Extremism & Terrorism » ADL Blogs
March 12, 2015 4

David Duke Admits that “Protocols of Zion” Is Fiction

David Duke, vir­u­lent anti-Semite and for­mer Klan leader, is des­per­ately pro­mot­ing his yet-to be released book, The Illus­trated Pro­to­cols of Zion. Duke’s book is based on The Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion, a well-known 19th- cen­tury forgery that pur­ports to be a secret plan of Jews to take over the world. In a video about the book posted orig­i­nally on Duke’s YouTube chan­nel, Duke admits that the orig­i­nal Pro­to­cols is a work of fic­tion. He is tak­ing a dif­fer­ent tack than most anti-Semites who see the Pro­to­cols as an actual blue­print for world dom­i­na­tion by Jews. While Duke declares that the orig­i­nal Pro­to­cols is a work of “lit­er­ary fan­tasy,” he argues that his own ver­sion sur­passes the orig­i­nal in doc­u­ment­ing Jew­ish power.

Illustrated Protocols

David Duke’s The Illus­trated Pro­to­cols of Zion

Through­out the video used to pro­mote the Illus­trated Pro­to­cols, Duke claims that the elders of Zion are now known as the lead­ers of Zion­ism. He then goes on to assert that Jews con­trol the gov­ern­ment, bank­ing, the media and Hol­ly­wood. Though Duke tries to present Illus­trated Pro­to­cols of Zion as a ground-breaking work, the book merely rehashes the same anti-Semitic themes as Duke’s pre­vi­ous works. Like the orig­i­nal Pro­to­cols, the pur­pose of Duke’s book and video is to pro­mote hatred against the Jews.

Though Duke has been pro­mot­ing The Illus­trated Pro­to­cols for months on his web­site in an effort to get it printed, he sent an “emer­gency” appeal for money to sup­port­ers this week. In the appeal, he claims that the Illus­trated Pro­to­cols video posted on his YouTube chan­nel was removed due to a Jew­ish con­spir­acy against him. He also claims that YouTube is going to ter­mi­nate the “David Duke Chan­nel” in 10 days.

In this lat­est ploy to raise money, Duke blames “Jew­ish extrem­ists” for try­ing to pre­vent his books and videos from being seen, How­ever, in real­ity, many of Duke’s videos remain on YouTube. More­over, accord­ing to a sus­pen­sion notice dis­played on YouTube the orig­i­nal Illus­trated Pro­to­cols video was removed from Duke’s YouTube chan­nel due to copy­right vio­la­tions, not an alleged con­spir­acy. Duke uses numer­ous clips from movies and other media to exploit anti-Semitic themes in the video, which has since been reposted to YouTube by other users.

Tags: , , , , , ,

March 6, 2015 1

VA Arrest Raises Total Of Americans Linked To ISIS Since 2014 To 30

isis-fighters

ISIS mil­i­tants

The arrest of a 17-year-old Vir­ginia teenager on charges that he had sup­ported the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) brings the num­ber of Amer­i­can cit­i­zens and res­i­dents pub­licly iden­ti­fied as linked with ISIS since Jan­u­ary 2014 to 30.

The teenager, who has not been named, allegedly helped another man travel to Syria to join ISIS, at least in part, by using online resources and the help of online contacts.

He is one of eight Amer­i­can teenagers alleged to have attempted to pro­vide sup­port for ISISin the past two years. The oth­ers included 19-year-old Mohamed Hamzah Khan and his two unnamed sib­lings, aged 16 and 17, from Chicago who attempted to join ISIS, three unnamed girls aged 15, 16 and 17, from Den­ver, who attempted to join ISIS and Shan­non Mau­reen Con­ley, a 19-year-old Den­ver woman who, in a sep­a­rate inci­dent, also attempted to join ISIS.

In total, 11 U.S. cit­i­zens and res­i­dents have been linked with ISIS in 2015, with arrests made in Vir­ginia, New York, Mis­souri, Indi­ana, Illi­nois and Ohio.

Nine­teen were believed to have attempted to join or aid ISIS – or died while fight­ing with the group – in 2014.

Ear­lier this month, ISIS claimed via social media accounts and radio broad­casts that another Amer­i­can, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Daud al Amriki, died as part of a sui­cide attack.  His death and iden­tity are still unconfirmed.

