The Self and Other: Portraying Israeli and Palestinian Identities on Twitter

The conflict between Israel and Palestine has lasted over half a century, with both sides enduring military and political turmoil. This paper explores how Twitter is being used as a medium to portray identities in the conflict. We examine the tweets contained in the @IDFspokesperson and @ISMPalestine Twitter accounts between late 2015 and early 2016. Using textual analysis, we gain an insight into how these Twitter accounts, defined by the conflict, are used in portraying the self and the other. This paper was based on my bachelors thesis for my B.Sc (Hons) Degree in Marketing from Technological University Dublin (Formerly Dublin Institute of Technology).