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June 3, 2014

New Terrorist Video Rails Against Jews

The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), a terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq previously associated with Al Qaeda, released two videos and a magazine in the last several days aimed at recruiting terrorists. These media, which were first made available via Twitter, are the latest examples of a fast-growing trenRabbis are humiliatedd involving terrorist propaganda online that is aimed at westerners.

One of the videos, titled “Ya Junud Al-Haqq Hayya,” which translates as “Soldiers of the just cause, let’s go!” is particularly noteworthy for its use of threats against Jews and Christians to rally the troops.

Against a backdrop of pictures of ISIS militants, the video features an Arabic song while the English translation splashes in red against the images. After a call to “rally all the troops,” the first verse concludes with the line, “Wherever our war goes, Jewish rabbis are humiliated.” Following a chorus, the second verse then begins, “Break the crosses and destroy the lineage of the grandsons of monkeys,” probable references to Christians and Jews.

The video comes at the same time as French officials claim that Mehdi Nemmouche, the alleged perpetrator of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels that killed three people, may have fought with ISIS while in Syria last year.

The other video released features an ISIS member who is apparently a European recruit singing in German about victory for ISIS and the imposition of Islamic law on an Islamic state. It claims to be the first of a series of short videos aimed at Westerners called “Mujatweets.”

Anti-Semitism is often used by terrorists groups in their propaganda to appeal to and rad­i­cal­ize followers. For example, Inspire magazine, the English language magazine released by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, is filled with either direct threats against Jews and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions or dia­tribes against Jews and Israel.

The magazine released by ISIS is in English and is designed as a news magazine, featuring images of recent ISIS accomplishments in Syria along with captions and brief descriptions. All three releases highlight ISIS’s continued attempts to attract and recruit Westerners and demonstrate the integration of Western recruits in their organization, while simultaneously highlighting the organization’s strength.

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June 2, 2014

Alleged Brussels Jewish Museum Shooter May Have Fought in Syria

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The suspected gunman in the May 24 attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Mehdi Nemmouche, reportedly spent about a year in Syria, where French and Belgian officials say he may have fought with the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), a terrorist organization formerly associated with Al Qaeda.

The connection may substantiate fears that westerners fighting in Syria could return to attempt attacks in their home countries. Nemmouche’s choice to attack a Jewish museum may also further demonstrate the connection between terrorist ideology and anti-Semitism.

Nemmouche was arrested in France on Friday. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of considerable ammunition, including a Kalashnikov rifle wrapped in a sheet with the ISIS symbol and the words “God is great.” He also had a video recorder on which he had apparently claimed credit for the attack and said he wanted to “kill Jews” and to “set fire to Brussels and fill it with blood.”

A native of France, Nenmouche is believed to have been radicalized in prison and to have left for Syria only three weeks after his release in 2012. French and Belgian officials claim there is evidence that he fought with ISIS while he was there.

The shooting in the museum resulted in 3 deaths and 1 person injured. It bears resemblance to a shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France in 2012 by Mohamed Merah. Merah, a French citizen, had spent time with extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan before returning to France and perpetrating the attack.

As many as 3,000 Europeans and 100 Americans are believed tohave travelled to join the conflict in Syria. This travel is only increasing as  groups utilize social media and online propaganda to recruit followers.

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