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October 27, 2014 1

New Spate of Lone Wolf Attacks Highlights Terrorist Propaganda

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

A recent series of attacks in the U.S. and Canada have renewed national con­ver­sa­tion about the dan­ger of lone wolf ter­ror­ism: Attacks under­taken by indi­vid­u­als act­ing entirely on their own, with­out belong­ing to an orga­nized extrem­ist group, ter­ror­ist group or cell.

When extrem­ists plan and exe­cute attacks alone, as indi­vid­u­als, there are far fewer oppor­tu­ni­ties for law enforce­ment to detect the attacks in advance and they are much more dif­fi­cult to pre­vent. Con­se­quently, “lone wolf” actions tend to be more deadly.

There is increas­ing spec­u­la­tion that the rise of online ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other for­eign ter­ror­ist groups – and its increas­ing sophis­ti­ca­tion – may con­tribute to such attacks.

ISIS, Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP), and other groups have called on Amer­i­cans, Cana­di­ans and other west­ern­ers to self-radicalize and com­mit lone wolf attacks against their home countries.

In Sep­tem­ber, a speech released by ISIS told sup­port­ers, “If you can kill a dis­be­liev­ing Amer­i­can or Euro­pean – espe­cially the…French – or an Aus­tralian, or a Canadian…kill him in any man­ner or way how­ever it may be. Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s ver­dict. Kill the dis­be­liever whether he is civil­ian or mil­i­tary…” One of the sug­gested meth­ods of attack was to “run him [the West­erner] over with your car.”

In August, AQAP issued an English-language mag­a­zine, which stated that the U.S. “needs sev­eral more attacks inside and out­side its ter­ri­to­ries. This could be done by a Mujahid group or a lone Mujahid,” and pro­vided updated instruc­tions for build­ing pres­sure cooker bombs and car bombs. Such sen­ti­ments have been a fea­ture of AQAP’s English-language pro­pa­ganda for years.

More­over, expo­sure to vio­lent images com­bined with the incite­ment of ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda may pro­vide the nec­es­sary ratio­nale to lead indi­vid­u­als with vio­lent ten­den­cies – and some­times unsta­ble behav­ior – over the tip­ping point towards vio­lence. And in pro­vid­ing that ratio­nale, ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda may also direct the vio­lence, lead­ing to a higher like­li­hood of attacks against law enforce­ment, author­ity fig­ures, or other sym­bolic targets.

Zale Thompson’s alleged attack against NY police offi­cers and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s alleged attack on the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment pro­vide exam­ples of this new type of lone wolf: Indi­vid­u­als with some degree of upset and insta­bil­ity who buy into the frame­work of ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda to the extent that they under­take acts of violence.

Thomp­son, for exam­ple, was rumored to be depressed and suf­fer­ing from drug abuse. He was angry about what he per­ceived as oppres­sion of blacks in the U.S. In his embrace of rad­i­cal Islam, he read and wrote about “holy war” and behead­ings, and googled the phrase “jihad against police,” accord­ing to law enforce­ment sources. He also looked up infor­ma­tion on the two Cana­dian attacks before allegedly attempt­ing to kill the police officers.

Less is known about Mar­tin Rouleau-Couture, the man who allegedly ran over two sol­diers in Canada last week, but he, too, appar­ently engaged with extrem­ist pro­pa­ganda online and praised ISIS on his Face­book page.

Lone wolves aren’t the only ones who respond to online incite­ment. A major­ity of the Amer­i­can cit­i­zens who attempt to join for­eign ter­ror­ist groups abroad or to work on their behalf at home have been influ­enced by it to some extent – appar­ently includ­ing the three teenage girls from Den­ver who allegedly attempted to join ISIS last week.

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August 21, 2014 0

Anti-Zionist Group Targets Jewish Institutions

Over the past two weeks, demon­stra­tors from Jew­ish Voice for Peace (JVP), the largest Jew­ish anti-Zionist group in the United States, have entered Jew­ish insti­tu­tion build­ings to directly con­front the lead­ers of major Amer­i­can Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions over their sup­port for Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge.

