Report: Fatah Party Facebook Page Glorifies Palestinian Violence, Encourages Escalation
A Facebook page claiming to be the official representation of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah Party churned out a slew of political images encouraging more Palestinian violence while demonizing Israeli soldiers, amid the wave of attacks that has erupted in Israel since the middle of September, pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon reported on Monday.
Elder of Ziyon on Monday posted a series of images from the Facebook page, the latest showing the iconic West Bank Palestinian activist covering his face in the black-and-white kaffiyeh, brandishing an assault rifle and victoriously resting his boot on the back of a crouching, frightened Israeli soldier, while petrified, tearful Israeli soldiers scatter in front of him; a Palestinian flag is upraised behind the activist’s back.
Additionally, dramatic images were posted earlier this week, with headlines such as “Jerusalem Rage” and “Nothing Can Break Us,” and another featuring a cartoon of a Palestinian boy kicking a religious Jew away from the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
One post featured a cartoon by Arab Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff, showing an Israeli standing over a dead Palestinian, asking the question: “Why these pesky Palestinians attack us? Only because we steal and occupy their land, demolish homes, build settlements, walls, checkpoints, arrest, torture and kill them?”
The page, claiming to represent Abbas’ Fatah party, has nearly 13,000 followers and features links to the official Fatah website.
“Abbas is the head of Fatah and he is encouraging violence, not trying to stop it,” wrote Elder of Ziyon.
The blogger’s report, similar to comments made by Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief Dovid Efune on Fox News this week, highlights concerns among many that the current round of violence is being fueled by incitement on social media. The NGO Shurat HaDin-The Israel Law Center even launched a petition this month against Facebook — ahead of a class-action lawsuit to be filed in California — for failing to find a way to ensure incitement to violence did not appear on its social platform.
Many of the perpetrators of the dozens of terrorist attacks targeting Israelis this month — by Palestinians but also Arab-Israeli citizens — are under 20, raising more concern of a younger generation inculcated on hateful media.
Eight Israelis have been killed since violence erupted in September. At least 40 Palestinians have also been killed, most while carrying out terrorist attacks or in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and on the Gaza border.