The problem is there is little or no context accompanying these images. It’s hard to know what happened outside of the frame, so everyone gets to interpret the videos to support often dueling narratives.
Take, for example, Friday's shooting in Afula of a Palestinian woman. Israelis say she was brandishing a knife and about to stab a security guard.
A 34-second video, picked up by Israeli media, shows her surrounded by officers aiming their weapons. There are shouts for her to put the weapon down and surrender. She does not. Shots are fired and she falls to the ground. Israeli media reported that the woman, still unnamed, was seriously wounded.
As the video made the rounds on social media, Israelis took pride in the diligence of police officers and alert civilians; Palestinians were horrified that she was shot instead of apprehended.
For Israelis, it was proof of the terror they have faced on a daily basis — at least since last Thursday, when an Palestinians fatally shot an Israeli couple in front of their four young children. For Palestinians, it is another example of Israel’s occupation and a proud moment of resistance.
The police released another video Friday. Clearly edited, it shows the aftermath of the stabbing of a Jewish teenager by a Palestinian. The blood on the Jewish youth’s white shirt is jarring, but so too is the dozen or so policemen forcing the Palestinian assailant to the ground.
Another video that has made the rounds shows Israeli soldiers working undercover, first as part of a violent Palestinian protest, and then beating, kicking and shooting a suspect at point-blank range in the leg.
Many Israelis were surprised that the video became an international sensation — and a black eye for Israel. There’s already a popular Israeli TV series called "Fouda," documenting the actions of a fictional undercover unit. These men are Israeli heroes, risking their lives to stop terror.
For Palestinians, the video is proof of Israel’s dirty tactics and unbridled violence. There were calls on Twitter for Palestinian activists to “tuck in shirts,” because undercover Israelis keep shirts untucked to hide weapons.
Whether it's another intifada or not, what appears to be setting this latest round of violence apart from uprisings in the late 1980s and early 2000s are these short video clips now reaching viewers as fast as lobbed stones and rubber bullets.