The conflict between Israel and Palestinian people living in Gaza and the West Bank, long simmering, has again flared up in an exchange of rocket fire--and rapidly fired tweets.
As the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas sniped at each other across various social media platforms, bystanders tweeted from on the ground, on both sides of the conflict.
A tweet with a photo of the 11-month-old son, killed by shrapnel in Gaza, of a BBC journalist, has been re-tweeted more than 800 times.
Two hours later, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tweeted, in an apparent response, a blurred photo of a bloodied Israeli child, allegedly injured by Palestinian rocket fire. His tweet been reposted nearly 800 times as well.
Online troublemaker Anonymous weighed in on the conflict by using their favorite method--hacking. Anonymous launched a cyberattack it's calling #OpIsrael, defacing and taking down sites run by Israel and the IDF.
Stop bombing Gaza! Millions of Israelis and Palestinians are lying awake, exposed and terrified. We Anonymous will not sit back and watch a cowardly Zionist State demolish innocent people's lives. We have taken your top security and surveillance website down.
We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We never Forgive
We never Forget
Israel Expect us
In terms of traditional firepower, Israeli forces have a significant advantage of Hamas. But sentiment online seams to lean toward Palestinians, with the anti-Israeli hashtag #GazaUnderAttack and a mixed bag of #HamasBumperStickers trending in the U.S.
#HamasBumperStickers what bumper stickers? They're all burnt by missiles.— Jon (@DarkRazorZ) November 15, 2012
Warning: This Vehicle Stops at RailRoad Xings, Jewish Elementary Schools and Crowded Tel Aviv Coffee Shops #HamasBumperStickers— Mattphilbin (@Mattphilbin) November 15, 2012
#HamasBumperStickers Sticks and stones may break your bones but I kill women and children— DANEgerus (@DANEgerus) November 15, 2012
#HamasBumperStickersHonk if you want to see my rocket launcher— PorgieFirefighter (@PorgieFirefight) November 15, 2012
#HamasBumperStickers Standing behind our women and children since 1987— nytflyr (@nytflyr) November 15, 2012
Jews - They Occupied Places Before It Was Cool.#HamasBumperStickers— Chris McDevitt (@chrismcdevitt) November 15, 2012