ISRAEL

Palestinians Celebrate Terror Attack With #IAmAKnife Hashtag

Jan 21, 2015 at 6:48 AM ET

Today in Tel Aviv, a young, knife-wielding Palestinian stabbed 13 Israelis on a bus, seriously injuring four. In response, some Palestinian social media users are celebrating this attack with the hashtag #JeSuisCouteau—”I am a knife.” Clearly, this is a reference to the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag that became popular following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris two weeks ago.

Along with the hashtag, users are publishing images of bloody knives and calling for more attacks. Another associated hashtag, #ثورة_السكاكين (#TheKnivesRevolution), is quickly growing even more popular than #JeSuisCouteau.

The attacker, 23-year-old Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matruk from Tul-Karem, tried to flee the scene, but Israeli police shot and injured him. According to the Shin Bet (Israeli security service), while under interrogation, Matruk said the Gaza war of last summer provoked him to act.

“#IAmAKnife. Oh God, strengthen the Palestinian and win their enemies.”

“#IAmAKnife. 10 stabs for those who don’t pray for the prophet.”

“#IAmAKnife. 17 stabs with every knife.”