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IDF wishes Palestinians ‘Ramadan Kareem’ with anti-Hamas lollipop drop

Published time: June 30, 2014 04:46
AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams

AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams

As Muslims mark the start of Ramadan, Israel dropped hundreds of holiday lollipops with anti-Hamas messages in two of the largest cities in West Bank. It’s part of another attempt to discourage the population’s support for the movement.

People noticed the lollipops on Sunday in the cities of Nablus and Ramallah with the message “Happy Ramadan: a bit of sweetness after Hamas made life bitter in the West Bank,” Ma’an news agency says.

The reported cited eyewitnesses seeing Israeli soldiers throwing the lollipops on the streets.

This move follows a separate attempt on Thursday when Israeli forces dropped matchboxes on the streets of Nablus with the message: "Beware! Hamas is inflaming the West Bank."

In 2008-2009 Israel used similar psychological warfare tactics during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, when the Israeli Defense Forces dropped hundreds of pamphlets with a message against Hamas reading, “Your death is near; you have no chance against the IDF’s special units and its weapons. Your leaders have fled and abandoned you alone in the field.”

A political science professor at Bir Zeit University, Sameeh Hammoudah, told the Times of Israel that these kinds of methods may backfire.

“This is nonsense; it will bring no benefit to Israel … On the contrary, it will cause a reaction of sympathy toward Hamas. Palestinians are angry with Israeli policies and will side with those who stand against Israel,” Hammoudah said.

Israel has arrested scores of Palestinians during the last few weeks in its search for three missing Jewish teenagers. Israeli government accused the Palestinian movement Hamas of being behind the abductions, but Hamas denies the allegations.

Comments (29)

 

Ben Barka 02.07.2014 16:37

One Palestinian child has been killed by Israel every 3 days for the past 13 years

1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israel's occupation forces from September 2000 up to April 2013. That's the equivalent of one Palestinian child killed by Israel every 3 days for almost 13 years. The number of children injured by the Israelis has now reached 6,000.

9,000 Palestinians under 18 years old have been arrested since the end of September 2000. Almost two hundred and fifty Palestinian minors are being held in prison by Israel; 47 of them are children under 16 years of age

 

Michael Rubin 01.07.2014 02:59

CARLOS 30.06.2014 16:05

Worse than lollipops! Boycott Intel Corporation for enabling israeli terrorism. I buy computers with AMD processor to avoid israeli content.

  


Interesting that AMD R&D is located on Menachem Begin St. in Ramat Gan Israel. Oh and Apple and Qualcomm have huge Israeli R&D. Why? Because Israel knows technology. You need to get off the Internet now-or else you'll be using more Israeli technology Carlos...

 

wiz ofozz 30.06.2014 17:42

Lollipops..??? The actions of Israeli leaders never surprise me, it all reads like a bad book written by intercontinental hillbillies... This has the signature of one man's idea, as a group of intelligent people would have laughed at such an idea...

Rig ht Nutenyahoo..??

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