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May 13, 2016 0

New ISIS App One of Many Efforts to Indoctrinate Children

A screenshot from the ISIS app with the letter Ba for Bunduqiya, meaning rifle

A screen­shot from the ISIS app with the let­ter Ba for Bun­duqiya, mean­ing rifle

ISIS has released a mobile app designed to teach young chil­dren the Ara­bic alpha­bet while simul­ta­ne­ously indoc­tri­nat­ing them with mil­i­tant ide­ol­ogy. The app was shared via ISIS chan­nels on the chat appli­ca­tion Telegram and made avail­able on file shar­ing sites, many of which have since deleted the link.

Fea­tur­ing brightly col­ored, cheer­ful graph­ics, the appof­fers edu­ca­tional con­tent for learn­ing let­ters, such as songs designed for enabling mem­o­riza­tion. How­ever, the songs are filled with extrem­ist rhetoric, and words that begin with the let­ters shown include gun, tank, rocket and bullet.

This is not the first instance of ISIS pro­pa­ganda fea­tur­ing or tar­get­ing chil­dren. The group has released mul­ti­ple videos con­tain­ing acts of vio­lence com­mit­ted or incited by chil­dren as young as tod­dlers, as well as videos fea­tur­ing chil­dren engaged in com­bat train­ing. Many of the group’s more pos­i­tively themed videos, designed to sug­gest that ISIS is cre­at­ing a utopian com­mu­nity, have shown chil­dren play­ing, singing, and enjoy­ing ice cream and other treats. ISIS pro­pa­ganda videos are not only exported to extrem­ists out­side ISIS ter­ri­tory but also are reg­u­larly broad­cast inside areas the group con­trols. Reports have indi­cated that chil­dren within ISIS ter­ri­tory are reg­u­larly forced to watch the vio­lent pro­pa­ganda videos.

A young child in an ISIS propaganda video

A young child in an ISIS pro­pa­ganda video

But ISIS is not the only ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion to directly tar­get chil­dren. ADL has doc­u­mented sev­eral mil­i­tant online video games cre­ated for chil­dren by Hezbol­lah, which Hezbol­lah claimed were designed “to strengthen the cul­ture of resis­tance” – mean­ing, to indoc­tri­nate children.

ISIS, Hezbol­lah and other ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions have also cre­ated other mobile apps aimed at adult audi­ences, with the goal of spread­ing their pro­pa­ganda on as many plat­forms as

Children eating ice cream in an ISIS propaganda video

Chil­dren eat­ing ice cream in an ISIS pro­pa­ganda video

pos­si­ble. ADL has just exposed a new app cre­ated to broad­cast Hezbollah’s al-Manar news out­let, which was made avail­able for down­load on iTunes.ISIS has also cre­ated sev­eral iter­a­tions of news apps. Cur­rently active chan­nels are fea­tured on the mobile chat app Telegram and con­tain backup mech­a­nisms so that if the ini­tial chan­nel is shut down, users are auto­mat­i­cally added to a newly cre­ated chan­nel and can con­tinue receiv­ing ISIS news and pro­pa­ganda directly onto their mobile phones.

Children in military training in an ISIS propaganda video

Chil­dren in mil­i­tary train­ing in an ISIS pro­pa­ganda video

Fur­ther­more, ISIS’s sleek and sophis­ti­cated pro­pa­ganda is reg­u­larly aimed at audi­ences not con­sid­ered tra­di­tional demo­graph­ics for extrem­ist recruit­ment. For exam­ple, the group also has a pro­pa­ganda wing that specif­i­cally tar­gets women and has put sig­nif­i­cant efforts into recruit­ing female members.

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May 13, 2016 1

Hezbollah Launches New Mobile App

UPDATE 5/14/16 — Apple has removed the app from iTunes.

Last month, al-Manar, Hezbollah’s media arm, which is listed as a “Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist Entity” by the U.S. gov­ern­ment, launched Trust News, a new iPhone app. Avail­able through the Apple online store iTunes, the app streams al-Manar’s live tele­vi­sion broad­casts and newsand pro­vides access to al-Manar’s social media platforms.It also pro­vides the lat­est speeches of Hezbollah’s leader Has­san Nasrallah.al-manar-trust-news-app

Unlike pre­vi­ous apps launched by the ter­ror­ist entity, the new app’s page on iTunes did not include any ref­er­ence to al-Manar or Hezbol­lah, in an appar­ent attempt to cir­cum­vent Apple’s App Store Review Guide­lines, which require apps to “com­ply with all legal require­ments in any loca­tion where they are made avail­able to users.”

