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‘All eyes on Rafah’: 44 million Instagram users, global celebrities share AI image to draw attention to Gaza crisis

By Vaseline May30,2024

More than 44 million Instagram users have shared an AI-generated image with the caption “All eyes on Rafah” as of Thursday morning, according to an Instagram count.

What is ‘All eyes on Rafah?’

The AI-generated image shows a vast desert landscape filled with tents that appear to house refugees, in an attempt to draw a similarity to the area lying in the southern Gaza Strip, which has been a shelter for internally displaced Palestinians fleeing the ongoing Israeli conflict. Hamas war.

The Israeli military said they are carrying out the operation to liberate the area from Hamas terrorists and said in a video statement that flammable materials may have caused the deaths. It said it killed two senior Hamas militants in the attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said the strikes were a “tragic accident.”

The area near the Egyptian border near Rafah has recently been subject to bombardment by Israeli forces. A bombing earlier this week resulted in the deaths of at least 44 Palestinians and injured 249 others, including women and children. The international community has criticized Israel for the deaths, saying Rafah was previously a humanitarian zone for civilians.

Which celebrities shared it

The slogan “All eyes on Rafah” has also been widely shared in other publications and social networks, especially X, where the hashtag #alleyesonrafah has generated almost a million hits, according to online monitor Visibrain.

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The words All eyes on Rafah are written on a pillar attached to a wall during a pro-Palestinian protest near the edge of the 96th Academy Awards, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Los Angeles , California, USA . (Image: Reuters)

Indian celebrities Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Konkona Sen Sharma, Atlee, Vir Das, Bhumi Pednekar, Dia Mirza, Rakul Preet Singh, Triptii Dimri and Shilpa Rao, along with Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal, top models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who are of Palestinian descent, and French football star Ousmane Dembele, all shared the photo on their social media profiles.

Who has all eyes on the Rafah trend?

According to a report from Time magazine, the slogan on the image is likely inspired by Richard Peeperkorn, the WHO representative for Gaza, who previously stated that “all eyes” are on what is happening in Rafah.

Students occupy the street in front of the Sciences Po University building in support of the Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Paris, France, May 7, 2024. The slogan reads: All eyes on Rafah. (Image: Reuters)

The slogan was also seen on signs students carried as universities in the US and Europe protested the war in Gaza and demanded a ceasefire and divestment from Israel.

The words “All eyes on Rafah” were also found on a pillar attached to a wall during a pro-Palestinian protest near the edge of the 96th Academy Awards.

Gaza war

Gaza’s deadliest war was sparked by Hamas’ unprecedented Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,189 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli figures.

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    Shankhyaneel Sarkar

    Shankhyaneel Sarkar is a senior sub-editor at News18. He handles international affairs

    first print: May 30, 2024 10:38 IST

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