These indi­vid­u­als com­prise only a frac­tion of the total num­ber of Amer­i­cans believed to have joined or attempted to join or aid ISIS. National Intel­li­gence Direc­tor James Clap­per said cur­rent esti­mates indi­cate that about 180 Amer­i­cans have attempted to join the fight in Syria. It is unclear how many of those Amer­i­cans attempted to join ISIS, as opposed to other mil­i­tant groups.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

February 27, 2015 2

ISIS Propaganda Videos Showcased on IS-Tube

IS-Tube

IS-Tube

Update — 3/3/15: ADL con­tacted Twit­ter about the asso­ci­ated han­dle. It has since been removed. 

Update — 2/27/15: ADL con­tacted Google about the web­site this morn­ing. It has since been removed. 

A web­site call­ing itself IS-Tube, pro­vid­ing access to an archive of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) pro­pa­ganda videos, is the lat­est exam­ple of ISIS’ sophis­ti­cated social media com­mu­ni­ca­tion and recruit­ment strate­gies, which have influ­enced a diverse group of peo­ple from around the world, includ­ing from the United States, through­out 2014.

The web­site fea­tures a large col­lec­tion of pro­pa­ganda videos cre­ated by offi­cial ISIS media out­lets, includ­ing ISIS’s feature-length film Flames of War, which presents an apoc­a­lyp­tic strug­gle between the ter­ror­ist group and the West, and the recent video show­ing the mur­der of Jor­dan­ian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was cap­tured by ISIS and burned to death.

Vis­i­tors to the site can search for the videos they want to find via a search bar, or via drop-down menus that cat­e­go­rize videos by nar­ra­tor - for exam­ple, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Bagh­dadi or spokesman Abu Muhamed al Adnani – or by media group, includ­ing ISIS’s Al Hayat, Al Iti­sam, Furqan Media and Ajnad Media. Videos can also be searched by coun­try of origin.

The coun­try of ori­gin search includes Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Alge­ria, the Afghanistan region, Saudi Ara­bia and the Sinai, demon­strat­ing ISIS’s expan­sive claims of influ­ence through­out the region.

IS-Tube, hosted on a Google-owned IP block and reg­is­tered to what appears to an address in Ams­ter­dam, is asso­ci­ated with a spe­cific Twit­ter han­dle,  which directed users to the web­page as part of a new hash­tag cam­paign launched on Feb­ru­ary 26. The cam­paign encour­ages sup­port­ers to send tweets with the hash­tag #Islam­ic­State­Me­dia or a cor­re­spond­ing Ara­bic hashtag.

A tweet advocating attacks in conjunction with the #IslamicStateMedia hashtag campaign

A tweet advo­cat­ing attacks in con­junc­tion with the #Islam­ic­State­Me­dia hash­tag campaign

Calls for attacks against West­ern coun­tries and for Mus­lims abroad to travel to join ISIS in the region have been promi­nent among the mes­sages being tweeted by ISIS sup­port­ers using #Islam­ic­State­Me­dia, as have tweets of ISIS mag­a­zines, videos and other pro­pa­ganda con­tent in addi­tion to IS-Tube. One ISIS sup­porter, for exam­ple, tweeted an image of Hyper Cacher, the kosher gro­cery store attacked in Paris in Jan­u­ary, with the words, “Jihad is the path for Par­adise. O’ lone wolf, another attack like Paris attack #IslamicStateMedia.”

ISIS has con­ducted sim­i­lar hash­tag cam­paigns in the past, which it uses both to mobi­lize sup­port­ers and to adver­tise spe­cific mes­sages. Fol­low­ing the attacks on the Char­lie Hebdo offices and a kosher super­mar­ket in France in Jan­u­ary, ISIS sup­port­ers used the hash­tag  #Fight­ForHim to cap­i­tal­ize on the press sur­round­ing the attacks and call for addi­tional vio­lence. In June and August 2014, ISIS ini­ti­ated hash­tag cam­paigns using the phrases #Calami­ty­Will­Be­fal­lUS and #AMes­sage­FromI­SIS­toUS that threat­ened the U.S. and its citizens.

The ADL’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide enables the com­mu­nity to reg­is­ter con­cerns with Inter­net ser­vice providers when they encounter ter­ror­ist con­tent online.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,