Fatah distances itself from provocative Facebook post

Palestinian faction spokesperson says Abbas’s party wasn’t responsible for image of skulls with Jewish stars on official page

A post on a Facebook page connected to Fatah from 2015 of a gun and the party's flag on top of a pile of skulls with Stars of David on them, alongside the text, “lingering on your skulls.” (Screenshot: Facebook)
A post on a Facebook page connected to Fatah from 2015 of a gun and the party's flag on top of a pile of skulls with Stars of David on them, alongside the text, “lingering on your skulls.” (Screenshot: Facebook)

The political faction of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas distanced itself from an image of skulls adorned with Jewish stars posted on its official Facebook page.

The image, posted Wednesday on the Fatah Facebook page, also displays a rifle, the Fatah flag and the words “lingering on your skulls.” It was posted on the occasion of Fatah’s 50th anniversary.

A spokesman for Fatah told CNN on Friday that the group was not responsible for the image.

“Fatah did not design this image,” Mahmoud al-Aloul said, who added that the person who posted it “is currently being asked to remove it. The image and the text do not reflect the opinions of Fatah.”

The image was removed after al-Aloul’s comments were made to CNN.

This is not Fatah’s first Facebook controversy. After the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last summer, Fatah’s page displayed a number of cartoons, including one depicting the kidnapped teens as rats caught on a fishing line.

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