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July 21, 2016 0

Arizona Arrest Reminder of Link between Terror and Anti-Semitism

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Mahin Khan

Court pro­ceed­ings have indi­cated that Ari­zona res­i­dent Mahin Khan, arrested on July 1 for allegedly plot­ting to bomb a DMV on behalf of ISIS and the Pak­istani Tal­iban, had con­sid­ered direct­ing his attack against a local Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter (JCC) before choos­ing the DMV as his final tar­get. His plan­ning, as well as anti-Semitic state­ments he made, serve as a crit­i­cal reminder of the nexus between anti-Semitism and Islamic extremism.

Khan had allegedly indi­cated his inter­est in attack­ing the JCC in an Octo­ber 2015 con­ver­sa­tion with an under­cover FBI employee that was relayed in court on July 20, 2016. The crim­i­nal com­plaint filed against Khan also quoted him as request­ing ammu­ni­tion to tar­get Jews, say­ing, “Need AK and pis­tols can u do that wanna take out marines and jews (sic).”

News reports sug­gest addi­tional evi­dence of Khan’s anti-Semitism as well. A for­mer class­mate of his report­edly claimed that, “At one point he went as far as to say ‘what Hitler did was good.’ And he told me that he did not like the Jew­ish people.”

  • Khan is the 22nd U.S. res­i­dents moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy to plot or con­sider an attack against Jew­ish or Israeli tar­gets since 2002.
  • He is the 5th U.S. res­i­dent arrested in Ari­zona related to activ­ity moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy since 2002. Three addi­tional Ari­zona res­i­dents have also been linked, but were killed or arrested out­side the state.
  • Khan is the sec­ond U.S. res­i­dent to con­sider attack­ing a domes­tic Jew­ish tar­get in 2016. The other was James Gon­zalo Med­ina, a Florida res­i­dent arrested on April 29, 2016 accused of plot­ting to blow up a Florida syn­a­gogue dur­ing the Passover hol­i­day on behalf of ISIS.

ADL has writ­ten a report about the con­nec­tions between anti-Semitism and Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy, which also includes a list of U.S. res­i­dents linked to ter­ror­ism since 2012 who expressed anti-Semitic moti­va­tion and a list of plots against Jews and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions worldwide.

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July 15, 2016 1

Terrorist Propaganda Encourages Attacks With Common Items

The use of a vehi­cle to kill civil­ians in yesterday’s appar­ent ter­ror attack in Nice, France, serves as a reminder of how ter­ror­ist groups and their sup­port­ers encour­age their adher­ents to carry out attacks with com­mon resources.

In addi­tion to run-over style attacks, ter­ror­ists have encour­aged the use of com­mon items such as house­hold prod­ucts to make bombs, as well as var­i­ous other tac­tics in their online mag­a­zines, speeches and other propaganda.

Image encouraging car attacks from AQAP Inspire Mujahid Pocketbook propaganda

Image encour­ag­ing car attacks from AQAP Inspire Mujahid Pock­et­book propaganda

The fol­low­ing list pro­vides a sam­pling of some of the tac­tics pro­moted by for­eign ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions in the last sev­eral years. Notably, a num­ber of the sug­ges­tions are repeated by dif­fer­ent groups, and the use of vehi­cles in attacks is a com­mon theme.

ISIS:

  • The 14th issue of Dabiq, ISIS’s English-language pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine, called on sup­port­ers to assas­si­nate promi­nent Mus­lim lead­ers in the U.S. and U.K. for not sup­port­ing ISIS, “with the resources available…(knives, guns, explo­sives, etc.).”
  • In a Jan­u­ary 2015 speech, al Adnani sim­i­larly called for attacks, “whether with an explo­sive device, a bul­let, a knife, a car, a rock or even a boot or a fist.”
  • An ISIS video released in Decem­ber 2014 stated, “There are weapons and cars avail­able and tar­gets ready to be hit. Even poi­son is avail­able, so poi­son the water and food of at least one of the ene­mies of Allah. Kill them and spit in their faces and run over them with your cars.”
  • In a Sep­tem­ber 2014 speech that was widely trans­lated and shared over social media, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al Adnani called for ISIS sup­port­ers to com­mit lone wolf attacks against civil­ians, and pro­vided a num­ber of sug­ges­tions for doing so, includ­ing by run­ning them over. He stated: “If you are not able to find an IED or a bul­let, then sin­gle out the dis­be­liev­ing Amer­i­can, French­man, or any of his allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaugh­ter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poi­son him…. If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or busi­ness. Or destroy his crops.”

Al Qaeda:

  • Cover of the first issue of Inspire, AQAP's English-language magazine

    The first issue of Inspire pro­vided direc­tions to “make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom.”

