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November 19, 2014 38

Anti-Semitic Pastor Promoting New Film on Jews

Pastor Steve Anderson anti-semitic pastorAn Ari­zona pas­tor with a his­tory of anti-Semitism has announced the upcom­ing release of a new “doc­u­men­tary” that will focus on the “his­tory of the Jews.”  Steve Ander­son, the pas­tor of Faith­ful Word Bap­tist Church, an inde­pen­dent Bap­tist church in Tempe, is co-producing the film “March­ing to Zion” with Paul Wit­ten­berger, a conspiracy-oriented film­maker from Los Angeles.

Accord­ing to its mar­ket­ing copy, the upcom­ing film, dubbed “March­ing to Zion,” will cover a num­ber of sub­jects, rang­ing from “scrip­tural evi­dence that the Jews are no longer God’s cho­sen peo­ple” to claim­ing that “Judaism’s Mes­siah” is the Antichrist to the “blas­phe­mous teach­ings of the Tal­mud and Kabbalah.”

Ander­son den­i­grates Judaism in a num­ber of clips on YouTube designed to pub­li­cize “March­ing to Zion.”  The titles betray their hate­ful nature, includ­ing: “The Jews are the Racists,” “Tak­ing Part in the Jews’ Evil Deeds,” “Jews are Antichrists,” and “Jew­ish Syn­a­gogue = Syn­a­gogue of Satan.” The film will also fea­ture Texe Marrs, a Texas-based pas­tor with a lengthy his­tory of anti-Semitism and con­spir­acy theories.

Addi­tion­ally, the film includes inter­views with rab­bis and Jew­ish lead­ers from the Phoenix area, who main­tain they were unaware of Anderson’s back­ground or appar­ent inten­tions.  Ander­son has already used these inter­views to attack Judaism in some of his ser­mons, which sug­gests that the film will do so as well.  In a two-part ser­mon this past July titled “The Jews and Their Lies,” Ander­son claims that one rabbi stated that steal­ing was okay. “That’s why the Jews believe it’s okay to steal from Gen­tiles,” con­tin­ued Ander­son, “As long as they don’t steal from each other.”  Later in the ser­mon, echo­ing an ancient anti-Semitic trope, he mis­rep­re­sents the Kol Nidre prayer that Jews say on the Day of Atone­ment, claim­ing that “every con­tract, agree­ment, oath, vow that they’ve made for the last 12 months and the for next 12 months is all null and void…which allows them to lie, cheat, steal and break contracts.”

In his ser­mons, Ander­son also claims that Jews will lead the way in accept­ing the Antichrist as the Mes­siah.  He paints Jews as an evil force and claims God has rejected Jews, since Jews do not accept Jesus as the Mes­siah. Ander­son pro­claims that much of Judaism is based on lies.  For exam­ple, he asserts that Jews don’t believe in the Torah, that the Tal­mud (the body of Jew­ish law) is “the most wicked, blas­phe­mous work ever writ­ten,” and that the land of Israel does not belong to the Jews because they rejected Jesus. He also claims that the Jews killed Jesus and that Jews blame the Holo­caust on Christianity.

“Peo­ple will be shocked and blown away by the infor­ma­tion in this film,” states the film’s mar­ket­ing copy.  The film is sched­uled for a March 2015 release.

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November 10, 2014 2

Social Media Campaign Glorifies & Encourages Car Terror Against Israelis

Update — 11/19/14: ADL has con­tacted Face­book about this issue, and they have been responsive.

In the past two weeks, “run over” car attacks by Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists have resulted in the death and injury of sev­eral Israeli civil­ians. These ter­ror­ist attacks have inspired a social media cam­paign prais­ing them as a form of resis­tance, encour­ag­ing oth­ers to per­pe­trate sim­i­lar attacks and fea­tur­ing vio­lent expres­sions of anti-Semitism.

The cam­paign uses the Ara­bic term “Daes” [Run-over], which is a play on the Ara­bic word “Daesh” [ISIS]. Cur­rently, there are approx­i­mately 90 Face­book pages ded­i­cated to this abhor­rent cam­paign, some with thou­sands of followers.

Some of the posts on these pages describe the “run-overs” as part of a new rev­o­lu­tion; a form of “car Intifada.”A poem posted on Novem­ber 5 on one of the Face­book pages reads, “When the car becomes a weapon…and kills a mur­derer Zion­ist… this means the rev­o­lu­tion is com­ing.” Some pages include pic­tures of ter­ror­ist after they ran over Israelis and were killed by author­i­ties, along with prayers ask­ing for the “mar­tyr” to “ascend to the heav­enly paradise.”

