In the event of a tragic earthquake or a country holding controversial elections, websites such as Twitter and Facebook have become easily accessible sources for news agencies and regular folks alike. People simply create a username, log in and search what their hearts are looking for. You’ll find average people, from some of the rural places of the world, tweeting their local news from inside their bedroom. Some people depend on such information and think it’s better to have a civilian side of the story. But how can we really trust what random strangers are saying? How do we know these people are not working for their country, to provide us with false news and propaganda? How can we filter what is truth and what is a blatant lie to protect the sovereignty of of a country with an already controversial existence?
It was the early hours of May 31st when an Israeli raid on a Gaza bound aid ship killed 9 Turkish peace activists and left many injured. This news story flooded the internet waves in the Middle East, with Arabs on one side and the Israelis on the other. Both sides were claiming to have the most truthful news, though one side was conducting a propaganda campaign. The condemnation of Israel ignited a spark of Twitter users, trying to defend Israel’s name. Numerous Twitter accounts were created, sending messages to Palestinian activists across the Twittersphere, claiming that the activists on the boats were funded by terrorist groups and that they attacked Israeli soldiers. They also provided information of “frequent aid deliverance” by the Israeli state into the Gaza strip, trying to prove these aid ships were unnecessary. One particular Twitter account that wasted no time personally tweeting activists and in general was @IsraelMFA. This Twitter account was created in the wake of the tragic attack on the aid Flotilla, gathering a mere 292 followers. People became so fed up with the propaganda, a mockery account was discovered named @FakeIsraelMFA that posted sarcastic comments, mocking the Israeli government and it’s ridiculous defense mechanisms. It proved to be more successful with nearly 1,000 followers.
Reports have claimed that Israel even resorted to paying large amounts of money to Israeli civilians to defend Israel against pro-Palestinian messages. These reports stated that the person didn’t even have to know Israeli history, but just be willing to spread pro-Israeli propaganda. The world was falling out of love with Israel and the state was using any measure to try and win hearts back.
Since that day, world wide protests against Israel began and continue until this day showing the failure of their internet propaganda. Millions may have been spent trying to defend the Zionist state, but the truth was still revealed. Palestinian activists have been given a voice by these social networking sites and given the chance to spread awareness. This situation proves that no matter in what shape or form in might come in, on the internet or on the TV, propaganda will always be propaganda.