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That Time #IfHitlerWasAlive Was Trending In Pakistan

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#IfHitlerWasAlive was trending in Pakistan on Tuesday, rising as one of the top hashtags before losing some online support (and provoking outrage) on Wednesday.

Some on Twitter have been viciously attacking each other over the fighting between Israel and Gaza — and #IfHitlerWasAlive brought out some of the worst of those hate-filled responses.

From #Pakistan with love....where #IfHitlerWasAlive is trending.

Julie@MsIntervention

From #Pakistan with love....where #IfHitlerWasAlive is trending.

6:40 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The trend also tapped into Holocaust-deniers. (Denying the Holocaust is now illegal in many European countries.)

Holocaust is 𠇊 profitable hoax made by the Zionists to obtain land, money and power.”#IfHitlerWasAlive #holocaust

muhammad shoaib@shoaib0072k

Holocaust is 𠇊 profitable hoax made by the Zionists to obtain land, money and power.”#IfHitlerWasAlive #holocaust

4:27 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As the hashtag spread, many took to Twitter to denounce the trend and sentiment.

#IfHitlerWasAlive is trending in #Pakistan, and it's not about resisting Nazism. I feel sick. HT @aliamjadrizvi

Raquel E Saraswati@RaquelEvita

#IfHitlerWasAlive is trending in #Pakistan, and it's not about resisting Nazism. I feel sick. HT @aliamjadrizvi

10:44 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Friends in #Pakistan, just heard #IfHitlerWasAlive is trending there. Please try to be critical of the government, the policy, not the race.

Sehri Y@yoskesh

Friends in #Pakistan, just heard #IfHitlerWasAlive is trending there. Please try to be critical of the government, the policy, not the race.

10:51 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some pointed out that ideologically Hitler was also no fan of Arabs and Muslims (and Asians and Africans, and really anyone besides himself).

Isn't irony great? #ifhitlerwasalive 90% of the morons using this hashtag in support of Palestine wouldn't be. #fuckthisplanet

nihalf@nihalf

Isn't irony great? #ifhitlerwasalive 90% of the morons using this hashtag in support of Palestine wouldn't be. #fuckthisplanet

7:53 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hey, #PakistanSupportsGaza my pro-Israel t-shirt was made in #Pakistan Thanks for your support! #IfHitlerWasAlive

Kenneth L. Cohen@RabbiKenCohen

Hey, #PakistanSupportsGaza my pro-Israel t-shirt was made in #Pakistan Thanks for your support! #IfHitlerWasAlive

12:34 PM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Then there were those who responded with their own degrading descriptions of Pakistanis to express their outrage.

Apparently the pakis had #IfHitlerWasAlive trending. I don't think that Hitler would be nice to them. They'd get gassed to death as well.

Holier than tauhu@seriousmockery

Apparently the pakis had #IfHitlerWasAlive trending. I don't think that Hitler would be nice to them. They'd get gassed to death as well.

11:04 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And those who took a step back to comment on the trend's structural weaknesses:

Most infuriating thing re #IfHitlerWasAlive trend: improper grammar. Subjunctive mood would b #Ifhitlerwerealive @NTarnopolsky @leshemle

Ilån Bεn Zıon@IlanBenZion

Most infuriating thing re #IfHitlerWasAlive trend: improper grammar. Subjunctive mood would b #Ifhitlerwerealive
@NTarnopolsky @leshemle

10:47 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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