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May 18, 2012 2

Anti-Semite Dieudonne’s Tour Cancelled in Montreal

Update: Dieudonne’s film, L’Antisémite, has been banned from the Cannes film fes­ti­val for vio­lat­ing the festival’s pol­icy of not “threat­en­ing pub­lic order or insult­ing reli­gious beliefs.”

Four sched­uled shows in Mon­treal by French come­dian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whose act rou­tinely includes Holo­caust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes, slurs against the Tal­mud and other anti-Semitic lan­guage, were can­celled last week by Quebec’s largest con­cert promoter.

The can­celled shows were part of Dieudonne’s first attempt to seri­ously pro­mote his first fea­ture film L’Antisémite, released ear­lier this year, in North Amer­ica. The film, report­edly funded in part by the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment, makes no attempt to con­ceal its mes­sage. The film’s trailer shows Dieudonne declar­ing, “It’s clear the Jews con­trol every­thing — media, finance, pol­i­tics. We no longer have a choice,” before arriv­ing to the appar­ent punch line, “we must exter­mi­nate them.” Another short clip from the film mocks the dis­cov­ery of the gas cham­bers at Auschwitz, sug­gest­ing that they were a fabrication.

Dieudonne has been the sub­ject of much con­tro­versy in Europe where he has been con­victed of incit­ing hatred in France and is under inves­ti­ga­tion in Bel­gium for “incit­ing racial hatred and xeno­pho­bia” dur­ing a per­for­mance ear­lier this year. Addi­tion­ally, Bel­gian author­i­ties recently forced Dieudonne to can­cel two shows in Brus­sels, and French police stopped Dieudonne mid-performance on May 9 for break­ing local defama­tion laws.

In addi­tion to his per­for­mances, Dieudonne makes his views known out­side the con­text of his sup­posed com­edy, includ­ing run­ning for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in 2009 with the Parti Anti Sion­iste (the Anti-Zionist Party), which received 1.3% of the vote. Accord­ing to the party’s web­site, its pri­mary goals are to remove the “Zion­ist inter­ven­tion” from the pub­lic affairs of France, denounce all politi­cians who advo­cate for Zion­ism, and to erad­i­cate all forms of Zion­ism from France.

In April 2010, Dieudonne was inter­viewed on Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda tele­vi­sion sta­tion Press TV, where he claimed that Zion­ism has orga­nized “all the wars and dis­or­ders on the planet.” He also argued that the stock mar­ket and the unem­ploy­ment that resulted from its crash are part of the “Zion­ist project” and that Zion­ists manip­u­late the film indus­try using movies as Jew­ish propaganda.

Dieudonne, the son of a French mother and a Cameroon­ian father, is also noto­ri­ous for a grotesque provo­ca­tion in 2008 in which he had his assis­tant, dressed as a Jew in a con­cen­tra­tion camp, present an award to Robert Fau­ris­son, a seri­ally con­victed Holo­caust denier, at a show at the Zenith The­ater in Paris. Dieudonne was fined €10,000 for the inci­dent, which was con­sid­ered a “pub­lic insult of peo­ple of Jew­ish faith or origin.”

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May 16, 2012 0

AQAP Releases Advice for Western Recruits

A recently released English-language book­let that both describes life in Yemen as an Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP) fighter and encour­ages west­ern­ers to carry out attacks inside their home coun­tries is the lat­est in a series of AQAP pub­li­ca­tions demon­strat­ing its com­mit­ment to reach­ing west­ern audi­ences with its vio­lent message.

The pub­li­ca­tion, “Expec­ta­tions Full,” was pur­port­edly writ­ten by Samir Khan, the Amer­i­can ter­ror pro­pa­gan­dist who was killed in a Sep­tem­ber 2011 drone strike in Yemen. The book­let encour­ages “broth­ers in the West to wage jihad inside their coun­tries” because the effect is “much greater, it always embar­rasses the enemy, and these type [sic] of indi­vid­ual decision-making attacks are nearly impos­si­ble for them to contain.”

The phrase “indi­vid­ual decision-making attacks” is an appar­ent ref­er­ence to the “Lone Wolf” phe­nom­e­non, where indi­vid­u­als self-radicalize, often online, with­out any face-to-face inter­ac­tions with estab­lished ter­ror­ist groups.

Despite advo­cat­ing for indi­vid­u­als to carry out attacks in the West, the book­let is mostly devoted to giv­ing “fel­low Mus­lims a sense of the live [sic] of a mujahid,” includ­ing issues such as clean­li­ness, liv­ing on base, secrecy, injuries, train­ing and fam­ily life.

