Israelis Are Taking “Bomb Shelter Selfies”
The 16-day conflict has claimed the lives of 718 Palestinians, most of them civilians, Palestinian health officials say. Israel has lost 32 soldiers, all since July 17, when it widened its air campaign into a full-scale ground operation aimed at halting rocket fire from Gaza and destroying a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels.
Taking cover in safe rooms, bomb shelters, and stairwells can be a terrifying experience for many Israeli citizens , but dozens of people have posted smiling selfies on Facebook. Sara Eisen, a resident of Beit Shemesh in central Israel, even started a Facebook page called “Bomb Shelter Selfies.”
She said it is also a way of showing the world that the Israelis are not going to let the attacks get to them. not everyone approves of these selfies. Twitter users have pointed out that Gaza residents do not have the luxury of posing for bomb shelter selfies during Israeli air strikes
As an Al Jazeera television reporter speaking in Gaza City commented that there were no bomb shelters for Palestinian Arabs to use or air raid sirens to warn of an imminent aerial attack.