Jewish College Students
Wage Social Media Battle to Defend Israel
by Alina Dain Sharon, originally printed by JNS.org
According to Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not personally supporting Hamas rocket attacks on Israel, but Fatah—the movement he heads—is spreading a violent anti-Israel message on Facebook.
In a Tuesday post on the official Fatah Facebook page, “a poster claiming to be from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, called for renewing suicide terror attacks against Israel,” Marcus said.
The post stated, “Today Palestine is waiting for its men… our promise of the [Al-Aqsa Martyrs] Brigades is to cause the enemy to tremble, who only understands the language of blood, bullets, explosive belts and Martyrdom seeking [suicide] actions… We call to perform Martyrdom-seeking actions [suicide attacks].”
Earlier in July, Fatah announced in a Facebook post that Hamas, Fatah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are “brothers-in-arms,” united by “one God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal,” through an image showing three fighters from the three organizations’ military wings.
Additionally, in a recent video produced by Fatah’s military wing the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and posted on Facebook, Abbas’s movement warns the Israeli government and the Israeli people, “Death will reach you from the south to the north. Flee our country and you won’t die. The KN-103 rocket is on its way toward you.”
“As is its standard policy, the Palestinian Authority is sending different messages through different mediums,” Marcus told JNS.org. “Abbas’s Fatah is using its social media to say things that would bring outrage from the international community, if they were said by the Palestinian Authority directly.”