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October 2, 2013 4

Haters of Israel” Facebook Page Surpasses 1 Million “Likes”

The Arabic-language “Haters of Israel” Face­book page, cre­ated in 2011 by a group of Egyp­tians, has attracted over 1,100,000 “likes.” 18–24 year-olds make up the largest demographic.haters-of-israel-facebook

Inter­est­ingly, a major­ity of the posts on the page have lit­tle or noth­ing to do with Israel, a tes­ti­mony to the fun­da­men­tal pop­u­lar­ity such a title has in much of the Arab world.

The page func­tions as a pop­u­lar forum for those who either iden­tify as haters of Israel or who appre­ci­ate the wide appeal gen­er­ated by the page; some use the page to adver­tise their own pages and profiles.

Many Face­book pages strive to have a frac­tion of the “likes” this page has gen­er­ated, but fail to acquire such a mas­sive fol­low­ing. One pos­si­ble rea­son is the sim­plic­ity of the title and the clear state­ment it makes about one’s iden­tity. To be asso­ci­ated with such a clear mes­sage adds def­i­n­i­tion to one’s online pres­ence and is desir­able regard­less of what the con­tent ulti­mately is. 

That is not to say that the page is devoid of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic mes­sages. For exam­ple, one user posted a well-known Holo­caust photo of corpses loaded onto a truck with a cap­tion that reads, “Guess what is on this cute wagon… Yes, cor­rect, ha ha ha… These are the remains of the Jew­ish corpses from the Holo­caust exe­cuted by Hitler the hero.”

Haters of Israel” is hardly the only page of its kind. Face­book users have cre­ated numer­ous pages glo­ri­fy­ing Hitler and demo­niz­ing Israel and Jews in mul­ti­ple lan­guages that have attracted an innu­mer­able amount of “likes.”protocols-elders-zion-facebook

For exam­ple, another Ara­bic lan­guage Face­book page is pro­vid­ing chap­ters of the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery, The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Accord­ing to the descrip­tion pro­vided by the Face­book page, its objec­tive is to “Expose the Jewish/ Israeli plan to con­trol and dom­i­nate the world through their immoral plan known as ‘The pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.’”

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