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November 19, 2014

Axe Imagery Proliferates Following Synagogue Attack In Jerusalem

Within minutes of yesterday’s brutal terror attack that killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue, images and cartoons glorifying the attack began circulating online.jerusalem-synagogue-axe-hatchet-al-aqsa

The speed with which images glorifying the killing of Jews with axes and hatchets – which the two terrorists used in their attack – were released demonstrates the ease in which supporters of such brutal attacks can express their support online.

Just last week, a similar social media campaign glorifying terror attacks by running over Israelis with cars was launched.

The Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jerusalem and celebrated the operation by promoting the axe as a symbol for “Resistance” via its various social media platforms. (Israeli law enforcement say they are investigating the claim but preliminary evidence indicates that the perpetrators were acting alone.)  

The group’s Facebook page featured an image of the two terrorists who committed the attack, Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, with an axe and a message reading, “Oh Zionists, in all the places and by all means, we will harvest your souls.” Another image posted on the group’s Facebook page shows a masked man carrying an axe and distributing candies to celebrate the operation.jerusalem-synagogue-axe-hatchet-ghassan-abu-jamal

The group also posted a statement on the Facebook page soon after the operation, greeting the “Heroic operation executed by the two martyrs Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal,” and calling to “escalate confrontations against the occupiers and the settlers.”

On the group’s Twitter page, a post describes the use of axes in the operation as “creativity in the forms of resistance.”

Other groups have circulated images and cartoons celebrating the use of an axe to attack Jews, including Ajnad News, a West Bank based news organization. A cartoon depicting a man with a knife and hatchet in a synagogue as Jews around him lie in pools of blood or flee out the door, was posted at to Ajnad’s Twitter account at 7:19am (Jerusalem time) – only minutes after the attackers had entered the synagogue at about 7:00am.jerusalem-synagogue-axe-hatchet-ajnad

Another cartoon shows an image of a hatchet on a car windshield as the car drives towards Jerusalem. And a graphic presents pictures of Orthodox Jews next to image of a moving car wheel, an axe and a gun, and advises readers to learn about news from the Ajnad subscriber service on their phones.

Other images circulating on social media include an image of a frightened Orthodox Jew with a Star of David on his hat surrounded by knives, axes, cars and guns.

The Arabic language jerusalem-synagogue-axe-hatchet-qassam-brigadesTwitter account for the Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, posted images of the aftermath of the account and pictures of the victims and of the perpetrators, as well as a graphic depicting a bloody cleaver and an Israeli emergency medical responder in front of a fiery background. All of the images on the Hamas Twitter feed have been posted multiple times in other locations as well.

Supporters of other terrorist organizations, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Jabhat al Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, have posted images supporting the attack as well. The majority of these are not cartoons but rather images of the aftermath of the attack – perhaps a reflection of the graphic content regularly shared by those terrorist groups.

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July 16, 2014

Hamas’s Ongoing Social Media War

Update: July 17 – Since this blog was posted, the Al Aqsa Today, Quds TVandIzzat Al Risheq Facebook pages are no longer available.

As Hamas continues to target Israelis with rockets from Gaza, the Palestinian terrorist organization is using a range of Internet and social media platforms to disseminate its propaganda, news and updates.hamas-social-media-twitter-facebook-youtube-rockets

The following is a sampling of Twitter handles, YouTube channels, Facebook pages, Google+ pages and other online platforms being exploited by Hamas. While some Internet platforms have made efforts to curtail these efforts in the past by removing Hamas-run accounts, the terrorist group continues to actively engage on all of these sites.

In addition to these accounts, there are countless others operated by supporters of the terrorist organization and in various languages.

The ADL’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide enables the community to register concerns with Internet service providers when they encounter terrorist content such as this.

 Hamas Media Office

The Hamas press office and Information Agency. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Twitter.

  • Media Office – Hamas The Twitter handle for the Hamas Media Office.  It is cross-linked with the Twitter feeds of senior Hamas political leaders.

Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades

The Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades (shortened to ‘Qassam Brigades’) is the Hamas military wing. This is the wing of Hamas that has stockpiled and developed weapons including rockets and drones and is firing them at Israel. In addition to websites in Arabic, Hebrew and English, the Qassam Brigades has active presence on Twitter, YouTube and Google+.

  • Qassam Media The Twitter handle for the Qassam Brigades. Visitors are directed to this page via link from the Qassam Brigades website.
  • Al-Qassam Brigades The Hebrew-language Twitter handle for the Qassam Brigades. It is also sometimes retweeted by the Arabic Qassam Brigades feed. Visitors are directed to this page via link from the Hebrew language Qassam Brigades website.
  • Resistance MediaThe Google+ Page for the Qassam Brigades. It is cross-linked and shares content with the Qassam Brigades’ Resistance Media YouTube channel.
  • Resistance Media– The YouTube channel for the Qassam Brigades. The Qassam Brigades website directs visitors to this channel via link. Many of the videos have English titles.
  • Palestine IntifadaYouTube channel apparently linked to Hamas and the Qassam Brigades. Most, if not all videos on this channel are official Qassam Brigades videos. They have been Tweeted by official Qassam Brigades twitter accounts

Izzat Al Risheq

Izzat Al Risheq is a Hamas spokesman and senior official. There are active Facebook and Twitter accounts in his name.

  • Izzat Al RisheqThe Facebook page for Izaat Al Risheq. It features the same content as his Twitter feed.
  • Izzat Risheq The Twitter handle for Izaat Al Risheq. This is one of only two accounts that the Hamas Twitter account follows.

Al Aqsa TV

Al Aqsa TV is a Hamas-run television station that promotes terrorist activity and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

  • Al Aqsa Today – The Facebook page for Al Aqsa TV. The Al Aqsa TV website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • Al Aqsa TV Chanel The Twitter handle for Al Aqsa TV. The Al Aqsa TV website directs visitors to this handle via link.
  • Alaqsa TVChannelYouTube channel for Al Aqsa TV. Visitors are directed to this link from the Al Aqsa TV website.

Al Quds TV

Al Quds TV is a Hamas-run television station that promotes terrorist activity and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Facebook and YouTube.

  • Quds TVThe Facebook page for Al Quds TV. The Al Quds TV website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • Quds TVSatYouTube channel for Al Quds TV. Visitors are directed to this link from the Al Quds TV website.

Alray Media Agency

The Alray Media Agency is a Hamas affiliated media agency owned by the Gaza-based Information Office of the Palestinian Government. In addition to its website, it has active presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well as an application available on ITunes and Google Play.

  • Alray Media AgencyThe Facebook page for Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • Alray Media AgencyThe Twitter handlefor Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • AlraypsenThe YouTube channel for Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media website directs visitors to this page via link.
  • AlRay Palestinian Media Agency – An application for ITunes and Google Play developed by the Hamas Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology. The application claims to be for “a Palestinian media agency speaking in the name of the Palestinian government, it expresses the opinion of the glorious Palestinian people, deals with their concerns and adopts their causes and positions.” It is advertised on the Alray website.

Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT)

The MTIT is a Gaza-based Palestinian government agency. Due to its location in Gaza, its primary affiliation is therefore assumed to be to Hamas (despite the recent Palestinian unity pact).

  • Electronic Information –An application from the Hamas Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT) that “allows government employees in Gaza to inquire about mail payments, salaries and other services.” It is advertised on the MTIT website.
  • Dalely-Palestinian Orgs Guide –An application from the Hamas MTIT that provides a directory to communicate with various governmental and non-governmental organizations in Gaza including Hamas government apparatus.

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