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The Muslim Four-Fingered Salute

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Yori Yanover

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.

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  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.

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