As the current conflict between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force entered its second week, journalists and activists took to Twitter to report death tolls: 175 Palestinians killed, according to Palestinian Health Ministry, and no Israelis. The numbers provoked an angry discussion between users across the social media platform.
Never enough dead Jews for some. RT @Max_Fisher: Israel-Palestine conflict has killed 14 times more Palestinians than Israelis since 2000
â€” David Frum (@davidfrum) July 14, 2014
People tweeted back at David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic and former speechwriter for president George W. Bush, many in outrage over his comment. One user, Eli Clifton, a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, said: "Apparently zero dead Israelis are too many and 170+ dead Palestinians are too few for @DavidFrum."
The Palestinian death toll reaches at least 172, and Israel continues to intercept Hamas rockets. http://t.co/QS3s6XPNwI
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 14, 2014
— Remi Kanazi (@Remroum) July 14, 2014
According to the IDF:
Why are Israeli casualties so low? Israel alerts civilians to incoming rockets. Hamas urges children & the elderly to act as human shields.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 14, 2014