L’hitraot

July 14, 2014

To all my devoted readers,

I am signing off my blog — at least for now.

‘Truth, Praise and Help’ has been a great place for me to share my personal blogging and professional writing with you for the past almost five years. While I was freelancing, it made sense for me to use my blog as a portfolio of all my published work.

But now I have a staff position with a great media outlet: The Times of Israel. So, for the foreseeable future, all my journalistic work will be published on the TOI website. I invite you to follow my byline there.

Thank you for your readership, support and encouragement these past five years.

Sincerely,

Renee

Jerusalem – July 2014

The Cheesiest Terror Push on Facebook

July 14, 2014

This piece first appeared on the Forward Thinking blog at the Forward.

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It’s no surprise that in 2014, the war between Hamas and Israel is being fought on the Internet and social media front, as well as from the air (and possibly soon on the ground, as well). Both sides of the conflict are trying to get the world to understand and support their case for being embroiled in these hostilities.

The two sides are also trying to speak to —or rather, intimidate — one another. What is going on here is no joke. But some attempts by Hamas to scare Israelis have resulted in far more laughter than panic.

First, there is the Hebrew language website of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing. Somehow, I can’t imagine that many – if any—Hebrew-speaking Israelis are interested in propagandistic updates on happenings in what the terror organization refers to as “Occupied Palestine” (ie. the entire State of Israel, not just the West Bank).

Maybe if the very basic Hebrew-language site were as rich as the original Arabic site, Israelis would pay more attention. Israelis are too busy running to bomb shelters to bother clicking on links that don’t work.

Then, there is this propaganda video titled, “Shake Israel’s Security,” showing fatigue wearing, masked Hamas fighters building, transporting and shooting rockets at Israel.

Click here to read more.

© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Generate Your Own Gaza Operation

July 10, 2014

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

IDF APCs (Armed Personnel Carriers) are seen near the Gaza border in southern Israel on the second day of Operation Protective Edge, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

IDF APCs (Armed Personnel Carriers) are seen near the Gaza border in southern Israel on the second day of Operation Protective Edge, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

It turns out that Anglo Israelis are not the only ones poking fun at the name of Israel’s latest military operation.

While native English speakers are scratching their heads specifically at the IDF’s translation of “Tzuk Eitan” in to the impenetrable “Protective Edge,” Hebrew speakers are spoofing the presumed process by which operation names are chosen.

Case in point: The Gaza Operations Generator. Just go to its site and keep clicking on an arrow in the middle of the screen. You will get another and yet another two-word phrase (Hebrew only). The words are obviously pulled from a database of intentionally bombastic language.

Click here to read more.

© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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