Users on Twitter Compare Baltimore Riots With Palestinian Intifada
Memes contrasting photographs purporting to show youths in Baltimore throwing stones at police officers and similar images showing Palestinian youths doing the same toward Israeli security personnel have circulated online following the outbreak of violence in Baltimore, which began last Saturday.
Pro-Israel news blog Legal Insurrection accused pro-Palestinian activists of trying to “hijack” the riots that broke out in Baltimore following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray to promulgate their cause.
The blog revealed various tweets, including one from human rights attorney and law professor Noura Elkat that compared the riots to an Intifada, attempting to draw a connection between Baltimore police and Israeli security tactics.
One, from anti-Israel activist Max Blumenthal, claimed Baltimore police were using a sound cannon that was “tested on Palestinians.”
Meanwhile, the images surfaced online attempting to compare visually the situations in Baltimore and among Palestinian protests in Israel, including the pictures showing rioters in both places throwing stones.
Riots broke out in Baltimore following Gray’s funeral last Friday, which resulted in Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s declaring a state of emergency and calling in the National Guard.