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July 11, 2014 0

ISIS Weighs In On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Al-Battar Media tweet threat­ens: “Patience, Jews, our appoint­ment is at al-Quds [Jerusalem] tomor­row, for the one who waits is close.”

As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, an Al Qaeda inspired ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion seek­ing to cre­ate an Islamic empire) gains con­fi­dence, ter­ri­tory and expands its exten­sive online pres­ence, the ter­ror­ist group (and its sup­port­ers) are increas­ingly mak­ing threats against Israel in response to the ongo­ing conflict.

One of ISIS’ sev­eral media wings, Al-Battar Media, tweeted a series of graph­ics threat­en­ing Israel. One graphic posted July 9 shows storm clouds over Jerusalem with a warn­ing: “Patience, Jews, our appoint­ment is at al-Quds [Jerusalem] tomor­row, for the one who waits is close.” Another image posted the same day shows the Dome of the Rock mosque super­im­posed in front of mil­i­tants and fea­tures the same language. 

ISIS’ Dawla Media Twit­ter feed, which reg­u­larly posts ISIS pro­pa­ganda mate­ri­als, tweeted a quoteon July 8 pur­port­edly from a Hamas spokesman say­ing, “All our mil­i­tary oper­a­tions till now are just [a] mes­sage for Israel.”

Dawla Media has also tweeted a state­menton July 9 indi­cat­ing that ISIS must fight the sur­round­ing Arab states before it can attack Israel “because they are the pro­tec­tive fence sup­port­ing the Jews.”

Other state­ments have been tweeted from a feed asso­ci­ated with the pro-ISIS extrem­ist forum “Al-Platform Media,” which has been tweet­ing state­ments by forum users. For exam­ple, one tweet from July linked to a con­ver­sa­tion on the forum pro­claim­ing, “Allah’s curse upon those of you who have made filth on the holy places. Zion­ist dogs…I would cru­cify you.”

ISIS’s online sup­port­ers are also tweet­ing their own threats. One sup­porter wrote that the kid­nap­pings and deaths of the three Israeli teenagers Naf­tali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach would be the first of many such attacks. And at least one sup­porter posted the anti-Semitic “Khay­bar” slo­gan evok­ing the story of slay­ing thou­sands of Jews from the tribe of Khaiber in Ara­bia 1400 years ago. The slo­gan has been retweeted and favor­ited by many ISIS supporters.

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ISIS map that reads, “We fight in Lev­an­tine and our eyes are ded­i­cated towards beit al Maqdis [Jerusalem]”

ISIS pro­pa­ganda tar­get­ing Israel is not with­out prece­dent. Even before the cur­rent con­flict, maps dis­trib­uted online by ISIS demon­strat­ing its ter­ri­to­r­ial ambi­tions reg­u­larly included Israel as part of the Islamic State. A map released by ISIS in March claimed that the orga­ni­za­tion held ter­ri­tory 220km away from Israel and threat­ened rocket attacks, say­ing, “We fight in the Lev­an­tine and our eyes are toward Jerusalem.”

A video released by ISIS last month before the cur­rent con­flict included threats against Jews and Chris­tians to rally its mil­i­tants. The video includes explicit anti-Jewish state­ments, includ­ing “Wher­ever our war goes, Jew­ish rab­bis are humiliated.”

ISIS has a long his­tory of threat­en­ing Israel. As early as 2005, the organization’s pre­de­ces­sor, Al Qaeda in Iraq, claimed at least 2 rocket attacks against Israel. In 2008, the organization’s leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi issued an audio state­ment call­ing for attacks on Israel and propos­ing to use Iraq as a “launch­ing pad” for mis­sile attacks against Israel.

ISIS has become well known for its sophis­ti­cated use of social media, where it dis­sem­i­nates pro­pa­ganda, threat­ens west­ern nations and enables sup­port­ers to take part in that process.

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April 1, 2014 6

Anti-Semitic Television Series Khaiber Wins Golden Award

Update — April 7, 2014: Khaiber also won the Golden award at Cairo’s Arab Drama Fes­ti­val on April 6. More than 60 TV shows were fea­tured in the festival.

The anti-Semitic tele­vi­sion series Khaiber, which dra­ma­tized the sub­ju­ga­tion of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th cen­tury, was rec­og­nized with a “Golden Award” at the 13th annual Gulf Radio and Tele­vi­sion Fes­ti­val hosted in Bahrain last week.khaiber-khaybar-golden-award-bahrain

Dr. Samira Ebrahim Bin Rajab, Bahrain’s Min­is­ter of State for Media Affairs, pre­sented the first place award to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Echo Media Qatar, the com­pany that pro­duced Khaiber. The award was for best show pro­duced by a pri­vate pro­duc­tion company.

