Destruction in Jabalia following Israeli army's withdrawal

Artificial intelligence-generated images related to the conflict in Gaza have proliferated on Instagram since the “All Eyes on Rafah” post went viral.

Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian images, some similar to the original “All Eyes on Rafah” and others more graphic, have been shared.

One image features a crowd with the words “bring them home now,” referring to the in Gaza.

The surge in AI-generated images follows the widespread sharing of the “All Eyes on Rafah” post, shared over 47 million times on Instagram. The image gained traction after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, designated as a for civilians, sparked public outrage.

Some criticized the use of AI for the “All Eyes on Rafah” image, arguing it sanitized the devastation in Gaza. Others suggested that AI-generated images allowed activists to circumvent social media restrictions on graphic content.

Pro-Israeli images emerged on social media after the “All Eyes on Rafah” image went viral, according to NBC News. These posts, often characterized by repeated or blurred visual features, have been attributed to AI by some users.

Israeli media reported the removal of a pro-Israeli Instagram post inspired by “All Eyes on Rafah,” depicting a Hamas gunman over a baby in blood with a burning Israeli flag. later reinstated the post, stating it did not violate guidelines and was removed in error.

Meta has expressed its intention to on its platforms, but none of the posts analyzed by NBC News carried labels indicating they were AI-generated.