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August 29, 2016 Off

New ISIS Propaganda Continues to Encourage Easy Attacks

ISIS propaganda video Deter the Enemy from Harming Your State encourages attacks

Promo for the new ISIS pro­pa­ganda video

Two newly released ISIS pro­pa­ganda pieces  encour­age the group’s sup­port­ers in the West to com­mit attacks using uncon­ven­tional weapons, a mes­sage that has become a stan­dard for ISIS and has increas­ingly been adopted by Al Qaeda as well.

A 19-minute long pro­pa­ganda video cir­cu­lated on August 23 via social media and Telegram made this call clear. Titled “Deter the Enemy from Harm­ing Your State,” the video, cre­ated by ISIS’s Khayr Wilayah Media branch, called on fol­low­ers “who are unable to make hijrah (travel to join ISIS) and join their broth­ers the mujahidin (fight­ers) in the Islamic State” to com­mit attacks using any means avail­able. “Shake off the dust of neg­li­gence,” the video’s nar­ra­tor intones, accom­pa­nied by Eng­lish sub­ti­tles, “and do not try to excuse your­self due to lack of weapons or lethal tools, as you have the best exam­ple in the blessed attack in Nice.”

Using lan­guage that closely par­al­leled a 2014 speech by ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al Adnani – which was the first major instance of such calls – the video’s nar­ra­tor  states, “If you lack a bomb or a bul­let, take a sin­gle Amer­i­can or French kafir (apos­tate), or any of their allies, then smash his head with a stone, or slaugh­ter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or push him off a cliff, or stran­gle him, or poi­son him, but do not slacken or become weak.”

The video also attempts to exploit anti-Israel sen­ti­ment to encour­age these attacks, a com­mon tac­tic in ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda. While show­ing video and images of alleged bru­tal­ity by Israeli sol­diers, the nar­ra­tor crit­i­cizes Syr­ian preacher Ali Al-Halabi and other reli­gious lead­ers who have argued against the killing of Jew­ish civil­ians, and con­trasted those mod­er­ate views with ISIS’s asser­tion that all non-Muslims who are not sub­or­di­nated by ISIS can be killed. By jux­ta­pos­ing this with the images of Israelis, the video can be seen as imply­ing that only ISIS takes the side of the Pales­tini­ans – and that killing civil­ians on ISIS’s behalf is  the only way one can be on the side of the Palestinians.

In a sep­a­rate state­ment on Telegram,also released on August 23, the pro-ISIS media group Nashir Foun­da­tion sim­i­larly urges the use of uncon­ven­tional weapons to com­mit ter­ror attacks in the West. The state­ment includes a list of nine sug­gested plots, rang­ing from  the use of poi­son and cre­at­ing dan­ger­ous dri­ving con­di­tions, to call­ing in false threats in order to cre­ate panic and waste resources.

This is not a novel call to action. Over the sum­mer of 2016, sev­eral attack­ers in West­ern coun­tries used com­mon­place items as weapons;  in  Nice, the per­pe­tra­tor drove a truck into a crowd of peo­ple, while in other Euro­pean cities and in the U.S., attacks were attempted or car­ried out with knives, machetes and axes.

ADL has com­piled a list of prior exam­ples of ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda that encour­ages attacks with com­mon items

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August 25, 2016 Off

Event in L.A. Features Who’s Who of Anti-Muslim Movement in U.S.

The Amer­i­can Free­dom Alliance (AFA) held a con­fer­ence on  “Islam and West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion: Can they Co-exist?”  in Los Ange­les on August 21.   The AFA claims to be “a non-political, non-partisan move­ment which pro­motes, defends and upholds West­ern val­ues and ideals,” and spe­cial­izes in  pro­mul­gat­ing an Islam­o­pho­bic world view.  The con­fer­ence included the who’s who of the anti-Muslim move­ment in the United States, with recy­cled con­spir­acy the­o­ries and offen­sive claims about immi­grants, Mus­lims, law enforce­ment offi­cers, var­i­ous US gov­ern­ment agen­cies and the Pope.

Fea­tured speak­ers included anti-Muslim extrem­ists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer (the heads of the conspiracy-minded Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica (SIOA), in addi­tion to other “experts” who  ped­dled base­less the­o­ries about a Mus­lim infil­tra­tion of the United States gov­ern­ment,  and advanced offen­sive anti-Muslim rhetoric such as brand­ing Mus­lims, and their reli­gious law [Sharia], as affronts to Amer­i­can freedom.



