Palestinian Activists Are Using The Hashtag #HitlerWasRight

The tragic situation in the Middle East has provoked an extreme reaction on social media.

1. The hashtag began to trend yesterday.

2. It was a response to the Israeli operations that began on 8 July.

3. At least 159 Palestinians have died since Operation Protective Edge began, according to Gaza officials.

4. Israel says that it is targeting Hamas, but the UN has estimated that 77% of the people killed in Gaza have been civilians.

5. CNN correspondent Jake Tapper was among a number of social media users who noted that Hitler was no friend of the Arabs.

Hey , #muslims posting #HitlerWasRight pics. You all know he would kill you and your family too? #justsaying

— (@kalleluja123)

7. And a huge number of pro-Palestinians were critical of the hashtag.

To all the assholes using the #HitlerWasRight hashtag & associating it with Palestinian solidarity, please stop. We don't want your bigotry.

— Yasmeen Serhan (@YasmeenSerhan)

WTH? #HitlerWasRight? Are you even thinking before saying such things? #PrayForGaza but lets not get carried away

— Haq Kinda Guy (Akhi) (@Abdulhaq_22)

9. The UN Security Council called for a ceasefire and peace talks on Saturday.

Baz Ratner / Reuters

A wounded Israeli woman reacts at the scene of a rocket attack in Ashkelon July 13, 2014.

10. The IDF says it has so far struck some 1,320 “terror” sites across Gaza, while Hamas have launched more than 800 rockets at Israel.

Parwiz / Reuters

Afghan protesters set an effigy of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on fire during a pro-Palestinian protest against Israeli air strikes in Jalalabad province, Gaza, on 13 July, 2014.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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