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Israel Responds To Critics With Fake London Bombing Tweet

Israel Responds To Critics With Fake London Bombing Tweet

It was an attempt to win hearts and minds that definitely backfired.

On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces tweeted this photoshopped image of Britain's Houses of Parliament under missile fire with a message that read "What would you do?"

The idea here was putting the British people in Israel's shoes, so to speak - as they've been some of the most outspoken Western critics of Israel's current offensive against Hamas.

The tweet in question came just days after this pro-Palestinian demonstration in London that thousands attended this past weekend. (Via YouTube / inminds)

As the conflict drags on, ​Israel - and Hamas, too, for that matter - are increasingly turning to social media to stir up their respective support bases. The IDF provides updates on the numbers of rockets fired by Hamas and its soldiers killed in combat.

Even uploading clips like this Hollywood-style, anti-Hamas propaganda video. (Via Israel Defense Forces)

But this latest tweet hardly helped Israel's cause - generating a long list of angry responses on Twitter. One read: "You're really getting desperate aren't you? This would be funny if it weren't pitiful." ​(Via Twitter /@_Schehrazade_)

A Labour MP and secretary of Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group seemed to agree, telling The Telegraph: "It seems crass at best. The Israelis are past masters at propaganda. This will bring it home to Members that they have lost all sense of perspective and are out of control."

Even if Israel is winning the ground war, it's arguably losing the media war - as Twitter has been inundated with pictures of dead Palestinian children killed in Israeli airstrikes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently said that's exactly what Hamas wants. "It's gruesome - they use 'telegenically dead Palestinians' for their cause. They want the more dead the better." (Via CNN)

True or not, Channel 4's Paul Mason the optics aren't good: "[W]here Israel is losing the hearts and minds of the world is not via "tele" anything: it is in the JPEGs that stream into millions of people's mobile phones every time they glance at the object in the palm of their hand."

Perhaps the IDF should have known better than to tweet out the London image. As The Washington Post's Adam Taylor notes, "Last week the IDF Twitter account tweeted the following image of Paris; just a few days later French cities were in flames in anti-Semitic riots."

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juststeve35 July 22 2014 at 12:32 PM

To Israel:

To hell with Hearts and Minds.

You do what is needed to protect yourself and your existence, and let the rest of the world worry about themselves.

NONE of them cared to do anything about the over 9,000 missiles/rockets/shells that have been fired into your nation since 2005.

NONE of them would sit idly by and allow such things to occur to THEIR nation.

Let the hypocrites, the bigots, the racists and the Islam Apologists spew their dishonest diatribes...

Meanwhile YOU secure the safety and well-being of all the Jews, Christians, Muslims, Arabs and Israelis alike as you always have.

Thinking people of integrity support you wherever they can be found.

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moadib420 July 22 2014 at 9:52 AM

Wow.... They pose a perfectly valid question, and the terrorist sympathizers lose their minds. And you have to wonder if the Newsy entertainer actually refers to herself as a "reporter," seeing as she ignores the fact that countless of those photos of "dead kids" have been shown to be from other places, such as Syria, where as usual... arab terrorist are responsible for their deaths.

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richie3gs moadib420 July 22 2014 at 11:09 AM

if wast for jews we never see or know arab terrorist .... HITLER called jews also terrorist

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ltevous moadib420 July 22 2014 at 1:17 PM

It's called the difference between right and wrong and not siding with one side or the other. Israel wants the Gaza Strip for more settlements and it thinks if it starves and bombs the citizens enough just like in 1948, 1967 and 1992 when they fled...Israel can take the land and the Palestinians lose their homes, identities and dignity yet again to a bunch of Zionists who do not seem to get it -- Stay in the 1967 borders stop taking land that does not belong to you and stop the US money and make it on your own...oh that's right without the unbridled support of the US Israel would not be the bully on the block for long

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chrisp442 ltevous July 22 2014 at 2:42 PM

except that those bordfers you reference from the war in 1967 that was started by jorden, Egypt, and Syria include the west bank and gaza ass that was the penalty for attacking them. now you act like that didn't happen LOL. you prob also think the Palestinians were there the entire time and it never was called Judea and changed to Palestine by the romans in an attempt to get rid of the jews 700 years before islam and 300 years before christianity. you prob don't know that the ottoman turks invaded that land in 1200's and that's why all the so called Palestinians are there.

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jcbstz July 22 2014 at 9:56 AM

This only serves to show the people who sympathize with the Palestinians are a bunch of idiots who have no idea what this war is all about.

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kiick23 July 22 2014 at 2:45 PM

I think the tweet was right on target. I guess the bad teeth lymies just don't want to admit the truth. Or maybe they're just scared to death of the Muslims who have taken over their country and now dictate London policy. Churchill must be turning over in his grave.