Amer­i­can Free­dom Alliance Anti-Muslim Event

Geller widened her usual net of con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Mus­lims, Islam and Sharia law, to include  alle­ga­tions against a long list of U.S. cities, social media com­pa­nies and other oppo­nents, who she claims have cen­sored her by refus­ing to allow her  anti-Muslim adver­tis­ing cam­paigns;  attacks on the FBI for the agency’s han­dling of the ter­ror­ist attack in Gar­land, Texas, when two armed men tar­geted the com­mu­nity cen­ter host­ing a SIOA event– and even  insin­u­ated that the FBI wants her dead; and she also  alleged that pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hillary Clin­ton is involved in an inti­mate rela­tion­ship with her Mus­lim female assis­tant, stat­ing they are “lit­er­ally and not fig­u­ra­tively in bed” with each other.

In addi­tion to Geller and Spencer, other speak­ers included: Frank Gaffney, founder and pres­i­dent of the Cen­ter for Secu­rity Pol­icy; Stephen Cough­lin, a senior fel­low at the Cen­ter for Secu­rity Pol­icy; Mor­ton Klein, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Zion­ist Orga­ni­za­tion of Amer­ica (ZOA); James Lyons, who pro­motes con­spir­a­cies about the infil­tra­tion of the US gov­ern­ment by Islamists; Elis­a­beth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Aus­trian anti-Muslim activist;  and  Wafa Sul­tan, a Syrian-born anti-Muslim activist who exhorted,  “There is no such thing as Islam and rad­i­cal Islam; all Islam is radical.”

The event also high­lighted attacks on Khizr Khan, the father of Cap­tain Humayan Khan, who died in Iraq while serv­ing in the US Army. The attacks on Khan were based on alle­ga­tions made by anti-Muslim extrem­ist Walid Shoe­bat, who is known for pro­mot­ing mil­i­tant Christianity.




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August 25, 2016 Off

Hacker Andrew Auernheimer Behind New Batch Of Anti-Semitic Flyers

In a trans­par­ent ploy to gain atten­tion, white suprema­cist hacker Andrew Auern­heimer, also known as “Weev,” has been send­ing a new wave of anti-Semitic fly­ers to net­worked print­ers around the coun­try. He has claimed credit for at least one of the fly­ers on his Twit­ter account and on the web­site Storify.

Pre­vi­ously, Auern­heimer received con­sid­er­able media atten­tion in March of this year when he sent a flyer adver­tis­ing the neo-Nazi web­site, The Daily Stormer, to print­ers at cam­puses across the United States.

Andrew Auernheimer in t-shirt

Andrew Auern­heimer

Recently, it appears that Auern­heimer has cre­ated two new fly­ers with lan­guage and imagery delib­er­ately designed to shock read­ers. Both fly­ers glo­rify mass killings. The fly­ers con­tain swastikas and the head­ing “samiz.dat,” a ref­er­ence to the Russ­ian word “samiz­dat” which was a sys­tem in the for­mer Soviet Union “by which government-suppressed lit­er­a­ture was clan­des­tinely printed and distributed.”

The first flyer, which was signed “Weev,” cir­cu­lated in early August. It salutes Anders Bre­vik, the Nor­we­gian far-right ter­ror­ist who killed 77 peo­ple. It also calls for sup­port­ing and defend­ing supreme acts of vio­lence against any­one Auer­heimer per­ceives as anti-white. The flyer says, “So the hordes of our ene­mies from the blacks to the Jews to the fed­eral agents are deserv­ing of fates of vio­lence so extreme that there is no limit to the acts by which can be done upon them in defense of the white race.” It then goes on to men­tion rap­ing his ene­mies’ daugh­ters and goug­ing out the eyes of their sons.

The sec­ond flyer, which also appears to be the work of Auern­heimer, cir­cu­lated in mid-August. It depicts a mass shoot­ing at a syn­a­gogue where Jews are mur­dered by a Jew-hating killer named Tyler. The flyer sar­cas­ti­cally refers to Sam Hyde, a come­dian whom Inter­net trolls labeled a mass mur­derer as a joke because they believe that the media assumes that mass mur­der­ers are white men. In the graphic imagery of the flyer, Tyler declares that he is Sam Hyde as he sys­tem­at­i­cally kills Jews and bru­tally rapes a young Jew­ish woman.

Though Auern­heimer appar­ently sent these fly­ers out to net­worked print­ers, he did not reach as many print­ers as he had pre­vi­ously with the flyer in March. In an arti­cle on Storify, Auern­heimer explains that “a large body of enti­ties” have taken their print­ers offline or have fixed the secu­rity breach that allowed him to access their printers.

Auern­heimer has claimed that he is plan­ning on send­ing more “sophis­ti­cated” fly­ers under the “samiz.dat” ban­ner. What is cer­tain is that he will con­tinue to try and exploit any gap he can to access print­ers and gar­ner more attention.

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