Social Media Is Teaching Youth to Hate Israel
Why have so many young people come out against Israel? Social media is influencing this trend.
From New York Post. Young people tearing down posters of Israeli hostages and launching waves of anti-Israel demonstrations say they’re being fueled by thousands of pro-Palestinian videos, mainly on TikTok and Instagram.
Ripping down posters and lavishing praise on those who do has become a trend ever since Hamas terrorists took 240 Israelis hostage during their Oct. 7 terror assault on Israel.
More than a dozen protesters interviewed by The Post in Manhattan said their opinions about the Israel-Hamas war were shaped mainly by Instagram and TikTok accounts — and to a lesser extent their school professors.
They were at a rally on Thursday attended by at least 2,000, many of them under-30s who had skipped school to join the anti-Israel spectacle. …
Michelle Ahdoot, a director with End Jew Hatred said she does not believe that the young people tearing down the posters and going to rallies — the majority seem to be under 30 — are truly aware of what they’re doing.
“A lot of them wouldn’t be able to point to Israel on a map,” Ahdoot told The Post. “I think a lot of this is coming from ignorance. They’re been brainwashed into thinking they are doing something in the name of social justice.” …
Though there are plenty of pro-Israel videos on TikTok and other social media, they appear to be less popular than the pro-Palestinian ones.
The top result for the search phrase “stand with Palestine” had been viewed nearly 3 billion times as of Oct. 26, while the top result for “stand with Israel” was viewed just over 200 million times, according to one analysis.
TikTok’s own data showed a similar gap in the US, with more than twice as many posts using the hashtag #StandwithPalestine as posts with #StandwithIsrael over the last two weeks, Axios reported. …
Anti-Israel influencers posting on Instagram and TikTok have gained followers since the Hamas massacres.
Among them is 19-year-old Calla Walsh of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She is one of the youngest and fiercest behind-the-scenes anti-Israel agitators, a founding organizer of Palestine Action US, and had 158 million views on TikTok for her videos.
Among her causes: encouraging her followers to tear down posters.
“Anyone with good conscience should tear down these atrocity propaganda blitz posters, which repeat proven lies about Hamas killing babies and raping women in order to breed hysteria and justify Israel’s genocide of Palestine,” Walsh told The Post.
“If we want to talk about hostages, let’s talk about how Israel is bombing its own ‘hostages’ to death in Gaza instead of negotiating a peace. The real hostages are the 2 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza, the 10,000 Israel has murdered in the past month, and the thousands and thousands more trapped under the rubble.”
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(Excerpt from New York Post. Photo Credit: JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)
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