Palestinians: Saudi Arabia behind anti-Palestinian smear marketing campaign


Some Palestinians are satisfied that the oil-rich kingdom is chargeable for a hashtag that has just lately been trending on Twitter titled, “Palestine is just not my trigger.” Others imagine that some Israelis may be concerned with the anti-Palestinian smear marketing campaign.

Just lately, related anti-Palestinian accounts and posts have additionally popped up on Fb.

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“There is not any doubt that a number of folks from Saudi Arabia are behind this marketing campaign,” mentioned a Palestinian political analyst in Ramallah. “It is also apparent they’re receiving assist from Israeli activists.”

Palestinians additionally imagine that most of the offensive posts revealed below the hashtag don’t belong to actual folks, however are Web bots (also referred to as net robots) – software program functions that run automated and repetitive duties over the Web.

A number of anti-Palestinian posts, nevertheless, do appear to belong to actual folks, significantly from Saudi Arabia.

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The anti-Palestinian posts additionally goal Qatar, which has been accused by Saudi Arabia of embracing varied terrorist and sectarian teams geared toward destabilizing the area, together with the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, and Islamic State (ISIS). In 2017, Saudi Arabia formally reduce ties with Qatar and banned the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera tv community from working within the kingdom.

To “shame” Qatar, a number of Arab social media customers posted pictures of conferences between Qatari and Israeli officers. These behind the posts used, as profile pictures, pictures of Saudi monarchs and the present crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The posts depict the Qataris as “traitors” for partaking in “normalization actions with the Zionist enemy.” The assaults on Qatar are seen by Arabs as proof that Saudis are behind the defamation marketing campaign, which primarily targets the Palestinians.

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The “Palestine is just not my trigger” hashtag accuses Palestinians of being untrustworthy, ungrateful, filled with hatred, partaking in incitement towards Saudi Arabia, and “promoting” their land to Jews.

One submit, by Abu Faisal, states: “Palestine is a trigger for commerce and livelihood. They [the Palestinians] bought their land to the Jews and obtained paid for that.”

A submit by Fahed al-Jubairi features a cartoon depicting a Palestinian mom bottle-feeding her child. The bottle carries the label: “Hatred and Treachery.”

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Utilizing the identical hashtag, Mohammed al-Dabian claimed that former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat had pleaded with the late Saudi monarch, King Fahd bin Abdel Aziz, to forgive him for supporting Saddam Hussein in his 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The PLO’s help for the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait strained relations between the Palestinians and many of the Gulf states again then.

An nameless submit with the picture of an unidentified lady addresses the Palestinians: “Sorry, however you guys introduced it upon yourselves. We now have sympathized with you emotionally and financially, however all we obtained is needs for our nations’ destruction. You’re very ungrateful!”

Palestinians and their supporters have responded to the defamation marketing campaign by launching one other hashtag titled, “Palestine is my trigger.”

The counter-campaign accuses Saudi Arabia and Israel of being behind the anti-Palestinian hashtag and claims that the Saudi royal household had “bought Palestine to the Jews.”

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Among the posts denounced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “Zionist” on the pretext that he helps “normalization” with Israel. The posts additionally took Salman and different Arab leaders to job for allegedly supporting US President Donald trump’s just lately unveiled plan for Mideast peace, also referred to as the “Deal of the Century.”

Palestinian leaders have rejected the Trump plan on the grounds that it goals to “remove” the Palestinian trigger.

In recent times, many Palestinians have expressed concern over the obvious warming up of relations between Israel and a few Arab states, together with Saudi Arabia. Palestinian Authority and Hamas officers keep that normalization between Israel and the Arab nations ought to happen solely after the Israeli-Palestinian difficulty is resolved.

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The net altercation got here amid mounting tensions between Saudi Arabia and Hamas over the arrest of dozens of Palestinians and Jordanians residing within the kingdom on “terrorism” expenses.

The PA management, for its half, has kept away from criticizing Saudi Arabia, insisting that relations between the 2 events stay as sturdy as ever. 

In keeping with Human Rights Watch (HRW), Saudi authorities arrested in March 2018 some 68 Palestinians and Jordanians due to their hyperlinks with an unnamed “terrorist group.” Among the detainees are recognized for his or her affiliation with Hamas.

Final month the defendants appeared the Specialised Felony Court docket in Riyadh, the place they had been charged with “belonging to” and “supporting” a “terrorist group.” Hamas has repeatedly criticized the crackdown on its supporters and known as upon the Saudi authorities to instantly launch all of the detainees.

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