Palestinian Islamists Fan Fire of Incitement Through Social Media

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Palestinian Islamists continue to fan the fire of incitement against Jews storming social media with a variety of macabre hashtags and their accompanying images. A report by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) has documented the media onslaught abetted by Facebook and Twitter.

Using the hashtags #KnifeIntifada, #PoisonTheKnifeBeforeYouStab and #SlaughteringTheJews, among others, the following images have appeared: (Warning: very graphic image)

Note: The profile picture on the Twitter account of the image below is that of Raed Salah, the extremist leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, a major instigator of the current wave of attacks.

Palestinians claim their recent assault on Israelis is due to an "Israeli takeover" of the Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, home of the Al-Aqsa mosque. Islamists have long denied the right of non-Muslims to pray at the site.

In order to avoid enflaming the Islamists, Israel has imposed a prayer ban for non-Muslims at the site for the last 50 years. Israel also severely limits access to the site for non-Muslims.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly said the Israeli position regarding the Temple Mount has not changed and that the 50-year status quo remains in place.

Still, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh recently raged, "Jews are trying to take over the Al-Aqsa mosque but they will not succeed." His statements were part of a speech declaring the "Al-Aqsa intifada has been revived and we intend to join."

It is commonly accepted that Jewish access to the Temple Mount enrages the Palestinian street. Palestinian leaders have been doing their utmost to encourage this rage, making incendiary speeches accusing Israel of attempting to change the prayer ban.

Al-Aqsa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher” ranted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “They [Jews] have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem.”

Despite the Israeli position which has been widely publicized, a recent poll of Israeli Arabs found that nearly two thirds believe Israel must unequivocally assure Muslims that it will not change the status quo at the Temple Mount or harm the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to quiet the situation.

After a week of horrific attacks which continued through the weekend, hundreds of Palestinian set fire to the tomb of the Biblical figure Joseph in the city of Nablus. See video report below of the torching:

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org