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October 9, 2015

Incitement To Violence Against Jews Spreads Online

An image posted on Twitter with the Arabic hashtag #TheKnivesIntifada

An image posted on Twitter

As violence continues in Israel, with a deadly shooting and multiple stabbing and other attacks against Israelis this past week, individuals celebrating and promoting terrorism have taken to social media to encourage violence against Jews and Israelis.

Violent hashtags including #stabajew and the Arabic-language hashtag #theknivesintifada are being used by a wide spectrum of individuals who appear to support the murders of Israelis. The hashtag #alqudsunderattack is also being used in conjunction with the violence, particularly by Palestinian organizations and their supporters seeking religious justifications for terrorist incitement.

Online videos promoting the violence have included a cartoon re-enactment of the killing of Eitam and Naama Henkin, a young couple killed by Palestinian terrorists last Thursday in front of their children while driving in the West Bank. The video parallels cartoon videos that grew popular during car attacks against Israelis last fall.

A tweet by Hamas states, "We congratulate and support all forms of resistance using our people as a weapon under the complexities of the security situation.”

A tweet on the Hamas Twitter account reads, “We bless and support all forms of resistance in which our people use whatever weapons are available under the complicated security situation.”

Palestinian groups including Hamas and Fatah have added to the climate of online hate. Hamas’s social media pages and website have applauded the violence; one Tweet from an official Hamas platform read, “We bless and support all forms of resistance in which our people use whatever weapons are available under the complicated security situation.” Another Hamas tweet said Israel had brought “lone wolf” attacks upon itself, borrowing the phrase from ISIS and Al Qaeda, which have encouraged independent, ‘lone wolf’ action in their propaganda materials. Other Hamas posts glorified individuals associated with the murders of Israelis.

Social media posts affiliated with the Palestinian Fatah party have included images of identifiable Jewish caricatures being stabbed with knives.

ISIS supporters online, known for their adept manipulation of social media, are vocal on the issue as well. Multiple ISIS supporters have posted online threats against Jews. One individual who is a prominent ISIS supporter on Twitter based on his persistent online presence, strong following among other ISIS supporters, and regular posting of pro-ISIS news and propaganda posted a series of Tweets encouraging stabbings of Jews, including, “Kill jews. Kill all of them,” “Stab a Jew

A prominent ISIS supporter on Twitter posted about killing Jews

An ISIS supporter on Twitter posted about killing Jews

today. Tomorrow. Everyday,” “Happy international stab a Jew day guys,” and “Stab jews and have a juice.” Another equally prominent individual posted a similar series of Tweets that included, “Don (sic) stop oh muslims ,They (sic) are the worst 123456789…… #STABajew,” and “One of the worst creation, 123456789…… #STABaJEW.”

Other ISIS supporters have posted statements claiming that ISIS will soon conquer Israel. Another prominent ISIS supporter on Twitter re-tweeted a newspaper headline, “The Islamist extremism plaguing the Middle East has arrived” with the caption, “We told you we were coming.” Another ISIS supporter posted a graphic depicting ISIS fighters in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem with the hashtag #Qaribanqariba, which is associated with ISIS attacks. Posts threatening ISIS attacks against

A tweet by an ISIS supporter suggesting that the terror group will conquer Jerusalem

A tweet by an ISIS supporter threatening that the terror group will conquer Jerusalem

Israel were also common during the violence in Israel last fall, when they were distributed by ISIS supporters as well as by official ISIS propaganda outlets.

A third genre of posts by ISIS supporters attempts to widen the conflict, making it clear that they believe it is not a localized issue but rather a global battle between Muslims and Jews. This type of sentiment is common in Islamic extremist ideology, which often attempts to portray local issues as part of a larger conflict between Islam and the West. One user, for example, wrote, “Do you want to liberate Qudus (Jerusalem)? You have to kill All Jews in the World.” Another wrote, “#Jews who kill #MuslimsThey amuse themselvesBy continuing to abuseAnd accuse of killingAnd refuse to stop this#ISIS #Israel #poem,” and, most blatantly, yet another wrote, “So see it’s not Israeli on Palestinian thing. This is a yahoodi (Jewish) verses (sic) Muslim thing. Islam vs. Judaism.”

ISIS actively promoted the above sentiments as recently as last month, when ISIS propaganda magazines in French and English both featured cover stories about Jews. ISIS has previously released videos threatening to conquer Israel as well as other propaganda statements that threatened both Israel and Jews. Additional examples may be found in the ADL’s recent report, Anti-Semitism: A Pillar of Islamic Extremist Ideology.

The online activity is broadly reminiscent of social media posts last November, when calls for and glorification of stabbing attacks against Israelis proliferated on Facebook, Twitter and other sites after a terrorist stabbed worshipers in a Jerusalem synagogue.

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March 18, 2015

NJ Man Arrested For Trying to Join ISIS Espoused Anti-Semitism Online

Tairod Pugh

Tairod Pugh

A New Jersey man, indicted yesterday for attempting to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), marks the 12th U.S. resident charged with supporting or joining Islamic extremism this year and demonstrates the presence of anti-Semitism and role of online propaganda in the radicalization process.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh is a U.S. citizen and former air force mechanic from Neptune, NJ. He allegedly attempted to travel to join ISIS in January but was detained and sent back to the U.S. by Egyptian officials. Pugh was arrested on January 16, 2015, upon his return to the U.S., but the charges were made public following yesterday’s indictment.

