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Israeli Druze general targeted by bloody social network campaign

Brig. Gen. (res.) Kamil Abu Rokon, current head of the Defense Ministry's Border Crossing Authority, named Israel's next military liaison to the Palestinians on December 17, 2017
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Palestinian social media became awash with bloody pictures of a high-ranking Israeli general on Thursday.

An official picture of Major General Kamil Abu Rokon was superimposed on a picture of crying children, and hashtagged with 'dealing death upon the sick of Gaza', in Hebrew and Arabic.

The images, started appearing on social networks Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp, at 4:00 pm, in an apparently coordinated media campaign to denounce the Israeli general's unwillingness to let the "sick go through Erez crossing for treatment."

Erez is the Israeli manned checkpoint with the Gaza Strip.

The images became more and more violent as time passed, although they eventually started dropping off twitter - hinting at the fact that someone might have acted to take them down. 

The general's spokesperson declined to comment. 

The high-ranking military official is the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, and the highest-ranking Druze officer in the IDF.

He was previously the head of the Border Crossings Authority in the Defense Ministry, and came into his post in May. 

The Gaza strip has been under a tremendous amount of pressure, with rivalry with Fatah in the West Bank deepening its economic 

COGAT is a branch of the Israeli security establishment responsible for the cooperation between different Israeli entities and Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza. 

Rokon is the second Druze officer to occupy the position.

Security analysts saw this as a worrying development, with the safety of the official coming into question.

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