An image from a Hamas propaganda video showing someone about to fire an RPG at a tank with a red triangle marker above it.

Red Triangle Emoji 🔻 / Hamas Symbol

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Updated Nov 09, 2023 at 12:35PM EST by sakshi.

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Red Triangle Emoji🔻 or Hamas Red Triangle Symbol refers to the use of the red triangle emoji and iconography in the context of the 2023 Israel-Hamas Conflict. Hamas' military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (IQB) shared propaganda videos in October and November 2023, soon after Israel began a ground invasion of Gaza. In Hamas' videos, their fighters can be seen attacking Israeli tanks and soldiers, often at close range, with the footage indicating the vehicle's location using a red triangular marker (similar to an enemy icon or ping in a video game). The red marker is also seen as a reference to the Palestinian flag, which notably contains a red triangle. In November 2023 following the videos spreading online, various internet users posted memes showing a red triangle above Israeli troops and used it as an exploitable, while others noted how the triangle had become a symbol of resistance for some Palestine supporters.

Origin

The 2023 Hamas-Israel Conflict began on October 7th, 2023, with Israel launching a ground invasion of Gaza on October 27th, 2023.[1] On November 2nd, 2023, Hamas' military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades reportedly posted a video to Telegram purportedly showing a fighter blowing up two Israeli tanks, attacking one by placing a 105mm al-Yassin explosive shell on it by hand. A frame showing a red triangle being used to draw attention to a frame in the video can be accessed below via reupload[2] (seen below).



Another such clip was posted to Al Jazeera Arabic's X[4] account on November 4th, gathering over 40,000 likes in five days (seen below). The video similarly shows a red triangle being used to indicate the location of Israeli soldiers.


A clip posted by X[5] account @IranObserver on November 8th showed more Hamas propaganda footage, this time showing a fighter shooting at a tank at close range with an RPG. The post gathered over 5,000 likes in less than 24 hours (seen below).


On November 8th, Hamas' al-Qassam Brigade released a poster showing a red triangle destroying a Namer APC, and another showing the red triangle in the Palestinian flag pointing to a Merkava tank.[10]


معركة طوفان الأقصى وما رميت إذ رميت ولكن الله Dood சவீழ் الإعلام العسكري سهام القدر وما رميت إذ رميت ولكـن الله رمى الإعلام العسكري

Online Reactions

In early November 2023 following the IQB's propaganda material featuring the red triangle symbol, numerous social media users began to spread it online, often using the Red Triangle emoji in their posts and memes.[11] For example, on November 8th, 2023, X[6] user @MustBeTheHero reposted the posters saying, "TANKS ARE NO MATCH FOR THE RED TRIANGLE 🔻🔻🔻," while X[7] user @Aldanmarki noted "how quickly" al-Qassam Brigade appeared to latched onto online trends (seen below, left).

On November 7th, X[8] user @jackfromohio posted a Mr Krabs Shaking meme with the caption, "When you’re driving through Gaza and a red triangle appears above you 🔻."


روني الدنماركي @Aldanmarki I love how the Al-Qassam Brigades immediately cash in on online trends, and are now going with it as part of their agitprop strategy. It's genius. And it works. amir @MustBeTheHero • 18h TANKS ARE NO MATCH FOR THE RED TRIANGLE معركة طوفان الأقصى ALT وما رميت إذ رميت ولكن الله الإعلام العسكري ப பட : 9:49 PM Nov 8, 2023 89.6K Views Jack @jackfromohio · Nov 7 When you're driving through Gaza and a red triangle appears above you ASAUN روني الدنماركي 1:30 @Aldanmarki. Nov 7 The Al-Qassam Brigades released this video earlier today of their forces smoking more of that Merkava pack in Beit Lahia. If this is what the IOF "ground invasion" is going to loo... Show more

On November 8th, X[9] user @_hiima posted an image showing red triangles above two Israeli soldiers, gathering over 5,000 likes in a day (seen below, left). On November 9th, X[3] user @One_Dawah posted an image of a red triangle, saying, "Israel's biggest fear," gathering over 3,000 likes in a day (seen below, right).


out of hima context's @_hiima . Nov 8 Twing Living Lchaim @LivingLchaim. Nov 8 Love in midst of war : ONE @One_Dawah Israel's biggest fear 4:58 AM • Nov 9, 2023 93.3K Views :

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