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#so_what - Fatah fuels attacks against Israelis

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
Fatah fuels attacks against Israelis
- new hashtag promotes Palestinian acts of violence,
and conveys their attitude of indifference toward Israel

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The above photo encouraging more Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis was posted by Abbas' Fatah movement on Facebook a few days ago. [Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Nov. 7, 2015]

Palestinian Media Watch has documented other examples of Fatah's promotion of stabbing attacks.

The text on the photo, "#so_what", is a new hashtag appearing on Palestinian social media as a slogan which is being used to encourage Palestinians to continue rioting, throwing rocks and using violence against Israelis. "#so_what" is a Palestinian response that makes light of Israel's alleged crimes against Palestinians, showing that Palestinians don't care. It also implies that no matter what Israel does, the Palestinians will continue their ways. They will continue not to care, and they will continue to riot, throw rocks, carry out stabbing attacks etc. The words refer to a video that went viral, showing an elderly Palestinian man arguing with Israeli soldiers. A soldier points to rioting Palestinians, saying: "They're throwing rocks at us." The old man replies: "So what, let them throw rocks."

This cartoon illustrates the idea that Palestinians don't care about anything Israel does - #so_what!? A soldier points a machine gun at a group of Palestinians, saying: "I will shoot you." The Palestinians reply: "#so_what" [Website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission, Nov. 8, 2015]

Posting a video of a young Palestinian woman who stabbed and wounded a security guard and was then shot and killed a few days ago, Fatah also added #so_what:

Posted text:
"The stabbing operation (i.e., terror attack) carried out by the young Hilwa Salim Alyan in the Beitar Ilit settlement next to Bethlehem #Palestine #Jerusalem #so_what [Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Nov. 8, 2015]

Fatah also used the #so_what following the stabbing attack today carried out by a 12-year-old  Palestinian in Jerusalem. A photo from the boy's arrest appeared on Fatah's Facebook with the text "A photo of one of the  boys accused of carrying out a stabbing operation (i.e., attack) in Jerusalem. #so_what" [Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Nov. 10, 2015]

Click to view PMW's documentation of PA and Fatah messages during the current terror campaign.

The following is more information on the stabbing attacks mentioned above:

Hilwa Salim Alyan - 22-year-old female Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and injured a security guard in Beitar Ilit near Jerusalem on Nov. 8, 2015. Alyan was injured by him and hospitalized.

Stabbing attack on light rail train in Pisgat Ze'ev - Two Palestinian terrorists, Muawiyah and Ali Alqam, aged 12 and 13, stabbed and wounded an Israeli security guard on Jerusalem's light rail train in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood, on Nov. 10, 2015. Israeli police shot and wounded the 12-year-old stabber and the second one was held by train passengers until security forces arrived.

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