Early Monday morning in Palestine, over 70 Palestinians were killed by Israeli attacks in Rafah.
More than half of Palestine’s population, 1.5 million people, live in Rafah — the overwhelming majority of them displaced by the violence elsewhere in Palestine into the overcrowded city. Israel had previously designated the city of Rafah as a “safe space,” meaning that Palestinians now have nowhere to go to escape the conflict.
The attacks occurred at the same time as the Super Bowl in the US, and as images from Rafah hit people’s timelines, the hashtag #SuperBowlMassacre started trending online.
Facts about the ongoing conflict are extremely hard to verify, but here's an approximate timeline of what transpired:
2:30 p.m. EST/9:30 p.m. Israel
6:30 p.m. EST/1:30 a.m. Israel
6:49 p.m. EST/1:49 a.m. Israel:
6:50 p.m. EST/1:50 a.m. Israel
Approximately between 6–8 p.m. EST/1–3 a.m. Israel
7 p.m. EST/2 a.m. Israel
Between 6–8 p.m. EST/1–3 a.m. Israel
Around 9:40 p.m. EST/4:40 a.m. Israel
10:50 p.m. EST/5:50 a.m. Israel
this is an actual tweet from the actual twitter account of the actual president of the united states. posted during the bombing of the last “safe” space in Gaza—bombing funded by US dollars—while an Israeli propaganda ad was aired to millions of americans watching the superbowl https://t.co/FJUbLUTZHE
— grammy award-winning album this is why (@_lesbiannie_) February 12, 2024
Biden tweets a picture seemingly poking fun at conspiracies suggesting the Super Bowl win was rigged. However, given the timing with the attacks and violent imagery now circulating, some criticized the post — captioned “Just like we drew it up” — as insensitive.
Wild thing to post as Israel is committing a massacre right now
— Revolutionary Blackout Network🥋 (@SocialistMMA) February 12, 2024
Monday: #SuperBowlMassacre trends on X.
i can’t believe we are supposed to be afraid to denounce the country that aired a super bowl ad while bombing the starving people crowded in the tiny “safe zone” they’re occupying.
— sarah hagi (@KindaHagi) February 12, 2024
People criticize the attacks, especially given the timing.
Guy Smallman / Getty Images, Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images
In London, New York, and elsewhere, protests are held.
Some have placed the death toll in Rafah to over 100.
We will update this with further information.