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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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February 7, 2013 0

Hezbollah Military Branch Offers Free Podcasts On iTunes

The mil­i­tary branch of Hezbol­lah, The Islamic Resis­tance (“Al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya”), offers a col­lec­tion of free Farsi and Ara­bic lan­guage pod­casts on iTunes that pro­mote both the ter­ror­ist group’s and the Iran­ian regime’s mil­i­tant propaganda.

The col­lec­tion of 20 pod­casts, appar­ently uploaded between Octo­ber 2010 and Decem­ber 2012, includes speeches by Hezbollah‘s leader Has­san Nas­ral­lah, speeches of Iran­ian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and mil­i­tant songs and other record­ings prais­ing the Lebanese-based U.S.-designated ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion and its ter­ror­ist operations. 

The Farsi descrip­tion of the pod­cast states that the audio has been uploaded from the Iran­ian sec­tion of The Islamic Resis­tance website.

In one of the avail­able pod­casts, titled “Sanc­tion­ing Israel,” Khamenei deliv­ers a Farsi ser­mon hail­ing efforts to attack Israel in the Arab world, describes Israel as the “Can­cer­ous Gland,” and pre­dicts the destruc­tion of Israel.

Another pod­cast, titled “The Resis­tance Essay,” mixes Jihadist songs, mil­i­tary chants and ser­mons by Iran­ian and Hezbol­lah lead­ers. In one part, Khamenei says, “After the great and tremen­dous vic­tory of Hezbol­lah in Lebanon [against Israel], America’s strat­egy in the Mid­dle East faced a destruc­tive earth­quake. The dev­ils of arro­gance rushed to treat their drub­bing and repair their defeat.”

Last year, Hezbol­lah used iTunes to deliver mobile access to con­tent from its satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion, al-Manar.

Hezbol­lah has been impli­cated in numer­ous ter­ror­ist attacks against Israeli and West­ern tar­gets since 1982. Most recently, Hezbol­lah mem­bers were impli­cated by Bul­garia in the July 2012 bomb­ing of a bus of Israeli tourists in the resort city of Bur­gas. Hezbol­lah and its main inter­na­tional spon­sor, Iran, have also been linked to a spate of attacks and attempted attacks on Israeli diplo­mats and other tar­gets abroad in 2012.

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December 28, 2012 4

Anti-Semitism Right on Your iPod

Inter­ested in lis­ten­ing to an anti-Semitic lec­ture while com­mut­ing to work or going for a run? A vari­ety of anti-Semitic pod­casts by scholars and reli­gious lead­ers in the Arab world are avail­able for down­load through iTunes.

A down­load­able lec­ture by Abu Bakr al-Jaza’iri, a promi­nent scholar and Islamic stud­ies pro­fes­sor who lives in Saudi Ara­bia, accuses Jews of spread­ing athe­ism and cor­rup­tion in the world. The lec­ture, titled “The Role of Jews in Defam­ing the Hijab,” blames Jews for set­ting off a women’s lib­er­a­tion move­ment in Islam and claims that Jews aim to spread the same cor­rup­tion and immoral­ity among Mus­lims that they pre­vi­ously spread to Euro­peans. Al-Jaza’iri says, “They [the Jews] tar­geted Europe. How did they attack it? They founded the Bol­se­vik sec­u­lar athe­ist sect also known as Marx­ist Communism…humanity never knew athe­ism before the Jew­ish gang plot.” He also accuses Jews of caus­ing world wars: “The Sec­ond World War was sparked by the Jews… no world war was started with­out the Jews.”

Another avail­able lec­ture refers to the Tal­mud to advance anti-Semitic the­o­ries about Jews. The lec­ture, by promi­nent Egypt­ian Sheik Muham­mad Has­san, is called “Black Pages From the His­tory of Jews” and describes the Tal­mud as a “filthy sex­u­ally per­verted vul­gar book.” Sheik Has­san also claims that Jews are guilty of “cheat­ing and spread­ing cor­rup­tion on Earth.” The lec­ture orig­i­nally aired on Al Rahma, an Egypt­ian Islamist tele­vi­sion station.

There are also sev­eral down­load­able pod­casts that fea­ture sup­port for ter­ror­ism and calls for vio­lence against Jews. One such lec­ture by Saudi cleric Sheik Khalid al-Rashid, who is cur­rently serv­ing a 15-year prison term because of crit­i­cism of the Saudi gov­ern­ment, glo­ri­fies Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism and tells the story of a Pales­tin­ian sui­cide bomber who attacked “the ene­mies… the Jews, who are the sons of apes and pigs.” The sheik weeps emo­tion­ally as he describes how the sui­cide bomber then ascended to par­adise. The lec­ture is titled “Khaiber Khaiber Ya Yahood,” which refers to an Islamic story of an allegedly vio­lent bat­tle between the prophet Muham­mad and the Jews of the town of Khaibar, which resulted in the sub­ju­ga­tion of the Jews of Arabia.

A sim­i­larly themed lec­ture by promi­nent Saudi cleric Sheik Salih al-Munajjid calls on Mus­lims to attack Jews. The lec­ture, titled “Oh Jews, the Mus­lims are Com­ing,” advo­cates for jihad and explains that “to assas­si­nate Jew­ish lead­ers is a great Sun­nah [Islamic way].”

Hezbol­lah and a Pales­tin­ian media orga­ni­za­tion that claims to be the mouth­piece for Hamas have pre­vi­ously launched smart­phone appli­ca­tions via iTunes. The Hezbol­lah app was removed last July.

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