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March 3, 2015 0

After ISIS Destroy Artifacts In Mosul, Iraqi Official Blames Israel

Dur­ing a Mon­day TV appear­ance on the pan-Arab satel­lite TV sta­tion AlMayadeen, Iraqi Deputy Min­is­ter of Tourism and Antiq­ui­ties, Qais Hus­sein, claimed that ISIS’s destruc­tion of ancient arti­facts in the Iraqi city of Mosul is an Israeli con­spir­acy against the his­tory of Iraq.

Qais Hussein

Qais Hus­sein

Accord­ing to AlMayadeen, the Iraqi offi­cial “accused Israel of being behind the destruc­tion and the loot­ing of archae­o­log­i­cal sites in Mosul, includ­ing the City Museum.” Hus­sein said, “Israel bares the pri­mary respon­si­bil­ity in the van­dal­ism of the archae­o­log­i­cal sites.” He also claimed that the Iraqi gov­ern­ment has evi­dence that antiques have been sold out and trans­ferred from Iraq to Israel, stress­ing that Israel “is con­sid­ered, today, a place to assem­ble the Iraqi antiq­ui­ties, where some are kept while oth­ers are exported over­seas to be sold at auctions.”

Accord­ing to Hus­sein, Israel is behind these acts of destruc­tion because of “the Torah and Jew­ish mythology.”

A num­ber of Iraqi pub­lic fig­ures have made sim­i­lar absurd claims in the past few days regard­ing an alleged Israeli role in the destruc­tion of Iraqi ancient arti­facts on the hands of ISIS.

ADL has pre­vi­ously doc­u­mented sev­eral con­spir­acy the­o­ries, con­nect­ing ISIS to Jews and Zionists

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March 2, 2015 0

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Propagates Anti-Semitism

On the eve of the Israeli Prime Minister’s address to the U.S. Con­gress warn­ing about the threats posed by a nuclear-armed Iran, the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Aya­tol­lah Khamenei, is once again using Twit­ter to prop­a­gate age-old anti-Semitic charges of Jew­ish domination.

Khamenei.ir, the twit­ter han­dle used by the Supreme Leader’s office, posted a series of tweets Mon­day on the theme of  “Zion­ist dom­i­na­tion” of the U.S. and world governments:

Khamenei Tweet 1

Khamenei Tweet 2Khamenei Tweet 3The tweets also fea­ture the hash­tag #Shut­Dow­nAIPAC, the ral­ly­ing cry for anti-Israel groups protest­ing out­side the annual con­fer­ence of the Amer­i­can Israel Pub­lic Affairs Coun­cil, includ­ing SJP, Code Pink, the US Cam­paign to End the Occu­pa­tion and the Answer Coalition.

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February 24, 2015 2

Al Shabaab Video Threatens Jewish and Western Targets

The video calls for attacks on "Jewish-owned Westfield shopping centers"

The video calls for attacks on “Jewish-owned West­field shop­ping cen­ters” and other shop­ping cen­ters in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

A new video released by Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda’s affil­i­ate in Soma­lia, that encour­ages attacks against “Amer­i­can and Jewish-owned shop­ping cen­ters around the world,” high­lights the role of anti-Semitism in ter­ror­ist narrative.

The video focused on Al Shabaab’s Sep­tem­ber 2013 siege of the West­gate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, which lasted for three days and resulted in at least 67 fatal­i­ties. At the time of the attack, Al Shabaab claimed to have tar­geted that mall because it had “Jew­ish and Amer­i­can owned” shops. The new video affirmed Al Shabaab’s inter­est in Jew­ish targets.

Its release comes as other ter­ror­ist groups, includ­ing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al Qaeda, have issued calls for home­grown attacks in the West as they vie against each other for power and followers.

“West­gate shop­ping mall…is a four-story Israeli-owned com­plex,” the video’s nar­ra­tor stated, and in response to the attack, “Israeli secu­rity spe­cial­ists and FBI teams were…on the ground.” The video also put the nation­al­ity “Israeli” first in a list of nation­al­i­ties of the deceased.

Show­cas­ing the 2013 attack enables Al Shabaab to show off its accom­plish­ments to poten­tial new recruits, but the group also appar­ently hopes it may inspire copy­cat attacks. Address­ing West­ern sym­pa­thiz­ers, the nar­ra­tor stated, “We call upon our Mus­lim broth­ers, par­tic­u­larly those in the West…. imag­ine what a ded­i­cated mujahid (fighter) in the West could do to the Amer­i­can and Jewish-owned shop­ping cen­ters across the world.”

It then went on to issue more spe­cific threats: “What if such an attack was to call in the Mall of Amer­ica in Min­nesota, or the West Edmon­ton Mall in Canada? Or in London’s Oxford Street, or any of the hun­dred or so Jewish-owned West­field shop­ping cen­ters dot­ted right across the West­ern world…”

Although Al Shabaab has not staged any sig­nif­i­cant attack out­side East­ern Africa, it has posed a sig­nif­i­cant threat to U.S. secu­rity. At least 50 U.S. cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents have been charged with pro­vid­ing mate­r­ial sup­port to the group or are believed to have joined it. Some of those cit­i­zens are now actively recruit­ing U.S. cit­i­zens to join ISIS and other ter­ror­ist organizations.

Another recent Al Shabaab video, released in May 2014, called for lone wolf attacks in the West.

Anti-Semitism is at the core of Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy, and ter­ror­ist groups includ­ing Al Shabaab reg­u­larly use anti-Semitism to attract and rad­i­cal­ize poten­tial recruits. In the past, Al Shabaab declared an “open bat­tle” against Israel, which it called the “oppress­ing Zion­ist entity,” and against Jew­ish inter­ests in Africa. In an English-language mag­a­zine released in 2012, the group called Jews, “the worst enemy of Islam.”

The new video also high­lighted the impor­tance of social media as a vehi­cle for dis­sem­i­nat­ing ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda, claim­ing that “HSM Press (the Al Shabaab Twit­ter feed) soon became the most cred­i­ble source of infor­ma­tion on the attack,” and noted that Al Shabaab had live-streamed the attack on Twit­ter. The video itself was cir­cu­lated on YouTube and on links from Twit­ter to file-sharing sites.

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