Photo shows Israelis watching Gaza air strikes 'like it was cinema'


Relaxed on deck chairs, popcorn in hand, a group of Israelis sit down for the evening to watch Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza. For our Observer who took the photo, the scene reveals a lack of empathy until then "never seen before".
 
The photo was taken by a Danish journalist - Allan Sørensen - in the Israeli town of Sdérot. The town is about two kilometres away from the Gaza strip: it often finds itself in the crosshairs of rockets fired from inside Gaza. Taken at night and slightly blurry, the snap gives an insight into the state of mind that currently prevails in the region.

In the photo, residents can be seen sitting on a hill watching intently as Israeli jets pound Gaza. In the front row, a young girl winks. Chairs have been pulled up especially for the occasion, in a scene that resembles more of a movie screening than the sidelines of a conflict.

This photo was retweeted 6,000 times. Most users reacted with indignation.

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"Until then, I had never seen such a strong lack of empathy"

As a journalist, I was looking for an area from which I could get an overview of the Israeli air strikes on Gaza, in order to better understand  what was going on. This evening, it was really intense and as I'd heard people speak about this hill, I went there. As I came closer, I was surprised to see that lots of cars were parked halfway up the hill. Once at the top, I noticed that there were already some 60 people sitting and standing. It was surprising to see them relaxed on their folding chairs. Some were smoking water pipes, others were snacking on popcorn as if it was an open-air cinema.

There were people aged between 60 and 70 but also young people. On the other hand, I didn't see any children. I think that's got something to do with the fact that the area isn't secure. A few days before a rocket hit the lower part of the hill which is in range.
 
"Similar reactions have been observed on the Palestinian side" 

For me, this attitude wasn't to provoke anyone. The people there sincerely didn't think there was anything wrong with what they were doing. And that's exactly why I took this photo. It backs up exactly what I have been noticing for the last three weeks, since the kidnapping of the three Israelis and the death of the young Palestinian that followed. On both sides, there's a total lack of empathy that I've never seen before. How can one react in this way when children in Gaza are being killed by bombs? And to those who criticise me for only showing one side of the story in this photo, I would answer that similar reactions have been observed on the Palestinian side. Like, for example, those who celebrated the kidnapping of the three Israelis by holding up three fingers [the images had been posted on pro-Palestinian sites].
 
Photo of Sderot posted by the journalist Albert Elfa. In it, two men prepare to watch bombs fall over Gaza.

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Gaza

the world should understand that u don't need to be Muslim or Arab u just need to be human to feel that what happen there is pure evil.
and for anyone who defending israel.. tell me please how could u justify this : IS THIS WOMAN A HUMAN???

A well-known Israeli politician and parliament member has branded Palestinians as terrorists, saying mothers of all Palestinians should also be killed during the ongoing Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip.
Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party called for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.
”http://rinf.com/alt-news/war-terrorism/israeli-mp-mothers-palestinians-must-killed/

The people dying in Gaza are

The people dying in Gaza are human being s befor they are Muslims or Christians. When people goes to see the massacres of other human being is inhumane.
Please don't forget that it was there land before 1947 . Palestiniens where exiled from home land living in refugee camps for more than 67 years.

Who was exiled from Judea

Who was exiled from Judea first?

The people dying in Gaza are

The people dying in Gaza are human being s befor they are Muslims or Christians. When people goes to see the massacres of other human being is inhumane.
Please don't forget that it was there land before 1947 . Palestiniens where exiled from home land living in refugee camps for more than 67 years.

trying to catch the headlines...

There's only 1 sentence to describe this article; "Jew haters"!
you want to try to live 1 month in Sederot and see what it feels like? you want to taste the feeling of running to take shelter at all odd times of the day and night?
very sensational isn't it? taking a picture to be a hero. this is not journalism, this is bull shit. in any arab country (leave alone gaza), after publishing such picture, next time you tried to enter their country, you would disappear. but in israel nothing will happen to you because we are a democracy. however, please don't come back!!!
and oh, i hope hamas and moslem fanatics take over your country very soon.

False Moral Equivalence - anti-Jew bias

What the writer of this article isn't disclosing is that the Israelis watch the pounding of Gaza's combatants, the same combatants that have been targeting them specifically for years. The Arabs, on the other hand, rejoice the killing of civilians.

There is an agenda behind this article, to make it more difficult for Israel to defend itself against the Islamists.

Israel deliberatly targeting civilians

"The Arabs, on the other hand, rejoice the killing of civilians." - Seriously?

Israel has been targeting hospitals, disabled centres, the press & whole families whilst Israeli's sit and watch with popcorn in hand.

There is no agenda in this article, just facts.

#Likudisaterroristorganisation

Gaza

I*srael gave them Gaza all their did was fight amongst themselves and terrorist activities against Israel.Israel is only doing what other countries would do if their sent rockets into its terrority

It's palestiniens land in tge

It's palestiniens land in tge first place. Israeli zionests occupied the land in 1947 . 67 years of occupation dose not make the people forget the reality. Palestiniens have the right to defend them selves.

The 5,000 year old bible says

The 5,000 year old bible says otherwise moron. Try reading it and note it's about the jewish people united the area, building the first temples, and being there for a very long time.

Palestinians, actually called philistines back then, were a nomatic, sea-faring tribe like the vikings that would pillage farms and rape women in their voyages. that's why they settled in Gaza along the water and later claimed the land after the Jews had actually made something nice to live out of the desert.

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