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Israel relaunch 1967 War on Twitter [Analysis]

@IDF1967 is an official Israel Defense Forces account that is aimed at retweeting the events of the Six Day War in live time,” an army spokesman told AFP. The Account which created on 2nd of June by Israel’s army is giving a “live” blow-by-blow account of the 1967 Six Day War, tweeting each air strike at the exact time it occurred 46 years ago in an epic replay.

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Israel relaunching 1967 War on TwitterFollowers: 1077

Following: 3

Tweets: 42

Twitter Age: 3 days

@IDF1967 Analyzed Date Range [5:30 PM CLT – 5 June 2013]

“In response to repeated provocations by Egypt, the State of Israel and the IDF are going to war. We will not sit idly as the enemy forces tighten the noose around our necks,” the opening tweet said around 8.00am (1500 AEST) on Wednesday when Israel landed its first pre-emptive air strike 46 years ago.

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The tweets are mostly in Hebrew, with some translated into English.

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Word Cloud Visualization for Most used words by @IDF1967 [based on 908 Tweets]
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Top 10 Hashtags by @IDF1967 [based on 908 Tweets]
Word Cloud Visualization for Top 10 Hashtags by @IDF1967 [based on 908 Tweets]
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Mapped locations of @IDF1967 followers
Mapped locations of @IDF1967 followers

The microblogging project began as Israel and the Palestinians separately marked the start of the 1967 conflict, when Israeli forces seized Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem, with the Palestinians mourning it as the “naksa” or setback.

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