On four sep­a­rate occa­sions, mem­bers of JVP made their way into build­ings belong­ing to Jew­ish insti­tu­tions and began to protest inside. Their goal in get­ting inside the build­ings was to hand deliver an open let­ter call­ing the insti­tu­tional Jew­ish community’s sup­port for Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge “painful” and “a betrayal of our [Jew­ish] his­tory and values.”

1. New York City (August 20) – Mem­bers of JVP’s New York City chap­ter entered the UJA-Federation offices in Man­hat­tan. One of the pro­test­ers, who live-tweeted from the demon­stra­tion, wrote “Occu­py­ing UJA fed­er­a­tion office in NYC now.” The pro­test­ers even­tu­ally moved their demon­stra­tion to the side­walk out­side of the building.

2. Den­ver (August 19) – The Front Range JVP chap­ter led a group of pro­test­ers into the JEW­ISH­col­orado build­ing in Den­ver. Inside the build­ing, pro­test­ers attempted to deliver their peti­tion to JEWISHcolorado’s Pres­i­dent and CEO Doug Seser­man. After their request was denied, they moved the demon­stra­tion to the building’s lobby and then even­tu­ally out­side of the build­ing after 911 was report­edly called.

3. Durham (August 12) – A small group of pro­test­ers from JVP’s North Car­olina chap­ter inter­rupted the “Com­mu­nity Gath­er­ing in Sup­port of Israel and Peace,” which was spon­sored by the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tions of Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill. While a speaker was deliv­er­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion, mem­bers of the group inter­rupted his speech, unfolded a large ban­ner and began to make demands from insti­tu­tional Jew­ish lead­er­ship about their stance on Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge.

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JVP mem­bers at the Philadel­phia Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion building

4. Philadel­phia (August 8) – Pro­test­ers from JVP’s Philadel­phia chap­ter made their way into the Jew­ish Fed­er­a­tion offices in Philadel­phia. After gain­ing entrance, they demanded to meet with the Federation’s CEO Naomi Adler. After being told that they would not receive an appoint­ment, a small por­tion of the group refused to leave the build­ing and con­tin­ued to protest inside, report­edly lead­ing to their arrest.

Six other protests have also taken place out­side of Jew­ish insti­tu­tions over the past month, although var­i­ous groups such as Al-Awda and the newly-founded If Not Now, When?, have orga­nized those. No attempts were made to enter the Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in those cases, but like JVP, the pro­test­ers called on the Jew­ish com­mu­nity to con­demn Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge.

At least 25 other protests have taken place out­side of build­ings affil­i­ated with Israel or Israeli com­pa­nies. At one of those demon­stra­tions, mem­bers of JVP and Jews Say No! made their way into the offices of Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF). Once inside, the demon­stra­tors began to protest and con­ducted a “die-in.” Nine pro­tes­tors were report­edly arrested.

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July 10, 2014 3

Anti-Israel Protests Call For “Death to Israel” & “Resistance”

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A sign at a rally in New York on July 9, 2014

Sev­eral dozen protests and demon­stra­tions express­ing oppo­si­tion to Israel’s mil­i­tary oper­a­tions against Hamas in Gaza are tak­ing place in cities across the United States this week.

While orga­niz­ers some­times pro­mote their protests as a demon­stra­tion against “Israel’s treat­ment of Pales­tini­ans” – as The New York Times even did yes­ter­day when it high­lighted a planned demon­stra­tion that took place in New York in its “New York Today” col­umn – more often than not, these protests devolve into out­right hate fests against Israel, rife with calls of sup­port for vio­lence, com­par­isons between Israel and Nazi Ger­many and claims that Israel wan­tonly mur­ders Pales­tin­ian children.

Fol­low­ing an esca­la­tion in rocket attacks from Gaza and Israel’s com­mence­ment of “Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge,” ini­ti­ated in order to reduce the threat of attacks against Israeli civil­ians, more than a dozen ral­lies have taken place in Amer­i­can cities. Below is a sam­pling of what occurred at some of these rallies:

July 9, 2014

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More than 1,000 demon­stra­tors gath­ered out­side the Israeli Con­sulate bear­ing signs com­par­ing Israel to the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Ger­many, as well as signs legit­imiz­ing vio­lent resis­tance against Israel. At var­i­ous points dur­ing the rally, pro­test­ers in the crowd led chants of “Death to Israel” and “Khaibar, Khaibar ya Yahud, jaysh Muham­mad sawfa ya’ud,” which trans­lates to “Oh Khaiber, Khaiber, oh you Jews, the army of Muham­mad shall return.” The anti-Semitic slo­gan evokes an Islamic story of an alleged bat­tle between the prophet Muham­mad and the Jews of the town of Khaibar, which resulted in the sub­ju­ga­tion of the Jews of Arabia.

Sev­eral dozen mem­bers of Neturei Karta, a fringe ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist group, were also in atten­dance, hold­ing plac­ards that called for an end to the Jew­ish state and “Zion­ist ter­ror­ism.” The spokesper­son for the group, Yis­roel Dovid Weiss, addressed the crowd in an attempt to absolve Jews from Israel’s alleged crimes, argu­ing that until the advent of Zion­ism, Jews and Mus­lims lived peace­fully together. He also led chants of “Zion­ism No, The State of Israel Must Go.” Another speaker warned the crowd to avoid dia­logue with any­one who sup­ports Israel, say­ing “No for Nor­mal­iza­tion!” He fur­ther praised the fact that Gaza is “fight­ing back” and led the crowd in chants of “When Peo­ple are Occu­pied, Resis­tance is Justified.”

Chicago, IL

A rally drew sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers to the Israeli Con­sulate in Chicago after wChicago July 1hich pro­test­ers marched to the Fed­eral Plaza, chant­ing, “Hey Israel what do you say, how many kids have you killed today?” and “Long Live Intifada. Intifada, Intifada!” Included among the many signs were sev­eral that accused Israel of per­pe­trat­ing a Holo­caust: “End the Pales­tine Holo­caust,” “It was Wrong in Auschwitz, it is Wrong in Gaza!” and “Gaza Concentration/Starvation Camp, Designed, Man­u­fac­tured, Fre­quently Bombed and Man­aged By Israel.”

July 8, 2014

Los Ange­les, CA

Sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers gath­ered out­side the Israeli Con­sulate on Tues­day after­noon to call for an end to Israel’s alleged “col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment” of Pales­tini­ans. Some of the pro­test­ers helAnti-Israel protest LA July 8, 2014d graphic images of Moham­mad Abu Khdeir, the Pales­tin­ian teen who was recently killed by Jew­ish extrem­ists. Pro­test­ers con­demned the “Blood­thirsty Zion­ists” and one indi­vid­ual held a sign that depicted a large swastika painted over a Star of David that read, “I believe Yahoo ordered the mur­der of three Israelites.” Yahoo is a ref­er­ence to Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu and refers to the con­spir­acy the­ory that Israel orches­trated the mur­ders of three Israeli teenagers in order to launch attacks against Hamas. Another woman wore a t-shirt bear­ing an image of Anne Frank with a kef­fiyah wrapped around her neck, an offen­sive attempt to claim that one of the most famous vic­tims of the Holo­caust would have sup­ported the Pales­tin­ian agenda.

 July 7, 2014

San Fran­cisco, CA

A protest in San Fran­cisco, which took place a day before “Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge” for­mally began, fea­tured sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers who chanted “From the River to the Sea, Pales­tine will be Free,” “With our soul and our blood we will redeem you, Pales­tine,” and “Intifada! Intifada! We sup­port the intifada!” One pro­tester was also recorded in a video of the demon­stra­tion shout­ing “There is no f***ing State of Israel.”

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