#Intifada Raising a New Generation of Terrorists

Take a look at how Palestinian Arabs take to the internet to spread terror media, then take to the streets to murder Jews.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

Videos spread on social media showing Arab terrorists stabbing Israelis and throwing rocks at soldiers are recruiting online Palestinian Arab youths to the frontline after days of terror.

A Facebook page set up as stabbings and other attacks continue to rock Israel declares in Arabic that "the intifada (uprising) has been launched."

The page has its own logo of a masked youth throwing rocks bordered by a halo by the black, red and green of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist group's flag.

The hashtag "#Jerusalem intifada" is also being widely shared online, as are pictures of murdered Jews meant as a twisted celebration of the terror.

Unlike previous Arab terror wars, the current wave of attacks comes as Palestinian Arabs now have a widened range of social media tools at their disposal to spread images of attacks in real time.

Shortly after the death last month of Dia al-Talahmeh, 21, whose bomb exploded before he threw it at an IDF checkpoint, a picture of his lifeless face was posted on Facebook by a 19-year-old Palestinian Arab named Mohannad Halabi.

Days later, Halabi this Saturday night murdered two Israelis and wounded two more - including the wife of one and his toddler child - in a knife and gun attack in Jerusalem's Old City, before he was shot dead by police.

In the age of smartphones and live tweeting, images of this attack were online almost instantly.

The Islamic Jihad terror group said Halabi was a member and swiftly posted a video clip bearing the logo of its military wing and advocating suicide attacks of the kind that were rampant in the 2000 terror war, alternately called the Second Intifada or Oslo War.

The clip showed a smiling young man speaking to the camera, his gloved hands adjusting what looks like a bomber's explosives belt.

It registered almost 40,000 views.

The death of terrorist Samir Alloun, killed by police on Sunday after stabbing and wounding a 15-year-old in Jerusalem was seen online 100,000 times.

"I want to die a martyr"

Experts say the parade of images on social networks is having a profound impact in recruiting young Palestinian Arabs to terror.

"Every day we see a new martyr and the least that we can do to show solidarity is to change our profile pictures and share images," a protester in Ramallah, Samaria told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Selfies are being posted of rock throwers against a background of burning tires or billowing tear gas.

Psychologist Najah al-Khatib said of younger Arab rioters that "they don't have the concept of danger or the sense of caution that an adult has," adding that children and adolescents are more likely to be influenced by images on social media.

Palestinian "martyr" terrorists, especially young ones, become icons to other children, Khatib said.

"I like throwing rocks at the soldiers, like the other youngsters," said Mustafa, 10. "I want to die a martyr."

Mustafa and his generation did not experience the last intifada, but he still pledges to "liberate Palestine" - specifically the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where Arabs have rioted and hurled explosives and rocks at police for weeks.

AFP contributed to this report.




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