The parents of an IDF soldier, who received an untrue text message about their son being killed in the line of duty, spoke in front of cameras about the terrifying moments. They are calling on the public to refrain from sharing messages that contain names of soldiers who have been killed. “Don’t do that to any family, to any mother- it destroys our world,” pleaded the soldier’s mother.
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The IDF has launched a new campaign designed to quash the sad phenomenon of false rumors that have the power to destroy entire families. During Operation Protective Edge, many false rumors circulated via social media sites and WhatsApp about soldiers who were allegedly injured or killed in the line of duty. Today (Monday), the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit released a video featuring the family of an IDF soldier that received an untrue WhatsApp message about their son’s death during Operation Protective Edge.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit explained that the campaign is aimed at explaining and demonstrating to the Israeli public the seriousness of the issue and the deep scars that these rumors leave on the families. During Operation Protective Edge, this phenomenon peaked as the rumors that brought anxiety, panic and a lack of certainty to many families.
During Operation Protective Edge, some families of IDF soldiers who were actually killed received messages that their relatives were alive and well, while other parents read that their children were killed before IDF officials were able to contact them.
The family of Hezi Amani, an IDF soldier who was fighting in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, received a WhatsApp message that contained a false rumor. The message included a list of IDF soldiers who were just killed and Hezi was among the names. Hezi’s family spoke on camera as part of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit campaign.
Hezi’s father: “To send an irresponsible message via WhatsApp is like carrying out a terror attack” Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
“I received a phone call from my daughter, she was crying- she said that there is a list of soldiers who were killed circulating on WhatsApp and that her friends said that Hezi was killed,” recalled Hezi’s mother.
Korish, Hezi’s father, said: “To send an irresponsible message via WhatsApp is like carrying out a terror attack. This tool is a weapon, no less than a rifle.”