MEMRI CYBER JIHAD LAB: ‘Media Of The Resistance’: Hamas’s ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Martyrs Brigade Media Office Relaunches Its Twitter Account – Tweeting Jihad, Martyrdom, Child Indoctrination

August 3, 2016

In early July 2016, Twitter administrators shut down the account of the press office of Hamas’s military wing, the ‘Izz Al_Din Al-Qassam Martyrs Brigade (@Eqpress_arabic). Hamas protested these actions, claiming that Twitter has a “clear” pro-Israel bias.[1]

On July 17, 2016, the official Hamas spokesman (@Spokespers2016) tweeted that the organization’s Media of the Resistance account, which posts public announcements about Hamas activities in the Gaza Strip, was being relaunched. The tweet read: “Follow the official account of the Al-Qassam Brigades (after the repeated deletion [of previous accounts]).” The same day, the tweet was retweeted by the Media of the Resistance itself (@EQpress1).

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The Media of the Resistance account’s description states, “The page for news stories on the Al-Qassam Martyrs Brigade Military Section of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas.”

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At this time, Media of the Resistance is following two other Hamas-related Twitter pages: Camps of Liberation 2016 (@GazaCamps2016), which provides Media of the Resistance with photos of Hamas training demonstrations for youth and civilians in Gaza, and Military Spokesman (@Spokespers2016) which provides a constant stream of news to promote Hamas’s agenda.

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As of July 19, 2016, Media of the Resistance had posted 96 tweets and had 707 followers; the account was online as of July 30, 2016.

The following are tweets by Media of the Resistance:

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“Photo from the sixth day of the Camps of the Vanguards of Liberation  #Al-Qassam_Brigades”

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“Photo from the sixth day of the Camps of the Vanguards of Liberation #Al-Qassam_Brigades”

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“Photo from the fourth day of the Camps of the Vanguards of Liberation #Al-Qassam_Brigades”

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“#Video: Army of the Trumpets – Vanguards of Liberation. #Al-Qassam_Brigades #Gaza”

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“Following the Footsteps to Martyrdom (TV report). #Camps of the Vanguards of Freedom”

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“Photos from the camps of the Vanguards of Freedom. #Al-Qassam_Brigades”

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“The martyred field commander, Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Maznah (43 years old), from the Al-Nasirat camp in the Central Gaza Strip, who died after suffering an illness.”

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“#Al-Qassam parades its commander after suffered an illness”

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“Photos from the second day of #Camps of the Vanguard of Freedom. #Al-Qassam_Brigades”

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“Photos from the second day of Camps of the Vanguard of Freedom. #Al-Qassam_Brigades”

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“Photos from the second day of Camps of the Vanguard of Freedom. #Al-Qassam_Brigades”

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“Photos from the second day of Camps of the Vanguard of Freedom. #Al-Qassam_Brigades”

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“#Video #Camps of the Vanguards of Freedom. The children are following the paths of their martyred fathers”

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“Camps of the Vanguards of Freedom”

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“Photos from the first day of the Camps of the Vanguards of Freedom, the soliders of Al-Quds. #Al-Qassam_Brigades #Al-Quds”

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“#Video: Army of the Trumpets – Vanguards of Freedom. #Al-Qassam_Brigades #Gaza.”

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“#Video for the Second Anniversary of the Al-Qassam bombing of the nuclear city of Dimona, for the first time in the history of the conflict with the enemy”

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“Every year, and our resistance grows thousands times stronger”

As of July 2016, a second Al-Qassam media account on Twitter, qpress2 (@Eqpress2), was operating.

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Photo: Hamas militant holding a baby. “#The Sweetest thing about me #Good morning.” July 24, 2016. 

For more MEMRI reports on Hamas’s Twitter activity, see:

Endnote:

[1] Presstv.com, April 1, 2016.