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December 28, 2012 4

Anti-Semitism Right on Your iPod

Inter­ested in lis­ten­ing to an anti-Semitic lec­ture while com­mut­ing to work or going for a run? A vari­ety of anti-Semitic pod­casts by scholars and reli­gious lead­ers in the Arab world are avail­able for down­load through iTunes.

A down­load­able lec­ture by Abu Bakr al-Jaza’iri, a promi­nent scholar and Islamic stud­ies pro­fes­sor who lives in Saudi Ara­bia, accuses Jews of spread­ing athe­ism and cor­rup­tion in the world. The lec­ture, titled “The Role of Jews in Defam­ing the Hijab,” blames Jews for set­ting off a women’s lib­er­a­tion move­ment in Islam and claims that Jews aim to spread the same cor­rup­tion and immoral­ity among Mus­lims that they pre­vi­ously spread to Euro­peans. Al-Jaza’iri says, “They [the Jews] tar­geted Europe. How did they attack it? They founded the Bol­se­vik sec­u­lar athe­ist sect also known as Marx­ist Communism…humanity never knew athe­ism before the Jew­ish gang plot.” He also accuses Jews of caus­ing world wars: “The Sec­ond World War was sparked by the Jews… no world war was started with­out the Jews.”

Another avail­able lec­ture refers to the Tal­mud to advance anti-Semitic the­o­ries about Jews. The lec­ture, by promi­nent Egypt­ian Sheik Muham­mad Has­san, is called “Black Pages From the His­tory of Jews” and describes the Tal­mud as a “filthy sex­u­ally per­verted vul­gar book.” Sheik Has­san also claims that Jews are guilty of “cheat­ing and spread­ing cor­rup­tion on Earth.” The lec­ture orig­i­nally aired on Al Rahma, an Egypt­ian Islamist tele­vi­sion station.

There are also sev­eral down­load­able pod­casts that fea­ture sup­port for ter­ror­ism and calls for vio­lence against Jews. One such lec­ture by Saudi cleric Sheik Khalid al-Rashid, who is cur­rently serv­ing a 15-year prison term because of crit­i­cism of the Saudi gov­ern­ment, glo­ri­fies Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism and tells the story of a Pales­tin­ian sui­cide bomber who attacked “the ene­mies… the Jews, who are the sons of apes and pigs.” The sheik weeps emo­tion­ally as he describes how the sui­cide bomber then ascended to par­adise. The lec­ture is titled “Khaiber Khaiber Ya Yahood,” which refers to an Islamic story of an allegedly vio­lent bat­tle between the prophet Muham­mad and the Jews of the town of Khaibar, which resulted in the sub­ju­ga­tion of the Jews of Arabia.

A sim­i­larly themed lec­ture by promi­nent Saudi cleric Sheik Salih al-Munajjid calls on Mus­lims to attack Jews. The lec­ture, titled “Oh Jews, the Mus­lims are Com­ing,” advo­cates for jihad and explains that “to assas­si­nate Jew­ish lead­ers is a great Sun­nah [Islamic way].”

Hezbol­lah and a Pales­tin­ian media orga­ni­za­tion that claims to be the mouth­piece for Hamas have pre­vi­ously launched smart­phone appli­ca­tions via iTunes. The Hezbol­lah app was removed last July.

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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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