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January 31, 2014 0

Newseum & Smithsonian Select Anti-Semitic Paper For Upcoming Media Exhibit

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Car­toon pub­lished in Arab Amer­i­can News in March 2010

The New­seum and the Smith­son­ian Insti­tute have cho­sen the Arab Amer­i­can News¸ an Arabic-English lan­guage weekly news­pa­per based in Dear­born, Michi­gan, with a long his­tory of pub­lish­ing anti-Semitic arti­cles, for an exhibit show­cas­ing media from var­i­ous eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties the U.S.

The May 2014 exhibit,One Nation With News for All,“will tell the story of how immi­grants and minori­ties used the power of the press to fight for their rights and change Amer­i­can his­tory,” accord­ing the New­seum website. 

The stated pur­pose of the exhibit to cel­e­brate the rich cul­tural, eth­nic and reli­gious back­grounds of hun­dreds of com­mu­ni­ties that have made the U.S. their home, is laud­able. The selec­tion of the Arab Amer­i­can News to rep­re­sent the Arabic-speaking com­mu­nity is a par­tic­u­larly poor choice to rep­re­sent the pos­i­tive mes­sage of the exhibit.

The news­pa­per has a long his­tory of pub­lish­ing arti­cles that prop­a­gate the­o­ries of Jew­ish con­trol over the U.S. gov­ern­ment and for­eign pol­icy. The English-language sec­tion of the news­pa­per has pro­vided a plat­form for known anti-Semites, Holo­caust deniers and 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rists, such as Jeff Gates, Paul Craig Roberts and Alan Sabrosky. Its Editor-in-Chief Osama Siblani has expressed pub­lic sup­port for ter­ror­ist organizations. 

Exam­ples of the anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial arti­cles in the Arab Amer­i­can News can be found in ADL’s Pro­file: Osama Siblani & The Arab Amer­i­can News

The New­seum stirred con­tro­versy in May 2013 when it included the names of two jour­nal­ists from Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV as part of its ongo­ing memo­r­ial to jour­nal­ists who lost their lives in the line of duty. Although the New­seum had indi­cated that it would “reeval­u­ate” the inclu­sion of the jour­nal­ists, the museum ulti­mately decided to include the names in the memorial.

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January 3, 2014 0

WhatsApp Hezbollah?

Hezbollah’s media arm, Al Manar TV, which is listed as a “Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist Entity” is exploit­ing yet another Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy com­pany to reach and inter­act with audi­ences around the world.whatsapp-hezbollah

Al Manar is using the ser­vices of a California-based instant mes­sag­ing ser­vice called What­sApp to deliver “break­ing news” via text and to allow its sup­port­ers to inter­act with the station.

Al-Manar broad­casts Hezbollah’s mes­sages of hate and vio­lence, dis­sem­i­nates anti-Semitic and anti-American pro­pa­ganda and glo­ri­fies sui­cide bomb­ings to mil­lions of view­ers in the Arab world, Europe and South East Asia for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Al Manar web­site has already pub­lished selected mes­sages sub­mit­ted by users of What­sApp from around the world; some of the mes­sages include state­ments express­ing loy­alty and alle­giance to Hezbol­lah Chief, Has­san Nas­ral­lah.Hezbol­lah, a U.S. des­ig­nated For­eign Ter­ror­ist Orga­ni­za­tion, has increased its pres­ence on var­i­ous inter­net plat­forms includ­ing social media net­works such as Twit­ter, Face­book and YouTube, in recent years. This exploita­tion of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy has enabled Hezbol­lah to dis­sem­i­nate its mes­sages more broadly and quickly than ever before.

In July of 2012, ADL exposed Al Manar’s efforts to cre­ate free appli­ca­tions for smart­phones avail­able through iTunes and other online stores. The appli­ca­tion was removed from the iTunes store and Hezbol­lah issued a state­ment blam­ing ADL for the removal of its applications.

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January 3, 2014 3

Hezbollah Posts New Games Aimed At Youth

In a con­tin­u­a­tion of its effort to pro­mote its hate­ful mes­sages to chil­dren and cul­ti­vate the next gen­er­a­tion of ter­ror­ists, Hezbol­lah has updated the video game web­site it orig­i­nally cre­ated a month ago to include newer, more cartoon-like games geared toward even younger audiences.hezbollah-kids-games

The orig­i­nal games, released last month and still avail­able on the site, enabled play­ers to sim­u­late Hezbol­lah oper­a­tives as they reen­act var­i­ous bat­tles against Israeli forces. Since then, five games have been added:

  • Invaders Grave­yard, fea­tur­ing South Park-like car­toon fig­ures, pro­vides Angry Birds-style tar­get prac­tice against car­toons of Israeli sol­diers attempt­ing to enter Lebanon.
  • In the Heart of the Enemy has play­ers aim missile-shaped darts at a Jewish-star shaped dart board.
  • House of Spi­der, described on the web­site as teach­ing that, “The Zion­ist enemy is weaker than the house of the spi­der,” involves aim­ing a soc­cer ball with a Jew­ish star on it at a spi­der web and at var­i­ous prizes on the web.

The other two games, Lib­er­a­tion of Pris­on­ers and Destroy­ing the Enemy, were posted but not oper­a­tional as of this writing.

This new set of games may not be the last. The front page of Hezbollah’s games’ web­site encour­ages user inter­ac­tion, ask­ing play­ers to “join us” by email­ing “if you have an idea for a game.”

Hezbol­lah has cre­ated a num­ber of games geared at chil­dren through­out its his­tory. In 2003, it began sell­ing a game called “Spe­cial Force,” which was fol­lowed in 2007 by “Spe­cial Force 2.”  The cur­rent web­site is the first to fea­ture games for free online, and is specif­i­cally geared to “strengthen the cul­ture of resis­tance” among chil­dren “ages 11 and above.”

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