Report: 90% of Arabs on social media against UAE-Israel deal
The nine-page report discovered that 81% of Arab social media users had "negative" comments regarding the 'peace' agreements.
The vast bulk of social media posts in the Arab world regarding the recent normalization agreements between the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Bahrain, and Israel were “negative,” a report released by the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs said.
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) October 11, 2020
The nine-page report discovered that 81% of Arab social media users had “negative” comments regarding the ‘peace’ agreements, also known as the Abraham Accords, while 8% carried “very negative” opinions. Only 5% viewed them positively.
According to The Times of Israel, the study commissioned by the ministry and conducted between mid-August and mid-September revealed that almost half of the comments – 45% – published in the Arab world considered the Israeli-Emirati agreement as a “betrayal.”
Twenty-seven percent showed regret over the UAE dealings with Israel, 10% considered the agreement “hypocrisy,” while 5% maintained that Abu Dhabi gave in to US interests.
“The minority in favor of normalization mentioned the deal’s advantages in the areas of security (61%), economic practicality (33%), and the “whitening” of a de facto prevailing situation (6%),” the ministry said in a statement.
— Maryam Alkhawaja (@MARYAMALKHAWAJA) September 19, 2020
The most popular hashtags were “Bahrainis against normalization” and “normalization is treason.”
According to the report, these hashtags managed an outreach of more than 100 million social media users during the period studied.
To the incredible, honourable people of Bahrain: we are overwhelmed & heartened by your support & solidarity. We never doubted your genuine commitment to Palestine. We love you. 🇧🇭🇵🇸#بحرينيون_ضد_التطبيع #Bahrainis_against_normalisation.
— Hanan Ashrawi (@DrHananAshrawi) September 11, 2020
The chief sources of negative comments were Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), along with “a series of civil society institutions that boost the delegitimization of Israel.”
I’m bahraini against normilization with zionists, i dont accept fake peace while palestine still suffers and and not getting their rights .
— 𝖗𝖎𝖙𝖔 (@xnouurrx) September 15, 2020
The ministry endorsed launching an online campaign “to change perceptions about Israel, with a focus on the Arab world” to “provide more balanced and reliable information, including within the context of legitimization regarding Israel.”
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