The social media video-sharing app Snapchat recently featured the Israeli city of Tel Aviv as part of its “Stories” features, which focuses on cities from around the world and residents may post videos for a daylong live stream of city life. The focus on Tel Aviv, however, coincided with the one-year anniversary of last summer’s Israeli war on Gaza.
The Tel Aviv Live Story, as Snapchat dubbed it, provoked criticism that went viral:
Mohammed Zeyara, a Chicago medical student and public activist from Gaza with 1.3 million Facebook followers, posted his response on Facebook:
Palestinian-American writer Rania Khalek voiced a common message heard on Twitter: show the other side.
Snapchat got the message:
Here are some of the Snaps, a window into Palestinian life:
Who knew a snap could generate so much attention?