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Israelis Seen Clapping And Eating Popcorn While Watching Bombs Drop On Gaza

The shocking photo went viral on Twitter and caused international outrage.

Posted on July 16, 2014, at 6:04 a.m. ET

A Danish journalist sparked outrage on Twitter when he tweeted a photo of a group of Israelis on a hilltop cheering and applauding bombing of the Gaza Strip.

Sderot cinema. Israelis bringing chairs 2 hilltop in sderot 2 watch latest from Gaza. Clapping when blasts are heard.

Allan Sørensen@allansorensen72

Sderot cinema. Israelis bringing chairs 2 hilltop in sderot 2 watch latest from Gaza. Clapping when blasts are heard.

8:26 PM - 09 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The picture, posted by Middle East correspondent Allan Sørensen on Wednesday, was shared by thousands on people across the world.

@allansorensen72 If this is true then God help us all. What's become of the human race?

baydu.co.za@Baydu

@allansorensen72 If this is true then God help us all. What's become of the human race?

2:17 PM - 10 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@allansorensen72 @Habibiline morality of a people so skewed that murder is a public spectle. an astonishing thing to see in this day/age?

Syed-Makki Shah@SyedMakkiShah

@allansorensen72 @Habibiline morality of a people so skewed that murder is a public spectle. an astonishing thing to see in this day/age?

2:16 PM - 10 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@MathiFryy I'm sorry but people, any people, celebrating death anywhere is abominable. Nothing to do with this community or that. Period.

Aliya Nazki@AliyaNazki

@MathiFryy I'm sorry but people, any people, celebrating death anywhere is abominable. Nothing to do with this community or that. Period.

3:45 PM - 10 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sørensen said that it showed a kind of "cinema", and that people were "clapping when blasts are heard". He said he saw people taking popcorn up on to the hill with chairs.

The picture was taken in the Israeli town of Sderot, which lies less than a mile from the Gaza border and has borne the brunt of rocket fire from Gaza for over a decade. Healthcare workers say that over half the children living in Sderot have post-traumatic stress disorder. Sørensen said he believed the gathering "wasn't to provoke anyone", and that "no one there thought they were doing anything untoward".

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