rning fields, protests, missile launches.>>
Not the typical scenes of Instagram. The social media platform is largely associated with filtered perfection, but it's also being used by groups of young women living either side of the Israel-Gaza border. To capture the stark reality of life punctuated by sirens and airstrikes.
> I'm trying to change the stereotypes people have of Gaza, like war, destruction and so on, which the media's presented to the world.
Meshi Almakeas and Lee Cohen, are part of a group of teenagers who started out of Gaza, Hebrew for Gaza Periphery. It only began in October, but it's garnered over 90,000 followers already. Documenting life in and around Kerem Shalom, a small kibbutz beside Israel's border with Egypt and Gaza.
Many kilometers away, across a network of barbed wire and fences, pictures of a different type are being uploaded. For Fatma Abu Musabbeh, the platform presents an opportunity to challenge stereotypes of her city.>>
Moreover, I'm trying to change this idea through the Instagram platform, I even keep the camera on and ready until I capture the great picture that shows nature, colors, and liveliness. Global attention may have been diverted, as this cease fire between Hamas and the Israel government holds, but both sets of Instagramers continue to upload and wait for the next crisis