In the world of Twitter, where everything is fast and immediate, so is the hatred.
Over the past few days and in response to the mainstream media coverage of Operation Protective Edge and the hundreds of rockets indiscriminately fired at Israeli civilians, new hashtags have been trending. Because so much of the reporting emphasizes Gazan casualties and use Palestinian Arab statements casting blame on Israel, casual observers believe Israel started the conflict, believe that Israel is waging a disproportionate response to Gaza rockets, and believe Israel is guilty of war crimes and humanitarian violations.
When a critical mass of tweets all contain the same phrase following a hashtag (#) sign, it is considered “trending.”
On Tuesday, July 15, the phrase #IfHitlerWereAlive was trending in certain parts of the world. Here are a few examples:
* #IfHitlerWereAlive the Jews would have been killed and Muslims in Gaza would live peacefully.
* #IfHitlerWereAlive could’ve learn more tactics from Israel. #GazaUnderAttack.
* #IfHitlerWereAlive this world would be a better place. Clean from Jews! And another popular trending phrase has been #HitlerWasRight. Here are some examples of that one:
* #HitlerWasRight I would have killed all
#jews in the world but some of kept alive [sic] to show the world why i killed them……. #HitlerWasRight
#Hitler was left to finish em all #Israel the world wud b happier n safer #HitlerWasRight #HitlerDidNothingWrong @IsraeliPM
* Jews are responsible for all wars!
#hitlerdidnothingwrong #HitlerWasRight #jews 卐卐卐 http://tmblr.co/ZYhQZu1LHKesL
* #HitlerWasRight ,
#Zionist must be erased pic.twitter.com/El00E0FjqW
* This is what we are identifying today :/ sorry
#Hitler you were right #HitlerDidNothingWrong #HitlerWasRight #Gaza pic.twitter.com/2LdfefkpCM
And this person tweeting cannot figure out if Hitler was good or bad:
* “Right to defend responsibly”,
#Netanyahu, ure #Hitler reincarnated, except #HitlerWasRight. #GazaUnderAttack #Israel
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the U.S. correspondent for The Jewish Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com
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