Animated video glorifying Palestinian terror attacks posted to TikTok

Palestinian Media Watch says clip on social media site popular with children is latest in a string of ‘similar animations urging Palestinians to murder Israelis’

A screenshot from an animated recreation of a Palestinian stabbing attack posted on the popular social media app TikTok. (Screenshot)
A screenshot from an animated recreation of a Palestinian stabbing attack posted on the popular social media app TikTok. (Screenshot)

An animated video portraying several real-life Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis was found TikTok, the on the  video-sharing social networking app popular with children, the Palestinian Media Watch NGO said Wednesday.

The video, which appeared to glorify the murder of Jews, highlighted four separate attacks in CGI vignettes set to heroic music. PMW, an Israeli watchdog which monitors Palestinian media, said that it had previously “exposed similar animations urging Palestinians to murder Israelis” and noted that TikTok was popular among children.

The video featured recreations of a 2014 car ramming attack in Jerusalem which killed Jidan Assad and Shalom Aharon Badani; a 2015 stabbing attack in the Old City which killed Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett; a 2016 Drive-by shooting in Jerusalem which killed Levana Malichi and IDF Sgt. Yosef Kirma; and a 2015 stabbing near the Damascus Gate in which three policemen were wounded.

Israel and the US have long criticized the Palestinian Authority for encouraging a culture of incitement and of glorifying perpetrators of terrorist acts.

During the launch of his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative late last month, US President Donald Trump said that the Palestinians must end “the incitement of hatred against Israel” as well as “halting the financial compensation to terrorists.”

Israel recently took steps to seize PA funds used to pay salaries to convicted terrorists and the families of slain terrorists.

Last August, the United Nation’s anti-racism committee also criticized Palestinian authorities, calling on the “State of Palestine” to act against “racist hate speech and hate crimes,” including incitement to violence against Israelis and Jews.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in a report on the Palestinians said it was concerned about “hate speech in certain media outlets, especially those controlled by Hamas, social media, public officials’ statements and school curricula and textbooks, which fuels hatred and may incite violence, particularly hate speech against Israelis, which at times also fuels antisemitism.”

Palestinian officials have denied that they engage in incitement, with one senior figure telling The Times of Israel last year that many apparently violent posts on the official Fatah Facebook page were merely “symbolic.”

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