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April 28, 2015 5:14 pm

Users on Twitter Compare Baltimore Riots With Palestinian Intifada

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A tweet attempting to tie together Palestinian Intifada and the Baltimore Freddie Gray riots. Photo: Twitter

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.

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  • Brandi

    I am not Jewish my mom is black. I was so happy to see Jewish presence asking for peace in Baltimore. I knew someone would try to hurt that relationship as they so often do. I am sick of Palestinians and others trying to infect my community by causing division between us and Jews. I am fortunate enough to have family that worked with Jewish people during the civil rights movement. My family holds that brotherhood in the highest regard. I appreciate it very much for your people to fight and die with us after what you had just endured as a result of hate is so very special and sacred to me. More then anything I just wanted to thank you for your support.

  • The only comparison that rings true is that the destruction and violence is being carried out by a minority of thugs and criminals (Hamas, Islamic Jihad in Israel) Some reporters who were participating in the protests, made feeble attempts to cover up the violence. The Baltimore City Paper tried to rewrite the narrative of one incident caught on camera in which a redheaded white woman is mugged by a rioter and almost has her purse snatched.

    There are warriors that rival the deeds of HonestReporting and others though. Here’s one of them who deserves a job and an award:

  • Aside from a clever set of similar photos, there is little genuine comparison. The PLO declared an intifada with the short term objective of making the West Bank judenrein and the final goal of destroying the Jewish state. Is the purpose of the Baltimore riots to drive all whites out of Baltimore and then destroy the ‘state’ of Baltimore? The comparison is non-existent.

  • Lauren Goldman

    And Noura is leading the way down the path of hyperbole. One major difference between the rioters in Baltimore and ‘palestinians’ is that the average IQ of the ‘palestinians’ is roughly their belt size.