    Fol­low­ing the ter­ror attack in Orlando, a June 2016 pub­li­ca­tion released by Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP) pro­vided advice for mak­ing copy­cat attacks more lethal and max­i­miz­ing their pro­pa­ganda value.

  • In May 2016, the 15th issue of Inspire mag­a­zine, AQAP’s English-language pro­pa­ganda magazine’s pro­vided sug­ges­tions for mak­ing bombs using read­ily avail­able items to con­duct the assas­si­na­tions, includ­ing pack­age bombs, small bombs under cars, and bombs that can be attached to a doorframe.
  • In March 2014, the 12th issue of Inspire mag­a­zine pro­vides instruc­tions for assem­bling car bombs out of “eas­ily avail­able” materials.
  • In 2013, Inspire mag­a­zine, AQAP’s English-language pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine, issued a com­pan­ion pub­li­ca­tion titled the “Mujahid Pock­et­book,” which aggre­gated var­i­ous attack sug­ges­tions pro­moted in Inspire and pro­vided some addi­tional sug­ges­tions as well. Plot ideas included torch­ing parked vehi­cles, caus­ing road acci­dents, start­ing for­est fires, using vehi­cles to run over civil­ians, and build­ing bombs.
  • In Octo­ber 2010, sec­ond issue of Inspire mag­a­zine sug­gested using a mod­i­fied vehi­cle to run over civil­ians and pro­vided instruc­tions on build­ing an explo­sive device.
  • The first issue of Inspire mag­a­zine, released in July 2010, pro­vided instruc­tions for build­ing a pres­sure cooker bomb, which can be made out of com­mon house­hold items.

Other ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions and their sup­port­ers have been sim­i­larly active in pro­mot­ing var­i­ous spe­cific attack sug­ges­tions. This has been par­tic­u­larly clear among Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions and their sup­port­ers, who have pro­moted sug­ges­tions that par­al­lel those advo­cated by Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Ter­ror­ist sup­port­ers some­times pro­mote their own ideas for non­tra­di­tional attacks online as well. In a recent exam­ple, a dis­cus­sion on a pro-ISIS forum that ran between June and July 2016 included a num­ber of ter­ror attack sug­ges­tions from forum users, some of which had been sug­gested by offi­cial ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda as well. Among them were set­ting for­est fires and call­ing in false reports of bombs to dis­rupt the oper­a­tions of emer­gency services

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July 14, 2016 5

New Black Panther Party Traveling to Cleveland To Inflame Tense Situation

The lead­ers of the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP), the largest orga­nized anti-Semitic and racist Black mil­i­tant group in Amer­ica, will be in Cleve­land July 14–17 ahead of the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion, where they will likely inflam­e the already tense sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing the fatal shoot­ings of Alton Ster­ling in Louisiana and Phi­lando Castile in Min­nesota and the killing of five police offi­cers in Dallas.

The NBPP is one of a num­ber of extrem­ist groups protest­ing in Cleve­land dur­ing the GOP convention.

Hashim Nzinga (left) and Malik Zulu Shabazz (right) lead protestors in Charleston (June 2015)

Hashim Nzinga (left) and Malik Zulu Shabazz (right) lead pro­tes­tors in Charleston (June 2015)

Exploit­ing high-profile shoot­ings for pub­lic­ity and some­times call­ing for vio­lence against law enforce­ment is a com­mon tac­tic of the NBPP. This is espe­cially con­cern­ing since the racist and anti-Semitic Chair­man of the NBPP, Hashim Nzinga, told Reuters on July 13 that the NBPP mem­bers protest­ing in Cleve­land will be armed. Nzinga stated, “If that state allows us to bear arms, the Pan­thers and oth­ers who can legally bear arms will bear arms.”

While Nzinga and other promi­nent NBPP lead­ers such as “spir­i­tual advi­sor” and for­mer Chair­man Malik Zulu Shabazz attempt to por­tray them­selves as civil rights activists, in real­ity they inject big­otry and vio­lent rhetoric into high-profile racially-charged events.

