‘All eyes on Rafah’ image shared 44 million times on Instagram: Israel counters viral trend

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‘All eyes on Rafah’ image shared 44 million times on Instagram: Israel counters viral trend

After several days of Israel's ceaseless bombardment in Gaza that resulted in the deaths of several dozen people, the AI-generated image "All eyes on Rafah" began making the rounds on social media. In light of the outcry against civilian deaths in Israel's offensive against Rafah, the viral image has now been shared over 44 million times on Instagram.

The pic that has gone viral features the phrase 'All eyes on Rafah' and shows rows of tents packed closely together, spanning an infinite desert landscape shaded by mountains. The image makes reference to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled to Rafah during Israel's military campaign against Hamas.

This image was also shared by a number of celebrities worldwide amid the outcry. Among the first celebrities to post the photo on social media were French football player Ousmane Dembele, top models Bella and Gigi Hadid, who are of Palestinian origin, and actor Pedro Pascal, a Chilean-American.

The phrase "All eyes on Rafah" received a lot of attention on social networking sites other than Instagram, particularly X. On X, the hashtag #alleyesonrafah has had about a million visits, and in the past three days, the site has seen over 27.5 million posts on the Israeli attack on Gaza. A large fire broke out in a relief shelter on Sunday night where refugees were staying in open tents as a result of Israeli airstrikes and shelling on Rafah. According to Gaza's Ministry of Health, 45 civilians, including children, died as a result of the attack. The attacks resulted in 249 injuries.

Following the global social media phenomenon known as "All eyes on Rafah," Israel released a counter-photo to the widely shared image. Israeli officials highlighted the state of the hostages kidnapped by Hamas in the October 7 attacks on social media with a photo titled "what your eyes fail to see." A tweet from the State of Israel's Embassy in India was re-posted by the Israel Foreign Ministry. It said, "What your eyes fail to see is the cries of 125 Israeli men, women, children, and elderly currently held hostage by Hamas in horrible conditions deep in the tunnels of Gaza."

This is what sparked the fight. It's crucial to understand the entire narrative before voicing any opinions. The tweet goes on to say, "Until each and every hostage returns home, we will not stop."