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October 2, 2013 4

“Haters of Israel” Facebook Page Surpasses 1 Million “Likes”

The Arabic-language “Haters of Israel” Face­book page, cre­ated in 2011 by a group of Egyp­tians, has attracted over 1,100,000 “likes.” 18–24 year-olds make up the largest demographic.haters-of-israel-facebook

Inter­est­ingly, a major­ity of the posts on the page have lit­tle or noth­ing to do with Israel, a tes­ti­mony to the fun­da­men­tal pop­u­lar­ity such a title has in much of the Arab world.

The page func­tions as a pop­u­lar forum for those who either iden­tify as haters of Israel or who appre­ci­ate the wide appeal gen­er­ated by the page; some use the page to adver­tise their own pages and profiles.

Many Face­book pages strive to have a frac­tion of the “likes” this page has gen­er­ated, but fail to acquire such a mas­sive fol­low­ing. One pos­si­ble rea­son is the sim­plic­ity of the title and the clear state­ment it makes about one’s iden­tity. To be asso­ci­ated with such a clear mes­sage adds def­i­n­i­tion to one’s online pres­ence and is desir­able regard­less of what the con­tent ulti­mately is. 

That is not to say that the page is devoid of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic mes­sages. For exam­ple, one user posted a well-known Holo­caust photo of corpses loaded onto a truck with a cap­tion that reads, “Guess what is on this cute wagon… Yes, cor­rect, ha ha ha… These are the remains of the Jew­ish corpses from the Holo­caust exe­cuted by Hitler the hero.”

“Haters of Israel” is hardly the only page of its kind. Face­book users have cre­ated numer­ous pages glo­ri­fy­ing Hitler and demo­niz­ing Israel and Jews in mul­ti­ple lan­guages that have attracted an innu­mer­able amount of “likes.”protocols-elders-zion-facebook

For exam­ple, another Ara­bic lan­guage Face­book page is pro­vid­ing chap­ters of the noto­ri­ous anti-Semitic forgery, The Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Accord­ing to the descrip­tion pro­vided by the Face­book page, its objec­tive is to “Expose the Jewish/ Israeli plan to con­trol and dom­i­nate the world through their immoral plan known as ‘The pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion.’”

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September 12, 2013 2

9/11 Conspiracy Cited In New Call To Hack Israeli Websites

A video mes­sage posted online on Sep­tem­ber 10th threat­ened to launch a hack­ing oper­a­tion against Israel on 9/11 under the name “OpIs­rael Reborn.”Myths Hackers Team for blog

The video, which starts off by call­ing for the oper­a­tion against Israel,  shows footage of the World Trade Cen­ter attack, Osama bin Laden, the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other scenes from U.S. mil­i­tary oper­a­tions. The hack­ers claim that Israel and the U.S. are the real ter­ror­ists and imply that Israel was respon­si­ble for 9/11, a widely cir­cu­lated con­spir­acy the­ory that has been prop­a­gated by left and right-wing extrem­ists in the dozen years since the 2001 attack. Other writ­ten state­ments that appear in the video refer to the 9/11 attacks as a lie and claim that Israel does not exist, “it is Palestine.”

The video was released by an Egypt-based hacker group called “Myths Hack­ers Team.” Sev­eral other inter­na­tional hack­ing groups called for sim­i­lar attacks against Israel on 9/11 but based on Israeli media reports thus far, none of these efforts were par­tic­u­larly successful.

In the video, Myths Hack­ers Team also claimed respon­si­bil­ity for an April hack­ing oper­a­tion against Israel.

The group  has an Islamist bent and is sym­pa­thetic to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Egypt, as illus­trated by var­i­ous posts on its Face­book page. It claims that it has suc­cess­fully hacked more than 200 Israeli web­sites, includ­ing the web­sites of mil­i­tary agen­cies. One post on the Face­book page reads: “We will not stop, we will not for­give, we will not for­get… it’s only the begin­ning, what is com­ing is more. We promised to start the war and it will not end until we announce that we are finished.”

The first “OpIs­rael” hack­ing inci­dent took place dur­ing Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense in Gaza last Novem­ber, when hack­ers tar­geted, and in some cases defaced, var­i­ous Israeli web­sites. A sim­i­lar hack­ing oper­a­tion timed to coin­cide with Holo­caust Remem­brance Day in April of this year was dubbed “OpIsrael2.”

Past cyber-attacks against Israeli and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions have been labeled by some Islamist activists as “elec­tronic jihad.” ADL has pre­vi­ously issued numer­ous reports about anti-Semitic 9/11-related con­spir­acy the­o­ries, warn­ing that “alle­ga­tions of Jew­ish cul­pa­bil­ity in the 9/11 attacks may even be used as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for future acts of anti-Semitic violence.”

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August 12, 2013 0

Egyptian Magazine Blames Jews For Muslim Anti-Semitism In Sweden

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“Octo­ber Magazine”

Anti-Semitism is a result of “Jew­ish racism against other minori­ties,” an inves­tiga­tive report by Egypt­ian jour­nal­ist Mohamed Hilal states in the lat­est issue of the Egyptian-weekly Octo­ber Mag­a­zine. The report pur­ports to address the rise of anti-Semitism in the south­ern Swedish city of Malmo, a city known for its large immi­grant Mus­lim community.

Octo­ber Mag­a­zine was founded in 1976 to rep­re­sent the polit­i­cal views of Egypt­ian national secularists.  

Enti­tled “The Sub­ver­sion of Jews in the City of Seren­ity and Tol­er­ance,” the report claims to inves­ti­gate the rise of attacks against Jews in Sweden’s third largest city, which are often attrib­uted to young immi­grants with roots in the Mid­dle East.

The report asserts that anti-Semitic attacks against Jews stem from the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and its actions, stat­ing, “Some experts con­firmed that the solu­tion of the prob­lem is not through increas­ing secu­rity forces and safety mea­sures, because the prob­lem is rooted in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity itself; they are used to break­ing the norms and pro­voke other reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties, includ­ing the Mus­lim community.”

The report also sug­gests that one of the roots of anti-Semitism in Malmo is the Jew­ish community’s sup­port for Israel. It draws on a state­ment made by Malmo’s for­mer mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, who, in 2009, sug­gested that mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity had them­selves to blame for sup­port­ing Israel.

“As usual, the Jews attack, and then com­plain,” the arti­cle con­cludes when describ­ing a recent rally held by Malmo’s Jew­ish com­mu­nity in protest of the con­tin­u­ous attacks and harass­ment fac­ing their community.

Octo­ber Mag­a­zine has pre­vi­ously pub­lished anti-Semitic arti­cles and drawn com­par­isons between Israeli lead­ers and Nazis. The magazine’s Sep­tem­ber 2011 issue, for exam­ple, fea­tured an image of Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu as a Nazi offi­cer with an accom­pa­ny­ing arti­cle accus­ing Israeli lead­ers of per­pe­trat­ing crimes exceed­ing those com­mit­ted by the Nazis.

In the past, ADL has expressed con­cerns about ris­ing anti-Semitism in Malmo.

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