TERROR ON TWITTER / Hamas uses social media platform to ‘evoke spirit of jihad’ (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein JERUSALEM, Israel 05/30/12)
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JERUSALEM – One of the deadliest terrorist organizations in the world
maintains an official Twitter account, which it has been using to
spread propaganda against Israel while working, in its own words,
to “evoke the spirit of Jihad.”
The Al Qassam Brigades, the so-called military wing of Hamas, sends
out numerous English language updates on its Twitter account,
@AlqassamBrigade, with most of the tweets linking to the terror
group’s official English website, qassam.ps.
The profile of the Twitter account reads: “The official website of Al
Qassam Brigades in Palestine. Gaza, Palestine, www.qassam.ps.”
The website, qassam.ps, does not disguise its militant agenda. Its
mission statement says: “The Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades works to
evoke the spirit of Jihad (resistance) amongst Palestinians, Arabs
The Twitter account has been used to spread anti-Israel propaganda.
Just yesterday, one tweet claimed that Israel was planting “fake
Jewish graves south of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem” in a bid
to ultimately take over the mosque.
Last week, the Twitter account linked to a qassam.ps article that
refers to Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, as “the Israeli War
On May 17, the Al Qassam Brigades tweeted, “Breaking News: Israeli
occupation forces opens fire at Palestinian farmers in north Gaza
Strip, many injuries reported among farmers.”
A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces denied any such activity.
The spokesman said the only incident on May 17 was when the army
opened fire on terrorists who approached the Gaza Strip security
fence to place explosives. The IDF did not identify any hits, but the
gunfire worked to disburse the terrorists, said the spokesman.
The claim that the Israeli army targeted farmers is particularly
egregious since the IDF’s Civil Administration last week held a three-
day seminar for West Bank and Gaza officials from the Palestinian
Ministry of Agriculture. Israeli experts at the seminar taught the
Palestinian agricultural engineers the latest in farm technologies,
plant protection and use of fertilizers.
Hamas’ Al Qassam Brigade, meanwhile, is on the State Department’s
official list of terrorist organizations.
The group is responsible for some of the most deadly and infamous
terrorist attacks in Israeli history, including the suicide bombing
at the Park Hotel in Netanya on Passover eve that killed 30 and
injured 140; a 2001 suicide bombing at Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem
killing 15 and wounding 130; and the 2001 suicide bombing of Tel
Aviv’s Dolphinarium nightclub in which 21 were killed and 120 were
The Brigade is also responsible for scores of recent shootings and
rocket attacks on Israeli civilian population centers. It
participated in the 2006 kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Ashley Rindsberg, a blogger for the Times of Israel, first noticed
the terror group’s Twitter account yesterday, when he says Twitter
itself recommended that he follow the account.
Twitter regularly generates automatic suggestions of accounts for
each individual user to join.
“To my surprise (and disgust) while searching for new streams on
Twitter, a handle called @AlqassamBrigade was suggested to me by the
social media platform,” wrote Rindsberg in a blog post. (© 2012
WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 05/30/12)
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