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August 15, 2014 3

Iran Holds Gaza Exhibition, Cartoon And Caricature Contest

Iran’s House of Car­toon, a pro­fes­sional artist guild spon­sored by the munic­i­pal­ity of Tehran, announced the open­ing of an inter­na­tional car­toon con­test on the “Israeli war on Gaza,” which has drawn sub­mis­sions from artists around the world of car­toons and car­i­ca­tures with anti-Semitic and Holo­caust imagery.

The exhibit, called Inter­na­tional Gaza Car­toon Exhibit 2014, will run from August 12 to August 28 at the Pales­tine Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in the Iran­ian capital.The exhibit is also pro­mot­ing  and fea­tur­ing a car­toon and car­i­ca­ture com­pe­ti­tion, dubbed “From Adolf Netanyahu to Ben­jamin Hitler,” that will award cash prizes for the best depic­tion of Israel’s mil­i­tary offen­sive against Hamas tar­gets in Gaza. Accord­ing to Masoud Sho­jaei Tabatabaie, the direc­tor of the House of Car­toon, the com­pe­ti­tion has received sub­mis­sions from a num­ber of coun­tries, includ­ing Brazil, Cuba, Lebanon, Ger­many and Spain.

The House of Cartoon’s announce­ment said that the car­toon por­tion of the con­test will focus on four sub­jects: “Silence of Media and Inter­na­tional Asso­ci­a­tions, Geno­cide and Killing Baby in Gaza [sic], Trea­son and Accom­pany of Arab League, Great Satan (USA).” In addi­tion, there will also be a car­i­ca­ture con­test with themes such as “Adolf Netanyahu!” and “Ben­jamin Hitler!” as well as car­i­ca­tures of world lead­ers Iran­ian lead­ers have accused of tak­ing Israel’s side in the Gaza con­flict, includ­ing King Abdul­lah of Saudi Ara­bia, Fran­cois Hol­lande of France, David Cameron of Britain, and Angela Merkel of Germany.

First prize for the best car­toon and car­i­ca­ture will be an award of $1,500, fol­lowed by $1,000 for sec­ond place, and $700 for third.

Among the car­toons sub­mit­ted and pub­lished on the House of Cartoon’s web­site are car­toons equat­ing Israelis to Nazis and Israel to Nazi Ger­many. Images invok­ing the clas­sic anti-Semitic canard of a blood libel, includ­ing depic­tions of Israel and Israelis as blood-sucking insects or ani­mals attack­ing Pales­tin­ian chil­dren, are also preva­lent in the exhibit. Car­i­ca­tures fea­tured in the exhibit include images of Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Netanyahu wear­ing a swastika arm­band and images of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama aid­ing Israel in killing Palestinians.

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Sub­mis­sion from Bangladesh

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Sub­mis­sion from Iran

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Sub­mis­sion from Iran

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Sub­mis­sion from Brazil

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Sub­mis­sion from Turkey

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August 13, 2014 3

Matthew Heimbach Marks Return With Vicious Anti-Semitic Essay

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Matt Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach, who took a three-month sab­bat­i­cal from writ­ing on the blog of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN) that he co-founded, has returned with a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic essay accus­ing Jews of mur­der, world dom­i­na­tion, and “cold-blooded cruelty.”

In May, after Heimbach’s priest rebuked him for his “racist and sep­a­ra­tionist ide­olo­gies.” Heim­bach ceased most of his pub­lic activism. He did not write a sin­gle piece for the TYN blog until this week. His essay, pub­lished August 11, shows that Heim­bach con­tin­ues to har­bor hate­ful views towards Jews.

Using the war in Gaza as a back­drop, Heim­bach pro­motes anti-Semitic canards. He not only accuses Israel of com­mit­ting geno­cide against Arabs, he claims that the Jews have mur­dered a num­ber of Chris­tians to seize power and under­mine “the Church.” Heim­bach uses the anti-Semitic writ­ing of both ancient and mod­ern Chris­t­ian thinkers to jus­tify his views.   He writes,

“Whether Arab, Euro­pean, or any other type of Chris­t­ian, we must stand united in resis­tance to the Zion­ist plague that is work­ing to under­mine and destroy the Church on both an insti­tu­tional and an indi­vid­ual level.”

