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February 27, 2015

ISIS Propaganda Videos Showcased on IS-Tube

IS-Tube

IS-Tube

Update – 3/3/15: ADL contacted Twitter about the associated handle. It has since been removed. 

Update – 2/27/15: ADL contacted Google about the website this morning. It has since been removed. 

A website calling itself IS-Tube, providing access to an archive of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) propaganda videos, is the latest example of ISIS’ sophisticated social media communication and recruitment strategies, which have influenced a diverse group of people from around the world, including from the United States, throughout 2014.

The website features a large collection of propaganda videos created by official ISIS media outlets, including ISIS’s feature-length film Flames of War, which presents an apocalyptic struggle between the terrorist group and the West, and the recent video showing the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was captured by ISIS and burned to death.

Visitors to the site can search for the videos they want to find via a search bar, or via drop-down menus that categorize videos by narrator for example, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi or spokesman Abu Muhamed al Adnani – or by media group, including ISIS’s Al Hayat, Al Itisam, Furqan Media and Ajnad Media. Videos can also be searched by country of origin.

The country of origin search includes Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Algeria, the Afghanistan region, Saudi Arabia and the Sinai, demonstrating ISIS’s expansive claims of influence throughout the region.

IS-Tube, hosted on a Google-owned IP block and registered to what appears to an address in Amsterdam, is associated with a specific Twitter handle,  which directed users to the webpage as part of a new hashtag campaign launched on February 26. The campaign encourages supporters to send tweets with the hashtag #IslamicStateMedia or a corresponding Arabic hashtag.

A tweet advocating attacks in conjunction with the #IslamicStateMedia hashtag campaign

A tweet advocating attacks in conjunction with the #IslamicStateMedia hashtag campaign

Calls for attacks against Western countries and for Muslims abroad to travel to join ISIS in the region have been prominent among the messages being tweeted by ISIS supporters using #IslamicStateMedia, as have tweets of ISIS magazines, videos and other propaganda content in addition to IS-Tube. One ISIS supporter, for example, tweeted an image of Hyper Cacher, the kosher grocery store attacked in Paris in January, with the words, “Jihad is the path for Paradise. O’ lone wolf, another attack like Paris attack #IslamicStateMedia.”

ISIS has conducted similar hashtag campaigns in the past, which it uses both to mobilize supporters and to advertise specific messages. Following the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and a kosher supermarket in France in January, ISIS supporters used the hashtag  #FightForHim to capitalize on the press surrounding the attacks and call for additional violence. In June and August 2014, ISIS initiated hashtag campaigns using the phrases #CalamityWillBefallUS and #AMessageFromISIStoUS that threatened the U.S. and its citizens.

The ADL’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide enables the com­mu­nity to reg­is­ter con­cerns with Inter­net ser­vice providers when they encounter ter­ror­ist con­tent online.

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July 14, 2014

Disturbing Online Messages Say #HitlerWasRight

The popularity of some disturbing Hitler-related hashtags on Twitter has grown in reaction to “Operation Protective Edge,” Israel’s response to the latest round of rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza.HitlerWasRight-hitler-gaza-israel-twitter-hashtag

Many of these responses have included the hashtags #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong, such as:

  • “World needs another Hitler! #HitlerWasRight #SavePalestine #SaveGaza”
  • “#HitlerWasRight but he did one thing wrong he let other Jews to live, and they are massacring #Palestinians today”
  • “#HitlerWasRight #HitlerDidNothingWrong we need a clone of #hitler for #jews #Israel @IsraeliPM”

This online outpouring of anti-Semitism initially appeared in the context of the recent series of Nazi and Holocaust references that flooded social media after Germany’s 7-1 victory over Brazil in the World Cup semifinals. Some of those wishing to protest Israel’s operation in Gaza have piggybacked on this phenomenon, referencing both Germany’s World Cup victory and Gaza in their #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong tweets:

  • “Germany won the World Cup- Israel has won murder, destruction and disaster. #iSupportGaza #HitlerWasRight? He did what Israel does now”
  • “I am supporting #Germany because #HitlerWasRight he killed jews with this reason #GAZA #GazaUnderAttack #WorldCuptFinal2014Brazil”
  • “2014 FIFA World Cup CHAMPIONS! ***GERMANY*** #PrayForGaza #HitlerWasRight #JewsAreHumanEnemy #JewsAreRealTerrorist”

Invoking Hitler and Nazi Germany to demonize Israel is not limited to social media. Blatantly offensive comparisons have appeared at a number of anti-Israel protests in the U.S. Below are just a few examples:

  • At a protest orga­nized by the Mil­wau­kee Pales­tin­ian Sol­i­dar­ity Coali­tion, one young woman held a sign that read, “Don’t Do To Pales­tini­ans What Hitler Did To You.”
  • At a pro­test­ in Cleve­land, one sign depicted Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu with a Hitler mus­tache and a Nazi flag juxtaposed with an Israeli flag.
  • At a rally in front of the Israeli Con­sulate in Chicago, among the many signs were sev­eral that accused Israel of per­pe­trat­ing a Holo­caust: “End the Pales­tine Holo­caust,” “It was Wrong in Auschwitz, it is Wrong in Gaza!” and “Gaza Concentration/Starvation Camp, Designed, Man­u­fac­tured, Fre­quently Bombed and Man­aged By Israel.”    

A recent ADL poll of anti-Semitic attitudes in 100 countries found that knowledge about the Holocaust varies widely depending on the country. In the survey, 54 percent of those polled globally responded affirmatively when asked if they had heard about the Holocaust in Europe during World War II. Another 35 percent of those polled indicated they had no knowledge of the Holocaust, and 10 percent responded “don’t know.”

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