Update - 11/19/14: ADL has contacted Facebook about this issue, and they have been responsive.
In the past two weeks, “run over” car attacks by Palestinian terrorists have resulted in the death and injury of several Israeli civilians. These terrorist attacks have inspired a social media campaign praising them as a form of resistance, encouraging others to perpetrate similar attacks and featuring violent expressions of anti-Semitism.
The campaign uses the Arabic term “Daes” [Run-over], which is a play on the Arabic word “Daesh” [ISIS]. Currently, there are approximately 90 Facebook pages dedicated to this abhorrent campaign, some with thousands of followers.
Some of the posts on these pages describe the “run-overs” as part of a new revolution; a form of “car Intifada.”A poem posted on November 5 on one of the Facebook pages reads, “When the car becomes a weapon…and kills a murderer Zionist… this means the revolution is coming.” Some pages include pictures of terrorist after they ran over Israelis and were killed by authorities, along with prayers asking for the “martyr” to “ascend to the heavenly paradise.”
Many of the comments found on these pages describe “run-over” operations as a response to Israel’s alleged attack on Jerusalem. For example, one image depicts a car running over Israeli soldiers with a caption reading, “running over for the sake of Jerusalem.”
Other Facebook pages include anti-Semitic posts depicting religious Jews with hooked noses running away from vehicles attempting to run-over them.
The campaign even has its own theme song and video, called “Run-over this settler,” which has been shared on many of the Facebook pages. The song, first uploaded to YouTube on November 6, is sung by a duo calling upon Palestinians to run over their enemy: “Run over, sabotage, destroy, explode and don’t let the Zionist reconstruct…oh Aqsa we are your guards.”
The song also includes the names of some of the terrorists who carried out “run-over” attacks, calling on their mothers to express happiness because their sons are now martyrs in heaven. It also calls upon others to “terrify [Israelis] with red blood... Strengthen your heart and be careful not to have mercy over them.”
The campaign is starting to spread on Twitter as well; the Arabic hashtag “Daes” has attracted numerous posts celebrating terrorism. For example, one Tweet reads, “Nothing is more beautiful than a run-over, lest stabbing.” Another Tweet features Ibrahim Akkawi, a driver killed by Israeli forces after carrying out a “run-over” attack in Jerusalem last week. A comment on Akkawi’s picture reads, “Starting with tonight, you will run-over them with nightmares.”
The campaign is the latest example of how social media is used to incite and glorify terrorism.