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Content celebrating Hamas's assault against Israel on October 7 is circulating widely on different social media platforms, including Snapchat, an American multimedia instant messaging app and service developed by Snap Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
Pro-Hamas Images, Videos, And Blogger Coverage
Initial research by MEMRI JTTM's team shows that users shared content, including videos and images, celebrating Hamas's military wing, Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and their codename assault, "Twafan Al-Aqsa" (Al-Aqsa Storm).
Searches using keywords with hashtags such as the group's name and the attack's codename produced videos documenting speeches by the group's commanders, and coverage by bloggers of the group's attacks.
Content also included a video possibly celebrating the claims of Yemen's Ansar Allah Movement, or Houthis, of missile and drone attacks on Israel in support of Gaza.
For example, a user posted a video showing a Yemeni man threatening Israelis that the "men of Yemen will be marching towards Al-Quds (Jerusalem)."
Snapchat User Promotes A Pro-Hizbullah Video
A Snapchat user posted a video promoting the upcoming speech of Lebanese Hizbullah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, and which was also promoted by Telegram channels linked to Iran-backed militias.
Under an Arabic hashtag that reads: "Israel is the coward enemy," a video suggested conducting a cyber-attack on the website of the Israeli Defense Ministry.
Additionally, some private accounts in Arabic have antisemitic usernames, such as the one shown below. The username translates into: "Ezrael (Angel Of Death) Who Is Terrorizing Zionism."
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