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July 16, 2014

Hamas’s Ongoing Social Media War

Update: July 17 – Since this blog was posted, the Al Aqsa Today, Quds TVandIzzat Al Risheq Facebook pages are no longer available.

As Hamas continues to target Israelis with rockets from Gaza, the Palestinian terrorist organization is using a range of Internet and social media platforms to disseminate its propaganda, news and updates.hamas-social-media-twitter-facebook-youtube-rockets

The following is a sampling of Twitter handles, YouTube channels, Facebook pages, Google+ pages and other online platforms being exploited by Hamas. While some Internet platforms have made efforts to curtail these efforts in the past by removing Hamas-run accounts, the terrorist group continues to actively engage on all of these sites.

In addition to these accounts, there are countless others operated by supporters of the terrorist organization and in various languages.

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

 Hamas Media Office

The Hamas press office and Information Agency. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Twitter.

  • Media Office – Hamas The Twitter handle for the Hamas Media Office.  It is cross-linked with the Twitter feeds of senior Hamas political leaders.

Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades

The Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades (shortened to ‘Qassam Brigades’) is the Hamas military wing. This is the wing of Hamas that has stockpiled and developed weapons including rockets and drones and is firing them at Israel. In addition to websites in Arabic, Hebrew and English, the Qassam Brigades has active presence on Twitter, YouTube and Google+.

  • Qassam Media The Twitter handle for the Qassam Brigades. Visitors are directed to this page via link from the Qassam Brigades website.
  • Al-Qassam Brigades The Hebrew-language Twitter handle for the Qassam Brigades. It is also sometimes retweeted by the Arabic Qassam Brigades feed. Visitors are directed to this page via link from the Hebrew language Qassam Brigades website.
  • Resistance MediaThe Google+ Page for the Qassam Brigades. It is cross-linked and shares content with the Qassam Brigades’ Resistance Media YouTube channel.
  • Resistance Media– The YouTube channel for the Qassam Brigades. The Qassam Brigades website directs visitors to this channel via link. Many of the videos have English titles.
  • Palestine IntifadaYouTube channel apparently linked to Hamas and the Qassam Brigades. Most, if not all videos on this channel are official Qassam Brigades videos. They have been Tweeted by official Qassam Brigades twitter accounts

Izzat Al Risheq

Izzat Al Risheq is a Hamas spokesman and senior official. There are active Facebook and Twitter accounts in his name.

  • Izzat Al RisheqThe Facebook page for Izaat Al Risheq. It features the same content as his Twitter feed.
  • Izzat Risheq The Twitter handle for Izaat Al Risheq. This is one of only two accounts that the Hamas Twitter account follows.

Al Aqsa TV

Al Aqsa TV is a Hamas-run television station that promotes terrorist activity and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

  • Al Aqsa Today – The Facebook page for Al Aqsa TV. The Al Aqsa TV website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • Al Aqsa TV Chanel The Twitter handle for Al Aqsa TV. The Al Aqsa TV website directs visitors to this handle via link.
  • Alaqsa TVChannelYouTube channel for Al Aqsa TV. Visitors are directed to this link from the Al Aqsa TV website.

Al Quds TV

Al Quds TV is a Hamas-run television station that promotes terrorist activity and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Facebook and YouTube.

  • Quds TVThe Facebook page for Al Quds TV. The Al Quds TV website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • Quds TVSatYouTube channel for Al Quds TV. Visitors are directed to this link from the Al Quds TV website.

Alray Media Agency

The Alray Media Agency is a Hamas affiliated media agency owned by the Gaza-based Information Office of the Palestinian Government. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well as an application available on ITunes and Google Play.

  • Alray Media AgencyThe Facebook page for Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • Alray Media AgencyThe Twitter handlefor Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • AlraypsenThe YouTube channel for Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • AlRay Palestinian Media Agency – An application for ITunes and Google Play developed by the Hamas Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology. The application claims to be for “a Palestinian media agency speaking in the name of the Palestinian government, it expresses the opinion of the glorious Palestinian people, deals with their concerns and adopts their causes and positions.” It is advertised on the Alray website.

Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT)

The MTIT is a Gaza-based Palestinian government agency. Due to its location in Gaza, its primary affiliation is therefore assumed to be to Hamas (despite the recent Palestinian unity pact).

