Arab Today, arab today hamas twitter campaign backfires with torrent of abuse
Last Updated : GMT 13:07:59
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Aimed to send message to the European public

Hamas Twitter campaign backfires with torrent of abuse

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Hamas Twitter campaign backfires with torrent of abuse

Hamas top leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (C) flashes the V-sign for 'victory'
Gaza City - Arab Today

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas launched a campaign on Twitter Friday aimed at improving its image, but was immediately hit by a barrage of sarcastic and mocking messages.
The movement, which controls the Gaza Strip and fought a 50-day war with Israel last summer, said its English-language initiative #AskHamas was designed so officials could answer questions from social media users.
The campaign was timed to coincide with the deadline for a European Union appeal against removing the group from the EU's terror list, Hamas said.
A European court in December ordered the removal of Hamas from the bloc's terror list, but the European Union said it would appeal the decision within three months.
"The #AskHamas campaign... will begin Friday and continue for five days," said an Arabic-language statement posted on Hamas media official Taher al-Nunu's Facebook page.
"It is aimed to send a message to the European public... which demonstrated its solidarity with the Palestinian cause... that Hamas is not a terrorist movement, but a nationalist liberation movement."
That was a reference to demonstrations in European capitals against Israel's July-August campaign in Gaza.
The war killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.
Nunu posted a link to Twitter account @HamasInfoEn, which showed pictures of the officials who would be answering questions, including the movement's most senior leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniya.
"Truth from the mouth of the horse", it tweeted.
But before the campaign even went live, Twitter users were already posting mocking messages under the #AskHamas hashtag.
"If a tree falls in the woods, and there's no one to hear it fall, is it still Israel's fault," one user asked.
"Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?" another jibed.
Hamas had apparently expected online detractors to try to sabotage the campaign, tweeting that "Zionist propagandists will try to convince you that this is a rocket, not a tweet. Do not fall for that."
On Friday evening, the movement had not yet posted any answers to users' queries.
A spoof account named @AskHamas had begun to retort with sarcastic answers, but @HamasInfoEn stressed it was the only official account for the campaign.
Source: AFP

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today hamas twitter campaign backfires with torrent of abuse Arab Today, arab today hamas twitter campaign backfires with torrent of abuse

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017

GMT 06:15 2017 Monday ,27 February

Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017
Arab Today, arab today As Olympics loom, China plunges into snow biz

GMT 10:08 2017 Tuesday ,28 February

As Olympics loom, China plunges into snow biz
Arab Today, arab today Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career

GMT 06:07 2017 Monday ,27 February

Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career
Arab Today, arab today UN envoy sets out framework

GMT 07:25 2017 Monday ,27 February

UN envoy sets out framework
Arab Today, arab today Kalam Nawaem made a difference in social issues

GMT 06:43 2017 Tuesday ,28 February

Kalam Nawaem made a difference in social issues

GMT 08:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Google rolls out AI tool to combat online trolls

GMT 09:21 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Housetohome.co.uk rebrands as Idealhome.co.uk

GMT 09:39 2017 Friday ,17 February

Zuckerberg envisions Facebook as a 'global community'

GMT 09:17 2017 Friday ,17 February

Alphabet's 'Loon' internet plan closer to deployment

GMT 10:08 2017 Thursday ,16 February

New Facebook job-hunting features challenge LinkedIn

GMT 16:32 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Turkey becomes world’s biggest prison for journalists
View News in Arabic - Media: وسائل الإعلام أخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Parliament considers solutions to overpopulation

GMT 20:27 2017 Monday ,27 February

Parliament considers solutions to overpopulation
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Aspires present the story of Egypt’s first president

GMT 06:18 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Aspires present the story of Egypt’s first president
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 06:42 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Reasons for the delay 'On the Stairs of Servants'

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 10:51 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Pigs with edited genes show resistance

GMT 18:28 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Tourist guide explains types of tourism

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 06:28 2017 Tuesday ,28 February

Dumbphones survive rise of the smartphone

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday