Pro-Israel and Pro-Palestinian voices share same video and agree it helps them: Anatomy of a Rashomon effect

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

On December 18th The Israel Project shared a video of several Palestinian women and girls shouting at and slapping at Israeli soldiers in the village of Nabi Saleh.

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Within several hours it has 170,000 views. The caption explained that this was a “must watch” and this is “what Israeli soldiers have to go through.” It showed “Palestinian women caught hitting, pushing, and cursing Israeli soldiers in order to provoke them to respond on camera. The soldiers don’t respond. You will never see this on the news.”

The video has since been shared massively among pro-Israel groups online and elsewhere. It was also shared by “The shadow,” a rapper known for his more right wing views. His post on December 18 received 670,000 views.

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And it has gotten a lot of traction on twitter and other social media. Making the rounds on twitter.

The Pro-Palestinian origin of a “Pro-Israel” video

The original video from the Friday protest at Nabi Saleh. It depicts Ahed Tamimi who is a well known activist in the village where there are weekly protests against Israel and frequent clashes.

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One of the first to share videos from the Friday protests was Ramallah News on December 15th which showed an early part of the now famous video.

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Then Quds media also picket it up and it was shared on Ahed Tamimi’s Facebook page.

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These videos only got 15,000 and 80,000 views over several days. By December 19 they had plateaued.

Then the video was shared more widely by Palestinians, pro-Palestinian activists and media.

As we can see from the comments, Palestinian voices felt her actions were an “honor to the nation.”

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Oddly, Israelis agreed, but about the soldiers.

Ahed Tamimi was arrested on December 19th, apparently as a result of the video.

 

 

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