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March 28, 2014 0

Hezbollah Is Still Trying To Broadcast Messages To Your Handheld

Hezbollah’s media arm Al Manar launched free mobile appliAl Manar Appcations on iTunes and Google Play this month, the satel­lite station’s sec­ond attempt to spread their hate mes­sages to iPhone and Android users.

In July 2012, ADL exposed the first app launched by Hezbol­lah, which was also avail­able on Apple and Google Play, and the app was sub­se­quently removed. ADL swiftly noti­fied Apple and Google about the new apps this time as well. The iTunes ver­sion has already been removed but the appli­ca­tion is still avail­able on Google Play.

The iTunes app, called LCG, is a less advanced app than its pre­de­ces­sor but still had the abil­ity to pro­vide live stream­ing to Al Manar’s tele­vi­sion sta­tion. Al Manar broad­casts Hezbollah’s mes­sages of hate and vio­lence, dis­sem­i­nates anti-Semitic and anti-American pro­pa­ganda, and glo­ri­fies sui­cide bomb­ings to its view­ers. The new app also pro­vided access to fea­tured videos of senior offi­cials of both Iran and Hezbollah.

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.

The repeated attempts by Hezbol­lah to estab­lish a pres­ence and pro­vide access to its con­tent via users’ cell­phones under­scores the high pre­mium the ter­ror­ist group gives to mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. In Jan­u­ary 2014, Al Manar launched a What­sApp pro­file pre­sum­ably in an effort to pro­vide a faster and more direct way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with its users.

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December 20, 2012 1

Hamas Media “Mouthpiece” Delivers Terrorist News Through iTunes App

The Pales­tin­ian Infor­ma­tion Cen­ter (PIC), which claims to serve as the media arm of Hamas, has a free appli­ca­tion on iTunes that pro­vides access to the lat­est news and state­ments by Hamas.

The app, released in Sept 2012, can be accessed by search­ing iTunes for the term “Hamas” only in Ara­bic. The app is avail­able for both the iPhone and iPad. The app pro­vides a selec­tion of news from the PIC and also acts as a gate­way to the PIC website.

PIC, estab­lished in Decem­ber 1997, states on its Eng­lish lan­guage pages that it is “an inde­pen­dent Pales­tin­ian orga­ni­za­tion.” The Ara­bic ver­sion of its web­site, how­ever, describes itself as “the mouth­piece of resis­tance, Hamasa and Jihad.”

The PIC web­site, which pro­vides links to var­i­ous Hamas affil­i­ated web­sites, fea­tures the lat­est issues of Qas­samy­oon, the mag­a­zine of Al-Qassam Brigades, the mil­i­tary arm of Hamas. The mag­a­zine glo­ri­fies ter­ror­ism and includes mil­i­tary instruc­tions on how to engage with “the enemy.”

One arti­cle on the web­site reads in part, “Why do Zion­ists exag­ger­ate in show­ing their hate towards Hitler? Is it because of their Holo­caust alle­ga­tion and their attempt to gain the sym­pa­thy of the world, or are there other rea­sons that fuel up this hatred?”

In July, ADL exposed a sim­i­lar smart­phone appli­ca­tion launched by Hezbol­lah. That appli­ca­tion, which pro­vided access to Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, al-Manar, was promptly removed by Apple and Google.

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