Posted on | July 21, 2014 | 20 Comments
The Middle East Media Research (MEMRI) published Thursday a translation of a new Hamas internet campaign to provide guidelines for Gaza’s social media users. According to MEMRI, the Hamas Interior Ministry has instructed Gazans to use Facebook and Twitter to “play their part in strengthening the home front and properly convey information worldwide.” The guidelines in fact instruct social media users to mislead the public and propagate disinformation worldwide.
The interior ministry’s “Be Aware — Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign” centers around an instructional video and posters published on the ministry’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Gazans are taught, first and foremost, to refer to all terrorists as innocent civilians.
“Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank,” the guidelines state. “Don’t forget to always add ‘innocent civilian’ or ‘innocent citizen’ in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.” Mainstream media outlets would do well to remember this when quoting distorted reports from Gaza of civilian casualties.
The guidelines go on to tell Facebook and Twitter users how to spin Hamas terrorist activity aimed at harming Israeli civilians to appear legitimate.
The current Israeli campaign in Gaza is a response to Hamas firing missiles at Israeli civilians. Exactly how anyone could believe that Hamas terrorists are innocent civilians, I don’t know, but some people are credulous simpletons, and easily propagandized. Hamas is a terrorist organization dedicated to killing Jews, period. It is also the elected government of Gaza, which should tell you something about the general sentiment of “innocent civilians” in Gaza.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) July 21, 2014