Social Media As A Platform For Palestinian Incitement – Part II: Video Tutorials, Tips For Achieving More ‘Effective’ Attacks

October 15, 2015

On the backdrop of the wave of terror attacks sweeping Israel, social media stand out as platforms for virulent incitement and calls for violence.[1] In addition to praising the attacks and urging further actions of the same sort, many social media users, writing under various hashtags launched for the occasion, advised Palestinian attackers how to make their assaults more effective. Users posted video tutorials on carrying out stabbings against soldiers and civilians, called to diversify the weapons and make them deadlier in various ways, and posted tips on how to turn everyday or seemingly harmless objects into weapons.

The following is a sampling of such posts.

Advice On Making Attacks More Effective:

Social media users advised potential stabbers how to make their attacks as deadly as possible. A Gazan user named Zahran Barbah, writing under the Facebook hashtag “Stab,” posted the following anatomical chart, showing which parts of the body to aim for.[2]

Under the hashtag “Slaughtering the Jews,” a user called Yusuf posted a message copied from the account of another user, addressed to “our brethren in the West Bank and all of Palestine” who wish to kill “pigs” in the quickest possible manner. The message advised them to slash the jugular vein, on the right side of the throat, which would cause death within one minute and preclude any possibility of saving the person stabbed.[3]

The following image, which appeared under the “Knife Intifada” and the “Third Intifada” hashtags, calls to “hit [them] on the head, twist [the knife] and then pull it out.”[4]

Video Tutorials On Carrying Out Stabbings

Multiple Facebook pages, including a page called “Intifada Youth Coalition – Palestine,” posted a video demonstrating how to carry out a deadly stabbing.[5]

A Facebook page called “Jerusalem Now” posted a video demonstrating how to stab and how to snatch a soldier’s weapon, and called to share the video as widely as possible before it is removed from the internet.[6]

Calls To Use Poison

“Karem” from Gaza, tweeting under the hashtag ” Poison The Knife Before You Stab,” posted a number of tips for making weapons and attacks more deadly, including the following: “Dip [your] knife in an active poison before carrying out [a stabbing], so that even if the knife does not manage [to kill], the poison will do the job”; “Add some nails or other sharp objects to your firebombs. If they hit the target directly, they will inflict more pain”; “Choose your target carefully. Scan the area and make sure there is a safe escape route. Take precautions before and after carrying out [the operation]”; “Stab on the left side, over the stomach, where the heart is, or else in the neck, where the trachea is. Approach the target naturally or cautiously, depending on the target.” [7]

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