Haaretz Twitter hacked by Arabs; ‘We will drink your blood’

The Twitter account of left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz was briefly hacked by Arab extremists Tuesday, who used it to post a slew of tweets threatening to murder Israelis, before Haaretz finally took back control of its account.

Hackers referenced the spate of knife attacks by Palestinian terrorists against Israelis in a series of often graphic posts in poorly-spelled Hebrew and English, as well as in Arabic. The posts were later taken down by Haaretz.

“The last memory of the Palfour (sic) treachery will be soon,” one read, referring to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, in which the United Kingdom committed to the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.

The anniversary of the declaration was yesterday, November 2, which was apparently the “occasion” the hackers were attempting to mark.

“The mothers of our martyrs will drink the blood of your soldiers and settlers,” it added, featuring blood-drenched pictures of past Israeli prime ministers, as well as a picture of former British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour crudely altered to resemble a vampire.

Another post, too graphic to show here, threatened Israeli Jews to leave or be stabbed with “A Kinfe (sic),” in a message superimposed onto photos of Israelis wounded in stabbing attacks.

But while the posts were deleted from Haaretz‘s Twitter feed soon afterwards, they prompted a number of tongue-in-cheek comments by Twitter users, who noted that the violent anti-Israel nature of the posts were only slightly more extreme than the far-left publication’s usual content.

Indeed, in recent days Haaretz has published at least three opinion pieces openly sympathizing with Arab terrorism, including by veteran far-left contributors Gideon Levy and Amira Hass.

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