web analytics
October 10, 2015 / 27 Tishri, 5776
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post

The Muslim Four-Fingered Salute

The Muslim Four-Fingered Salute

Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90

I saw this image on Flash90, our photojournalism agency, and became curious about the sign – four raised fingers. The caption did not help:

“Palestinians gather during a demonstration in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 23, 2013.”

So I went looking online and discovered it’s a new victory sign, which is being flashed across Egypt to remember the Rabaa al-Adawiya Muslim Brotherhood protest camp that was dispersed last week in a deadly military crackdown.

rabaa 2

Ktzat Aravit: in Arabic “Rabaa” means “fourth,” and the hand gesture is being used to display solidarity with protesters at “Rabaa.” The image has spread like wildfire in the social networks, including President Obama’s Facebook page, which turned yellow with Egyptian comments. And there were parodoes, too, like this one?

rabaa 3

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan used the “Rabaa” salute during a speech last week, and Turkish international midfielder and national soccer captain Emre Belozoglu picked up the cue, making the gesture after scoring for the Turkish Fenerbahce in their opening game of the season.

erdogan 4 fingers

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “The Muslim Four-Fingered Salute”

  1. Jim Shelton says:

    More like a one finger salute.

  2. Jessica Berk says:


  3. Ralph Rastopsoff says:

    We don’t use 4 fingers we feel one is sufficient !!!

  4. Ronald Taylor says:

    I have a one finger salute for the Muslims.

  5. Shemayah Shiloh Phillips says:

    I had a list member who used this image for her profile pic. I had no idea what it was. Thanks. I know now.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Arab activists at the Palestinian Mission to the UN in 2011 to deliver a "notice of termination" to the PA representatives in the building.
The Arab Spring of Anarchy Has Come to Israel

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/the-muslim-four-fingered-salute/2013/08/25/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: