Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s use of the image of slain journalist James Foley in comparing ISIS to Hamas on his Twitter feed sparked an angry backlash on Thursday.
The premier’s controversial tweet included a graphic titled “Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas.”
“They’re the enemies of peace,” the Tweet read. “They’re the enemies of all civilized countries.”
Underneath the banner is a photograph showing Foley being held captive by an ISIS terrorist holding a knife, presumably moments before he is beheaded. That photo is attached to another picture of a Palestinian whose body is dragged along by a motorcycle in Gaza.
After a number of Twitter users responded angrily, accusing the premier of using Foley’s image “to score propaganda points,” the tweet was deleted.
An alternate version of the same message – only this time with Foley’s image replaced by the ISIS logo – was tweeted later on Thursday.