'I Am a Knife' Hashtag Supports Bus Terror Attack in Tel Aviv

The #JeSuisCouteau ('I am a knife') hashtag was trending this week among supporters of Hamza Matrouk, who stabbed 12 people on a Tel Aviv bus.

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Hamza Matrouk, 23, after being shot in the leg by Israeli security officer following Matrouk's alleged stabbing of 12 people on Tel Aviv bus, January 21, 2015.
Hamza Matrouk, 23, after being shot in the leg by Israeli security officer following Matrouk's alleged stabbing of 12 people on Tel Aviv bus, January 21, 2015.Credit: AFP
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Trending on Twitter this week, following Wednesday's knife attack on a Tel Aviv bus, was the hashtag #JeSuisCouteau, meaning "I am a knife."

The hashtag was clearly an adaptation of the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag that took off like wildfire following the attack on Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris two weeks ago.

Except that the #JeSuisCouteau hashtag was used in support of the terror attack on the Tel Aviv bus, rather than to condemn it.

Twelve people were wounded when Hamza Matrouk, a 23-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, ran amok on a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Matrouk himself was shot in the leg and captured.

Also trending, according to Vocativ website, was an Arabic hashtag that translates as #TheKnivesRevolution. In addition, many social media users published images of bloody knives and called for more attacks.

#JeSuisCouteau اللهم سدد رمي الفلسطينيين ونصرهم على أعدائهم pic.twitter.com/3SL0bOdCo2

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