Facebook status updates are usually used to inform one’s friends of one’s emotional state or geographic location, to share an interesting tidbit, a piece of news, or a political perspective. In the past month nearly 700,000 Facebook users “donated” their status to an application called Support Gaza, which uses the updates as a means of disseminating the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza. A similar application called QassamCount tracks the number of Qassam rockets fired into Israel. The collection of updates below chronicles the events of the past three weeks from four different perspectives, a very personal and rough draft of History. The identifies of these four individuals have been anonymized. “A” is a activist in Madison, “B” is an academic in Beer Sheva, “C” is a student in San Francisco, “D” is a lawyer in Jerusalem.
Dec 27has Gaza on his mind.
Dec 27is kol hakavod l’tzahal. [“Way to go Israeli Army” in Hebrew]
Dec 28is devastated at the loss of all life as drums of war pound in our region, prays for our soldiers, Gilad Shalit and the innocent in the Western Negev and Gaza.
Dec 29F$ck Israel!!!
Dec 30is Boycott Israel Apartheid
Dec 30is glad to hear Amram Mitzna and David Grossman’s voices: a call for a 48 hr cease-fire IF Hamas stops rockets, achieve calm; if not, ground troups go in…
Dec 30from the river to the sea PALESTINE WILL BE FREE!
Jan 1is Protest tomorrow at 2 P.M. on Market and Powell in SF.
Jan 1is ashamed of the Home Command’s disregard for Beer-Sheva’s citizens. Five days into the operation: alarms still don’t work, shelters are a mess, w/out water!
Jan 3Chicago March for Gaza
Jan 3is thinking about our soldiers (and their parents) and praying for their safety and for a speedy end to the operation…
Jan 5are you feeling the economic pinch? then you should ask why the US gives 3 billion dollars to israel every year.
Jan 6wonders what the UN would say if Israel responded “proportionately” and randomly fired rockets into Gaza?
Jan 6“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Jan 7is pissed off - we just had a 3 hour cease-fire to provide humanitarian aid and no sooner was that over when the Hamas bombed Beer-Sheva!
Jan 8is hoping for a quiet weekend.
Jan 10854 murdered by israel…. your tax dollars at work
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Communiques/2009/IDF_warns_Gaza_population_7-Jan-2009.htm (please read and forward! standard IDF procedure). Jan 11is sharing:
Jan 11is not happy about rockets in Northern Israel.
Jan 16is barely able to write and has been crying for 2 hours. We killed the daughters of my friend Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish just now
يتطلع الى السبت [“Waiting for Shabbat” in Arabic] Jan 16
Jan 16genocide- noun: the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.
Jan 16has had it with the sirens, the bombing and most of all, the destruction, the dead and injured…can we pls find a way to put an end to all of this suffering?
Jan 17is pondering what it will actually take for folks here to express their massive collective outrage over Gaza.
Jan 17is devastated over the tragic loss of the daughters of my courageous friend, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish of Gaza.
Jan 17If it were a true ceasefire, then the army would withdraw. Classic Israeli tactic of appearing to make magnanimous “concessions” while carrying out atrocities.