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July 5, 2016

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

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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