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July 25, 2014

Sheera Frenkel Feeds Twitter Distorted Buzz

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Buzzfeed correspondent Sheerah Frenkel sure is able to include a lot of misinformation into a 140 characters!

Earlier today she posted a tweet that read as follows:

Order of events: 3 teens kidnapped->100s of Palestns in WB arrested->revenge attacks on Palestinians->violence along Gaza/Israel border->war

First, the Israeli teens were not just “kidnapped.� They were abducted and then immediately murdered on June 12, 2014.

Then she reports that violence along the Gaza/Israel border came after “revenge attacks� on Palestinians. Another misstatement of fact. This previous Snapshots entry reveals that “the barrage rocket attacks against Israel began well before the Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was killed on July 2.

In fact, the increase in Hamas rocket attacks increased soon after the June 12 launch of Israel's "Operation Brother's Keeper" to rescue the kidnapped teens.

She only had 140 characters, but Frankel’s order of events omits Hamas’ rejection of an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire on July 15, 2014.

It also omits a call for calm issued by Israel prior to initiating operation Protective Edge.

In a passage that has been deleted from an entry posted on Washington Post’s blog site on July 8, 2014, William Booth and Ruth Eglash reported that IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner “told reporters that Israel has offered "calm for calm" but that rocket fire from Gaza escalated in recent days and that now the Israeli military would seek to hit Hamas hard.�

Posted by dvz at July 25, 2014 02:25 PM


The real sin is she presented false evidence that the murders of the three Israeli teens are a "lone cell" and not related to Hamas. She attributed the lone cell comment as having come from top authorities in Israel. In reality the comment came from a local Hebron police chief in late June, who was speaking extemporaneously about the Qawasmeh clan to a NYT reporter. The Qawasmehs of Hebron have ALWAYS had a love/hate relationship with Hamas. Though many in that clan have committed terrible acts of violence either with Hamas' blessing or as personal acts against Israel, they are by no means a lone cell. To tweet that Hamas had nothing to do with the kidnapping/murders of three Israeli kids in June 2014 is a LIE.

Posted by: Sus at July 27, 2014 12:00 PM

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