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Anti-Israel Activists Hack ‘Haaretz’ Twitter Account, Issue Threats in Hebrew, Arabic

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One of the photos posted by pro-Palestinian activists who hacked into Haaretz's Twitter account. Photo: Screenshot.

One of the photos posted by anti-Israel activists who hacked into Haaretz’s Twitter account. Photo: Screenshot.

Anti-Israel activists hacked into the Twitter account of Israeli daily Haaretz on Monday — the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration — posting menacing memes and threatening messages, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.

One image featured Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, a man with a knife lodged in his head, and a scene from a terror stabbing attack against an Israeli soldier. Text running across the meme reads: “Or Y’ll Get a Kinfe [sic].”

The disturbing image is accompanied by Arabic hashtags, two of which translate to “Knife_Intifada” and “Palestine_RisingUp.”

According to the Jerusalem Post report, other anti-Israel tweets that were posted to the Haaretz feed — in both Hebrew and Arabic — include: “The memory of the Balfour Declaration has changed the situation, wait for the massacre that will be arriving soon,” and “The mothers of our martyrs will drink the blood of your soldiers and settlers.”

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Yet another reads: “The Holocaust of the Balfour Declaration will continue the knife intifada.” This tweet was accompanied by a picture of a wounded Israeli.

A photo of former UK Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour — who signed the declaration confirming Britain’s desire to see a Jewish state founded in Palestine — was also uploaded, superimposed with “splattered blood” and adorned with devil horns. 

In a statement on Tuesday, Haaretz confirmed its account was hacked, removed the posts and thanked Twitter for quickly resolving the issue.

On its Facebook wall, Haaretz wrote: “Someone took to our Twitter account, but did not succeed in frightening us. We will respond at the right time and the right place.”

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