The civilian death toll is rising in the latest hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip. On November 10, 2012 Gaza militants fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF patrol on the Israeli side of the Gaza-Israel border. Israel responded with deadly airstrikes on Gaza, Hamas and other militant factions in Gaza fired rockets back. After a ceasefire was negotiated and rocket fire from Gaza had almost stopped, IDF drones assassinated Hamas military chief, Ahmad al-Jabari. Gaza militants responded by launching a barrage of rockets. The polarizing effect of the Israel-Palestine conflict is apparent in government responses and media coverage, and both Israelis and Palestinians take to social media when they feel misrepresented or ignored. Online citizen media on different sides of the conflict help reveal human realities of war, and sometimes also elusive political nuances to help further understanding.
Stories on Global Voices
21 Nov – Celebratory Gunfire marks Israel and Gaza Ceasefire
21 Nov – Bus Explodes in Central Tel Aviv Hours Before Ceasefire
20 Nov – In Case of Disconnection: Preparing Gaza for an Internet Shutdown
20 Nov – Is a Hamas/Israel Ceasefire on the Table?
18 Nov – In Gaza, Children are Paying the Price of War
18 Nov – Israel: Reality Under Missile Attacks
18 Nov – Israelis Protest Military Operation against Gaza
18 Nov – Palestine: Social Media in Conflict, Four Years On
15 Nov – “Bombs are Falling Like Rain in Gaza”
15 Nov – Why is the Arab League in a Hurry to Meet over Gaza?
15 Nov – Israel: “Ashdod Feels like a War Zone”
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List of active Twitter users in Gaza by @olanan.