The Tweet was posted by
@EriSt0crat who helpfully tells us, “I’m a cisgender-white-male privileged islamophobe Jew who controls the world with my illuminati cabal of Rothschild bankers that eat puppies. Obviously.”
In other words, another Internet nutter whose entirely inflammatory contribution we can dismiss immediately. Except that some people will not have done the extra couple of clicks to discover this is entirely malicious nonsense, so the poor scapegoat donkey being “stoned to death by Arabs” stays with them as a reality.
In the whole tragedy of the Middle East with its present butchery of the innocent, those who sit safely in their homes tweeting malice, or teenagers pouring petrol on the flames from their bedroom computers – and the example here is possibly from such origins – are the most despicable.
The fog of war is always a problem. The purple mist in the heads of internet nutters is another problem entirely.
In fact the story first appeared in 2011 with the following caption: “Palestinians display a donkey painted as an Israeli flag during a demonstration to support the Palestinian bid at the United Nations for statehood recognition on September 23, 2011 in the West Bank village of Kfar Kadum (AFP Photo / Jaafar Ashtiyeh)” See http://rt.com/news/chomsky-wall-street-palestine-645/
The photo has been displayed in a variety of different contexts, as a Google search will show, and the most malicious and disgusting use of it is in the Twitter article I have drawn attention to here.
Distrust all propaganda. Always check the sources of images. There are a lot of internet nutters out there warping your world view. The reality is bad enough, without sick people getting their kicks out of making it worse!
Update Tuesday 12th August
Yesterday the peak views of this blog article reached 2,200 visitors and I am a little unnerved that my blog has attracted such a huge audience because some people have come here for the wrong reasons. I will give as a wrong reason the kind of visitor who comes here to post anti-semitic rantings (yes! there have been several), or very nasty videos and pictures of cruelty to donkeys. These things are abusive and unwelcome.
This blog is about donkeys: mainly about my domestic life with my small donkey family. It is not about world affairs. The point of the article on the Palestine donkey is that lies and propaganda do nobody any good.
Finally, I would remind adults viewing this site that it also receives a number of children viewers who simply come to look at pictures of donkeys. Thank God I had moderation in place: when I saw some of the disgusting comments and images of animal abuse some people kindly sent me, I was amazed. There are a lot of sick people out there. (Note: Particularly outstanding was the one from IP address 18.104.22.168 – now reported to their internet provider.)
I do not particularly value a large number of hits from the wrong sort of people. The world is becoming a very strange place.
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