Dec. 2, 2015
- Israel Takes Aim at Palestinian Social Media Incitement – Alisa Odenheimer and Fadwa Hodali
A cartoon of an Arab wielding a bloody meat cleaver above the prone body of a religious Jew. How-to videos demonstrating best practices for stabbing Israelis, complete with a final twist of the knife. A video of a Gaza preacher exhorting West Bank Muslims to slaughter Jews. The latest outbreak of Arab attacks on Israelis is being shaped by social media and its power over young Palestinians.
With more than 20 people killed and over 235 wounded on the Israeli side in the past two months, Israel’s Foreign Ministry is drafting Arabic speakers and computer programmers to join the fight against posts the government says is driving the bloodshed. “It’s clear to all of us that the youths who go out to stab and kill Jews were influenced by incitement videos that clearly call for the murder and maiming of Jews,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said on Army Radio on Sunday.
Social media “has had a huge impact on Palestinians in the past two years, especially the youth,” said Mamoun Matar, a Palestinian lecturer on social media at Birzeit University in the West Bank. (Bloomberg)
- Young Palestinian Women Seek to Become Killers – Diaa Hadid and Rami Nazzal
Fifteen Palestinian women have tried to stab Israeli soldiers or civilians since October, about 20% of all Palestinian attackers, wounding several Israelis. Nine women attackers were shot dead and six were arrested. The faces of teenage girls stare out from martyrdom posters in their hometowns.
Many appear to be consumed with the ideal of dying for the cause of their generation. “It’s very romantic,” said Eileen Kuttab, director of women’s studies at Birzeit University. The martyr “will never be