Wave Of Incitement On Palestinian Social Media Pages Following Recent Spike In Attacks On Israelis

The sharp spike in violent Palestinian attacks against Israelis in the past week triggered many responses on social media. Palestinian social media accounts featured new hashtags such as "rage for your honor" and "the return of [Intifada] operations," as well as hashtags that were launched with the start of the current Palestinian wave of violence on October 2015, such as "Al-Quds Intifada" and "the Intifada continues."

As during previous spikes of violence in the past year, Facebook pages of Palestinian towns and neighborhoods posted photos and footage from the scenes of attacks, as well as graphics and messages praising the perpetrators. Facebook pages associated with Hamas also posted calls for additional attacks.

The following are examples of messages and images posted on social media over the past week:

Images From Gazan, Hamas-Affiliated Facebook Pages

The Hamas daily Al-Risala posted a cartoon on its Facebook page titled "The Intifada continues in Jerusalem and the West Bank" showing a knife as a gear stick in "drive" mode:


Facebook.com/alresalahNet, September 19, 2016.

A Gaza-based Facebook page posted an image of a car running over praying Jews in Jerusalem with the caption: "Our martyrs are in heaven and their murderers are in hell. This is what we were told by the Prophet, peace be upon him."


Facebook.com/sA.asRssA, September 18, 2016.

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Date Posted: September 26, 2016
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Sheikh Ahmad Mana'i in Jordan Eid Al-Adha Sermon Refers to Jews as "Brothers of Apes and Pigs," Prays: Oh Allah, Destroy America, Russia, and the "Rabbis" of Tehran

Date Posted: September 22, 2016
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Bahraini Writer: I Was Shocked To Discover How Many Young Arabs Idolize Adolf Hitler

On February 27, 2016, Dr. Entesar Al-Banna, a columnist for the Bahraini daily Al-Watan, wrote that she had discovered, much to her surprise, that many young Arabs idolize Adolf Hitler, mainly for his strength and steadfastness in fighting the entire world. She assessed that this phenomenon stems from the wave of violence afflicting the region and the sense of helplessness that it causes, as a result of which people look to someone who challenged the rest of the globe. According to her, this worship of strength reflects the instability and the crisis of the Arab world, a crisis which is manifested in many ways, ranging from suppression of free expression to the use of extreme violence on all levels.

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Date Posted: September 22, 2016
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Hamas MP Marwan Abu Ras in a Friday Sermon: The Jews Are "the Vilest Nation in History"

Date Posted: September 15, 2016
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Egyptian Urologist and Egyptologist Wassim Al-Sissy: Global Zionism - the Enemy of the Whole World

Date Posted: August 31, 2016
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Palestinian-Jordanian Political Analyst Muhammad Al-Tamimi Goes Berserk in Debate on Legacy of Fatah: PA Leaders Are Spies, Traitors, and Pimps

Date Posted: August 23, 2016
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Hamas Boycott Conference in Gaza: Normalization with Israel Leads to the Spread of AIDS

Date Posted: August 23, 2016
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Kuwaiti Preacher Nabil Al-Awadi Warns against Jewish Conspiracy in Cartoons, Says: SpongeBob is a Sissy, Sandy a Butch (Archival)

Date Posted: August 22, 2016
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Articles In Saudi Press: End The Antisemitic Discourse, Learn From The Jews' Success

Over the past month, the Saudi press has featured a number of highly unusual articles harshly critical of the antisemitic discourse in Arab and Muslim society, and calling to avoid its generalizations regarding the Jews. The articles argued that Koranic passages against the Jews only applied to specific groups during specific time periods, and should not be applied to Jews in general. They added that blind hatred of Jews everywhere has prevented Arabs and Muslims from learning the lessons of Jewish experience and advancement.

It should be mentioned that these articles came against the backdrop of a heated debate in Saudi Arabia over the issue of normalizing relations with Israel, which erupted after a July 2016 visit to Israel by a Saudi delegation headed by Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Anwar Eshki, chairman of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah, and the publication of photos of the delegation with Israeli politicians. While Eshki claimed that he represented only himself and that "official Saudi elements did not know of the meeting in advance, as it was of a personal nature" and was the result of an invitation by the Palestinian Authority, he stressed that "the kingdom does not prevent anyone from holding such visits." He also did not rule out indirect Israeli-Saudi intelligence cooperation as part of efforts to combat terrorism.

The visit, which was seen as a Saudi step towards normalizing relations with Israel, sparked harsh criticism inside and outside the kingdom. Several hashtags attacking the visit were launched on social networks, including "Saudis Against Normalization." Likely as a response to the criticism, the Saudi Foreign Ministry distanced itself from Eshki, arguing that "people like Anwar Eshki do not represent us, have no ties to any governmental elements, and do not reflect the positions of the Saudi government."

However, despite this statement, and despite the Saudi regime's denial that the visit heralded normalization with Israel, the publication of Saudi articles attacking antisemitic discourse specifically at this time is no coincidence, and is likely meant to lay the groundwork for public acceptance in the country of normalized relations with Israel.

The following are excerpts from articles in the Saudi press attacking antisemitic discourse:

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Date Posted: August 15, 2016
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Indian Daily: Zionist Mossad, Hindu RSS Are Both 'Bent On Defaming Islam, Muslims, And Muslim Figures

A number of terror suspects have recently been arrested in India, especially in Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the state capital. These arrests, especially of Muslim youths radicalized to support the Islamic State (ISIS), were made by India's Anti-Terror Squad (ATS). For example, on July 24, in Maharashtra, the ATS arrested Shahid Khan, a 24-year-old from Parbhani district, and Naser bin Yafai Chaus, from Aurangabad. Similar arrests were also made earlier.

Additionally, Indian media has recently launched a major debate on televangelist Dr. Zakir Naik's role in radicalizing young Muslims. Naik's lengthy lectures, disseminated widely via YouTube, came under scrutiny following the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka in which nearly two dozen were killed. According to the Bangladeshi government, Naik had radicalized two of the seven terrorists involved in the Dhaka attack; as a result, his satellite network Peace TV, which broadcasts religious programs, was banned.

In this context, Roznama Urdu Times, an Indian daily published from Mumbai, featured a report titled "The One Weapon of Mossad, CIA: The Media Trial Of Muslims," arguing that the Mossad, the CIA, and the Hindu social service organization RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) are orchestrating a media campaign to discredit Muslim figures. Although the report did not mention Zakir Naik, it followed the media debate over Naik's sermons.

From the way it is written, it is unclear whether this report is an editorial or a news item, based on the statement by Indian Muslim politician Ashfaqur Rahman, the National Convener of the Rashtriya Janata Dal party. Most probably, it is a heavily editorialized news item.

Following is the translation of the full report:

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Date Posted: August 14, 2016
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