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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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December 13, 2012 6

Disturbing Messages about Female IDF Soldier Circulated Widely on Facebook, Twitter

Update, Decem­ber 17, 2012: After ADL urged Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Lee Bollinger to take action regard­ing the dis­turb­ing pic­ture of an IDF sol­dier, the pic­ture was sub­se­quently removed and no longer appears on the Face­book page of the Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity employee men­tioned below.

The pro­gram direc­tor of Colum­bia University’s Cen­ter for Pales­tine Stud­ies, Maryam Zohny, shared a pic­ture on Face­book ear­lier today of a female Israel Defense Forces sol­dier that describes the sol­dier as a “ter­ror­ist” and “killer” and claims that she is “WANTED by the RESISTANCE.” The image con­tains the logos of var­i­ous Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups, includ­ing Al Qas­sam Brigades Al Aqsa Mar­tyrs Brigades, Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad and the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine.

Other ver­sions of the image that have been posted by oth­ers on Face­book and Twit­ter have also included a pic­ture of the sol­dier with a gun being pointed at her head and a mes­sage claim­ing that she’s “Wanted” by Al Qas­sam Brigades, Hamas’s mil­i­tary wing.

These images have gen­er­ated an out­pour­ing of com­ments from indi­vid­u­als across the Mid­dle East call­ing for her death; one com­menter, for exam­ple, wrote, “May Allah make 60 bul­lets emp­tied in her head.” Oth­ers wrote, “God will­ing they will shoot you and they will leave no spot in your body with­out a bul­let” and “ a soul for a soul… pun­ish­ment, punishment.”

The sol­dier is allegedly respon­si­ble for shoot­ing and killing a Pales­tin­ian teenager in Hebron ear­lier this week after he pointed what turned out to be a toy gun at another Israeli sol­dier stand­ing near her.

The Cen­ter for Pales­tine Stud­ies was cre­ated in Octo­ber 2010 as an aca­d­e­mic pro­gram ded­i­cated to Pales­tin­ian his­tory and writ­ings. Since its incep­tion, how­ever, the Cen­ter has hosted numer­ous anti-Israel events, includ­ing “Debunk­ing the Myth of Israeli Democ­racy,” “Some­one Please Call 911: Israel’s Fail­ure to Pro­tect Pales­tini­ans and their Prop­erty” and “Gaza: Israel’s War and the Gold­stone Report,” which fea­tured Nor­man Finkel­stein, an anti-Israel speaker who has accused Israel of com­mit­ting a “Holo­caust” in Gaza, expressed sup­port for Hezbol­lah and described Israel as a “satanic state.”

The Cen­ter also co-sponsored a panel dis­cus­sion last year at Colum­bia Law School’s Cen­ter for Gen­der and Sex­u­al­ity Law. The event fea­tured three speak­ers who claimed that Israel “pinkwashes” the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict by pro­mot­ing its pro­gres­sive record on LGBT issues in an effort to dis­tract atten­tion from the occupation.

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