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BringBackOurBoys Meme Met With Hateful Response by Kidnapping Supporters (PHOTOS)

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Palestinian supporters of the kidnappers show their spite for those worried about the welfare of the three teens. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

Palestinian supporters of the kidnappers show their spite for those worried about the welfare of the three teens. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

The social media campaign #BringBackOurBoys, launched in solidarity with the families of three abducted Israeli teens, as well as to attract attention to their cause, was met with a cynical response from supporters of the kidnappers.

Across Palestinian media, social media pages and blogs, the essence of the meme’s message of support for the “boys” was reversed to show the act as a victory for groups that seek Israel’s destruction.

Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were last seen on Thursday night near Gush Etzion. The boys, two Israeli and one American, were initially claimed to have been taken by forces loyal to ISIS, the former al Qaeda affiliate raging through Syria and Iraq, but, on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas was to blame.

Blogger Aussie Dave at Israellycool assembled a photo-montage of those responses, with a selection of the most spiteful included below.

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Female soldiers of Hamas, which has been blamed for the kidnapping, rallying in uniform to show their support for the kidnappers. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

Female soldiers of Hamas, which has been blamed for the kidnapping, rallying in uniform to show their support for the kidnappers. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

This image is a rif on the World Cup logo, and was included by the PA's official newspaper. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

This image is a rif on the World Cup logo, and was included by the PA's official newspaper. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

Palestinian supporters of the kidnappers show their spite for those worried about the welfare of the three teens. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

One of many images focusing on the three kidnapped teens, but showing support for the kidnappers, rather than the captives. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

One of many images focusing on the three kidnapped teens, but showing support for the kidnappers, rather than the captives. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

One of many images focusing on the three kidnapped teens, but showing support for the kidnappers, rather than the captives. Photo: Screenshot / Israellycool.

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