(JTA) – The political faction of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas distanced itself from an image of skulls adorned with Jewish stars posted on its official Facebook page.
The image posted Wednesday also displays a rifle, the Fatah flag and the words “lingering on your skulls.” It was posted on the occasion of Fatah’s 50th anniversary.
A spokesman for Fatah told CNN on Friday that the group was not responsible for the image.
“Fatah did not design this image,” said Mahmoud al-Aloul, adding that the person who posted it “is currently being asked to remove it. The image and the text do not reflect the opinions of Fatah.”
The image was removed after Aloul’s comments were made to CNN.
This is not Fatah’s first Facebook controversy. After the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last summer, Fatah’s page displayed a number of cartoons, including one depicting the kidnapped teens as rats caught on a fishing line.