Some instances of the NBPP lead­ers call­ing for vio­lence against law enforce­ment in response to such events include:

  • In May 2015, in the after­math of Fred­die Gray’s death in Bal­ti­more, Shabazz orga­nized protests and called for vio­lence against law enforce­ment on Fox News Radio’s “The Alan Colmes Show.” Shabazz told Colmes that “those young Bal­ti­more youth are liken to the Pales­tini­ans bat­tling an Israeli occupier…some peo­ple might need to get hurt in self-defense.”
  • After Michael Brown was killed by police in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri, Shabazz and other NBPP lead­ers trav­eled to Fer­gu­son, aggra­vat­ing the sit­u­a­tion there. Shabazz led pro­test­ers in chants call­ing for the death of the offi­cer who shot Michael Brown. Using a mega­phone, Shabazz yelled, “Who do we want?” The pro­tes­tors responded, “Dar­ren Wil­son!” Shabazz: “How do we want him?” Pro­tes­tors: “Dead!”
  • Shabazz wrote on Face­book on August 14, 2014 that if the name of the offi­cer who shot Michael Brown was not released, he would release the officer’s name and address to “give the demon­stra­tors a clearer target.”
  • NBPP Chief of Staff Chawn Kweli posted a state­ment on Face­book on August 10, 2014 regard­ing Fer­gu­son that read: “IF NEED BE PUT AS MANY AGGRESSORS IN THE COFFINS THEY PICKED OUT FOR YOU IN SELF DEFENSE…IF YOU DIE, DIE LIKE A WARRIOR.”

The NBPP has also made more gen­eral calls for vio­lence after high-profile killings, including:

  • On Black Power Radio in June 2015, regard­ing protests after the death of Fred­die Gray, Shabazz jus­ti­fied the burn­ing down of a CVS and told his audi­ence that “we’re gonna stop all of this god­damn talk­ing and raise up an army and deal with you motherf—-rs”
  • In June 2015 in Charleston, South Car­olina, Shabazz orga­nized a rally in front of the Emanuel AME Church in the after­math of the shoot­ing that killed nine peo­ple in which he stated, “Den­mark Vesey [who planned a slave rebel­lion in 1822 in which he intended to kill the gov­er­nor and set fire to the city] had a plan to kill all the slave mas­ters in the state. Den­mark Vesey had a plan to kill every last one of them and kill all their god­damn fam­i­lies, and we need some new Den­mark Veseys today. We gotta com­plete what Den­mark didn’t fin­ish. He never fin­ished his mis­sion, but the real chil­dren of Den­mark Vesey is [sic] out here today.”
  • In 2012, the NBPP, then under the lead­er­ship of Shabazz, also offered a $10,000 reward for the “dead or alive” cap­ture of George Zim­mer­man, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Mar­tin in Florida.
  • The NBPP’s Tampa chap­ter Chief of Staff, Michelle Williams, spoke on the group’s web radio pro­gram on April 2, 2012. “I am for vio­lence if non-violence means we con­tinue to post­pone a solu­tion to the Amer­i­can Black man’s prob­lem just to avoid vio­lence,” she said. Williams added, “This could not have hap­pened in St. Peters­burg, Florida, where the Black man over there ain’t scared to kill a cracker…If some­one put their hands on you, you bet­ter send that god­dam cracker to the ceme­tery grave.”

Addi­tion­ally, NBPP also has used these high-profile shoot­ing cases to make other racist and anti-Semitic statements:

  • In a Black Power Radio broad­cast on July 4, 2016 titled “Amer­ica on the Hot­seat: The End of White Supremacy,” Nzinga stated, “We’re deal­ing with a beast, man, and we gotta speak power to truth, and we gotta unite. We’re deal­ing with the Jew­ish onslaught…People should get the Jew­ish Onslaught by Tony Mor­ton about how these Jews have hacked into my email today and how these Jews con­trol the media and con­trol so damn much…and run America…”
  • In a May 2015 online radio broad­cast regard­ing the after­math of Fred­die Gray’s death in Bal­ti­more, Nzinga injected anti-Semitism into the dis­cus­sion, employ­ing a com­mon trope of his: that a sup­pos­edly Jewish-controlled media nefar­i­ously por­trays Black peo­ple in a neg­a­tive light. “And with your Jew­ish and your mostly meno­rah, I mean major­ity, uh, minority-owned TV sta­tions, going to paint a pic­ture like something’s wrong with us,” Nzinga stated.
  • Related to Fer­gu­son, Nzinga addressed the NBPP on the August 11, 2014 online broad­cast of Black Power Radio titled “Mur­der In Mis­souri– Michael Brown And Blood Thirsty Pigs– The Bat­tle Is On!” Nzinga claimed that white Amer­i­cans are com­mit­ting “geno­cide” against Black males: “The Black male is being exterminated…The ones who are not being exter­mi­nated, they’re push­ing them to be gay and fags so they won’t be pro­duc­tive on repro­duc­ing babies. This is about genocide.”
  • Nzinga also blamed the shoot­ing in Fer­gu­son on the sup­pos­edly Jewish-controlled media. “Jews’ media and the Jews’ TV, they have made it look like we’re the vil­lains of Amer­ica…” said Nzinga. He also blamed vio­lence in Chicago on Mayor Rahm Emanuel who he described as “a Jew, and that Jew is a mas­ter at propaganda.”

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