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September 10, 2014

Former Revolution Muslim Imam Encourages Support for ISIS

Imam Abdullah Al-Faisal, former spiritual leader of the now-defunct Revolution Muslim (RM)organization, continues to actively preach hatred and extremism online in English and now actively encourages his followers to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Ad for the Authentic Tauheed conference supporting ISIS

In an online conference this weekend, Al-Faisal and three other extremist, English-speaking clerics spoke for a collective 200 minutes on the theme of support for ISIS and its self-proclaimed Caliphate.

Two of the clerics who spoke in addition to Al-Faisal have also been known to incite extremism. One, Atila Ahmed from London (also known as Abu Abdullah) was reportedly sentenced to nearly seven years in prison in 2008 on charges of soliciting murder. The second, Mizanur Rahman from London (also known as Abu Baraa), was convicted of hate speech and solicitation to murder in 2006.

Remarks during the conference ranged from endorsement of ISIS to anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT statements, including:

  • “Who are those that reject the Dawla (ISIS)?…The people that claim that the sharia is not important, don’t think about the sharia, think about themselves.” (Al-Faisal)
  • “When you see that the Dawla cut off the heads of Shi’as you will think that’s extreme, these people are crazy…first of all, the classical scholars did not consider Shi’as as Muslims…you don’t know what the Shi’as believe and you don’t know why the Dawla is so harsh against the Shi’as.” (Al-Faisal)
  • “All the other groups especially in Iraq don’t have as strong a commitment to implementing Sharia as the Dawla and…Dawla is conquering town after town.” (Abu Ruqayyah)
  • “What about ourselves sitting on our backsides eating cakes and biscuits at home while they’re [ISIS fighters] struggling to bring honor to the community of Islam?”
  • “All you Muslims that vote, you have the blood of Muslims that are killed by the West on your hands… by giving your allegiance to kuffar (apostates) and the man-made laws…” (Abu Abdullah)
  •  “Did you know that they say Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is a Jew? When they accuse Abu bakr al Baghdadi of being a Jew, what are they? They are nothing but the barking dogs of jahhanam (hell).” (Al-Faisal)
  • “If you say something against the Zionist Jews or the Jews that died in the wars at the hands of Hitler and you don’t accept it, they could put you into prison. This is the freedom that the Muslims are voting for.” (Abu Abdullah)
  • “So by these they [homosexuals] are preying on our children in schools. They say the integration, the acceptance of democracy is brainwashing our children into accepting homosexuality. They’re trying to make our children like them [gay]. As you see if they’re pumping it day and night on the news on these shows all full of homosexuals and lesbians.” (Abu Abdullah)

These remarks are consistent with statements that Al-Faisal has been making via his Authentic Tauheed website and on his personal Twitter account for months.

In July, Al-Faisal copied the official ISIS version of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s biography in English onto his website and presented a lecture encouraging students to learn from and about Baghdadi and ISIS.  Similarly, in a July lecture posted on his site, he stated, “There is no doubt that he (Bagdadhi) is the legitimate caliph and it is incumbent upon you to give your be’ah (allegiance),” later adding, “So take up arms, take up arms, O soldiers of the Islamic State! And fight, fight!”

On his Twitter account, where this weekend’s conference was advertised, Al-Faisal’s tweets have included:

  • “The #Islamicstate has no borders because we are meant to be #mujahideen sans frontiers #ISIS” (August 20)
  • “Why should #Jews commit genocide and then play the race card to defend themselves. To me, #Hitler was right.”(September 2)

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    Via Abdullah Al-Faisal’s Twitter feed

  • “Our females make us proud by joining IS (The Islamic State, or ISIS).” (September 9)
  • “Any Mujahid [religious fighter] who doesn’t give his bayah (allegiance) to Dawla (ISIS) is a fake Jihadi and his death will b in vain. So please b warned.” (September 9)

Al-Faisal has also used Twitter conversations to encourage others to follow his views. In comments to one of his posts written on September 4, al-Faisal was asked whether the Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a “good resource to understand the zionist’s [sic] and their plan.” Al-Faisal responded, “I was taught the protocols of zion [sic] in Univ. Hence I would recommend it as an excellent source of knowledge.”

In the same conversation, Al-Faisal was asked, “Shaikh I recently became Muslim but am still in High School how do you recommend I seek knowledge?” Al-Faisal directed the asker to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and also to a link on the Authentic Tauheed site that, in summarizing principles of Islam, states, “There is a Quranic verse where Allah (SWT) pronounced Jews and Christians as Kuffar (apostates) even before the hujjah (in this context, punishment for not following Islam) was established against them.”

Prior to his support for ISIS, al-Faisal was a known supporter of al Qaeda, and once condemned Anwar al Awlaki, who afterward went on to become al Qaeda’s chief English-language propagandist, for not being radical enough.

Al-Faisal has previously been jailed for his violent preaching. In 2003, al-Faisal was sentenced in a court in London to nine years for inciting racial hatred and murder. The sentence was later reduced to seven years and in May 2007 he was paroled and deported to Jamaica.

