Twitter Offsides in Giving Hamas A Platform

Shamefully, thanks to social media giant Twitter, on August 19 you were able to #AskHamas a question and get “an immediate answer by a senior Hamas leader.”

Using Twitter as a megaphone to the masses, the Hamas terror organization spewed outright lies, hate and incitement to its over half a million followers and throughout the Twittersphere.

In this get to know your “friendly” local terrorist by way of this Q and A session, Hamas claimed it doesn’t fire rockets from civilian areas, despite the preponderance of evidence to the contrary and in the backdrop of Hamas’ firing over 200 rockets and mortars at Israeli civilians in recent weeks, a bona fide double war crime. This is just “Israeli propaganda” after all, according to Hamas.

The terror group’s campaign of disinformation continued as it claimed it has “Jewish supporters from around the world…” and that it believes that “democracy is a tool for peaceful rotation of power.” This is from the same organization that is virulently antisemitic and is committed to the genocide of world Jewry. On the topic of Palestinian democracy, let’s not forget that the last Palestinian legislative election was 12 years ago!

Hamas wasn’t shy about acknowledging how it uses the media to advance its nefarious agenda. Hamas said it “… works through its mass media to address the world through different languages. Hamas has a diverse media machine that keeps up with the modern platforms and the latest media strategies, using the satellite channels, electronic and social media. We succeeded to address many of the world countries through these tools.”

Social media outlets claim they’re meant to break down barriers, so let’s go down the rabbit hole by posing the following 10 questions for Hamas to answer:

1) Since you’re clearly all about transparency and procuring an open line of communications, would you be so kind as to turn your location settings on? Our good friends at the Mossad would love to make your acquaintance!

2) Where do you keep the billions of dollars of aid and tax dollars that you’ve stolen from the Palestinian people? Do Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashaal have a Scrooge McDuck money bin that you swim in somewhere in the #Gaza Strip?

3) You guys really excel at murdering gaysdissidents and alleged collaborators, targeting ethnic and religious minoritiesjournalists and #Jews. What’s your secret to success?

4) Can you please explain when have #Palestinians ever been sovereign rulers over any land?

5) Your BFF’s include #Iran, UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, the UNunions, and elements of the mainstream media. Outside of your mutual shared antipathy for the Jewish state’s existence, what made you MFEO (made for each other) with these best friends of yours?

6) Inquiring minds wants to know, what happened to all the greenhouses that Israel left behind when it unilaterally disengaged from Gaza in 2005?

7) Since it’s 2018 after all, would you commit to hosting Pride Week in Gaza next year?

8) You depict Israel as evil incarnate and yet curiously, you send your own children to be treated at Israeli hospitals. Can you explain this apparent contradiction?

9) Summer camp is now over. What kind of fun games and activities did Palestinian children take part in at Hamas summer camp? Tunnel building? Rifle range? Learn how to throw a Molotov cocktail, build a suicide bomb, and how to go for the jugular when stabbing Israelis?

10) You claim that the Israeli blockade of Gaza forces you to fire rockets at Israel and yet, Egypt also enforces the blockade, but you don’t fire rockets at Egypt. What’s up with that

We await Hamas’ reply with bated breath. In the meantime, back to Twitter. The social media behemoth has been criticized for giving proscribed terror organizations like Hezbollah, al-Shabaab, and Hamas material support. Organizations such as Shurat Hadin (Israeli Law Center) argue that this constitutes a violation of U.S. anti-terror laws as terror groups uses social media outlets for the purposes of recruitment, indoctrination, intimidation and to incite specific attacks.

Which brings to mind one final question for the folks @Twitter which was posed by CIJA (The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs): “If Hamas can’t open a bank account in Canada, why should it be allowed to have a Twitter account?”

Inquiring minds want to know.

About the Author
Mike Fegelman is Executive Director of HonestReporting Canada, a non-profit organization which ensures fair and accurate Canadian media coverage of Israel.
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