Introduction - May 15, 2021
Israel is obviously getting worried about the way the online media is portraying its current campaign in Gaza. In previous conflicts the Zionist state was able to use its agents in the media, or indeed media owners themselves like Rupert Murdoch, to ensure that it wasn't portrayed too negatively.
Now however, the growing reach of social media has forced Israeli Minister of military affairs Benny Gantz to have separate Zoom meetings with Facebook and TikTok executives.
As if to underline whatever Benny Gantz said, on Saturday Israel levelled a tower block in Gaza that was used as a base by the international media in Gaza.
According to AP's correspondent in Gaza, Fares Akram, the building was known to be a media centre by the Israelis.
Nonetheless, a spokesperson for the IDF said: "The building contained civilian media offices, which the Hamas terror organization hides behind and uses as human shields."
So on Saturday, after giving the occupants a warning to evacuate, Israeli warplanes levelled the building.
The message to the corporate media was clear. Whether independent, online media outlets will follow through is another matter. Ed.
Amid Gaza bombardment, Israeli minister seeks Facebook, TikTok blackout
Press TV - May 15, 2021
Israel has asked Facebook and TikTok to ditch what it calls posts that incite violence on the platforms as the regime's war machine breathes fire on the besieged Gaza Strip.
Benny Gantz, who is Israel's minister of military affairs as well as justice minister, urged executives of the American technology conglomerate, Facebook, and the Chinese-owned popular site, TikTok, to unleash a crackdown on such content.
"These are measures that will directly prevent the violence that is being intentionally stirred through social media by extremist elements that are seeking to do damage to" Israel, Gantz said on Thursday night during two separate Zoom meetings with executives of both major social media firms, his office reported in a statement on Friday.
"We are in a moment of social emergency, and we expect your assistance," Gantz was further quoted as saying.
The statement said the executives of the two firms had vowed to "quickly and effectively" address the alleged incitement.
Israel has been bombarding the blockaded Gaza Strip repeatedly for the past several days.
At least 139 Palestinians, including 39 children and 22 women, have been killed and about 1,000 others injured since Monday.
Palestinians share shocking footage and heart-wrenching images of civilians in the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza to show the international community what is really going on and what hell-like situation Israel is creating there.
What Gantz is really asking Facebook and TikTok is apparently a sort of news blackout on the platforms regarding the situation in Gaza in an attempt to conceal the Tel Aviv regime's crimes against more than two million Palestinians living in the densely populated enclave.
The United Nation said on Friday that it estimates some 10,000 Palestinians have had to abandon their homes in Gaza "due to the ongoing hostilities."
The resistance groups in Gaza, not least Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, have so far launched hundreds of rockets against Israeli targets in retaliation.
Israel's so-called Iron Dome missile system has done little to prevent damage to the areas in the occupied territories that have been targeted by the Palestinian rockets.
In a pre-dawn airstrike by Israeli warplanes against al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, eight children of a family were killed, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported. Two women from the Abu Hatab family also lost their lives in the bombardment.
Palestinians on Saturday took to the streets in the occupied West Bank in a public display of outrage against Israel's bombardment of Gaza.
The rallies marked the Nakba Day or the day the occupation of Palestine began 73 years ago.
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