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May 2, 2014 0

Adam Gadahn Issues New Video Threatening the U.S

Adam Gadahn, an Amer­i­can English-language spokesper­son for Al Qaeda, has released a new video call­ing for attacks against the U.S.gadahn-egypt-video

The video, pro­duced by As-Sahab media, the media wing of Al Qaeda’s cen­tral orga­ni­za­tion, is pri­mar­ily directed at Egypt­ian youth, denounc­ing the cur­rent regime and call­ing for the impo­si­tion of Islamist gov­er­nance. Although the video was in Ara­bic, it was pro­duced with Eng­lish subtitles.

The cen­tral por­tion of the video shifted focus to the U.S. Against footage of the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 attacks, Gadahn stated that the “coup in Egypt has con­firmed the need to con­front Amer­ica…. It is essen­tial to fight Amer­ica. It is essen­tial for every youth in Egypt to strive to emu­late the mar­tyred cham­pion Muham­mad Atta (among the 9/11 hijack­ers) and his mag­nif­i­cent com­pan­ions, who sold them­selves cheaply to Allah for their Ummah’s free­dom, honor, and future. It is essen­tial to wage Jihad against Amer­ica and inflict slaugh­ter on it…”

Gadahn also used the video to place blame for the coup that installed the cur­rent mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment and “crimes against Islam and Mus­lims” on “the Jews and the cru­saders.”  This fol­lows a com­mon theme of includ­ing anti-Semitic tropes in Al Qaeda pro­pa­ganda.

Some indica­tive quotes include:

  • “This crim­i­nal Pharoanic clique [the cur­rent gov­ern­ment] is noth­ing but the pro­tec­tor of the Jews and the agent of the west­ern cru­saders which lives on their hand­outs and bribes.”
  • “Power, force, arms, ammu­ni­tion and lead­er­ship of armies must be in trust­wor­thy Mus­lim hands not in the hands of the sec­u­lar offi­cers and hyp­o­crit­i­cal kigns and emirs who are the friends of the West and pro­tec­tors of the Jews.”

Con­clud­ing footage in the video also included clips of the Boston Marathon bomb­ing, fight­ing in Syria, and ter­ror­ism in Israel, includ­ing a brief video clip of Jews pray­ing at the West­ern Wall, Judaism’s holi­est site, fol­lowed by footage of an explosion.

Adam Gadahn has a long his­tory of using online media to call for attacks on the U.S. In 2011, for exam­ple, he was fea­tured in a video say­ing that, “Mus­lims in the West have to remem­ber that they are per­fectly placed to play an impor­tant and deci­sive part in the jihad against the Zion­ists and Cru­saders and to do major dam­age to the ene­mies of Islam.”

This video adds to the pro­lif­er­a­tion of online media that frames Al Qaeda’s nar­ra­tive in Eng­lish for inter­na­tional con­sump­tion, encour­ag­ing inter­na­tional radicalization.

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September 12, 2013 2

9/11 Conspiracy Cited In New Call To Hack Israeli Websites

A video mes­sage posted online on Sep­tem­ber 10th threat­ened to launch a hack­ing oper­a­tion against Israel on 9/11 under the name “OpIs­rael Reborn.”Myths Hackers Team for blog

The video, which starts off by call­ing for the oper­a­tion against Israel,  shows footage of the World Trade Cen­ter attack, Osama bin Laden, the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other scenes from U.S. mil­i­tary oper­a­tions. The hack­ers claim that Israel and the U.S. are the real ter­ror­ists and imply that Israel was respon­si­ble for 9/11, a widely cir­cu­lated con­spir­acy the­ory that has been prop­a­gated by left and right-wing extrem­ists in the dozen years since the 2001 attack. Other writ­ten state­ments that appear in the video refer to the 9/11 attacks as a lie and claim that Israel does not exist, “it is Palestine.”

The video was released by an Egypt-based hacker group called “Myths Hack­ers Team.” Sev­eral other inter­na­tional hack­ing groups called for sim­i­lar attacks against Israel on 9/11 but based on Israeli media reports thus far, none of these efforts were par­tic­u­larly successful.

In the video, Myths Hack­ers Team also claimed respon­si­bil­ity for an April hack­ing oper­a­tion against Israel.

The group  has an Islamist bent and is sym­pa­thetic to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Egypt, as illus­trated by var­i­ous posts on its Face­book page. It claims that it has suc­cess­fully hacked more than 200 Israeli web­sites, includ­ing the web­sites of mil­i­tary agen­cies. One post on the Face­book page reads: “We will not stop, we will not for­give, we will not for­get… it’s only the begin­ning, what is com­ing is more. We promised to start the war and it will not end until we announce that we are finished.”

The first “OpIs­rael” hack­ing inci­dent took place dur­ing Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense in Gaza last Novem­ber, when hack­ers tar­geted, and in some cases defaced, var­i­ous Israeli web­sites. A sim­i­lar hack­ing oper­a­tion timed to coin­cide with Holo­caust Remem­brance Day in April of this year was dubbed “OpIsrael2.”

Past cyber-attacks against Israeli and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions have been labeled by some Islamist activists as “elec­tronic jihad.” ADL has pre­vi­ously issued numer­ous reports about anti-Semitic 9/11-related con­spir­acy the­o­ries, warn­ing that “alle­ga­tions of Jew­ish cul­pa­bil­ity in the 9/11 attacks may even be used as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for future acts of anti-Semitic violence.”

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August 20, 2013 0

The One Million Muslim March On 9/11

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Rabbi Alam and Brigitte Gabriel appear on Sean Han­nity program

The Amer­i­can Mus­lim Polit­i­cal Action (AMPAC), an orga­ni­za­tion with a rel­a­tively insignif­i­cant pres­ence among Amer­i­can Mus­lims, cre­ated a strong media reac­tion by announc­ing its inten­tion to orga­nize a “One Mil­lion Mus­lim March” to the U.S. Capi­tol on Sep­tem­ber 11, 2013. AMPAC was founded and is run by Mr. Rabbi Alam (“Rabbi” is his first name), an Amer­i­can war vet­eran orig­i­nally from Bangladesh with a past record of mak­ing con­tro­ver­sial and big­oted statements.

Sev­eral US media out­lets and activists have high­lighted some of Alam’s past anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial remarks imply­ing Jew­ish involve­ment in the 9/11 attacks. For exam­ple, in 2009 Alam posted a com­ment on Topix, a web-based forum, on the dis­cus­sion topic “Was 9/11 a con­spir­acy?” He wrote “a big yes from my own under­stand­ing.” In the same post, Alam ques­tioned why 9/11 was an “offi­cial holidy for all jew­ish peo­ple [who] worked in the WTC [sic]” and added “who can tell me how many of the Jew­ish peo­ple died on the 9/11 tragedy? [sic].”

AMPAC’s web­site also states, “The his­tory of the Jewish-Zionist lobby AIPAC shows that it is more effec­tive to be ‘rad­i­cal’ and express one’s views strongly and hon­estly, than to be fear­ful and timid. The best defense is a good offense.”

Alam recently appeared on Fox News with Brigitte Gabriel, leader of  Act! for Amer­ica, to dis­cuss the march with Sean Han­nity. The inter­view called into ques­tion his abil­ity to orga­nize a large event, and under­scored his will­ing­ness to stir con­tro­versy. By his state­ments, he made it read­ily appar­ent why some anti-Muslim groups would find him a con­ve­nient exam­ple to cite in pro­mot­ing their agenda.

To date, there is lit­tle evi­dence of sup­port for the march from Amer­i­can Muslims.

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