Claim­ing that he is view­ing Jews “through the lens of Chris­tian­ity and Chris­t­ian prophecy,” Heim­bach asserts that there is “a unity between those who strug­gle against the Zion­ist State and Inter­na­tional Jewry here in the West and those on the streets of Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon.” He adds, “We face the exact same enemy, one who doesn’t care if they kill our women, chil­dren, and elderly. We are fac­ing a truly Satanic enemy…”

Heim­bach also alleges that “Inter­na­tional Jewry and the Jew­ish State are ded­i­cated to sub­ver­sion, manip­u­la­tion, and total con­trol over the worlds [sic] finances, media, gov­ern­ments, and our per­sonal lives.” He goes on to claim that Jews bribe peo­ple to “their folk and Faith and serve Jew­ish inter­ests” and that these “trai­tors must be held account­able for their betrayal of our fold and swear­ing alle­giance to the anti-Christ.”

Heim­bach lauds the ter­ror­ist group Hezbol­lah as “friends and allies of both Chris­tians and Euro­pean nation­al­ists who seek the same out­come, the destruc­tion of the Jew­ish State and the end to the influ­ence of Inter­na­tional Jewry on the var­i­ous peo­ples of the world.” He argues that Chris­tians should take the lead to “defeat” Jews.

In addi­tion to accus­ing Jews of nefar­i­ous acts, Heim­bach asserts that their rejec­tion of Jesus is the cause of their “wicked path.” This lat­est post indi­cates that Heim­bach has dis­re­garded his priest’s admo­ni­tion about pro­mot­ing extreme views, and has decided to post even more vehe­mently anti-Semitic rhetoric than in the past.

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August 12, 2014 0

ISIS Renews Twitter Campaign Threatening U.S.

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Image tweeted by Al Bat­tar Media

In response to U.S. engage­ment in Iraq, ISIS sup­port­ers have renewed threats on Twit­ter that Amer­i­cans and the U.S. are at risk of attack. Most of the threats are being posted with the hash­tag #AMessageFromISIStoUS.

Although many offi­cial ISIS media out­lets have been deleted from Twit­ter in recent days, the Al Bat­tar Media han­dle, one of ISIS’s offi­cial accounts, has been post­ing threats, with tweets such as “Would you like to taste the losses, pain, death and all what you tasted in Iraq again?” and “O West­ern­ers, your gov­ern­ments have lost their minds, and they will let you pay the cost of their stu­pid­ity, the Islamic State is too strong, so you must yield to it, not fight it!”

An unof­fi­cial pro-ISIS account that tweets infor­ma­tion from Al Bat­tar media has also tweeted such mes­sages as “Lis­ten: All your bases in the Ara­bian Gulf are our tar­gets, and you know what we’ll do with the employ­ees!” “Tar­get­ing Iraq means tar­get­ing Amer­ica and Amer­i­cans in (sic) all over the world!” and “NOW we’re warn­ing the Amer­i­cans NOW our words speak After Airstrikes: We’re cut­ting their heads Our weapons speak!” All were tweet­ed­with the hash­tag #AMessageFromISIStoUS.

The “Shamal­mala­hem Media” han­dle, ded­i­cated to releas­ing pro-ISIS news, has been pref­ac­ing all of its tweets (regard­less of sub­ject) with the mes­sage from ISIS hash­tag or the hash­tag #Calami­ty­Will­Be­fal­lUS. Its tweets include descrip­tions and video of ISIS fight­ers attack­ing Kur­dish and Iraqi forces, as well as video in which it claims ISIS snipers are “catch­ing the Amer­i­can sol­diers in Iraq.”

Shamal­mala­hem Media has also released an eigh­tand a half minute video addressed “to the peo­ple of the united states (sic) and a mes­sage espe­cially to the (sic) barack obama (sic)” call­ing for the U.S. to remem­ber the destruc­tion it encoun­tered in the sec­ond Iraq war, and to expect worse should troops be sent. The video has since been removed from YouTube  as a vio­la­tion of the company’s policies.

As is typ­i­cal for ISIS social media cam­paigns, mul­ti­ple ISIS sup­port­ers are also tweet­ing var­i­ous threats with the same hash­tags. A num­ber of the sup­port­ers have specif­i­cally directed the threat against New York City, post­ing images of Times Square and of the falling Twin Tow­ers along with the mes­sage “The head of ISIS Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said: Our appoint­ment in New York.”

This cam­paign is the sec­ond time that ISIS orga­nized a Twit­ter cam­paign threat­en­ing the U.S. The first was in June when the group encour­aged fol­low­ers to tweet using the hash­tag #Calami­ty­Will­Be­fal­lUS, to warn the U.S. against engage­ment in Iraq.  That hash­tag has occa­sion­ally been used in the cur­rent cam­paign as well.

ISIS has become well known for its sophis­ti­cated use of social media even as it is increas­ingly blocked by social media sites.

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