'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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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