The other 5% that would land on populated areas are intercepted by Iron Dome. People like you never ask yourself why they are firing rockets at you. They are firing rockets because of Israeli economic blockade of Gaza. You are basically starving the people of Gaza out, with the ultimate agenda of commiting mass genocide over all Palestinians so that you will be able to occupy the West Bank and the Gaza strip. We are all aware of your evil agenda, you are not fooling anyone. You do that shit, and then stand in amazement because people revolt. There is no rebellion where there is no opression.

      And if you are going to use the ''they are firing rockets at us'' excuse, at least put things in fucking perspective. Israel supposedly has the best special forces and intelligence service. Why don't you eliminate Hamas from the inside huh? You did that with multiple political opponents in the past. Why do you need to use carpet bombing and white phosphorus to kill a few rebel leaders and a few launch sites? Because you are eliminating the Palestinian population by design. You are fucking disgusting. And I do not usually do this, but I blame YOU and your fellow Israelis for ALL of this SHIT. You are just standing there doing nothing watching a whole people get destroyed. By doing nothing to stop your government you are just as guilty of genocide. It is very easy to bomb civilian targets and then claim you are a good army. Fuck you, go against my country you scum, you would be fucking raped in the ass. Go fuck yourself.

  62. Stephen Blackheath says:

    One under-appreciated factor in the whole complex Israel-Palestine situation is that the western media and US foreign policy establishment is waging a demonization campaign against Israel. If you hear that Israel killed a whole lot of innocent people, there are very sound reasons to be skeptical. As often happens with these things, the US is supporting both sides.

    It's similar to the demonization campaign against Serbia in the wars in Yugoslavia between 1992 and 2005, and the fake death camps. This was before the alternative media era, so these facts are not as well known as they should be.

    You can read about it at http://hirhome.com/ Make sure you watch the Judgement! video. It's also available on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtQ-PJLIpcE
    I have been following Jared Israel (of the Emperor's Clothes) and Franciso Gil-White for years. They've done a lot of work together and the quality of their research is excellent.

  63. blue skies says:

    To all the clowns defending Israel, in the words of Malcolm X:

    “If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

  64. africanstardust says:

    I'm kind of surprised at this article. The US retaliated after 9/11, one attack, and they retaliated against the wrong country. But Israel has been attacked consistently over years and years, has tried to find other ways of dealing the the problem, and now they are fighting back and suddenly the whole world goes, "poor Palestine, Israel's being an immature child." No other country would be berated for defending themselves, yet somehow Israel is blamed. What are they supposed to do, let the bombs keep coming? Ridiculous.

  65. Singer says:

    This makes me feel sick.

  66. Gary Busey says:

    Yeah Israel should just let Hamas bomb them daily!

  67. hvns says:

    Hard stuff to comment.
    To my mind Jews are the ones hated and attacked not only in this conflict.My grandma saved some of them in holocaust while very few risked to do so.I am still having bad memory how they have been treated in former USSR.
    Strange, no one is willing to admit that all this anti-Israel agenda is growing throughout the world.Especially in Western Europe and Russia. Prophecies of the Scripture will come true.Russian European Alliance will be as willing to wipe 'em out as Iran-Hamas does.
    Is it not wise get every fact and check them before taking sides and play blame game?Try surfing some Arab sites on the subject -nothing but blatant historical lie.
    Staying vigilant as opposed to be ignorant.