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October 26, 2012

Member Of Islamic Jihad To Address Students At American University

Khader Adnan, a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), is scheduled to speak at American University via Skype next Tuesday, October 30. Adnan was invited by several student groups at American, including Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Amnesty International, Justice not Jails, and the Community Action & Social Justice Coalition.

Adnan, who has been arrested by the Israeli authorities on several occasions, was most recently arrested in the West Bank in December 2011 and immediately began a hunger strike during his detention. After 66 days, Israel granted his early release. He is planning to speak about his experience as a hunger striker at next week’s event.

Adnan is widely described in the media as a “spokesperson,” “leader” or “member” of PIJ. A December 17, 2011 news article on Al-Arabiya, a pan-Arab television channel, about Adnan’s then recent arrest described him as “one of the main leaders of the Palestinian militant movement Islamic Jihad” and as “a former spokesman” for PIJ.  The New York Times, Al Jazeera and CNN further characterize him as a “member” or “spokesperson” of PIJ in the West Bank, where Adnan resides.

Andan has also previously expressed support for terrorism. In a video that has been widely circulated on YouTube and other video-sharing websites, Adnan can be seen shouting, “O Quds Brigades, Strike a blow! O Quds Brigades, Shake the earth! Who among you is Hasan Abu Zeid? Who among you is the next suicide bomber? Who among you will carry the next explosive belt? Who among you will fire the next bullets? Who among you will have his body parts blown all over?” The raw footage of Adnan was reportedly taken at a 2007 funeral of a fellow PIJ member.

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September 20, 2012

Chicago Teen Arrested For “Violent Jihad” Bomb Plot

Adel Daoud Photo From Facebook

An 18-year-old Chicagoan was arrested last week by the FBI for attempting to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a bar in downtown Chicago. The plot was apparently intended as retaliation for America’s perceived war with Islam and “oppression against Muslims.”

Adel Daoud was arrested after trying to set off a fake device set up by FBI agents as a part of a sting operation. Federal authorities began monitoring Daoud in October 2011, after discovering his radical posts on Jihadist Internet forums.

His online activity included sending friends copies of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s English-language terrorist magazine, Inspire, in order to “brainwash them.” On one online extremist forum, Daoud described Inspire as “the best magazine I have read.”

He also shared recorded lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Muslim cleric killed in Yemen last year, and a video by American terrorist Omar Hammami, an Alabama native who became the pub­lic face and voice of Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia.

According to the FBI affidavit, Daoud also used the internet to research justifications for suicide bombings and attacks on civilians. In May of this year, federal authorities began communicating with Daoud online and by July, undercover agents were meeting with him in person.

During the course of the FBI investigation, according to the affidavit, Daoud expressed his desire to carry out attacks in the United States and to travel abroad to join terrorist groups overseas, in particular in Yemen. Daoud allegedly applied for a new passport in March 2012.

Before settling on the bar, Daoud presented a list of proposed targets, including military instillations, concerts, malls and tourist attractions. According to a recorded conversation with the undercover agent, Daoud alluded to the fact that Muslims shouldn’t be at a bar, and if they are, they deserve what they get.

“I want [to do] something that’s gonna make it in the news,” he said, according to the affidavit. “If it’s only like five, ten people, I’m not gonna feel that good.”

One of Daoud’s friends was allegedly involved in the plot as well, but dropped out after being confronted by the sheikh at the mosque they attended.

Daoud has been charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and an explosives violation. He faces a maximum punishment of life in prison.

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August 16, 2012

Hezbollah Re-Launches Apps; Blames ADL For Failure Of Previous Effort

Hezbollah’s smartphone application, launched at the end of July but promptly removed by Apple and Google, has been rereleased for the Android operating system and is “back on Ipad and Iphone,” according to Al-Manar, the Lebanese terrorist organization’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion.

Al-Manar’s English statement

In a statement issued today, Al-Manar says it is “back on Ipad and Iphone applications via alternative ways, following the campaign carried out by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League to deactivate Al-Manar applications on smart phones at Google Play and apple store.”

Al-Manar announced its new release for Android this past weekend and similarly blamed “the Jewish Anti-Defamation League” for launching a “campaign” to remove the original application from iTunes and Google Play. “Al Manar is back again. As we promised our audience, we found alternative ways to make our application available to be downloaded on Android phones,” the statement reads.

Following the removal of the initial application by Apple and Google last month, Al-Manar issued a statement describing ADL as “US based Jewish organization” that “monitors Israel related media especially in Arab and Muslim countries” and sends publications “to American politicians and Congress members.”

In an interview with Al Intiqad, a Lebanese news site, Mohamed Salah, director of Al-Manar’s website, said that Al-Manar “will spare no effort to respond strongly to this targeting.”

In an effort to avoid distributor policies and control, the new applications are downloadable directly from Al-Manar’s website, which is hosted British server. The website also provides instructions, along with screen shots, on configuring Android phones to accept applications “not sourced in Android Market.”

The appli­ca­tion directs users to var­i­ous sta­tion con­tent, includ­ing speeches by Hezbol­lah leader, Has­san Nas­ral­lah. Al-Manar broad­casts the ter­ror­ist group’s mes­sages of hate and vio­lence, dis­sem­i­nates anti-Semitic and anti-American pro­pa­ganda and glo­ri­fies sui­cide bomb­ings to mil­lions of view­ers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hezbol­lah is a U.S. des­ig­nated For­eign Ter­ror­ist Orga­ni­za­tion, and Al-Manar was listed as a “Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist” by the Depart­ment of the Trea­sury in 2006.

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