“Now that you know what to expect [abroad],” the book­let con­cludes, “you can com­pare that with doing jihad in the west, weigh the pros and cons, and make your decision.”

Over the last sev­eral years, English-language ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda has given con­flict­ing mes­sages about where it is most prefer­able to carry out attacks. AQAP’s English-language ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine, Inspire, believed to be pro­duced by Khan until his death, repeat­edly encour­aged its read­ers to carry out attacks wher­ever they reside. Al Qaeda spokesper­son Adam Gadahn sim­i­larly encour­aged Amer­i­cans to attack within the U.S. in a June 2011 mes­sage. At the same time, Omar Ham­mami, an Amer­i­can spokesper­son for Al Shabaab, has called on his lis­ten­ers to come “to the lands of jihad as soon as possible.”

Although AQAP claims that Khan is the author of “Expec­ta­tions Full,” the doc­u­ment itself bears no indi­ca­tions or hall­marks of his writ­ing. In fact, in one of the sec­tions the author dis­cusses liv­ing on bases with­out access to any elec­tron­ics, which would be ironic for some­one who is best known for cre­at­ing online pro­pa­ganda. AQAP may be try­ing to lever­age Khan’s rep­u­ta­tion as an Amer­i­can who made “it to the front lines of jihad” in an effort to reach out to West­ern audi­ences and spread its call to fight, prefer­ably while stay­ing at home.

The release of the pub­li­ca­tion closely fol­lows the release of two new issues of the ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine Inspire and a trib­ute to Osama bin Laden, also in Eng­lish, ear­lier this month. The rapid suc­ces­sion of English-language pro­pa­ganda comes after a lull of sev­eral months and is an indi­ca­tion of renewed attempts by AQAP to reach and recruit a West­ern audience.

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May 16, 2012 0

Saudi TV Launches Program Hosted By Anti-Semite

Salah Sul­tan on Masra Al Habeeb

Al-Risala, a Saudi-owned tele­vi­sion chan­nel with a his­tory of pro­mot­ing Islamist views, began air­ing a new weekly pro­gram last week hosted by anti-Semitic media per­son­al­ity Dr. Salah Sul­tan. The pro­gram, Masra Al Habeeb, was cre­ated to “pro­vide prac­ti­cal steps on how to lib­er­ate Al-Aqsa,” accord­ing to Sultan.

Dur­ing the first episode, which aired on May 9, Sul­tan com­mented about recent vis­its to Jerusalem by Mus­lim schol­ars. “We want to go as lib­er­a­tors and not as vis­i­tors under the shadow of occu­pa­tion.” He fur­ther explained that those who want to sup­port or visit Jerusalem should “announce that he is a sup­porter of fight­ing, Jihad and resis­tance… sup­port the case for holy Jihad to lib­er­ate the pris­on­ers, Al Aqsa and Palestine.”

The pro­gram also fea­tured live call-ins from view­ers, includ­ing sev­eral who used the plat­form to make anti-Semitic remarks. One caller from Egypt said:

“It will be impos­si­ble for the Jews, those sons of apes and pigs, no way… no way… that they can achieve their goal in build­ing their alleged tem­ple. Inshal­lah and God’s will­ing this will never hap­pen. We will raise our young chil­dren, the seven year old ones, the five year old ones, and the four years old to fight the Jews and have war with the Jews.”

Sul­tan responded, “God willing.”

Later in the pro­gram, Sul­tan, head of the Jerusalem com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS), tried to rein­ter­pret the Islamic texts which refer to the his­tor­i­cal exis­tence of the Jew­ish nation in Jerusalem, argu­ing that this was a short period that didn’t exceed 400 years.

In a pro­mo­tional video for the pro­gram, Sul­tan is shown recit­ing a poem that says he shall return to Jerusalem with his rocket launcher. On the program’s Face­book page, Sul­tan posted a com­ment indi­cat­ing that his­tor­i­cally when the sons of Israel invade a city they burn it and kill its inhab­i­tants, unlike the Egyp­tians who would not attack the city’s people.

Dur­ing a ses­sion of the IUMS con­fer­ence in Cairo on Feb­ru­ary 1, Sul­tan described the recent civil unrest and church bomb­ings in Egypt as the “acts of Jews.” He also said, “God exposed [the Jews’] inner wicked­ness, exposed their secrets and they were made an exam­ple of to future nations.” Prior to Sultan’s speech at Al Azhar Islamic Uni­ver­sity, where the event is tak­ing place, the crowd chanted: “To Jerusalem we are going as mar­tyrs in millions.”

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