The still, taken from a video of the killing of the freelance reporter in Iraq by a masked Islamic State fighter, was posted on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official account on Thursday.
Below the image of Foley kneeling in an orange boiler suit was a photo of Hamas militants on a motorcycle dragging the body of a person executed for collaborating with Israel through the streets of Gaza.
The combined image was posted a day after Twitter began removing from the micro-blog service the five-minute-long video of Foley’s killing entitled “A Message to America,” which had been uploaded to social media sites by IS fighters, and images from it.
The clip also included a warning that the group intended to kill a second captive journalist unless the United States halts air strikes in Iraq.
Netanyahu was accused of using the tragedy as propaganda by linking IS with Hamas — the democratically-elected Islamist government of Gaza currently engaged in a struggle against Israel’s deadly 47-day assault.
Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth tweeted: “Netanyahu’s Twitter account is now using image of James Foley’s horrible execution to try to score political points against Hamas.”
Israel analyst Mitchell Plitnick wrote: “Bibi (Netanyahu) manages 2 hit a new low.”
Senior Hamas official Ezzat al-Rishq wrote on Facebook that “Netanyahu’s attempt to link Hamas” with IS was “a deception and disinformation campaign” that showed “no respect for the sanctity of the dead.”
But a tweet on the foreign ministry’s account @IsraelMFA on Friday featured the same two images, with the words: “Islamist terrorist organizations such as #ISIS and #Hamas are enemies of peace and of all civilized nations.”
The Netanyahu tweet was deleted early Friday, and the foreign ministry one was removed later in the day.
A foreign ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that after consideration they had decided it was “inappropriate.”
An official in Netanyahu’s office, also requesting anonymity, said it was removed following criticism but stood by its stance that “Hamas is like IS — two murderous terror organizations.”
At least 2,097 Palestinians, overwhelmingly civilians, and 68 Israelis, all but 4 of whom were soldiers, have been killed since July 8 in the worst Israeli assault since the 2000-05 intifada.
Ma’an staff contributed to this report.
For who does not understand the need or concept of resistance of Palestine, recommended read:
The History of Resistance – The Eagle of Palestine
- Special Topic – All Israeli Massacres on Palestinians
- iRemember… – Confirmed Names of Martyrs Occupation (*)
- Special Topic – Ethnic Cleansing
- Israeli escalation in Gaza – A cover-up for settlement activity
- “Slow Death” -International report: Collective punishment of Gaza has reached critical stage – Incl Full Report PDF
- A “Leaflet” to the World about it’s own “forgotten” Extermination Camp called Gaza
- Gaza Siege Harshness Continues. Israel’s committing slow-motion genocide ~ by Stephen Lendman
THE LEGAL RIGHT OF RESISTANCE
81 Notre Dame Law Review1275(2006). Conducting an in-depth study of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and also discussing other genocides, this article details the inadequacy of many of the international community’s response to genocides, such as “targeted sanctions” or international peacekeeping forces. Examining international legal authorities such as the Genocide Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice, the article demonstrates that groups which are being subjected to genocide have a legal right of self-defense. International treaties, Security Council arms embargoes, or national gun control laws cannot lawfully be enforced in a manner which prevents self-defense resistance to a genocide in progress, because under international law, the prohibition against any form of complicity in genocide takes legal precedence over lesser laws. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen. In PDF.
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- Brayer: The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance – Source
- No. Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory – Source
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- The “Rocket” from Gaza Myth – Photography
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- Half the story: What @IDFSpokesperson leaves out about #Gaza ~ by @yousefmunayyer
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- Truths and lies behind Israel’s attacks on Gaza and its whining about rockets ~ by @AliAbunimah
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