Israeli soldiers celebrate killing of Palestinian youth as “revenge”

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Relatives mourn Yousef Abu Zagha, who was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces in Jenin refugee camp on 1 July.  (Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)

Israeli soldiers and other users in a popular Facebook group are celebrating the killing of a Palestinian youth in Jenin refugee camp last night and are urging more “revenge” for the deaths of three Israeli youths whose bodies were found in the occupied West Bank on Monday.

The youths were abducted on 12 June and since then Israel has waged a campaign of mass arrests and collective punishment against Palestinians.

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Alarmed by the “public atmosphere” since the Israeli youths’ bodies were found, the human rights group B’Tselem called on the government to “refrain from acts of vengeance” and warned of “revenge” attacks by settlers.

Glorying in blood and death

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Written in blood: an image posted to Facebook by an Israeli soldier demands “revenge.”

The administrator of the popular group, which has more than 70,000 “Likes,” shared a photo of the bloodied body of Yousef Abu Zagha with the caption, “This is the terrorist killed last night in Jenin.”

Many of the members of the Facebook group identify as active members of the Israeli military.

Israeli occupation forces shot Abu Zagha dead during an invasion of Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Palestinian Red Crescent medics told Ma’an News Agency that 16-year-old Yousef Abu Zagha was shot by Israeli fire in the chest during clashes with troops who invaded the camp. Some media have reported his age as older.

With more than 1,000, “Likes,” virtually every one of more than 200 comments was approving. “Hahahaha, I’m happy,” wrote Noam Korobkov.

“Why only one? Why not another four million? Come on, someone needs to do the job,” wrote Robi Yaakov.

Yaakov was far from the only one demanding more deaths. Users posted photos of many other individuals, including Palestinian member of the Knesset Haneen Zoabi, and the parents of one of the suspects named by Israel in the kidnapping, and competed with the most gory suggestions for how to kill them.

Indeed, the whole purpose of the group, which has been operating and gaining members for years despite many complaints to Facebook, is to directly incite and celebrate violence and murder.

“Just one?” asked Elior Mizrahi, who is currently doing his army service, “I hope for hundreds more.”

Yair Amrani, whose profile picture shows him in army uniform, simply wrote “Thank God.”

Naor Aharon, who identifies as working for the army, commented, “What fun!”

Promising more revenge

In addition to glorying in death, Israeli soldiers have started a new online meme – posting photos of their military gear along with hand-written signs vowing revenge.

The creator of the image at the top of this post has simply written the word “revenge,” apparently in blood.

In this photo, the caption says: “Bibi wake up, the house is crumbling. We want revenge.”

The soldiers are following the lead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who yesterday spoke of “revenge” for the three youths.

In this image, a uniformed soldier holds a sign saying, “We are also in favor of assassinating all the terrorists,” and a message in support of the families of the three youths.

Users of the group often use the term “terrorist” interchangeably with “Arab,” and demands for “Death to the Arabs” and the extermination of all Palestinians are common.

In this image, the sign says “Let us win,” and refers to “mowing” – a euphemism for mass killing of Palestinians.

War crimes to come?

The phenomenon of soldiers posting these demands to be allowed to carry out war crimes resembles what happened several weeks ago when hundreds of soldiers posted similarly composed images expressing solidarity with “David of the Nahal Brigade,” a soldier caught on video pointing his weapon at a Palestinian child.

Israeli soldiers know that when they do commit war crimes, such as the cold-blooded murders on 15 May of teens Nadim Nuwara and Muhammad Abu al-Thahir, they will enjoy near total impunity, even when the crime is caught on video.

In this permissive atmosphere, these online postings serve as clear warnings of crimes to come. No one can say they did not know.

Incitement on Instagram

Many users are also using the photo and video sharing service Instagram. Here are some examples of calls for violence posted to the hashtags #bloodforblood, #bringbackourboys and #thembloodmyblood.

The first image of a row of coffins draped in Palestinian flags is accompanied by a caption that says: “This is what we should do to Gaza!!! Clear Gaza and take it back!!!”

Comments

this is gross.

But not to Facebook. So it can't be that gross... Or maybe Facebook is headed by subhuman creatures...

Don't deny the humanity of these people. That's what causes conflicts such as this. This is humanity and humanity is gross.

Inhumanity is. Taking and giving respect are parts of humanity, allowing a page to be run that disrespects people is not very "human".

Inhumanity is. Taking and giving respect are parts of humanity, allowing a page to be run that disrespects people is not very "human".

Agree...

disgusting

Israel has con tinted where the Nazis finished. Shame on you that your memory is so short.

I am appalled to realize that my tax money goes to such racist people.

Im sorry but this article is FULL of mistakes, misleadings and it's smell's of pure anti zionist ideas. most of what translated from hebrew to english is just not correct and the commentery is just speculated as if "Arabs" and "Terroist" means the same in hebrew which any person with scens may tell (Even so it is quit funny that the writer of that article assume it himself).
Yes, it is say the the israelis asking for revenge, but show me a nation that ask otherways after such an awful murderr.
Plese DON'T be fulled by lies and please don't forget the order of things that lead to those action taken by israeli's. ask yourself if you won't react the same...

Im sorry but this article is FULL of mistakes, misleadings and it's smell's of pure anti zionist ideas. most of what translated from hebrew to english is just not correct and the commentery is just speculated as if "Arabs" and "Terroist" means the same in hebrew which any person with scens may tell (Even so it is quit funny that the writer of that article assume it himself).
Yes, it is say the the israelis asking for revenge, but show me a nation that ask otherways after such an awful murderr.
Plese DON'T be fulled by lies and please don't forget the order of things that lead to those action taken by israeli's. ask yourself if you won't react the same...

Actually the FB photo has less than 4000 likes (which is still too many.) truth is apparently a scare commodity here. Like the article yesterday with the photo of Ayelet saying she advocated genocide. First off, she was quoting someone who died 10 years ago, and no place did it suggest genocide. It did say the Palestinians were enemies of Israelis - and it was ugly, but nothing like you represented.

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