TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Palestinians and Arabs on social media have reacted with anger after a newly formed, self-proclaimed anti-terrorism coalition opened its first meeting in Riyadh with a video that included a scene of a Palestinian fighting Israeli occupation forces.
Monday's summit of the so-called Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism was attended by representatives from 41 Muslim countries and was led by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Al Jazeera news network reported.
People on social media characterized the inclusion of the clip as a form of Arab "normalization" with the Israeli occupation, at the expense of Palestinians.
The image of the Palestinian dates back to 2001, during the second Palestinian uprising (intifada) against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Social media lit up after the video presentation, with many Palestinians and Arabs showing their discontent on Twitter about the usage of the image.
"This image from the video that was shown in the opening session of the 'Council of ministers of defense of the Islamic Coalition to Combat Terrorism' in Saudi Arabia is from 2001 and is a Palestinian resistance fighter clashing with the occupation army in the south of occupied Jerusalem. To those who are hurrying to normalize with the occupation, it was and will always be: resistance is not terrorism," one Twitter user wrote.
"This is resistance and the highest degree of honor and dignity, which you lack. Terrorism is what you have carried out against your oppressed people for decades," another tweeted.
"People do not care what your criteria for classifying terrorism is. Terrorism is all who normalize with Israel. Palestinian resistance has more honor than you."
"The heads of Arab states have no values when they call those who lift our (Arab and Islamic states) heads high, terrorists."
Others said there was no question that the usage of the image was deliberate.
The incident comes as Saudi Arabia is facing criticism from Palestinians after Israeli officials openly discussed covert ties and normalization with Riyadh.
In June, the Arab world reacted similarly after the Saudi foreign minister called on Qatar to end its support of Hamas, the Gaza-based movement.
Thousands of social media users stressed that resistance is the right of the Palestinian people in order to gain freedom from Israeli occupation.
They also said that speaking about Hamas as a "terrorist movement" is doing a service to Israel and echoes the statements of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister.