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December 23, 2013

Newly Designated African Terror Group Targets Israel And Jews

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, also known as 'the one-eyed',  who broke away from Aqim to form al-Mulathamin

Mokhtar Belmokhter

The West African al-Mulathamun Battalion, classified last week by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), has a record of targeting Israel, threatening Jews and utilizing anti-Zionist rhetoric to inspire its followers.

In 2011, the group’s leader Mokhtar Belmokhter said that his followers tried “to kill the ambassador of the Zionist entity” in a drive-by shooting of the Israeli embassy in Mauritania. In addition to the embassy, they also shot at a nightclub that Belmokhtar claimed the ambassador had been in moments before.

In December 2012, within a month of formally breaking away from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, with which they had been affiliated, the al-Mulathamun Battalion spokesman said, “I hope that France realizes that it is going to have dozens of Mohammed Merhas and Khaled Kelkals.” Readers may recall, Mohammed Merah attacked students at the Otzar HaTorah Jewish school in France in March, 2012, and Khaled Kelkal took part in a series of bombings in France in 1995 that included the bombing of a Jewish school in Lyon.

In August 2013, the al-Mulathamun Battalion created an alliance with an organization called the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, which has also been designated by the State Department as an FTO. The alliance’s stated raison d’etre was “to confront the Zionist campaign against Islam and Muslims.”

Such anti-Jewish and anti-Israel rhetoric and threats are common for Islamist terrorist organizations.

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May 13, 2013

Spotlight On Al Aqsa Television


Al Aqsa TV describes Salama and Al-Kumi as “Martyrs”

Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV, a Treasury Department Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity, has been the focus of media scrutiny after a decision by the Newseum to honor two Al Aqsa TV members as part of its ongoing memorial to journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2012.

On Sunday, the Anti-Defamation League described the inclusion of Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi in the Newseum Journalists Memorial as “a dark day for an American institution devoted to free speech and the First Amendment.”

Today, the Newseum issued a statement on its website indicating that it has “decided to re-evaluate their inclusion as journalists on our memorial wall pending further investigation.” ADL welcomed the museum’s decision.

Al Aqsa TV was established by Palestinian Legislative Council member and current Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Ahmad Hammad. It began broadcasting in the Gaza Strip in January 2006.

Modeled after Al Manar, which is owned and operated by the Lebanese-based terrorist organization Hezbollah, much of Al-Aqsa TV programming regularly glorifies violence and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis focuses on children or is geared towards children.

For example, at the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012, Al Aqsa TV interviewed the children of Hamas members who were killed in Israeli airstrikes. One of the boys interviewed said that he wants to follow in his father’s path, “I want to follow the path of Jihad like daddy and I want to be martyred like daddy.”

Over the years, Al Aqsa TV has featured music video aimed at radicalizing children. For example, a few years ago a music video aired by the network depicted a 4-year-old girl singing to her “mother,” identified as “mother Reem,” (an apparent reference to Hamas’s first female suicide bomber Reem Riyashi).  Later in the video, the woman detonates herself and kills four Israeli soldiers. After her mother carries out the attack, the little girl holds an explosive and sings to the camera, “I am following Mommy in her steps.”

In April 2007, the show “Tomorrow’s Pioneers” featured a Mickey Mouse-like character called “Farfour” promoting a message of radical Islam, anti-Semitism and hatred for the West. The “Farfour” character and child actors on the program taunt Western leaders and urge children to take up AK-47 assault rifles to defeat Israel and the United States.al-aqsa-tv

The Newseum’s Journalists Memorial previously included Ahmed Haidar, a cameraman for Al Manar who was killed in 1993. Al Manar was designated a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity in 2006.

This year’s memorial also plans to honor Maya Naser, a correspondent for Iran’s Press TV, Iran’s governmentrun English language satellite news network. Press TV has emerged as the Iranian government’s primary propaganda tool to promote a wide range of pernicious anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in English to a worldwide audience.

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