Palestinians on Social Media Celebrate Tel Aviv Terrorist Attack; Call Carnage ‘Sweeter Than Ramadan Prayer’
Palestinian supporters of the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night have lit up the web with praise in Arabic for what is being hashtagged “#operationRamadan,” the media/tech company Vocativ reported on Thursday.
According to Vocativ’s web analysis, the above hashtag had been used some 5,000 times between the time of the Palestinian shooting spree – which left four Israelis dead and several others wounded – and the following morning. On Instagram, as well, users posted photos and cartoons to express their delight.
Examples provided by the media site included a poster reading,”Ramadan brings us together and Tel Aviv is our playground,” with the caption: “Operation Ramadan, #CarlosSalvo #Intifada Jerusalem.”
Another is a photo of the aftermath of the bloodbath, with the words: “Have a delicious Iftar [the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan].”
There is also a cartoon of a bullet wrapped in Katayif, a deep-fried pastry traditionally eaten by Muslims for Iftar, the break-fast meal, with the hashtag: “#OperationRamadan.”
A different graphic — with the English words “Palestinian Instagram” and an emoji with hearts for eyes — says: “News of the Ramadan operation [the Tel Aviv terrorist attack] is sweeter than the sound of the call to prayer.”
The month of Ramadan, the holiest period in Islam, began on June 5.
On June 8, two Palestinians from the village of Yatta near Hebron opened fire on Israelis at the Sarona Market outdoor mall. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s office released an official statement on Thursday, condemning attacks against civilians, without mentioning the Tel Aviv carnage.