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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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December 12, 2012 0

Shabaab Spokesman’s “Close Friend” Arrested

Two Amer­i­can cit­i­zens resid­ing in Alabama were arrested yes­ter­day in Geor­gia on sus­pi­cion of terrorism-related activity.

Randy “Rasheed” Wil­son was arrested in Atlanta attempt­ing to board a flight to Morocco. Wil­son allegedly claimed to be a close friend of Omar Ham­mami, the Alabama native who became the pub­lic face of Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda-affiliated Somali ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion. His co-conspirator, Moham­mad Abukhdair, was arrested at a bus sta­tion en route to Canada from where he report­edly planned to join Wil­son.  Both were charged with con­spir­ing to pro­vide mate­r­ial sup­port to ter­ror­ists in an Alabama fed­eral court on Monday.

Accord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Wil­son and Abukhdair expressed their admi­ra­tion for rad­i­cal American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Osama bin Laden, as well as repeat­ing their com­mit­ment to carry out vio­lent jihad, to an under­cover FBI employee.  They even turned over a cache of jihadist pro­pa­ganda, includ­ing Awlaki lec­tures, to the under­cover employee for destruc­tion. Wil­son, who is 25, appar­ently believed that “one way or another everyone’s gonna have to fight… there’s no deed bet­ter than jihad,” accord­ing to the tran­scripts of recorded con­ver­sa­tions sub­mit­ted to the court.

Wil­son had pre­vi­ously report­edly con­spired with another mutual friend of Hammami’s (who later became a con­fi­den­tial infor­mant) to travel to Soma­lia to join Al Shabaab. Abukhdair had been detained by Egypt­ian author­i­ties on sus­pi­cion of involve­ment in ter­ror­ist activ­ity and was deported back to the United States.  He appar­ently admit­ted to the under­cover FBI employee that he had jihadist mate­r­ial on his lap­top at the time and believed that “Allah pro­tected him” because Egypt­ian intel­li­gence had not found it.

The two men, who met online in 2010, sup­pos­edly dis­cussed sev­eral pos­si­ble des­ti­na­tions, includ­ing trav­el­ing to Soma­lia via Sudan, where they report­edly expected spe­cial treat­ment because of Wilson’s rela­tion­ship with Ham­mami. Abukhdair alter­na­tively pro­posed that they carry out attacks in the United States because he feared he would not be allowed to travel inter­na­tion­ally after being turned away from a flight to Jor­dan ear­lier this year.  Accord­ing to the charges, Abukhdair allegedly sug­gested engag­ing in hostage-taking oper­a­tions in the U.S. and demand­ing the release of Mus­lim ter­ror­ists being held in Amer­i­can pris­ons in exchange.

The court doc­u­ments assert that Wil­son and Abukhdair made def­i­nite travel arrange­ments to go to Mau­ri­ta­nia via Morocco in Octo­ber. The two also report­edly dis­cussed trav­el­ing to Mali from Mau­ri­ta­nia where Islamic mil­i­tants are active in the north of the country.

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