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February 7, 2013

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

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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December 20, 2012

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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