Internet reacts with fury at contrasting photos of Ivanka Trump and Palestinian protests

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Chaotic clashes along the Gaza border contrasted with Ivanka Trump and other American and Israeli officials celebrating Donald Trump’s formal relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (New York Times / Reuters)
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Chaotic clashes along the Gaza border contrasted with Ivanka Trump and other American and Israeli officials celebrating Donald Trump’s formal relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (New York Times / Reuters)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Internet reacts with fury at contrasting photos of Ivanka Trump and Palestinian protests

  • The US officially relocated its Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday. Roughly 50 miles away from the opening ceremony in Jerusalem, the move was met with clashes and protests along the Israeli-Gaza border.
  • Attending the opening ceremony was Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president, and her husband Jared Kushner, both of whom are senior advisers in the White House.

CAIRO: Picture collages showing the US embassy opening in Jerusalem juxtaposed against protests at the Gaza border were widely circulated among social media users.

One viral image showing the striking difference between the two situations has appeared on The New York Times, headlined “contrasting images.”

It showed the chaotic clashes along the Gaza border contrasted with Ivanka Trump and other American officials celebrating President Donald Trump’s formal relocation of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Another viral image was the cover photo of The New York Daily News of Ivanka, sporting a TV presenter’s smile, and pointing to a picture-insert of the violent clashes on the Gaza border.

The headline read, “Daddy’s Little Ghoul.”

Several users reacted with anger at the pictures. Some were critical of Ivanka’s smiles, while others were upset by her presence in the first place.

Some commentators said they were disappointed by the US move, which formally upended decades of American foreign policy.

The US officially relocated its Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday. Roughly 50 miles away from the opening ceremony in Jerusalem, the move was met with clashes and protests along the Israeli-Gaza border.

A hail of bullets killed at least 58 Palestinians along the border fence between Israel and Gaza, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Attending the opening ceremony was Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president, and her husband Jared Kushner, both of whom are senior advisers in the White House. Both were sat next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the opening ceremony.

“On behalf of the 45th President of the United States of America, we welcome you officially and for the first time to the embassy of the United States here in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,” Trump told the crowd of diplomats and dignitaries.


Mystery of Saudi journalist’s missing tweets

Updated 16 October 2018
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Mystery of Saudi journalist’s missing tweets

RIYADH: Unusual activity has been observed on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Twitter account since his disappearance on Oct. 2 — with a total of 163 old tweets having been deleted.
This has raised questions about the identity of the person managing Khashoggi’s Twitter account — and whether it is his alleged fiancée Hatice (Khadija) Cengiz. It was reported that all of Khashoggi’s cellphones are in her possession; yet Khashoggi’s ex-wife, Alaa Nassif, has said neither she nor Khashoggi’s family had any knowledge of Khadija.
On the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, he had not followed anyone new and the number of the accounts he followed was 778, according to the analytics tool SocialBlade.

After US commandos killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011, Khashoggie tweeted about how he had “collapsed crying.” He wrote on Twitter: “I collapsed crying a while ago, heartbroken for you Abu Abdullah (Bin Laden’s nickname). You were beautiful and brave in those beautiful days in Afghanistan, before you surrendered to hatred and passion.”
After US commandos killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011, Khashoggi tweeted about how he had “collapsed crying.” He wrote on Twitter: “I collapsed crying a while ago, heartbroken for you Abu Abdullah (Bin Laden’s nickname). You were beautiful and brave in those beautiful days in Afghanistan, before you surrendered to hatred and passion.”


That day, an additional 20 tweets were posted on Khashoggi’s account. Yet between Oct. 3 and Oct. 15, a total of 163 tweets were deleted — including 90 tweets on Oct. 4 alone. The number of accounts followed by Khashoggi also dropped by five during the same period — although it is not clear whether these accounts were deliberately unfollowed.

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A Saudi Twitter user named Trad Al-Asmari has also monitored Khashoggi’s account and posted the findings online.
Questions have been raised over the kind of tweets being deleted from Khashoggi’s account, given the controversial nature of some of his posts, in which he had expressed views that could have been deemed sympathetic to Al-Qaeda and Daesh.

In another tweet, Khashoggi apparently aimed to justify Daesh’s tactic of beheading people.


Lebanese political activist Nidal Sabeh said in a tweet about the activity on Khashoggi’s account:
“The person managing the Twitter account of Jamal Khashoggi has removed me from his friends list. His account has been recently very active, deleting several tweets and unfollowing accounts Jamal used to follow. I have no idea what could be the purpose of this act, but it certainly is noticeable.”