Israel supporters (and IDF officials) proudly display their bigotry on Twitter (UPDATED)

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Update (Adam Horowitz): 11/16/12

Screenshot of Josh Block’s Twitter feed.

A reader sends along that it wasn’t only IDF spokespeople and random Israel supporters who were pushing the #HamasBumperStickers hashtag. Former AIPAC spokesman, and current Israel Project CEO & President, Josh Block was also promoting the Twitter feed. Here Block retweets rightwing commentator Michelle Malkin pushing the hashtag and linking to a post titled “Supporters of Israel mock jihadists with #HamasBumperStickers, libs outraged.” The Israel Project, the organization Block now leads and which describes itself as “a one-stop source for detailed and accurate information about Israel and the Middle East”, also promoted the hashtag over its Twitter account. 

Original Post (Rania Khalek)

It’s raining Israeli bombs in Gaza yet again and as the death toll mounts some people are having themselves a laugh at the expense of the dead. I’m talking about #HamasBumperStickers, a twitter hashtag that caught on like wildfire yesterday mostly among people who despise Palestinians (and Arabs in general) and think it’s funny when Israel kills them. While I’m not usually one to amplify the trolling rhetoric of heartless bigots, I feel it’s important that these particular individuals be shamed and ostracized for their sick jokes, especially since the hashtag they are using has apparently been trending worldwide. Here are just a few:

This one has been retweeted the most, with 1298 retweets as of this post:

Okay, so you might be thinking, “Come on, Rania, these are insignificant creeps on the internet with too much time on their hands.” Actually, Israeli defense officials have been participating as well, like this IDF spokesperson:

@CaptainBarakRaz’s colleague, also an IDF spokesperson, was so amused by his tweet that he retweeted it, adding an LOL to show his chuckling approval:

That same IDF official even came up with some of his own:

People who took offense tried to counter the insanity by using the hashtag to tweet important though often ignored facts about Hamas and Gaza:

But it didn’t catch on. Neither did the hashtag #IDFBumperStickers, which some used to criticize Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. #HamasBumperStickers remains as strong as ever, with right-wing Arab hater Michelle Malkin joining in the fun every so often while criticizing those who dare to be offended by jokes that dehumanize dead Palestinians.

As for the person(s) who started the hashtag, The People’s Cube—described by Wikipedia as “a U.S. based satirical conservative website”—proudly took full responsibility in a blog post that detailed the success of their bigotry:

Last night on Twitter, at 10pm, @ThePeoplesCube started a #HamasBumperStickers trend, which was picked up by tens of thousands people and quickly rose to the #2 trend not just in the United States but also worldwide – the fact promptly picked up by Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy Team.

Meanwhile, the residents of Gaza continue to endure endless airstrikes on top of a nearly 6 year long illegal blockade that has left over 1.5 million people cutoff from a world that has abandoned them. Only a sociopath would find that funny.

Just to give you an idea of what they’re laughing at, here are photos of children that Israel has killed or wounded in the last two days:

Omar Misharawi, 11-months-old:

This picture of 11-month-old Omar Masharawi was published by the Washington Post. Omar was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza yesterday.

Omar’s father, Jihad Masharawi, is a BBC Arabic journalist in Gaza. This picture of Jihad sobbing while holding his dead has become the face of this offensive to many arabs around the world:

BBC journalist Jihad Masharawi carries his son’s body at a Gaza hospital. (Photo: AP)

As the assault on Gaza continues, the pictures of dead and wounded children are piling up.

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The brother of Palestinian boy Walid al-Abadlah, who hospital officials
said was killed in an Israeli air strike, kisses his body during his funeral
in Khan Younis, Nov. 15, 2012. (Photo: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

While the children of Gaza bear the brunt of the bloodshed, Israeli children aren’t safe either.

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An injured Israeli baby is held by a security officer inside an ambulance at the scene where a rocket, fired from Gaza, landed in the southern city of Kiryat Malachi November 15, 2012.
(Photo: Reuters)

Yesterday, Ahram English posted the following video showing an emotional Palestinian official holding the charred body of baby killed in Gaza by an Israeli airstrike. (Warning: It’s very graphic!)

A version of this post originally appeared on Rania Khalek’s website Dispatches from the Underclass.

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