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Jerusalem blast: Tracking Twitter reactions from Palestine, Saudi Arabia

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India Today analyses an array of tweets beneath #Operation_Jerusalem within the aftermath of dual blasts in Jerusalem on November 23.

Security and rescue forces work on the scene of an explosion at a bus cease in Jerusalem on Wednesday. (Photo: Reuters)

By Bidisha Saha, Aakash Sharma: In the early hours of Wednesday, two blasts went off at Givat Shaul and Ramot junction bus stops on the outskirts of Jerusalem in Israel, killing a 16-year-old boy and injuring 22 individuals. Police are investigating the dual explosion and say it was a “suspected Palestine attack,” as per Reuters.

The first blast occurred at 7am native time on Wednesday morning close to a central bus cease at Givat Shaul, concentrating on rush-hour commuters. The second one occurred at an interval of about half an hour close to a busy junction in Ramot settlement, north of Jerusalem.

Givat Shaul and Ramot junction in Jerusalem, the place the blasts occurred.

Some components of the motorway connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv had been shut quickly as Israeli police looked for different explosives that will have been planted within the metropolis. The preliminary findings counsel that shrapnel-laden explosive units had been planted for optimum injury. The luggage had been hidden in a bush and behind a wall respectively on the two explosion websites and had been detonated remotely by a cell phone.

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— משטרת ישראל (@IL_police) November 23, 2022

Prime Minister Yair Lapid expressed his condolences to the household of the bereaved, whereas additionally stating that “This event is different from what we have seen in recent years.”


Looking on the hashtag evaluation of the now viral #Operation_Jerusalem that blared Twitter moments after the blast, reveals that Twitter customers from primarily Palestine and Saudi Arabia had been sharing celebratory posts on the Twin assaults.

The evaluation by India Today relies on a pattern of 2777 tweets that emerged from November 20 (two days earlier than the blast) to November 24. The hashtag marketing campaign reveals some coordination with the power of 8294 posts together with tweets, retweets, and replies, and consisted of 2533 energetic customers.

Hashtag evaluation performed utilizing Talkwalker

The general evaluation reveals that fifty.9% (½ of the Tweets) of posts originated from Saudi Arabia and about 15.1% from Palestine.

Links on the community present how particular tales flow into from one Twitter account to a different by retweets, quotes, replies, and mentions. Gray hyperlink traces are posts from low-credibility sources. Nodes or bubbles within the community are Twitter accounts. The bigger ones have been retweeted extra instances, whereas the purple ones are doubtless from bot accounts.

Starting from the primary tweet at 7:20 AM on the morning of the explosion, there have been round 7k tweets and retweets from the Middle East area indicating coordination within the community.

We have picked out a few of the most viral posts beneath the #Operation_Quds and #Operation_Jerusalem. They show that the customers are celebrating whereas praising the lethal assault outdoors the bus cease. Some of the customers are additionally speculating that Hamas was behind the assault.

— أسد القدس (@AlqdsAsd) November 23, 2022

Some Twitter customers have additionally circulated graphics that hark again to the second intifada, also referred to as Al-Aqsa Intifada referring to the Palestinian rebellion in 2000-05.


Since the start of this 12 months, there was an upsurge within the battle between Israelis and Palestinians. More than 130 Palestinians have been killed close to West Bank and East Jerusalem in nightly raids and not less than 29 Israelis have been killed in stabbings and shootings. The Israeli military claims a lot of the Palestinians killed had been militants. But stone-throwing youths who had been protesting Israeli military incursions and different protestors not concerned in confrontations have additionally been killed.

However, bombing incidents have been uncommon because the 2005 intifada or rebellion characterised by frequent assaults on Israeli buses, public areas, and suicide bombings almost 20 years in the past. Wednesday’s twin blasts uptick an escalation and is being known as the deadliest 12 months since 2006.


The Islamic militant group Hamas, which guidelines the Gaza Strip and as soon as carried out suicide bombings towards Israelis, praised the perpetrators of the assaults, calling it a “heroic operation”, however didn’t declare any duty for the incident. In their assertion, they shifted the blame to “Israeli occupation” stating that it makes an attempt “to incite against the Hamas movement and disturb its ties with the countries in the region by assigning the responsibility for Jerusalem’s attacks to it is nothing but an attempt to cover up its failure to stop the Palestinian freedom struggle”

Hamas has revealed a press release supporting the bombings in Jerusalem, however didn’t declare duty for the assaults in Jerusalem. The assertion ends with a pledge to proceed “resistance” towards Israel.
— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) November 23, 2022

Hamas spokesperson Abdul Latif al-Qanoua stated that the colonial Israeli settlers’ assaults towards the Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank metropolis of Hebron, the desecration of the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, and the makes an attempt to Judaise the town can be resisted with all attainable means. “The occupation is reaping the price of its crimes and aggression against our people,” he added.

Edited By:

Raajnandini Mukherjee

Published On:

Nov 24, 2022