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April 5, 2012 1

Egyptian Presidential Candidate Promotes Anti-Semitism

Egypt­ian pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who wants to abol­ish Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, has a his­tory of pro­mot­ing anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives in his state­ments against Israel.

In an inter­view with Al Jazeera in Feb­ru­ary 2012, Ismail said, “There’s no such thing as the state of Israel. Pales­tine is from the river to the sea, as it’s said… The Jews are not here on Earth to be rulers.”

In an elec­toral rally a month before, Ismail attacked the Zion­ists’ efforts to orga­nize trips to Israel from around the world. The crowds chanted in response: “Oh Jews of Khaibar, the army of Muham­mad is here… Oh Jews of Khaibar, Hazem Abu Ismail is here,” evok­ing the Qur’an’s account of a bat­tle between the prophet Muham­mad and the Jews of the town of Khaibar that resulted in the sub­ju­ga­tion of the Jews of Arabia.

Dur­ing a 2011 appear­ance on the talk show on the Islamic Tele­vi­sion chan­nel Mureed Al Janna, Ismail described sto­ries from Torah as sar­cas­tic and scan­dalous and said that even Jews doubt their religion.

Ismail, who is backed by the Salafists, describes the Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel as “scan­dalous and shame­ful” in his “Mes­sage to the Hon­or­able Egypt­ian Peo­ple who Bow to none but Allah,” which out­lines his pres­i­den­tial program.

The detailed pro­gram, which is avail­able on his campaign’s offi­cial web­site, also includes the fol­low­ing for­eign pol­icy note:

“We believe that Israel is ille­git­i­mate. Israel has no right in Pales­tine, but we will not col­lide with them now; we must stand up on our feet first before we think about stand­ing on the con­fronta­tion line. Tak­ing into account the inter­ests of our coun­try is above all other con­sid­er­a­tions, but this would not be at the expense of our pride and our dig­nity and our Ara­bic and Islamic relations.”

The same pro­gram calls for build­ing a stronger rela­tion­ship with Iran in order to both pres­sure the U.S. and gain eco­nomic aid from it at the same time.

Dur­ing a lec­ture in Feb­ru­ary 2012, Ismael called Osama Bin Laden a mar­tyr, say­ing that “I ask God to accept him among the mar­tyr saints and the right­eous ones…. We ask God to enable Mus­lims to revenge for his death.”

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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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March 21, 2012 1

Toulouse Jewish Day School Shooter Linked to Banned Forsane Alizza

Update: French author­i­ties have con­firmed the death of Mohammed Merah after a 30-hour stand­off at his home. A for­mer spokesman for For­sane Alizza denied that Merah was ever a mem­ber.
 
French media is report­ing that Mohammed Merah, the sus­pect behind Monday’s deadly shoot­ing at a Jew­ish day school in Toulouse, France, has links to For­sane Alizza, a rad­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion that was banned by the French gov­ern­ment in Jan­u­ary 2012 for sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism and prepar­ing its mem­bers for “armed struggle.” 
 
Dur­ing a stand­off today between Merah and French author­i­ties, Merah report­edly said he is a mem­ber of Al Qaeda and that he car­ried out the attacks as revenge for Pales­tin­ian chil­dren and as a reac­tion to French mil­i­tary inter­ven­tion over­seas. Merah, a French cit­i­zen of Alger­ian decent, has also been linked to two ear­lier attacks on French military.
 
For­sane Alizza (Ara­bic for “Knights of Honor”), which advo­cates a Salafist ide­ol­ogy that rejects democ­racy, sought to recruit mem­bers with mar­tial arts train­ing. “We are look­ing for all kinds of skills but sol­diers above all,” read a state­ment on the group’s web­site. “So if you enjoy mar­tial arts and are quick to respond when we call on you, then you are a good fit, inshal­lah [God will­ing].” The web­site, which fea­tured videos of Anwar al-Awlaki, also expressed the group’s sup­port for “mujhaideen wher­ever they are in the world.”
 
The group, which advo­cates for BDS on its web­site, orga­nized sev­eral protests against Israel in France. In Sep­tem­ber 2011, its mem­bers dis­rupted the El Al counter at Roissy air­port in Paris, shout­ing “Death to Israel!” and “Death to Jews!” In June 2010, they protested at a McDonald’s, telling cus­tomers that McDonald’s sup­ports Israel. Two mem­bers of the group were con­victed by a French court on charges of “incit­ing racial hatred” and shout­ing anti-Semitic remarks at the restau­rant. That same month, the group par­tic­i­pated in a pro-flotilla rally in Paris.
 
For­sane Alizza seems to be cur­rently oper­at­ing with “Force de Défense Musul­mane sur Inter­net.” Its stated goal is to remove online mate­ri­als that they con­sider to be offen­sive to Mus­lims and Islam and to pro­vide resources to those who are engaged in the same activ­ity. Its activ­ity is sim­i­lar to that of Rev­o­lu­tion Mus­lim, a fringe anti-Semitic Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tion that was based in New York and that attracted a rad­i­cal fol­low­ing online.
 
French author­i­ties indi­cated that Merah has been under sur­veil­lance for at least sev­eral years due to his rad­i­cal beliefs. There have also been reports that he trav­eled to Afghanistan and Pak­istan for mil­i­tant train­ing, but French author­i­ties say that they have no evi­dence that he had been in con­tact with ter­ror­ist groups.

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