Al-Manar’s web­site posted a link which directs its vis­i­tors to the iTunes store to down­load the mobile app.

ADL has alerted Apple about this new app.

ADL pre­vi­ously informed sev­eral US-based tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies about apps launched by the ter­ror­ist entity and they were removed sub­se­quently. For more information:

 

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May 5, 2016 227

David Duke and Other Anti-Semites Welcome Donald Trump’s Success

On his radio show yes­ter­day, white suprema­cist David Duke cel­e­brated Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory in Indi­ana, which made him the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent. Duke also used the show as yet another oppor­tu­nity to pro­mote his vir­u­lent brand of anti-Semitism, blam­ing Jew­ish “neo-cons” for try­ing to destroy Trump’s can­di­dacy and for allegedly con­trol­ling the country.

Duke asserted that “Jew­ish extrem­ists have made a ter­ri­bly crazy mis­cal­cu­la­tion, because all they’re going to be doing by doing a ‘Never Trump’ move­ment is expos­ing their alien, their anti-American, anti-American-majority posi­tion. … They’re going to push peo­ple more into an aware­ness that the neo­cons are the prob­lem, that these Jew­ish suprema­cists who con­trol our coun­try are the real prob­lem, and the rea­son why Amer­ica is not great.”

David Duke

David Duke

While Duke’s lat­est anti-Semitic attack was in reac­tion to Trump’s recent win, he has con­sis­tently used Trump’s can­di­dacy as a hook to pro­mote his views that Jews con­trol the gov­ern­ment, the bank­ing sys­tem and the media. In March, Duke posted a video, “Why the Jew­ish Elite Hate Trump,” in antic­i­pa­tion of Trump’s appear­ance before the Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tion AIPAC. In that video, he declared that the Jew­ish estab­lish­ment is respon­si­ble for open bor­der poli­cies that are destroy­ing the “her­itage of peo­ple whose ances­tors cre­ated America.”

Duke is not the only anti-Semite who is ardently sup­port­ing Trump. A num­ber of anti-Semites believe that Trump’s cam­paign is implic­itly appeal­ing to white Amer­ica and that his attacks on the media, the estab­lish­ment and glob­al­ism show that he is not beholden to what they see as Jew­ish interests.

Kevin Mac­Don­ald, a noto­ri­ous anti-Semite, joined Duke on his radio show yes­ter­day to cel­e­brate Trump’s vic­tory. At an ear­lier con­fer­ence of the National Pol­icy Insti­tute in March 2016, Mac­Don­ald gave a speech about Trump’s can­di­dacy. He blamed Jew­ish neo-cons for try­ing to take the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion from Trump. He declared, “It is no sur­prise that [Jew­ish groups] have been hos­tile to Trump…Such orga­ni­za­tions have been in the fore­front of pro­mot­ing a mul­ti­cul­tural and non-White America…”

Other anti-Semites have pro­moted the the­ory that Jew­ish Repub­li­cans are behind an effort to stop Trump from becom­ing pres­i­dent. Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin posted a col­umn yes­ter­day on the Daily Stormer web­site, “For Jews, Trump Win is Like Another Holo­caust.” In it, he wrote, “White men in Amer­ica and across the planet are par­ty­ing like it’s 1999 fol­low­ing Trump’s deci­sive vic­tory over the evil ene­mies of our race.”

White suprema­cist Matthew Heim­bach crys­tal­lized anti-Semites’ view of Trump’s can­di­dacy in Octo­ber 2015. He said that Trump’s run “could be the step­ping stone we need to then rad­i­cal­ize mil­lions of White work­ing and mid­dle class fam­i­lies to the call to truly begin a strug­gle for Faith, fam­ily and folk. For this rea­son alone I will cam­paign for Don­ald Trump because as the say­ing goes ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’ and that is dou­bly true if that per­son is viewed as an enemy by the Inter­na­tional Jew.”

 

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