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July 23, 2014 0

ISIS Faces Resistance From Social Media Companies

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has gar­nered atten­tion for its sophis­ti­cated use of social media. While the ter­ror­ist group has built on tech­niques pio­neered by other ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions to spread its mes­sages and recruit fol­low­ers, social media com­pa­nies are increas­ingly shut­ting down ISIS accounts and frus­trat­ing its pro­pa­ganda dis­tri­b­u­tion mechanisms.

On July 12, ISIS announced that sev­eral of its main media accounts would be sus­pend­ing their use of Twit­ter in favor of a social media ser­vice called Frien­dica. This came after sev­eral weeks dur­ing which Twit­ter shut down ISIS offi­cial sites and ISIS replaced them with new ones.

Almost imme­di­ately, mul­ti­ple ISIS sup­port­ers joined Frien­dica to fol­low the group.

On July 20, the con­tent was deleted from seven of ISIS’s new Frien­dica sites. Every page on the Frien­dica web­site now comes with a ban­ner at the top stat­ing “Islamic State not wel­come on friendica.eu.”

On July 20, ISIS tried again, cre­at­ing accounts on alter­nate social media sites Quit­ter and Dias­pora. Although the Dias­pora accounts remain up, the Quit­ter accounts were shut down on July 23, replaced with a pic­ture pro­mot­ing peace and coex­is­tence (see image), a link to a web­site sell­ing books about Mahatma Gandhi and text in Eng­lish and Ara­bic stat­ing, “When you fight evil with evil – evil wins.”isis-quitter-diaspora-twitter-terrorism

In the past week, Twit­ter also shut down mul­ti­ple accounts rep­re­sent­ing ISIS regional commands.

ISIS has already recre­ated some of its accounts on Twit­ter. Ale3tisam, an offi­cial ISIS media out­let that had unsuc­cess­fully attempted to migrate to Frien­dica and Quit­ter, returned to Twit­ter and cre­ated a new account on July 23.  Sev­eral of the regional groups have done so as well. There also remain mul­ti­ple ISIS sup­port­ers with Twit­ter accounts who them­selves reg­u­larly share offi­cial propaganda.

Ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions are resource­ful enough to find new out­lets when their accounts are shut down. ISIS has con­tin­ued to cre­ate and dis­trib­ute media to wide audi­ences through­out the last three weeks. How­ever, there is no doubt that they also lose plat­forms and power, fac­ing greater dif­fi­culty in spread­ing their hate. By respond­ing aggres­sively to ter­ror­ist accounts, social media com­pa­nies have the power to decrease sig­nif­i­cantly the reach of ter­ror­ists’ hate­ful messages.

Indi­vid­u­als can also aid in the process. ADL’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide enables the com­mu­nity to reg­is­ter con­cerns with Inter­net ser­vice providers when they encounter ter­ror­ist con­tent online.

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July 23, 2014 0

Day 16 Of Anti-Israel Protests In U.S.

On Tues­day, July 22, demon­stra­tions against Israel took place in seven cities in the United States, includ­ing Boston, Chicago and Seat­tle. As in the pre­vi­ous two weeks, these demon­stra­tions fea­tured mes­sages com­par­ing Israel to Nazi Ger­many and accu­sa­tions of Israeli geno­cide against the Pales­tin­ian people.

Below are sum­maries of some of yesterday’s demonstrations:

Boston, MA

A few hun­dred demon­stra­tors gath­ered in Cop­ley Square for a rally spon­sored by sev­eral anti-Israel groups, includ­ing the Boston chap­ter of Jew­ish Voice for Peace and sev­eral Boston-area Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine chap­ters. Pro­test­ers held signs that read “From Auschwitz to Pales­tine, My Ances­tors are cry­ing… SHAME!,” “Not even the Holo­caust gives you the right to do this!,” “The blood is on your hands (writ­ten on the image of an Israeli flag with blood-stained hand­prints), and “Jew­ish ter­ror­ist state” (accom­pa­nied by an image of Amer­i­can and Israeli hands being shaken with blood pour­ing out).

