After Tel Aviv Attacks, Palestinians Praise ‘Carlo’ The Rifle

A homemade version of a Swedish rifle is behind a string of attacks, and being celebrated by Palestinians

Israeli policemen work inside a restaurant following a shooting attack — REUTERS
Jun 09, 2016 at 3:08 PM ET

Among the hashtags being shared by thousands of Palestinians in the wake of Wednesday’s terror attack in Tel Aviv is “Carlo”—who’s not a man but the nickname for an improvised submachine gun that has been an instrument in past attacks in Israel.

Named after the Swedish-made Carl Gustav recoilless rifle, the weapon is believed to have been used by the Palestinian assailants who opened fire at an outdoor food and shopping center in Tel Aviv, killing four Israelis and wounding several others.

The gun was previously popular among criminal underworld figures, and the Israeli newspaper Ha’artez reports that it can sell for as little as 3,000 shekels, or US$780. Israeli officials set up a joint task force to try to stop the rifle’s production, Ha’aretz reported.

Palestinian social media users and pages posting under the hashtag #CarloSalvo (‫#‏صلية_كارلو‬), circulated posters and cartoons praising the weapon. “Carlo in the hand of the hero and no M-16 in the hand of the coward,” said a poster published after the attack. The M-16 rifle is standard issue for the Israeli military. Others bragged that a cheaply-made Palestinian weapon “made miracles in Tel Aviv.” Others published images of the gun with the keffiyah, the traditional Palestinian headscarf, or being served with Katayif, a popular dessert for Ramadan. The attack came as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan entered its first week.

“The Carlo is coming back and spreads horror in Tel Aviv,” came an announcement from Izzedine al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas. The statement included a boast that a weapon that cost around $US250 managed to kill Israelis and cause dozens to flee and hide. A weapon, it said, that was used “in many quality operations by young Palestinians against the enemies’ targets.”

According to Reuters, since the current Israeli-Palestinian wave of violence began last October, 32 Israelis and two visiting U.S. citizens have been killed by Palestinians. Israeli forces have shot dead at least 196 Palestinians, 134 of whom Israel has said were assailants, while others were killed in clashes and protests. The U.S State Department has strongly condemned the attack in Tel Aviv, saying that “cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified.”

Translation: Ramadan outside of Palestine. #CarloSalvo #OperationRamadan

Translation: #OperationTelAviv #OperationRamadan #CarloSalvo

Translation: #OperationRamadan #CarloSalvo