Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada notoriety seems to spend quite a bit of his time on Twitter: so far, he has posted almost 58 000 tweets. Many of his recent tweets are devoted to promoting the hashtag #IsraelHates, – which, as it turns out, was initiated by Abunimah himself.
Since Abunimah used it to spread all the anti-Israel clichés and slogans so beloved by “pro-Palestinian” activists, he quickly attracted a crowd of enthusiastic fellow-tweeters, and soon enough, Abunimah’s campaign was fired up by a frenzy of hatred for Israel that was strong enough to carry Abunimah’s hashtag into Twitter’s worldwide trends.
Abunimah didn’t mind at all, as is illustrated by the fact that he retweeted this:
#IsraelHates me , my family, my relatives, my friends, my country, Arabs, humanity!
Retweeted by AliAbunimah and 13 others
Indeed, Abunimah was very satisfied by what he had accomplished:
Trending #IsraelHates was a beautiful thing. Thanks everyone, and remember: Israel hates us all.
People of goodwill often argue that it’s possible to be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian. Ali Abunimah is clearly a widely admired pro-Palestinian activist. The hate-filled messages he elicited with his IsraelHates-hashtag will remain as a record of genuinely popular “pro-Palestinian” activism focused exclusively on denigrating and demonizing Israel.
Currently, Ali Abunimah’s most recent message triumphantly celebrates that his “hate” message managed to drown out the responses tweeted under the hashtag “Israelloves”.
Great summary by @iRevolt: #IsraelHates Leads Worldwide Trend on Twitter, While Counter-tag #IsraelLoves Lags Behind http://cynicalarab.org/2011/12/05/israelhates-leads-worldwide-trend-on-twitter-while-counter-tag-israelloves-lags-behind/
A great victory for pro-Palestinian activism?