Palestinian “Run Over” Terrorism Attacks Glorified On Social Media

New York, NY, November 10, 2014 … In the wake of a series of terrorist “run over” attacks, where Israeli pedestrians have been mowed down by Palestinian terrorists, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has identified more than 90 Facebook pages glorifying the attacks and urging more violence against Israeli civilians.

The social media campaign, which uses the Arabic term “Daes” (Run-over), which is a play on the word “Daesh” (ISIS), praises the attacks as a form of resistance. Some of the posts on these pages describe the “run-overs” as part of a new revolution, a form of “car Intifada.”  Many of the pages also enable users to give vent to expressions of violent anti-Semitism.

“This campaign is the latest example of how social media is being used to promote and glorify terrorism and anti-Semitism,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  “Social media platforms were not created to spread anti-Semitism and terrorism to the masses.”

The campaign is also starting to spread on Twitter, according to ADL. The “Daes” hashtag has attracted numerous terrorist sympathizers. Several pages include anti-Semitic posts depicting religious Jews with hooked noses running away from vehicles attempting to run over them.

ADL is in the process of notifying those social media companies about those accounts promoting the campaign.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.