Many of the com­ments found on these pages describe “run-over” oper­a­tions as a response to Israel’s alleged attack on Jerusalem. For exam­ple, one image depicts a car run­ning over Israeli sol­diers with a cap­tion read­ing, “run­ning over for the sake of Jerusalem.”

Other Face­book pages include anti-Semitic posts depict­ing reli­gious Jews with hooked noses run­ning away from vehi­cles attempt­ing to run-over them.

The cam­paign even has its own theme song and video, called “Run-over this set­tler,” which has been shared on many of the Face­book pages. The song, first uploaded to YouTube on Novem­ber 6, is sung by a duo call­ing upon Pales­tini­ans to run over their enemy: “Run over, sab­o­tage, destroy, explode and don’t let the Zion­ist reconstruct…oh Aqsa we are your guards.”

The song also includes the names of some of the ter­ror­ists who car­ried out “run-over” attacks, call­ing on their moth­ers to express hap­pi­ness because their sons are now mar­tyrs in heaven. It also calls upon oth­ers to “ter­rify [Israelis] with red blood… Strengthen your heart and be care­ful not to have mercy over them.”

The cam­paign is start­ing to spread on Twit­ter as well; the Ara­bic hash­tag “Daes” has attracted numer­ous posts cel­e­brat­ing ter­ror­ism. For exam­ple, one Tweet reads, “Noth­ing is more beau­ti­ful than a run-over, lest stab­bing.” Another Tweet fea­tures Ibrahim Akkawi, a dri­ver killed by Israeli forces after car­ry­ing out a “run-over” attack in Jerusalem last week. A com­ment on Akkawi’s pic­ture reads, “Start­ing with tonight, you will run-over them with nightmares.”

The cam­paign is the lat­est exam­ple of how social media is used to incite and glo­rify terrorism.

 

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Pro­file pic­ture on sev­eral Face­book pages read­ing, “Cars intifada ‘Daes’”

 

An anti-Semitic car­toon shared on sev­eral “Daes” Face­book pages

 

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Face­book pro­file pic­ture depict­ing iconic Dome of the Rock as a car for attacks

 

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An image cir­cu­lated on Face­book pro­mot­ing vehic­u­lar violence

 

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Anti-Semitic car­toon pro­mot­ing recent car attacks in Jerusalem with hash­tag “Daes”

 

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Anti-Semitic car­toon fea­tured on a Face­book page with Ara­bic term for “To run over”

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November 4, 2014 3

Islamic University Of Gaza Conference Promotes Anti-Semitism

A two-day inter­na­tional con­fer­ence at the Islamic Uni­ver­sity of Gaza titled “Future of the Zionist-Islamic con­flict in Pales­tine” included bla­tant expres­sions of anti-Semitism.islamic-university-gaza

While very few details about the con­fer­ence are avail­able, one of the pan­els, accord­ing to the University’s web­site, was called “The future of the Zionist-Muslim con­flict in light of ‘ThePro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.’”

An Al Jazeera report on the con­fer­ence, which con­cluded on Sun­day, quoted one of the par­tic­i­pants, Pro­fes­sor Riyadh Qas­sim, from the Islamic Uni­ver­sity in Gaza as say­ing that the defeat the Jews and the demise of the Zion­ist entity is a divine promise. Pro­fes­sor Qas­sim also report­edly listed 12 char­ac­ter­is­tics of “the Jew­ish per­son­al­ity” such as “absolute blas­phemy in faith, thirst for blood shed­ding, treach­ery, vio­lat­ing treaties, manip­u­la­tion, cor­rup­tion on earth, and racial supe­ri­or­ity.” Such qual­i­ties, accord­ing to Pro­fes­sor Qas­sim, will lead to the defeat of the Jews and a vic­tory for Muslims.

The University’s web­site also indi­cated that 23 research papers were sub­mit­ted to the con­fer­ence by schol­ars from around the world. The research papers report­edly prop­a­gated an Islamist per­spec­tive on the Palestinian-Israeli con­flict, to sup­port the pre­dic­tion of an Islamic vic­tory over the Jews.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who spoke at the open­ing ses­sion of the con­fer­ence, expressed his pride in Moataz Hijazi, the Pales­tin­ian gun­man sus­pected of the failed tar­geted ter­ror­ist assas­si­na­tion attempt of a Jew­ish man in Jerusalem last week.

The Islamic Uni­ver­sity of Gaza was founded by Hamas and includes var­i­ous schools such as Med­i­cine, Engi­neer­ing and Islamic law. The Uni­ver­sity was tar­geted by Israel in August of 2014 because, accord­ing to a spokesper­son for the Israeli army, the Uni­ver­sity “was a Hamas Qas­sam rocket man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­ity, an out­post, a cen­ter for weapons research and devel­op­ment, and a Hamas stor­age facility.”

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