Notes of significance.
Leave it up to Abbas Momani of AFP to buy into one of the most insignificant memes in Facebook history. The Elder of Ziyon provides the backstory:
Ma'an once again is publicizing an otherwise marginal protest against Israel.
Just like last week's breathless story about a "million man protest" at Israeli embassies that was based on a tiny Facebook group that had only a few dozen followers, Ma'an yesterday reported on another way to fight Israel:
Young Palestinians have started a campaign on Facebook, encouraging others to write "Free Palestine" on Israeli currency in a new bid to spread the message.
This Facebook group is also minuscule, with 123 members - hardly newsworthy for anyone who knows anything about Facebook.
You might notice that the bills above aren't actually written on, but appear to have trivially removable stickers. This is not without reason:
The Palestinian Banking Society warned Sunday, against a new protest-tactic that would see Palestinians pen the phrase "Free Palestine" on Israeli bank notes, in a plan designed as a non-violent resistance tactic.
The plan, warned the society, could prompt Israeli banks to refuse the bills, making what a statement said would be a "costly protest."On account of the problem, the statement said, Palestinian banks would not accept notes with the slogan written on them.
If Agence France-Presse were anywhere near as good at "reporting the news" as it was at scouring Facebook for teeny tiny little protest groups, Gaddafi would've been ejected from Libya decades ago.
A Palestinian man holds News Israeli Shekels' bills marked with stickers reading "Free Palestine" on March 7, 2011 in the West Bank city of Ramallah, as part of a campaign aimed to peacefully express opposition to Israel's occupation. Young Palestinian activists have found a new medium to protest Israeli occupation: scrawling anti-occupation slogans on the currency they share with the Jewish state. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
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