|Gaza border violence|
A civilian American researcher, armed with only his facial recognition software system, and his tenacity, repeatedly accessed obscure Palestinian social media and social networking resources, and proved that many of the individuals that the United Nations Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry Report listed as casualties of the Gaza border riots were, in truth and in fact, senior Hamas, PIJ and DFLP militants. His reporting clearly disproved the UN statement that the dead were peaceful civilian protestors and innocent victims. He even named which militant units they were members of.
Apparently, the researcher, working on his own time, and without any sponsor, was able to access esoteric Palestinian social media sites, where he was able to identify individuals that the United Nations Commission of inquiry listed as non-military, with specific civilian jobs. His information regarding the militants so identified by the researcher, who were killed when they engaged the Israel Defense Forces at the border, including their photo, their military rank, and which Hamas, PIJ or DFLP unit to which they were assigned. Some of the individuals were senior leaders, indicating that they were directing the attempts to breach the frontier, and attack IDF soldiers defending it.
The fact that the researcher was able to obtain actionable intelligence, verifying that these were armed Palestinian militants, rather than unarmed protestors, is a testament to the ability of facial recognition software programs to extract needed images from the massive amount of information present online in social media, and to identify targets on demand. His results raises the issue of whether the UN, for poitical reasons, and to pacify its large number of Members from the Islamic world, is skewing the narrative.