Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer(link is external) landed himself in hot water Thursday when his Twitter Q&A #AskDermer(link is external) was hijacked by Palestine activists. The Q&A was held amid escalating violence between Israel and Hamas forces in Gaza. The hashtag, which was used(link is external) more than 20,000 times, included questions that were harshly critical of Israel’s strategy in Gaza. Many tweets by activists were snarky, and others were angry.
At least 232 Palestinians have been killed(link is external) (77 per cent of whom were civilians(link is external)) in the 10-day fighting, as well as one Israeli.
Many took the opportunity to pose tough questions about Israel’s strategy.
Some asked about the deaths of four children killed by an artillery strike on a Gaza beach Wednesday. Israel acknowledged it launched the strike, but said it was targeting Hamas militants.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the ambassador got what he asked for. Despite the heat, Dermerresponded to some tweets.
Dermer ended the Q&A on a humorous note: