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November 19, 2014 0

Recent Arrest Highlights ISIS Recruitment of Women

The recent arrest of a Vir­ginia woman on charges related to her sup­port for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) high­lights the grow­ing phe­nom­e­non of female mem­bers and sup­port­ers of ISIS – a trend linked to ISIS pro­pa­ganda and recruit­ment efforts aimed directly at women.

ADL doc­u­mented eight female U.S. cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents who have been sus­pected of involve­ment with ter­ror­ist groups in 2014 (only four were arrested; the oth­ers were minors).  This is a sharp uptick: ADL doc­u­mented only 12 female U.S. cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents arrested on ter­ror charges between 2002 and 2013.

Six of the women believed to have engaged in ter­ror­ist activ­ity 2014 are accused of involve­ment with ISIS. Esti­mates indi­cate that about 10% of the group’s West­ern recruits are female.

Heather Eliz­a­beth Coff­man, the most recent woman arrested in con­nec­tion with her sup­port for ISIS, had allegedly main­tained sev­eral Face­book accounts on which she posted pro-ISIS mes­sages and pro­pa­ganda. Coff­man claimed that she could facil­i­tate travel to join ISIS for poten­tial recruits, offer­ing to con­nect them with ter­ror­ists abroad. She denied these activ­i­ties in an inter­view with law enforce­ment and is charged with lying to fed­eral agents about her involve­ment with ISIS.

ISIS mes­sag­ing to women empha­sizes their poten­tial roles as the wives of fight­ers and moth­ers to the next gen­er­a­tion of extrem­ists. The ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion has even estab­lished media wings aimed at women.

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Poster announc­ing the cre­ation of Al Zora Foundation

One such media out­let, Al Zora Foun­da­tion, pub­lishes recipes and first aid sug­ges­tions together with posters of women in burkas declar­ing alle­giance to ISIS. A recipe for dates with mil­let, for exam­ple, is pro­vided as a “fast mild appe­tizer eaten with cof­fee that pro­vides food for the muha­jideen (fighters)…they are high in calo­ries and pro­vide the Mujahideen energy and strength.”

Al Zora has also pro­vided advice to women seek­ing to travel to join ISIS. “How many female Mus­lims are dis­tin­guished from all female Mus­lims where her concern…and her life aspi­ra­tion is the explo­sive belt?” asks one memo, fol­lowed by advice for these women to learn first aid, sewing, and cook­ing, and to par­tic­i­pate in exer­cise and weapons train­ing, as well as extra prayers and sup­pli­ca­tions that they can use to aid the fight­ers and teach other women upon their arrival in Syria. “Imag­ine with me, oh sis­ter,” it states in the sec­tion on sewing, “if a muja­heed, a brother to you in Allah, is mar­tyred and his jihadi clothes that he wore and in which he walked, trained, waged jihad, and afflicted the enemy of Allah, were made by your hands.”

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A Khansa media poster announc­ing a new series of posters for female ISIS supporters

Another media out­let, Khansa Media, releases posters and ban­ners with ISIS pro­pa­ganda state­ments set along­side flow­ers and pink back­grounds. It has recently intro­duced a series of posters pro­claim­ing the “virtues of women.” A video announc­ing the relaunch of Khansa media this Sep­tem­ber stated, “We send our mes­sage to [Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter] al-Maliki and his army that we are ready for him, and we will remain as assets and sup­port for our hus­bands and our chil­dren,” fol­lowed by clips depict­ing women train­ing with weapons.

Both Khansa media and Al Zora also reg­u­larly repost and retweet pro­pa­ganda from ISIS’s pri­mary media out­lets. Some­times they also add their logos to the cor­ners of posters prais­ing dead fight­ers and the glo­ries of battle.

Mul­ti­ple female sup­port­ers of ISIS also engage with the group’s con­tent on social media, includ­ing Face­book, Twit­ter, and Ask.FM. These sup­port­ers post typ­i­cal ISIS pro­pa­ganda about fight­ing and behead­ings along­side state­ments about mod­esty and extrem­ist Islam. They empha­size their chil­dren (often their Twit­ter han­dles begin with the word “umm” which means ‘mother of’ fol­lowed by a child’s name) and every­day life, while pro­vid­ing tips to poten­tial recruits and actively encour­ag­ing oth­ers to travel to Syria and Iraq to join the ter­ror­ist group.

Women engag­ing with ter­ror­ist groups is not a new phe­nom­e­non, nor is it ISIS spe­cific. Two of the women arrested in 2014 who were not involved with ISIS are accused of sup­port­ing Al Shabaab, the Somali Al Qaeda affil­i­ate. In pre­vi­ous years, women have been arrested for causes as diverse as attempt­ing to estab­lish a ter­ror cell abroad to send­ing funds and aid to var­i­ous ter­ror groups to attempt­ing to kill U.S. per­son­nel abroad.

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November 19, 2014 3

Anti-Semitic Pastor Promoting New Film on Jews

Pastor Steve Anderson anti-semitic pastorAn Ari­zona pas­tor with a his­tory of anti-Semitism has announced the upcom­ing release of a new “doc­u­men­tary” that will focus on the “his­tory of the Jews.”  Steve Ander­son, the pas­tor of Faith­ful Word Bap­tist Church, an inde­pen­dent Bap­tist church in Tempe, is co-producing the film “March­ing to Zion” with Paul Wit­ten­berger, a conspiracy-oriented film­maker from Los Angeles.

Accord­ing to its mar­ket­ing copy, the upcom­ing film, dubbed “March­ing to Zion,” will cover a num­ber of sub­jects, rang­ing from “scrip­tural evi­dence that the Jews are no longer God’s cho­sen peo­ple” to claim­ing that “Judaism’s Mes­siah” is the Antichrist to the “blas­phe­mous teach­ings of the Tal­mud and Kabbalah.”

Ander­son den­i­grates Judaism in a num­ber of clips on YouTube designed to pub­li­cize “March­ing to Zion.”  The titles betray their hate­ful nature, includ­ing: “The Jews are the Racists,” “Tak­ing Part in the Jews’ Evil Deeds,” “Jews are Antichrists,” and “Jew­ish Syn­a­gogue = Syn­a­gogue of Satan.” The film will also fea­ture Texe Marrs, a Texas-based pas­tor with a lengthy his­tory of anti-Semitism and con­spir­acy theories.

Addi­tion­ally, the film includes inter­views with four rab­bis from the Phoenix area, who main­tain they were unaware of Anderson’s back­ground or appar­ent inten­tions.  Ander­son has already used these inter­views to attack Judaism in some of his ser­mons, which sug­gests that the film will do so as well.  In a two-part ser­mon this past July titled “The Jews and Their Lies,” Ander­son claims that one rabbi stated that steal­ing was okay. “That’s why the Jews believe it’s okay to steal from Gen­tiles,” con­tin­ued Ander­son, “As long as they don’t steal from each other.”  Later in the ser­mon, echo­ing an ancient anti-Semitic trope, he mis­rep­re­sents the Kol Nidre prayer that Jews say on the Day of Atone­ment, claim­ing that “every con­tract, agree­ment, oath, vow that they’ve made for the last 12 months and the for next 12 months is all null and void…which allows them to lie, cheat, steal and break contracts.”

In his ser­mons, Ander­son also claims that Jews will lead the way in accept­ing the Antichrist as the Mes­siah.  He paints Jews as an evil force and claims God has rejected Jews, since Jews do not accept Jesus as the Mes­siah. Ander­son pro­claims that much of Judaism is based on lies.  For exam­ple, he asserts that Jews don’t believe in the Torah, that the Tal­mud (the body of Jew­ish law) is “the most wicked, blas­phe­mous work ever writ­ten,” and that the land of Israel does not belong to the Jews because they rejected Jesus. He also claims that the Jews killed Jesus and that Jews blame the Holo­caust on Christianity.

“Peo­ple will be shocked and blown away by the infor­ma­tion in this film,” states the film’s mar­ket­ing copy.  The film is sched­uled for a March 2015 release.

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November 11, 2014 4

FAIR Advisory Board Member Promotes Racist Views in Anti-Semitic Paper

On Novem­ber 9, the anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP) pub­lished an inter­view with extreme anti-immigrant activist Frosty Wooldridge. Wooldridge is an advi­sory board mem­ber with the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR). He has often den­i­grated immi­grants and Mus­lims in arti­cles but his com­ments in the AFP inter­view reveal that he har­bors beliefs that are preva­lent in white nation­al­ist circles.frosty-wooldridge

Wooldridge began his racist rant by assert­ing that 100 mil­lion non-white immi­grants will enter the U.S. between now and 2050. Wooldridge claimed these num­bers mean, “Whites in this coun­try are doomed.” Wooldridge then focused his atten­tion on African and Mus­lim immi­grants, stat­ing, “Amer­ica has imported seven mil­lion Mus­lims and Africans over the past decade.” He argues that “[t]hose who prac­tice Islam hold no eth­nic iden­tity with Eng­lish and Euro­pean cul­ture.” More­over, he main­tains that “… the African world­view is totally dif­fer­ent than that of Euro­peans. Their cul­ture is dia­met­ri­cally opposed to ours. That’s why so many blacks are in prison.” Wooldridge con­tin­ued, “Due to a father­less soci­ety that plagues the black com­mu­nity, many teenagers join gangs. But I guar­an­tee you, amid this racial strife, there will be more riots in the streets that’ll make Fer­gu­son look like a kinder­garten party. As this occurs, our coun­try, our ethos, lan­guage and civ­i­liza­tion are all going down.”

Wooldridge bemoans, “It’s a mul­ti­cul­tural morass. Blacks, Mus­lims, Indi­ans, His­pan­ics and Asians don’t want to become part of main­stream white soci­ety.” He insists, “They pre­fer to remain sep­a­rate,” con­clud­ing “we’re import­ing our demise as a civ­i­liza­tion. The U.S. will become the vic­tim of its own self-inflicted destiny.”

This is not Wooldridge’s first inter­view with AFP, a paper pub­lished by Willis Carto, one of the most influ­en­tial anti-Semitic pro­pa­gan­dists of the past 50 years. Nor is it Wooldridge’s only asso­ci­a­tion with anti-Semites. Ear­lier in 2014, Wooldridge appeared on “The Jeff Rense Pro­gram,” a conspiracy-oriented Inter­net radio show. Rense broad­casts his show on his noto­ri­ously anti-Semitic web­site, which pro­motes a wide vari­ety of con­spir­acy the­o­ries, from UFO reports to imag­ined envi­ron­men­tal threats to alleged Jew­ish con­trol of the world.

In addi­tion to Wooldridge, a num­ber of other promi­nent anti-immigrant fig­ures have granted inter­views to both AFP and anti-Semitic radio shows over the past few years.

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