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Lebanese youths start anti-terror flag burning campaign

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By Everton Gayle
Lebanese youths start anti-terror flag burning campaign

<p>Three Lebanese teenagers have created an internet anti-terror sensation with their #BurnISISFlagChallenge </p> <p>The trio took to a square in Beirut and burnt a flag in front of the Justice ministry, calling on others to do the same and post their images online.</p> <p>Their protest came after <span class="caps">ISIL</span> Islamist terrorists kidnapped 20 Lebanese soldiers and beheaded an army sergeant.</p> <p>The aim, as one Tweet said, was to “burn flags in anger to protest against the people who cut throats for fun“. </p> <p>The hashtag #burnisisflagchallenge has gone viral on Twitter and hundreds have posted their own burnings online.</p> <p>But the event has attracted praise and criticism in equal measure. <br /> The Lebanese Justice Minister called for the “sternest punishment” because the flag has the Muslim declaration of faith.</p> <p>The writing on the flag declares: “There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.“</p> <p>But this was challenged by a member of the country’s parliament, who offered his services as a lawyer should the case go to court. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants came to the forefront after the very public beheadings of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The group has threatened to kill a UK subject next. </p> <p>One Tweet said: “For those who complain about #BurnISISFlagChallenge, I understand. But u kno what’s more insulting to Allah & Prophet? Killing in their name.“</p> <p>Another suggested in response that defiling the name of the prophet Mohammed was far worse than murder. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It's not the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/icebucketchallenge?src=hash">#icebucketchallenge</a>, but the Middle East now has the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/burnISISflagchallenge?src=hash">#burnISISflagchallenge</a>: <a href="http://t.co/4vrkQwvehd">http://t.co/4vrkQwvehd</a></p>— AJ+ (@ajplus) <a href="https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/507680044488339456">September 5, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>هيدي نسخة منقّحة ليلّي بيحب يحرق العلم بلا ما يخدش حدا. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BurnISISFlagChallenge?src=hash">#BurnISISFlagChallenge</a> <a href="http://t.co/5gzqr8c9L1">http://t.co/5gzqr8c9L1</a></p>— Big Hajjar (@BigHajjar) <a href="https://twitter.com/BigHajjar/status/505753008596992000">August 30, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BurnISISFlagChallenge?src=hash">#BurnISISFlagChallenge</a> 1st: Burn; If it doesn't work, we go with an eye for an eye: Behead <a href="http://t.co/LShk0mPvPA">http://t.co/LShk0mPvPA</a> <a href="http://t.co/OQKItd3it4">pic.twitter.com/OQKItd3it4</a></p>— Anthony Samaha (@anthonysamaha) <a href="https://twitter.com/anthonysamaha/status/507873070996918276">September 5, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Islamist group <span class="caps">ISIS</span> targeted by viral Lebanese campaign called <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BurnISISFlagChallenge?src=hash">#BurnISISFlagChallenge</a> <a href="http://t.co/77Rkn7JqH4">http://t.co/77Rkn7JqH4</a> <a href="http://t.co/i03aPlqGGs">pic.twitter.com/i03aPlqGGs</a></p>— The Daily Dot (@dailydot) <a href="https://twitter.com/dailydot/status/507616635650195457">September 4, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Never support Arabs burning flags, usually, but shout out to the people of Lebanon for burning <span class="caps">ISIS</span>' flag. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BurnISISFlagChallenge?src=hash">#BurnISISFlagChallenge</a></p>— Gavin Hufsey (@hufseyg) <a href="https://twitter.com/hufseyg/status/507715789659443200">September 5, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/burnIsisflagchallenge?src=hash">#burnIsisflagchallenge</a> show some respect, that flag got the name of allah and his prophet on it, I'm against <span class="caps">ISIS</span> but there are other methds</p>— Moussa Bouhali (@Elunicokekedaba) <a href="https://twitter.com/Elunicokekedaba/status/507855633623035905">September 5, 2014</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>