#2. Both Sides Are Using Footage from Other Countries ... and Horror Movies
There's no shortage of harrowing images that have come out of the Gaza Strip in the past few months, as you've probably found out thanks to your friend on Facebook who thinks "activism" means "sharing gore pictures with relatives." However, as despairingly terrible as the situation is, apparently it's still not shocking enough for some people ... so they have to make shit up. For example, when Israel first started seriously retaliating to Hamas' rockets last July, the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack started trending on Twitter. Pictures of Gaza under fire accompanied the tweets, like these ones:
Only that's not "Gaza right now" -- according to an investigation by the BBC, some of the images that were going viral with the #Gaza hashtags, including the ones above, would more accurately be described as "Gaza years ago" or "Syria and Iraq." Which isn't to say that the other side doesn't like to bullshit, too. We've all heard the accusations that Hamas uses children as human shields, which is backed by the discovery of missiles in empty schools. But it was even worse than we thought: Turns out Hamas militants are literally holding children in front of them as shields, according to a video that was posted last July and quickly went viral thanks to people spreading their daily dose of slacktivism.
"This buys me karma for ignoring, like, at least three homeless people."
But again, none of it was true. As one user eventually pointed out, the original footage was from good ol' Syria again, and since it doesn't help anyone win any Internet arguments, it went largely ignored. And then you have cases like the viral image supposedly showing a Palestinian girl with an exploded head caused by the Israel Air Force -- WARNING: the following picture is extremely gruesome and extremely fake.
How can we be sure it's fake? Because we very much doubt they killed a real woman when they originally shot this scene for the movie Final Destination 4:
#1. Hamas Releases Pop Songs, Israeli Kids Sing Them Ironically
When you've covered everything from memes to Facebook pages to Twitter attacks to hopelessly spamming Israel-Palestine threads on 4chan's /b/ over their daily viral thread of My Little Pony erotic fan art, there isn't much else left to do in terms of online propaganda. Unless, of course, you remember the Internet's favorite thing: boobs. Unfortunately, Islamic law tends not to shine on public nudity, so Hamas had to settle for the Internet's second favorite thing: stupid music videos. So they gathered their best musicians together and recorded their own modern dance pop song ... if dance pop songs were about genocide and turning your neighbor into rubble.
Shit, that thing has a higher budget than the Expendables 3 if you fired the cast. The song above, entitled "Up, Do Terror Attacks," comes with a music video of images of Hamas militants preparing and firing rockets into the Israeli night sky. With lyrics like "Eliminate all the Zionists," "Burn bases and soldiers," "Turn their world into a scene of horrors," and the "Up, do terror attacks" refrain, it's hard to imagine what, exactly, Hamas is trying to say here. And then, for some reason, it ends with Hamas soldiers showing a banner underwater.
"You're next, fish. Fuck you."
The Arabic version of this song has been circulating around Gaza since 2012, but Hamas decided to record a new Hebrew-language version last July to make sure the Israelis got the message. However, the effect it had was the opposite: Israeli teens are singing the pop song for fun, because apparently the Arabian singer's terrible Hebrew accent and bad lisp have turned "Up, Do Terror Attacks" into the equivalent of Elmer Fudd singing "Gangsta's Paradise."
Hamas released another Hebrew-language song called "Shake Israel's Security," but they cheaped out on the video (it's just stock footage of rockets going up) and replaced the singer. Awww, you hurt the other guy's feelings.
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