From Auschwitz to Palestine my ancestors are crying

The pro­test­ers also con­ducted a “die-in” out­side the Mass­a­chu­setts State House. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Neturei Karta, a fringe ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist group, spoke to the crowd and said, “The State of Israel in no way rep­re­sents world Jewry and all its crimes are not con­doned by the Jew­ish religion…We all, includ­ing Jew­ish peo­ple, are suf­fer­ing from this crim­i­nal state of Israel.”

Chicago, IL

A few hun­dred peo­ple attended a counter-protest of a pro-Israel rally out­side the Israeli Con­sulate. The protest, which was orga­nized by the US Pales­tin­ian Com­mu­nity Net­work, fea­tured a die-in. At one point, many of the pro­test­ers shouted  - “Racists, go home!,” refer­ring to the crowd of Israel supporters.

Well done Israel - Hitler would be proud

Many of the pro­test­ers held signs with slo­gans such as “If 9/11 deserves a moment of silence then Pales­tine deserves to never speak again,” “Zion­ism is Nazism,” “One Holo­caust does not jus­tify another! Netanyahu is a war crim­i­nal” (writ­ten next to a pic­ture of Netanyahu’s face with an equal sign, and a Swastika), “Stop doing what Hitler did to you,” and “Well Done Israel, Hitler Would Be Proud” (writ­ten next to the image of an Israeli flag with a Swastika replac­ing the Star of David).

Seat­tle, WA

Three anti-Israel demon­stra­tions took place in Seat­tle, includ­ing one sched­uled to coin­cide with the arrival of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama who was in town for sched­uled fundrais­ers. Pro­test­ers posi­tioned them­selves out­side one fundraiser held signs that read “A gov­ern­ment that backs crim­i­nal oppres­sion is oppres­sive,” “Geno­cide is not jus­tice,” “Stop Israeli state ter­ror­ism,” and “Boy­cott Israeli apartheid.”  

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July 22, 2014 2

Anti-Israel Demonstrations Call for Boycott of Israel

On Mon­day, July 21, there were at least four anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held through­out the U.S. At these protests, demon­stra­tors held signs with slo­gans such as “Who would Jesus bomb?” and “Stop Israeli occu­pa­tion and apartheid,” while other pro­test­ers spoke out at a local City Coun­cil meet­ing to call for a boy­cott of Israel.

Here’s a round-up of what took place:

Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

A demon­stra­tion against the Chris­tians United for Israel Wash­ing­ton Sum­mit, orga­nized by CODEPINK and the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Metro Jew­ish Voice for Peace chap­ter, brought out about 50 demon­stra­tors hold­ing signs with slo­gans such as “Who would Jesus bomb?,” “Rap­ture thru death of Pales­tini­ans???,” “Thou shalt not!! Kill #FreeGaza,” and “Netanyahu War Criminal.”

As atten­dees of the con­fer­ence walked inside to attend the evening pro­gram fea­tur­ing Israel’s Ambas­sador to the United States Ron Der­mer, the pro­test­ers chanted slo­gans and deliv­ered speeches. One pro­tester remarked to atten­dees, “Where in the Scrip­tures does Jesus say kill the chil­dren from the air? Where does he say bomb the hos­pi­tal? Where does he say blow up entire fam­i­lies? Where does he say engage in tor­ture? Cru­elty has noth­ing to do with Christianity.”

In addi­tion, some of the pro­test­ers made their way into the event and heck­led Ambas­sador Der­mer dur­ing his speech by scream­ing “free Pales­tine” five times. Those pro­test­ers were report­edly removed from the session.

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Port­land, OR

Fewer than 50 pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side the office of U.S. Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden to con­duct a “die-in.” Some of the par­tic­i­pants laid on the ground with mock tomb­stones placed on top of them, while oth­ers held signs call­ing for boy­cott, divest­ment, and sanc­tions and an end of aid to Israel.

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Ann Arbor, MI

Three peo­ple report­edly spoke to the City Coun­cil yes­ter­day and urged them to hold a pub­lic hear­ing on a boy­cott of Israel. One of the speak­ers, Mozh­gan Sav­abieas­fa­hani, report­edly told the City Coun­cil that Israel is an “out­law state” and that they have been mur­der­ing Pales­tini­ans “since the begin­ning.” By the end of her com­ments, chants erupted to “Boy­cott Israel, Stop bomb­ing Gaza!”

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