315 films, tele­vi­sion and radio pro­grams pro­duced in the Arab states of the Per­sian Gulf were sub­mit­ted to the fes­ti­val. The slo­gan for this year’s fes­ti­val was “Youth are the future of our media.” The fes­ti­val is orga­nized annu­ally by the Per­sian Gulf Arab states to pro­mote media coop­er­a­tion and collaboration.

ADL first raised con­cern about Khaiber and its anti-Jewish themes in Feb­ru­ary 2013, imme­di­ately after reports from Qatar revealed the inten­tion of Echo Media to pro­duce the series and con­tract Yusri Al-Jindy to write the script for the series. Al-Jindy is known for his his­tory of anti-Semitic writ­ings. The show, which aired on sev­eral Arab tele­vi­sion sta­tions last sum­mer, con­firmed ADL’s con­cern by pro­mot­ing var­i­ous anti-Semitic themes.

By award­ing one of the more high pro­file anti-Semitic pro­duc­tions last year, the fes­ti­val and its hosts are send­ing a mes­sage that hatred is not only accept­able, but also wor­thy of recognition.

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July 16, 2013 0

Latest Khaiber Episodes Establish Anti-Jewish Narrative

The first five episodes of Khaiber, the mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar tele­vi­sion series that dra­ma­tizes the geno­cide of Jews in Ara­bia in the 7th cen­tury, have aired across the Arab world.khaiber-episodes-3-4-5

The first two episodes revealed the degree to which clas­si­cal anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives are being pro­moted in the pro­gram. The lat­est three episodes, described below, are a con­tin­u­a­tion of those themes.

ADL first raised con­cern about Khaiber and its anti-Jewish con­tent in Feb­ru­ary 2013. In addi­tion, ADL has exposed the program’s Egypt­ian writer, Yusri Al-Jindy, who has had pre­vi­ously depicted Israelis and Jews as blood­thirsty sav­ages, and the expres­sions of anti-Semitism by var­i­ous peo­ple asso­ci­ated with the production.

Episode 3

In this episode, sev­eral Rab­bis are shown respond­ing with anger to the news that a new prophet appeared in Mecca. One of the Rab­bis, Al-Harith says, “We will reject him as we rejected Christ.”

The Rab­bis then dis­cuss test­ing Mohammed with a series of ques­tions in order to ver­ify his sta­tus as a prophet. How­ever, most agree that even if Mohammed answers the ques­tions cor­rectly, they will not rec­og­nize him. “If we declare him a prophet, it would be against the inter­est of the Jews… can you guar­an­tee that he will be of ben­e­fit to us, where is our inter­est in this?” Ben Akhtab, the Grand Rabbi asks. He then explains that it is in the inter­est of the Jews to cre­ate an alliance with the Mec­cans because the Jews require their power and money.

In addi­tion, a blind Rabbi named Shas, who wears a large Star of David neck­lace, is depicted as a vicious per­son who is more con­cerned about money than reli­gion. He reveals his hatred to Mohammed by say­ing that he is an “imposter and a liar.”

Episode 4

In this episode, Ben Akhtab con­spires to kill the one “good” Rabbi in the show, who believes that Muham­mad is a real Prophet (the Rabbi sur­vives the assas­si­na­tion attempt). Ben Akhtab, also decides to make a deal with one of his Arab pris­on­ers — in return for killing Mohammed, the pris­oner will be granted his free­dom (the pris­oner escapes and avoids hav­ing to take part in the plot).

Episode 5

In this episode, the Jews cre­ate an alliance with Ibn Aubay, a promi­nent Arab leader whose ambi­tion is to be the king of Yathrib and con­trol the two rival Arab tribes who live there; the Al-Aws and Al-Khazra tribes.

When fight­ing erupts between the Arab tribes, Rabbi Shas tells Rabbi Ben Akhtab, “Let them kill each other until ter­mi­na­tion.” Ben Akhtab responds, “This is against our inter­ests…. No for let­ting them ter­mi­nate each other; Yes to cre­at­ing an alliance with Ibn Aubay in order to become their masters.”

Ben Akhtab also claims, “The solu­tion is in the papers of Jew­ish schol­ars; with any king or tyrant we must appease him, con­tain him, and con­nect our inter­ests with his interests.”

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