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June 19, 2013 0

Where Calling Someone A Jew Or An Israeli Is The Ultimate Insult

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Nas­ral­lah bill­board in Tripoli, Lebanon

A bill­board in the streets of Tripoli, Lebanon, insult­ing Hezbol­lah Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Has­san Nas­ral­lah demon­strates how even an enemy of the Jew­ish peo­ple like Nas­ral­lah is sub­ject to attack by his ene­mies as being a tool of the Jews.

The bill­board, appar­ently placed last week in response to Hezbollah’s sup­port of the Syr­ian government’s ongo­ing fight with Sunni rebels, shows Nas­ral­lah with the Star of David on his tur­ban, blood around his mouth and wear­ing a black eye patch, an appar­ent ref­er­ence to the iconic image of Israeli mil­i­tary leader Moshe Dayan. The script below the image said “Your mask fell off, oh you mur­derer of chil­dren and women.”

The bill­board is a reflec­tion of a larger schism within the Mus­lim world between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam. Both sides are invok­ing accu­sa­tions of being a Jew or Israeli against the other as the ulti­mate insult.

Tripoli, a city with a major­ity of Sun­nis, has expe­ri­enced esca­lat­ing sec­tar­ian ten­sion in response to Hezbollah’s sup­port for Syr­ian pres­i­dent Bashar Hafez al-Assad and his troops, which have been fight­ing Sunni rebels in Syria for over a year.

Images of the Nas­ral­lah bill­board have been widely shared on social media by those sym­pa­thetic with the Syr­ian rebels as well. Sev­eral Twit­ter users explic­itly accuse Nas­ral­lah of being a Jew, some claim­ing all Shia Mus­lims are allied with the Jews. It is a clas­sic exam­ple of blur­ring the the line between anti-Israel and anti-Semitism propaganda.

Last Feb­ru­ary ADL issued a press release denounc­ing a sim­i­lar con­spir­acy the­ory in the Mid­dle East, which claimed the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood was secretly allied with Jews.

This past month, videos posted on YouTube showed demon­stra­tors in Syr­ian cities chant­ing “Shia Shia oh you Jews… The army of Muham­mad will return.” The slo­gan is a take­off on the anti-Semitic slo­gan evok­ing the story of slay­ing thou­sands of Jews from the tribe of Khaiber in Ara­bia 1400 years ago.

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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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March 28, 2012 1

American “Global March to Jerusalem” Activist Interviewed by Hezbollah

Dur­ing an inter­view last week with Hezbollah’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion Al-Manar, Sarah Ann Marusek, an Amer­i­can orga­nizer of the upcom­ing “Global March to Jerusalem” (GMJ), dis­cussed the goals of the campaign.    
Marusek told Al-Manar that her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the GMJ is intended to “not only to pro­voke the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment, but to pro­voke those Amer­i­cans who claim to sup­port the Pales­tini­ans while at the same time sup­port a solu­tion that elim­i­nates the right of refugees to return.”
Marusek added, “Deci­sion mak­ers in the U.S. are liv­ing in fear because of the Zion­ist lobby; if they made a deci­sion that sup­ports the Pales­tini­ans, they will be con­demned and lose their jobs and the sup­port they have.”
The inter­view with Al-Manar fol­lowed a press con­fer­ence at the Jour­nal­ists Union in Beirut, Lebanon, which was attended by var­i­ous Pales­tin­ian mil­i­tant fac­tions in Lebanon. Has­san Zaidan, head of the Com­mit­tee to Sup­port the Resis­tance in Pales­tine, a group closely asso­ci­ated with Hezbol­lah, spoke before Marusek, stat­ing that “to count on West­ern and Amer­i­can inten­tions in order to free Jerusalem and achieve the return of refugees is pathetic.”  
Marusek is cur­rently a PhD can­di­date Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity and a polit­i­cal ana­lyst for Iran’s English-language pro­pa­ganda tele­vi­sion sta­tion Press TV. She main­tains a web­site that offers Eng­lish trans­la­tion of Has­san Nas­ral­lah speeches.
Marusek also works with the Right to Return Com­mit­tee in Lebanon, which co-organized a July 2011 rally with Hezbol­lah in Mar Ilias refugee camp in Lebanon to honor wounded Pales­tini­ans who par­tic­i­pated in the May 2011 “Nakba day” march. The march was orga­nized in part on social net­work­ing sites call­ing for a “Third Pales­tin­ian Intifada,” or vio­lent upris­ing against the State of Israel.

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