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    Hamas Spreads Most Explicit Incitement to Violence Via Social Media

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    Hamas and other radical groups are most explicitly inciting violence using social media as well as traditional media outlets, the Middle East Quartet stated in a report on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a report on Friday. The report focused on major threats to achieving a negotiated peace and offered recommendations to advance a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.

    "Hamas and other radical factions are responsible for the most explicit and widespread forms of incitement," the report stated. "These groups use media outlets to glorify terrorism and openly call for violence against Jews, including instructing viewers on how to carry out stabbings."

    The report pointed out that Palestinians carrying out terrorist attacks are "often glorified publicly as "heroic martyrs."

    "Many widely circulated images depict individuals committing terrorist acts with slogans encouraging violence. The spreading of incitement to violence on social media has gained momentum since October 2015, and is particularly affecting the youth," the report noted.

    Palestinians have stated they want to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Moreover, Palestinians say they want Israel to withdraw from the territories it took after the Six-Day War in 1967.

    Israel has long accused Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic political organization and the de facto authority in Gaza, of carrying out bomb and missile attacks in Israel as well as in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

    In 2002, the Middle East Quartet was established with the aim of mediating the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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