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mistririter100 kiick23 July 22 2014 at 8:56 PM

The Brits are scared s**tless of the Islamics in their midst. There was a book written several years ago called Londonistan and it is chilling. France is in the same predicament. Many of these islamics are unemployable and turn to crime and violence. It is a sad state of affairs for both countries. This is happening all across Europe and to a degree it is happening in America.

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dnorman460 mistririter100 July 23 2014 at 1:23 PM

Europe is done. The muslim cancer has spread everywhere, especially Londonisbad, and parisesband. These rodents make everyone in their home country feel unwanted and pushed out, like an invasive lethal tumor our way or now way, even in someone else homeland. Only Japan and Australia have it right. Kill the cancer, save the planet

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mmcdona484 July 22 2014 at 10:18 AM

If Israel was losing the fight would there be the same reaction? Because they are winning they are evil. What a bunch of bull. These terrorist are attacking every day and refuse to stop. Israel is concentrating on missile sites and tunnels used to attack them. Hamas has used people who have allowed themselves to be used. The rockets may be shot down from Hamas but remember, this debris still falls on the people. Thousands of pounds of metal.

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richie3gs mmcdona484 July 22 2014 at 11:23 AM

jews love it .... tons of metal its free free free

There wouldn't be any Jews in America if they hadn't heard about the right of free speech.

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Heymickr richie3gs July 22 2014 at 3:19 PM

It's refreshing to know that there aren't as many bigots like you as there used to be. But I suppose you have to blame your own lack of success on something or somebody. Eve hear of a Jewish or Christian suicide bomber? Of course not. There haven't been any.

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bubbyejm richie3gs July 22 2014 at 8:20 PM

are you really as stupid as you sound??

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mistririter100 mmcdona484 July 22 2014 at 8:50 PM

Actually, I truly believe that if the arabs were winning, there would be absolutely no outcry for the arabs not to occupy or to give back all of the land taken from Israel. The only reason there's an outcry against Israel is because it's a Jewish state and much of the outcry is from the dedicated anti-semites which includes most if not all of the muslim world. I mean, seriously, nobody rarely give's a rat's patoot what goes on in the rest of the world but an inordinate amount of "concern" is for a terrorist group that uses their people as human shields with very little concern for a real nation that is trying to protect her citizens from daily rocket attacks and homicide bombers.

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Michael July 22 2014 at 9:54 AM

Guess they forgot the London Blitz.

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Beautiful Ellen Michael July 22 2014 at 12:14 PM

How will London feel when HAMAS turns its hatred on them?

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norman Beautiful Ellen July 22 2014 at 1:30 PM

I don't see London as having any problems w/ neighbors right now...If you go there I am sure you can get Humus.

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drusus5845 Michael July 22 2014 at 3:00 PM

This is insane. Netanyahu knew that Hamas would not accept the Egyptian cease fire which gave him the "right" to bomb the hell out of Palestine.In actuality this reminds me of Poland when it was invaded by the Nazis. What's missing are the motorcycles and the swastikas.Not saying that anyone is justified in this disaster. God's will be done.

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marianicole62 July 22 2014 at 1:04 PM

Right, but it's a fact that Europe have always supported the Palestinians, as does our President, and our Secretary of State also does. I guess the loons in Europe forgot the comment that Iran made a few years back that they ALREADY have weapons that can reach Europe. It would be best for them to back the right horse here, and let Israel take care of business. If anybody has the fortitude to take care of these terrorists, It's Israel! We in the US in the last 6 years have become a joke as a country to do anything!

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ltevous marianicole62 July 22 2014 at 1:10 PM

Israel is the terrorist here and as far as taking care of business as in the past what you deliver to others will eventually be your own undoing. Greed and Arrogance have always been the undoing of the Israelites throughout history

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Linda July 22 2014 at 1:19 PM

No one should condone the mass murdering of innocent people and of children in the name of any cause.

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Jennifer Linda July 22 2014 at 10:36 PM

You need to picture yourself spending your days in a bomb shelter before you comment.

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Aldito BS/BM July 22 2014 at 1:16 PM

Israel is in big trouble, now that America has a president that is an anti-Semite and not only does not support them but criticizes and condemns its actions I do not see how they will be able to survive surrounded by long time enemies that hate them as much as the Israelis hate them, the big winner here is Iran (Hama's biggest supporter).

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samdzhurayev Aldito BS/BM July 22 2014 at 8:06 PM

Don't worry Israel will and does survive and thrive. G-D is with Israel and with righteous people.

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Greg July 22 2014 at 4:46 PM

This is what happens when a religion (Islam) is taken over by evil men for their own quest for power! The same thing happened in Germany prior to WWII when the German people followed Hitler and the anti-semantic ravings of his henchmen to their doom. Looks like the Muslims of the world are going down the same path by following the call for jihads by Islamic clerics!

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