Israel-Gaza Conflict Intimately Displayed Through Instagram Photos

Instagram may be the world’s newest form of war reporting.

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 11/16/2012 2:04 pm EST Updated: 11/16/2012 2:04 pm EST

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Recent uploads to the photo-sharing app are being used to document the escalating hostilities between Israel and Palestinian militants. Men and women in the region are offering intimate snapshots of young soldiers posing with weapons, smoke billowing above otherwise peaceful cityscapes, bloody civilians and other striking scenes.
Some of the images below contain graphic content.
After a rocket from Gaza was launched into Israel on Nov. 15, air sirens sounded over Tel Aviv for the first time since 1991, per the BBC, and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) was then given approval to call in 30,000 reserve troops. One day earlier, an Israeli strike on Gaza had killed Ahmed Jabari, chief commander of the militant Palestinian Hamas movement.
As the conflict continues to escalate, it has also sparked a stream of social media updates from both sides, including a Twitter battle of irate words and hashtags between spokespersons for the Israeli military and the Hamas military wing.
We searched through Instagram photos from the conflict using hashtags #israel,#idf#gaza and #palestine via web-based Instagram client Statigram. A notable difference can be seen in the photos tagged with hashtags relating to Israel versus those that relate to Palestine. For example, photos tagged #IFD tend to feature young IDF troops preparing for possible combat or posing in their uniforms; pics tagged #Gaza feature more of what appear to be bloodied civilians, damaged buildings and protests.
Take a look at the two slideshows to see the difference for yourself. The top slideshow contains pics tagged #israel and #idf. The bottom contains pics tagged #palestine and #gaza.

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Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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