As supporters of Israel and human rights around the world used social media to campaign for the return of the three Israeli boys who were kidnapped last week, Fatah, the party that leads the Palestinian Authority, celebrated the kidnapping with hateful cartoons on its Facebook page.
The campaign for their release used the hastag #BringBackOurBoys – a rif on the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to rescue those kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Although Fatah’s caption was in Arabic, the context of one graphic was clear – three mice with Jewish stars being caught on a string. In response, many posts were left in English by social media users aghast at the party’s attitude.
Cathy Dyer wrote, “You people are disgusting savages.”
Yoni Sharon said, “Shame, you bring shame to yourselves and your cause.”
Rolf Tschan said, “You’re the worst sort of criminals! Disgusting!”
Tomer Silas said, “Some ‘Peace Partners.'”
Stephen Flatow: “Sickening.”
Alexandra Maniatis-Gill said, “So, you think this is the way to do things? Making fun of kidnappings while crying false tears about others you said are being held by Israel? You are only using the situation for your own politics. You do not really care and you know it.”
Hali Haber: “This is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen.”
Steven Podvoll said, “Nobody who posts something like this has any business trying to claim some sort of moral high ground. The prophet clearly insisted on mercy and even hospitality to strangers. Shame on you.”
Aguinaldo Wechesler Dinazio, from Brazil, said, “You are terrorists, not soldiers! Increasingly, the world sees your lies. You kidnap boys, use their children as a shield! Hypocrites! May the hand of God would descend upon you! You will no longer have the support of Brazil! Do not come over asking for help from President Dilma.”
Andre Weyher: “Shame on you.”