Pugh’s Facebook profile included multiple anti-Semitic and anti-Israel posts as well as posts supporting Hamas.

In July 2014, Pugh wrote a post that stated, in part, “All the evil done by the Jews came from within themselves. On the day of Judgment full responsibility of the starving, torture, jailing and killing of innocent Muslims will rest upon there (sic) shoulders. Allah must really hate them to give the rope to hang themselves,” and posted an image with text stating, “Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our G-d is Lucifer.” In August 2014, he shared an image that referenced blood libel accusations, depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slitting the throats of sleeping children.

Pugh also posted several cartoons equating Jews, Israel or Zionists to Nazis, as well as multiple images claiming to depict Israeli war crimes.

An anti-Semitic post on Tairod Pugh's Facebook page.

An anti-Semitic post on Tairod Pugh’s Facebook page.

Although Pugh did not publicly post his support for ISIS, he did share a quote by terror propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki in August 2014. Awlaki is frequently cited as an inspiration for extremism by Americans who have been linked to terrorism.

Pugh allegedly also used his computer to research joining ISIS and watch ISIS propaganda videos. An investigation reportedly found that he had used the internet to search for the terms, “borders controlled by Islamic state,” “who controls kobani (a city that has been contested by ISIS),” “kobani border crossing,” and “jarablus border crossing,” and the feature-film length terror propaganda video “Flames of War,” which depicts and apocalyptic struggle between ISIS and the West. He had also allegedly viewed a chart of crossing points between Turkey and Syria and had downloaded at least one ISIS execution video, along with other ISIS videos.

Additional Facebook posts by Pugh demonstrated anti-U.S. sentiment. One post from August 2014, taken from Iranian controlled media outlet Press TV, depicted protesters burning an effigy of President Barack Obama. A post earlier that month included an article that Pugh wrote describing “the rape of a Muslim woman by the American forces.” According to media reports, some Facebook posts not publicly available also expressed Pugh’s desire to never return to the U.S.

Pugh also shared images praising the terror group Hamas. In August 2014, he shared an apparent image of Hamas militants “returned safely after 21 days of siege.” In July 2014, he shared a photo of Hamas militants with the caption, “Thank you! You make us proud …”

The 12 U.S. residents charged with Islamic extremism related terror offenses this year have been arrested in 7 different states including New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana and Missouri. Pugh is also the 31st American resident publicly linked to ISIS since 2014.

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November 19, 2014

Axe Imagery Proliferates Following Synagogue Attack In Jerusalem

Within minutes of yesterday’s brutal terror attack that killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue, images and cartoons glorifying the attack began circulating online.jerusalem-synagogue-axe-hatchet-al-aqsa

The speed with which images glorifying the killing of Jews with axes and hatchets – which the two terrorists used in their attack – were released demonstrates the ease in which supporters of such brutal attacks can express their support online.

Just last week, a similar social media campaign glorifying terror attacks by running over Israelis with cars was launched.

The Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jerusalem and celebrated the operation by promoting the axe as a symbol for “Resistance” via its various social media platforms. (Israeli law enforcement say they are investigating the claim but preliminary evidence indicates that the perpetrators were acting alone.)  

The group’s Facebook page featured an image of the two terrorists who committed the attack, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, with an axe and a message reading, “Oh Zionists, in all the places and by all means, we will harvest your souls.” Another image posted on the group’s Facebook page shows a masked man carrying an axe and distributing candies to celebrate the operation.jerusalem-synagogue-axe-hatchet-ghassan-abu-jamal

The group also posted a statement on the Facebook page soon after the operation, greeting the “Heroic operation executed by the two martyrs Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal,” and calling to “escalate confrontations against the occupiers and the settlers.”

On the group’s Twitter page, a post describes the use of axes in the operation as “creativity in the forms of resistance.”

Other groups have circulated images and cartoons celebrating the use of an axe to attack Jews, including Ajnad News, a West Bank based news organization. A cartoon depicting a man with a knife and hatchet in a synagogue as Jews around him lie in pools of blood or flee out the door, was posted at to Ajnad’s Twitter account at 7:19am (Jerusalem time) – only minutes after the attackers had entered the synagogue at about 7:00am.jerusalem-synagogue-axe-hatchet-ajnad

Another cartoon shows an image of a hatchet on a car windshield as the car drives towards Jerusalem. And a graphic presents pictures of Orthodox Jews next to image of a moving car wheel, an axe and a gun, and advises readers to learn about news from the Ajnad subscriber service on their phones.

Other images circulating on social media include an image of a frightened Orthodox Jew with a Star of David on his hat surrounded by knives, axes, cars and guns.

The Arabic language jerusalem-synagogue-axe-hatchet-qassam-brigadesTwitter account for the Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, posted images of the aftermath of the account and pictures of the victims and of the perpetrators, as well as a graphic depicting a bloody cleaver and an Israeli emergency medical responder in front of a fiery background. All of the images on the Hamas Twitter feed have been posted multiple times in other locations as well.

Supporters of other terrorist organizations, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Jabhat al Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, have posted images supporting the attack as well. The majority of these are not cartoons but rather images of the aftermath of the attack – perhaps a reflection of the graphic content regularly shared by those terrorist groups.

Other images:

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