Posts Tagged ‘Hamas’

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.

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Name ‘Protective Edge’ Doesn’t Cut It

July 10, 2014

This piece 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)

Israel’s current operation in Gaza has a Hebrew name and an English name, and something has been lost in the translation. While “Tzuk Eitan” appears to resonate with Hebrew speakers, “Protective Edge,” the IDF’s official English translation, doesn’t sound quite right to the ears of English-speaking Israelis

“It’s another one of the strong code names that the IDF gives its operations, like ‘Amud Anan’ [Pillar of Defense] and ‘Oferet Yetztuka’ [Cast Lead],” offered Moria Holtz, an Israeli-born resident of Ma’aleh Adumim who works at a private Hebrew-teaching institute in Jerusalem.

Yagil Levy, a professor in the department of sociology, political science and communication at the Open University of Israel, also immediately perceived the meaning of “Tzuk Eitan,” which translates literally as “Firm Cliff” or “Resolute Cliff” (the IDF’s official Arabic translation). “The operation’s name signals the power, commitment and resilience of the Israeli people,” he said

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Toronto Jews Rally for Kidnapped Israeli Teens

June 21, 2014

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Attendees of rally in Toronto in support of kidnapped Israeli teens, including Israeli Consul DJ Schneeweiss (center left), hold up #BringBackOurBoys signs in English and Hebrew for photo to be sent to the teens' families.(Courtesy of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto)

Attendees of rally in Toronto in support of kidnapped Israeli teens, including Israeli Consul DJ Schneeweiss (center left), hold up #BringBackOurBoys signs in English and Hebrew for photo to be sent to the teens’ families.(Courtesy of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto)

TORONTO — A thousand members of Toronto’s Jewish community came out Thursday evening to a rally in solidarity with Gil-ad Shaar, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrach, the three missing Israeli teens believed by Israel to have been abducted by Hamas.

At the gathering, which took place at the local Schwartz/Reisman Jewish community center, speakers and audience members alike expressed full-throated support for the Jewish state and the IDF, as well as gratitude for the current Canadian government’s backing of Israel.

The event was organized by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, the city’s Jewish umbrella organization, and the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.