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May 13, 2014 0

Al Jazeera Forum For Young Journalists Tainted By Anti-Semitic Article

Al Jazeera Talk, an Arabic-language web­site launched in 2006 to pro­vide young Arab jour­nal­ists with a vehi­cle to show­case their work, pub­lished the first in a series of arti­cles today by Iraqi jour­nal­ist, Taha Al-Ani, on the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.al-jazeera-talk-taha-al-ani

In his arti­cle, Al-Ani says that he hopes his report on Al Jazeera Talk can “estab­lish an edu­ca­tional ground to our com­mu­ni­ties to real­ize the great Jew­ish threat…”

“…the learned elders of Zion,” Al-Ani writes, seek to “rule the world with tyranny and to spread cor­rup­tion and immoral­ity.” He also adds:

If threat is con­sid­ered, the Jews are the biggest threat, if hate is con­sid­ered, the Jews are the most hate­ful, if mal­ice is con­sid­ered, the Jews are the most mali­cious. If trick­ery and cun­ning are con­sid­ered, the Jews are the best of them! Con­sider whichever you wish to think about, and you will see that the Jews are the most dan­ger­ous nation.

Al Jazeera Talk in Ara­bic describes itself on its offi­cial Face­book page as a vehi­cle for the younger gen­er­a­tion of Arab jour­nal­ists to receive expo­sure. It also stresses that such expo­sure is achieved through “a global forum united by higher human­i­tar­ian val­ues to extend bridges of dialog.”

While the web­site seems to func­tion inde­pen­dently from the Al Jazeera Net­work, it does have its own terms of ser­vices that say, in part, “Any mate­r­ial includ­ing defama­tion, insult or accu­sa­tion to any per­son, reli­gion or race will be rejected.”

It is unfor­tu­nate that Al Jazeera Talk has allowed such anti-Semitism to taint its efforts to engage younger jour­nal­ists and audi­ences through this medium. The arti­cle is a dan­ger­ous reminder of how some jour­nal­ists in the Arab world con­tinue to pro­mote anti-Semitism to the younger generations.

Accord­ing to the Anti-Defamation League’s world­wide sur­vey of anti-Semitic atti­tudes, The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism, the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of respon­dents hold­ing anti-Semitic atti­tudes was found in Mid­dle East and North African coun­tries (“MENA”), where nearly three-quarters of respon­dents, 74 per­cent of those polled, agreed with a major­ity of the anti-Semitic stereo­types that com­prise the 11-question index.

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May 7, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Opt for Sabbatical after Priest’s Rebuke

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Matt Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach and Matt Par­rott, the founders of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), have decided to take a sab­bat­i­cal from their activ­i­ties. The two took this step after the priest of the Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian church they belong to pub­licly released a state­ment on April 29 say­ing that Heim­bach must “cease and desist all activ­i­ties, both online, in print, and in per­son, pro­mot­ing racist and sep­a­ra­tionist ideologies….”

The same priest ear­lier that month had over­seen Heimbach’s com­mu­nion in the Ortho­dox Church.  Although it is unclear where Par­rott stands in terms of his own com­mu­nion, he and Heim­bach have both appar­ently cho­sen to take time off from their activ­i­ties at the request of the priest. On the TYN site, Par­rott writes that he and Heim­bach do not know if their leave of absence will be tem­po­rary or permanent.

Par­rott and espe­cially Heim­bach have openly talked about their reli­gious beliefs on the TYN blog.  Their priest noted that he made the com­mu­nion a pub­lic issue because Heim­bach “makes inflam­ma­tory pub­lic state­ments in the name of the Ortho­dox Faith.”  Both Heim­bach and Par­rott osten­si­bly see their white suprema­cist beliefs as com­pat­i­ble with their vision of Chris­tian­ity. Though the two are racist and anti-Semitic, Par­rott has tried to jus­tify their views by claim­ing they have no ill will towards other reli­gious and eth­nic groups.

It is unclear how Par­rott and Heim­bach plan to spend their sab­bat­i­cal. Even after Heimbach’s priest asked him to cease activ­i­ties and do penance to be received back into the Ortho­dox com­mu­nion, Heim­bach par­tic­i­pated in a demon­stra­tion led by the racist League of the South (LOS) in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on May 1. LOS had only recently allowed Heim­bach back into the group after kick­ing him out in Octo­ber 2013 for tak­ing part in a neo-Nazi event. A week before the LOS DC event, Heim­bach attended the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence in Ten­nessee. In addi­tion, TYN con­tin­ues to func­tion as a group, despite Heim­bach and Parrot’s leave.

The reac­tion from the white suprema­cist com­mu­nity has been some­what mixed, with most peo­ple sup­port­ing Heim­bach and Parrott’s sab­bat­i­cal while the two fig­ure out their next moves. One well-known white suprema­cist, Greg John­son, who runs the online white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion Counter-Currents, has attacked Heim­bach and Par­rott for aban­don­ing the white suprema­cist cause for the sake of Chris­tian­ity. Oth­ers, like Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, who runs the racist Occi­den­tal Dis­sent blog, believe that Heim­bach and Par­rott will be able to rec­on­cile their racist views with Chris­tian­ity and make a full return to the white suprema­cist movement.

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May 6, 2014 0

Moroccan Ghosts Hackers Deface Jewish Websites In U.S.

The Moroc­can Ghosts, a polit­i­cally moti­vated hacker group that tar­get­s the web­sites of Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in the United States, struck again last month when it defaced the web­sites of four Jew­ish insti­tu­tions belong­ing to the Union for Reform Judaism.moroccan-ghosts-hack-jewish-institutions-facebook ghosts

The hack­ers defaced the web­sites of Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in Col­orado, New Jer­sey, Mass­a­chu­setts and Geor­gia with an image of an indi­vid­ual wrapped in what appears to be a Pales­tin­ian flag and a state­ment say­ing, “When injus­tice becomes law … Resis­tance becomes a duty.”

A state­ment boast­ing about this lat­est cyber-attack on the Moroc­can Ghosts Face­book page read:  “Hack­ing 4 for­mal Zion­ist tem­ples in Amer­ica or in more accu­rate words [4] dirty places to con­spire and plot against Palestine.”

In response to the hack, ADL con­tacted Face­book to alert them to the page claim­ing respon­si­bil­ity for the hack and to urge them to inves­ti­gate the sit­u­a­tion. The Face­book page has sub­se­quently been removed.

In 2012, Moroc­can Ghosts defaced Jew­ish con­gre­ga­tional web­sites with their logo and an hour-long video deny­ing the Holocaust.

This lat­est cyber-attack is part of a larger trend of polit­i­cally moti­vated hack­ings tar­get­ing the web­sites of per­ceived sup­port­ers of Israel. ADL offers guid­ance to Jew­ish insti­tu­tions regard­ing online and dig­i­tal security.

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