In his UK sermons prior to his arrest, Al-Faisal encouraged Muslims who are 15 and older to get weapon training during school vacations and to assume a “jihad mentality.” In his speeches he said that non-Muslims, including Hindus and Jews, should be killed like “cockroaches.” In one lecture he said that the “filthy Jews [were] evil to the core.” In a recorded speech that was carried shortly after the September 11 attack and presented as evidence at the trial, Al-Faisal, argued that it is “permissible to drop bombs on a kuffar (apostate) nation” and that women and children who may be hurt are “collateral damage” and Muslims will “become martyrs.”

Al-Faisal’s Authentic Tauheed site, on which this weekend’s conference took place and where he regularly posts his lectures, is hosted on the PalTalk website, which bills itself as a “free videochat community.” It also maintains two Twitter feeds distinct from al-Faisal’s feed. Al-Faisal has been using the service since at least 2008. The word tauheed (sometimes spelled tawhid) is an Islamic term referring to monotheism.

Al-Faisal was perhaps best known as the spiritual guide for RM, a fringe anti-Semitic Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tion that jus­ti­fied ter­ror­ist attacks and other forms of vio­lence for many years. RM distributed al-Faisal’s CDs and posts videos of his lectures and his writings to its Web site, and donations to RM were believed to possibly support Faisal financially.

He is also believed to have played a role in the radicalization of Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber” and Jermaine Lindsay, one of the bombers behind the July 7, 2005 attacks on London’s transit system.

Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Faisal (also spelled El-Faisal) was born Trevor Forrest in Jamaica. He converted to Islam when he was 16 and moved to Britain as a young man. In 1992, after several years of studying religion in Saudi Arabia, he returned to Britain and became a preacher at the Brixton Mosque in London, where he delivered very radical speeches to crowds of up to 500 worshipers.

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May 5, 2014

UAE Book Fair Again Features Anti-Semitic Books

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) in the United Arab Emirates, which is open from April 30- May 5th and hosts exhibitors from over 50 countries, includes notorious anti-Semitic titles among its offering of over 500,000 titles. The book fair is officially organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair. Books such as Adolf Hitler’s Mien Kampf and Henry Ford’s notoriously anti-Semitic newsletter, The International Jew, have been featured alongside reputable works on a wide range of topics, such as law, sociology and fiction.abu-dhabi-international-book-fair-uae

The ADIBF comes just months after neighboring emirate Sharjah featured several infamous anti-Semitic books at the Sharjah International Book Fair, including The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and conspiracy theory-laden Arabic-language titles, such as The Jews and the Secret Movements in the Crusades.

The anti-Semitic books for sale at the ADIBF are listed under various categories and classifications. Adolf Hitler’s notorious 1925 autobiographical manifesto is listed under the category “Politics,” while the Protocols is featured under the categories “Political Science” and “Strategic and Military Studies.”

The book fair also features several Arabic-language anti-Zionist and anti-Israel books published in the Arab world, such as Zionist Terrorism, The Barbarism of the Zionist Entity and The Temple and the Strategic Plans to Judaize Jerusalem.

The guest of honor at this year’s book fair is the Kingdom of Sweden, which will have a special pavilion at the fair. The Swedish Ambassador to the United Arab Emirate, Max Bjuhr,  attended a special ceremony honoring Sweden earlier this week.

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April 29, 2014

Tehran Book Fair To Feature Works By Anti-Semites, Holocaust Deniers

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27th Tehran International Book Fair

An annual book fair in Tehran, hosted by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, is set to include domestic and foreign-published anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying books, including the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and works by notorious American racist David Duke.

President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to preside over the opening of the fair, the 27th annual Tehran International Book Fair, at the Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Grounds on April 29. The fair will then be open to the general public from April 30 to May 10. Several high-ranking government officials will accompany Rouhani at the opening festivities, including Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Janati, the director of the fair Abbas Salehi, and Hassan Hashemi, the governor of Tehran.

The book fair will feature literary works authored by Iranian, Arab and Western writers. The fair’s selection of Farsi-language titles include several books dealing with Zionism, alleged Jewish control over Hollywood and the U.S. government, and Holocaust denial.

Among the books that will be offered, according to the fair’s website, is a Farsi translation of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, the notorious anti-Semitic forgery, and Iranian-authored books on Holocaust denial, such as Half Hidden: Legend-Building of the Holocaust.

The list of anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying books authored by Westerners is disturbing. Among the books that will be featured is American Holocaust denier and anti-Semite Michael Hoffman’s The Israeli Holocaust Against the Palestinians, and Jewish Supremacists (titled in Farsi: Holocaust! A Report on the Depth of Jewish and Zionist Influence in all Organs of the United States of America) by David Duke. A translated collection of essays on the alleged excessive power of the American pro-Israel lobby by American academic John Mearsheimer is also listed on the fair’s website.

Many of the anti-Semitic titles originating from the West will appear in translated editions for Iran’s Farsi-speaking audience.

In 2013, similar titles, particularly Arabic translations of the Protocols, appeared at international book fairs held in neighboring Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

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