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July 27, 2012 1

Hezbollah on Your iPhone: There’s An App for That

Update: The Alma­nartv appli­ca­tion was removed from Apple’s iTunes over the week­end. It was later removed from Google Play for Android.

In the lat­est exam­ple of ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions exploit­ing cur­rent tech­nol­ogy to spread their vio­lent mes­sages, an appli­ca­tion was made avail­able on Wednes­day through Apple’s iTunes ser­vice pro­vid­ing mobile access to con­tent from Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, al-Manar.

The new free appli­ca­tion, adver­tised on air by al Manar, directs users to var­i­ous sta­tion con­tent, includ­ing speeches by Hezbol­lah leader, Has­san Nas­ral­lah. Al-Manar broad­casts the ter­ror­ist group’s mes­sages of hate and vio­lence, dis­sem­i­nates anti-Semitic and anti-American pro­pa­ganda and glo­ri­fies sui­cide bomb­ings to mil­lions of view­ers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hezbol­lah is a U.S. des­ig­nated For­eign Ter­ror­ist Orga­ni­za­tion, and al-Manar was listed as a “Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist” by the Depart­ment of the Trea­sury in 2006.Al-Manar has a pres­ence on other inter­net plat­forms as well, includ­ing a Twit­ter account with over 17,000 fol­low­ers and 51,000 messages.

Other ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions use the microblog­ging ser­vice, includ­ing Al Shabaab, a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion in Soma­lia which for­mally merged with Al Qaeda ear­lier this year. There are also numer­ous ter­ror­ist sup­port pages on Face­book and other social media platforms.

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March 28, 2012 1

American “Global March to Jerusalem” Activist Interviewed by Hezbollah

Dur­ing an inter­view last week with Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion Al-Manar, Sarah Ann Marusek, an Amer­i­can orga­nizer of the upcom­ing “Global March to Jerusalem” (GMJ), dis­cussed the goals of the campaign.    
Marusek told Al-Manar that her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the GMJ is intended to “not only to pro­voke the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, but to pro­voke those Amer­i­cans who claim to sup­port the Pales­tini­ans while at the same time sup­port a solu­tion that elim­i­nates the right of refugees to return.”
Marusek added, “Deci­sion mak­ers in the U.S. are liv­ing in fear because of the Zion­ist lobby; if they made a deci­sion that sup­ports the Pales­tini­ans, they will be con­demned and lose their jobs and the sup­port they have.”
The inter­view with Al-Manar fol­lowed a press con­fer­ence at the Jour­nal­ists Union in Beirut, Lebanon, which was attended by var­i­ous Pales­tin­ian mil­i­tant fac­tions in Lebanon. Has­san Zaidan, head of the Com­mit­tee to Sup­port the Resis­tance in Pales­tine, a group closely asso­ci­ated with Hezbol­lah, spoke before Marusek, stat­ing that “to count on West­ern and Amer­i­can inten­tions in order to free Jerusalem and achieve the return of refugees is pathetic.”  
Marusek is cur­rently a PhD can­di­date Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity and a polit­i­cal ana­lyst for Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda tele­vi­sion sta­tion Press TV. She main­tains a web­site that offers Eng­lish trans­la­tion of Has­san Nas­ral­lah speeches.
Marusek also works with the Right to Return Com­mit­tee in Lebanon, which co-organized a July 2011 rally with Hezbol­lah in Mar Ilias refugee camp in Lebanon to honor wounded Pales­tini­ans who par­tic­i­pated in the May 2011 “Nakba day” march. The march was orga­nized in part on social net­work­ing sites call­ing for a “Third Pales­tin­ian Intifada,” or vio­lent upris­ing against the State of Israel.

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