  • Electronic Information –An application from the Hamas Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT) that “allows government employees in Gaza to inquire about mail payments, salaries and other services.” It is advertised on the MTIT website.
  • Dalely-Palestinian Orgs Guide –An application from the Hamas MTIT that provides a directory to communicate with various governmental and non-governmental organizations in Gaza including Hamas government apparatus.

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June 27, 2013

ADL’s Terrorism Update Highlights New Inspire Magazine Resource

The June edi­tion of Ter­ror­ism Update, ADL’s newslet­ter pro­vid­ing news and analy­sis on inter­na­tional ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions and their fol­low­ers in the U.S., is now available to our subscribers.

The feature article focuses on the increasing numbers of foreigners, including Americans, whTU for blogo have traveled to Syria to join with terrorist-linked groups fighting against the Assad regime. To date, there have been three publicly disclosed cases of Americans involved in fighting alongside rebel forces, each of whom have been linked to Jabhat al-Nusrah, a State Department-designated alias for Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Inspire, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s English-language terrorist magazine, is also featured in our June newsletter, which can be subscribed to on our website. ADL has created a new microsite focusing on Inspire, which has influenced numerous international and domestic terrorists since its inaugural issue in 2010.  The issue also contains articles on an AQAP propagandist facing extradition to the United States for providing “expert advice and assis­tance in pho­tog­ra­phy and graphic design of media” and disseminating AQAP materials, as well as an analysis of how the latest issue of Inspire celebrated the Boston Marathon bombings.

The newsletter includes an analysis of how the thwarted 1993 plot targeting New York City landmarks foreshadowed the escalating domestic terrorism threat, articles on terrorism-related arrests in Idaho and New York, and an update on an Iran-linked assassination plot.  The issue also has analyses of Anwar al-Awlaki’s influence on domestic terror plots, including the Tsarnaev Brothers, and on Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV, which was the focus of intense media scrutiny recently after two its journalists were supposed to be honored by the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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May 13, 2013

Spotlight On Al Aqsa Television

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Al Aqsa TV describes Salama and Al-Kumi as “Martyrs”

Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV, a Treasury Department Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity, has been the focus of media scrutiny after a decision by the Newseum to honor two Al Aqsa TV members as part of its ongoing memorial to journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2012.

On Sunday, the Anti-Defamation League described the inclusion of Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi in the Newseum Journalists Memorial as “a dark day for an American institution devoted to free speech and the First Amendment.”

Today, the Newseum issued a statement on its website indicating that it has “decided to re-evaluate their inclusion as journalists on our memorial wall pending further investigation.” ADL welcomed the museum’s decision.

Al Aqsa TV was established by Palestinian Legislative Council member and current Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Ahmad Hammad. It began broadcasting in the Gaza Strip in January 2006.

Modeled after Al Manar, which is owned and operated by the Lebanese-based terrorist organization Hezbollah, much of Al-Aqsa TV programming regularly glorifies violence and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis focuses on children or is geared towards children.

For example, at the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012, Al Aqsa TV interviewed the children of Hamas members who were killed in Israeli airstrikes. One of the boys interviewed said that he wants to follow in his father’s path, “I want to follow the path of Jihad like daddy and I want to be martyred like daddy.”

Over the years, Al Aqsa TV has featured music video aimed at radicalizing children. For example, a few years ago a music video aired by the network depicted a 4-year-old girl singing to her “mother,” identified as “mother Reem,” (an apparent reference to Hamas’s first female suicide bomber Reem Riyashi).  Later in the video, the woman detonates herself and kills four Israeli soldiers. After her mother carries out the attack, the little girl holds an explosive and sings to the camera, “I am following Mommy in her steps.”

In April 2007, the show “Tomorrow’s Pioneers” featured a Mickey Mouse-like character called “Farfour” promoting a message of radical Islam, anti-Semitism and hatred for the West. The “Farfour” character and child actors on the program taunt Western leaders and urge children to take up AK-47 assault rifles to defeat Israel and the United States.al-aqsa-tv

The Newseum’s Journalists Memorial previously included Ahmed Haidar, a cameraman for Al Manar who was killed in 1993. Al Manar was designated a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity in 2006.

This year’s memorial also plans to honor Maya Naser, a correspondent for Iran’s Press TV, Iran’s governmentrun English language satellite news network. Press TV has emerged as the Iranian government’s primary propaganda tool to promote a wide range of pernicious anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in English to a worldwide audience.

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