Israel is turning genocide into a joke but Twitter isn’t laughing

The state's official Twitter handle had to resort to a thread of rocket emoticons to explain how it is 'under attack'


Entertainment Desk May 18, 2021
Safety officials inspect damaged buildings in Gaza City following an Israeli airstrike on May 12, 2021. Photo: The Indian Express

It seems as if wrongfully accusing Bella Hadid of raising an anti-Semitic chant failed to malign her and the Palestinians' image, so now, the Israeli government has decided to turn genocide into a joke. But Twitter isn't laughing.

Where several Palestinians are utilising social media to show the world the ground reality of their suffering, Israel has had to resort to emoticons to give people "some perspective."

The state of Israel's official Twitter handle shared a thread of rocket emoticons to relay how many rockets were allegedly shot at Israeli civilians. "Just to give you all some perspective, these are the total amount of rockets shot at Israeli civilians. Each one of these rockets is meant to kill," read a follow-up tweet by the handle. "Make no mistake. Every rocket has an address. What would you do if that address was yours?" it added.

However, netizens were quick to explain to Israel why resorting to rocket emoticons would backfire, especially in the presence of heartwrenching images of people being bombed, killed and brutalised in Gaza.

Dear Israel, let's not trivialise

Facts

Let this speak for itself

Joke's on who, again?

Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip continued early Monday after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country’s bombing of Gaza would continue “in full force,” reported Al Jazeera. According to the outlet, at least 42 Palestinians were killed and dozens more wounded in Sunday’s bombing of the Palestinian enclave.

Since the violence initiated a week ago, at least 192 people, including 58 children and 34 women, have been killed in the Gaza Strip. Pakistan has expressed “deep concern and anguish” on the situation and stressed the “importance of the US role."

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