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Animated Video Enacts Killing of Knesset Member Yehuda Glick by Palestinian Terrorists

Fol­low­ing the spate of grue­some Pales­tini­ans ter­ror attacks which took the lives of Hal­lel Ariel and Rabbi Miki Mark (whose killing was glo­ri­fied on Arabic-language social media), a video has sur­faced on social media call­ing for the killing of Israeli Knes­set Mem­ber and Tem­ple Mount activist Yehuda Glick. Glick, like the late Rabbi Mark, lives in the set­tle­ment of Otniel. He is best known for sur­viv­ing a Pales­tin­ian assas­si­na­tion attempt in Octo­ber 2014 in reac­tion to advo­cat­ing that Jews be allowed to visit the Tem­ple Mount.

The two-minute long ani­mated video shows Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists infil­trat­ing the set­tle­ment of Otniel, and shoot­ing Glick to death out­side his home. It ends with a voiceover in bro­ken Hebrew say­ing “Jews are for­ever for­bid­den from enter­ing Al-Aqsa Mosque. One who vio­lates this should come with Jew­ish bur­ial shrouds (“Tachrichim”), for his fate is that of Yehuda Glick, only this time we kill.”

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July 6, 2016 1

In Marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, Senior Iranian Officials Call For Israel’s Destruction

As the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment com­mem­o­rated Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day on Fri­day, July 1st, which included the usual protests involv­ing the burn­ing of US and Israeli flags, some senior Iran­ian reli­gious lead­ers and gov­ern­ment offi­cials expressed their desire to see Israel’s destruc­tion. These pro­nounce­ments, some of which echoed prior com­ments made by Iran­ian Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Khamenei, included:

  • “Today the most impor­tant point for the Islamic world is unity against Israel and who­ever breaks this unity would be a trai­tor. Peo­ple of Iran never aban­don their goal. I hope that a third intifada will lead to the destruc­tion of Israel.” - Grand Aya­tol­lah Hos­sein Nouri Hamadani 
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  • “As the Supreme leader said: In 25 years we will be the wit­ness of the destruc­tion of Zion­ist regime.” — Com­man­der of the Iran­ian Army’s Ground Force Brigadier Gen­eral Ahmadreza Pourdastan
  • “We are get­ting close to col­lapse and destruc­tion of the Zion­ist regime. This regime is mak­ing all its effort to sup­port the ter­ror­ism and elim­i­na­tion of Mus­lims.” - Hos­sein Taeb, Iran­ian Shia Mus­lim cleric and cur­rent head of the Intel­li­gence Orga­ni­za­tion of Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution

The Al-Quds Day cel­e­bra­tions also fea­tured Iran­ian government-sponsored demon­stra­tions with harsh anti-Israel expres­sions, and anti-Semitic and anti-Israel car­toons were pub­lished in Iran­ian media outlets.

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July 5, 2016 Off

Arabic-Language Social Media Glorifies Killing of Israeli Rabbi

On July 1, Rabbi Miki Mark was mur­dered by Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists who shot him from their vehi­cle as he was dri­ving with his wife and three of their ten chil­dren in the Hebron area, near the set­tle­ment of Otniel where he headed the local Yeshiva. His wife and two of their chil­dren were wounded in the attack.

As was the case in the recent Tel-Aviv shoot­ing, hash tags glo­ri­fy­ing the attack began appear­ing on Arabic-language social media. They included #the­he­bron­op­er­a­tion, #thera­madan­ji­had, #road60 (the high­way where the shoot­ing took place), as well as #the­quick­re­sponse, imply­ing that this attack was in revenge for the killing of Sara Al-Hajjouj ear­lier that day, who accord­ing to reports, had attempted to stab Israeli Bor­der Police sol­diers at a check­point near the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of the attack was also ref­er­enced under hash tags relat­ing to the ongo­ing wave of Pales­tin­ian ter­ror which began in Sep­tem­ber of 2015, includ­ing #the­jerusalem­intifada and #theintifadacontinues.

Images posted on Twit­ter in after­math of the attack showed the wrecked car (below) with the cap­tion “A Set­tler is Killed and Three Oth­ers Wounded in a Heroic Shoot­ing Oper­a­tion in Hebron”, with the hash tags #road60 and #the­quick­re­sponse, along with the icon of the cur­rent wave of ter­ror at the bot­tom left cor­ner. Also appear­ing below is the cap­tion “Your blood was not shed in vain. Blessed be your right hand, you who were quick to respond”. This refers to the killing of Sara Al-Hajjouj ear­lier that day.

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A car­toon links the attack to the Mus­lim holy month of Ramadan by show­ing the rifle against the back­drop of a cres­cent, with the head­line “Oper­a­tion in Hebron in Retal­i­a­tion for the Mar­tyr­dom of a Woman near the Cave of the Patriarchs.”

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Notably, Face­book pages claim­ing affil­i­a­tion with Hamas stu­dent cells of Pales­tin­ian uni­ver­si­ties also cir­cu­lated sim­i­lar images. One pro­claim­ing to be Al-Quds University’s Hamas stu­dent cell posted (July 1) an image of the attack’s after­math, with the cap­tion “This is the Pure Weapon … the Weapon of the Resis­tance: a set­tler is killed and three oth­ers wounded in a shoot­ing oper­a­tion on their vehi­cle near Hebron.”

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The same pic­ture was posted (July 1) by another Face­book page pro­claim­ing to be part of the Hamas stu­dent cell, this time of Hebron Uni­ver­sity. It also posted the fol­low­ing image, with the cap­tion “The Month of Ramadan.. a Month in which the West Bank’s Men Recorded a Fierce and Heroic Bat­tle.” Below appears the cap­tion “A Set­tler is Killed and Three Oth­ers Wounded in a Shoot­ing Oper­a­tion on their Car near Hebron.”

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A Face­book page pre­sent­ing itself as that of the Hamas stu­dent cell of Bir Zeit Uni­ver­sity in the West Bank posted (July 1) a pic­ture of late Rabbi Mark with the cap­tion “Crushed”. The pic­ture even specif­i­cally states that rep­re­sents the Bir Zeit Uni­ver­sity Islamic Bloc of Hamas.

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