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July 16, 2014

Hamas’s Ongoing Social Media War

Update: July 17 – Since this blog was posted, the Al Aqsa Today, Quds TVandIzzat Al Risheq Facebook pages are no longer available.

As Hamas continues to target Israelis with rockets from Gaza, the Palestinian terrorist organization is using a range of Internet and social media platforms to disseminate its propaganda, news and updates.hamas-social-media-twitter-facebook-youtube-rockets

The following is a sampling of Twitter handles, YouTube channels, Facebook pages, Google+ pages and other online platforms being exploited by Hamas. While some Internet platforms have made efforts to curtail these efforts in the past by removing Hamas-run accounts, the terrorist group continues to actively engage on all of these sites.

In addition to these accounts, there are countless others operated by supporters of the terrorist organization and in various languages.

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

 Hamas Media Office

The Hamas press office and Information Agency. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Twitter.

  • Media Office – Hamas The Twitter handle for the Hamas Media Office.  It is cross-linked with the Twitter feeds of senior Hamas political leaders.

Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades

The Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades (shortened to ‘Qassam Brigades’) is the Hamas military wing. This is the wing of Hamas that has stockpiled and developed weapons including rockets and drones and is firing them at Israel. In addition to websites in Arabic, Hebrew and English, the Qassam Brigades has active presence on Twitter, YouTube and Google+.

  • Qassam Media The Twitter handle for the Qassam Brigades. Visitors are directed to this page via link from the Qassam Brigades website.
  • Al-Qassam Brigades The Hebrew-language Twitter handle for the Qassam Brigades. It is also sometimes retweeted by the Arabic Qassam Brigades feed. Visitors are directed to this page via link from the Hebrew language Qassam Brigades website.
  • Resistance MediaThe Google+ Page for the Qassam Brigades. It is cross-linked and shares content with the Qassam Brigades’ Resistance Media YouTube channel.
  • Resistance Media– The YouTube channel for the Qassam Brigades. The Qassam Brigades website directs visitors to this channel via link. Many of the videos have English titles.
  • Palestine IntifadaYouTube channel apparently linked to Hamas and the Qassam Brigades. Most, if not all videos on this channel are official Qassam Brigades videos. They have been Tweeted by official Qassam Brigades twitter accounts

Izzat Al Risheq

Izzat Al Risheq is a Hamas spokesman and senior official. There are active Facebook and Twitter accounts in his name.

  • Izzat Al RisheqThe Facebook page for Izaat Al Risheq. It features the same content as his Twitter feed.
  • Izzat Risheq The Twitter handle for Izaat Al Risheq. This is one of only two accounts that the Hamas Twitter account follows.

Al Aqsa TV

Al Aqsa TV is a Hamas-run television station that promotes terrorist activity and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

  • Al Aqsa Today – The Facebook page for Al Aqsa TV. The Al Aqsa TV website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • Al Aqsa TV Chanel The Twitter handle for Al Aqsa TV. The Al Aqsa TV website directs visitors to this handle via link.
  • Alaqsa TVChannelYouTube channel for Al Aqsa TV. Visitors are directed to this link from the Al Aqsa TV website.

Al Quds TV

Al Quds TV is a Hamas-run television station that promotes terrorist activity and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Facebook and YouTube.

  • Quds TVThe Facebook page for Al Quds TV. The Al Quds TV website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • Quds TVSatYouTube channel for Al Quds TV. Visitors are directed to this link from the Al Quds TV website.

Alray Media Agency

The Alray Media Agency is a Hamas affiliated media agency owned by the Gaza-based Information Office of the Palestinian Government. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well as an application available on ITunes and Google Play.

  • Alray Media AgencyThe Facebook page for Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • Alray Media AgencyThe Twitter handlefor Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • AlraypsenThe YouTube channel for Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • AlRay Palestinian Media Agency – An application for ITunes and Google Play developed by the Hamas Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology. The application claims to be for “a Palestinian media agency speaking in the name of the Palestinian government, it expresses the opinion of the glorious Palestinian people, deals with their concerns and adopts their causes and positions.” It is advertised on the Alray website.

Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT)

The MTIT is a Gaza-based Palestinian government agency. Due to its location in Gaza, its primary affiliation is therefore assumed to be to Hamas (despite the recent Palestinian unity pact).

  • Electronic Information –An application from the Hamas Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT) that “allows government employees in Gaza to inquire about mail payments, salaries and other services.” It is advertised on the MTIT website.
  • Dalely-Palestinian Orgs Guide –An application from the Hamas MTIT that provides a directory to communicate with various governmental and non-governmental organizations in Gaza including Hamas government apparatus.

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March 28, 2014

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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January 3, 2014

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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