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August 27, 2014 Off

American Killed In Syria Tweeted ISIS Propaganda


McCain named him­self Duale Khalid on Twitter

The death of Amer­i­can cit­i­zen Dou­glas McAu­thur McCain while fight­ing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) this week­end may fur­ther attest to the impact of ISIS’ sophis­ti­cated use of social media and online pro­pa­ganda.

ISIS, an Al Qaeda inspired ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion oper­at­ing in Iraq and Syria, encour­ages its sup­port­ers to share its mes­sages on social media. McCain appears to have responded.

Between May and August 2014, McCain reg­u­larly shared ISIS tweets and pro­pa­ganda mate­ri­als. For exam­ple, he retweeted the Eng­lish trans­la­tion of a speech by ISIS spokesman Abu Muham­mad al-Adnani. In June, he shared an image prais­ing mar­tyr­dom with the cap­tion “Shuhada [mar­tyr­dom] in Jan­nah [par­adise] with there (sic) souls in green birds. flying.”

He also tweeted state­ments indi­cat­ing pro-ISIS view­points includ­ing, “If your (sic) a Mus­lim and you vote, please let me know so I can unfol­low and block you” (indi­cated anti-democratic sentiment).

His own tweets may also indi­cate that he had begun think­ing about dying. On May 14, he wrote, “Ya Allah when it’s my time to go have mercy on my soul have mercy on my bros.” On June 9, he Tweeted to an  an alleged ISIS fighter: “I will be join­ing you guys soon.”  Later, he retweeted: “It takes a war­rior to under­stand a war­rior. Pray for ISIS.”


Before May, McCain had not been active on Twit­ter for about a year, and before that he did not reg­u­larly tweet about extrem­ist issues.  duale-khalid-twitter-isis-mcain

McCain’s Twit­ter account and Face­book pro­file (he had recently changed his name to “Duale Thaslave­o­fAl­lah” on Face­book) reflected a man with a diverse mix of non-extremist inter­ests. McCain’s “likes” on Face­book included the Chicago Bulls, Pizza Hut and the TV show Chappelle’s Show. He expressed con­sid­er­able inter­est in street fight­ing and ‘liked’ sev­eral pages pro­mot­ing it.

Some “likes” on Face­book also sug­gested some poten­tial inter­est in extrem­ism as well. For exam­ple, he liked the Face­book page belong­ing to Musa Ceran­to­nio, an extrem­ist Aus­tralian preacher who main­tained an active Twit­ter account that posted and trans­lated ISIS pro­pa­ganda mate­ri­als until his arrest in the Philip­pines in July 2014. He also liked a page called The Black Flag that ref­er­ences Islamist mil­i­tancy and reg­u­larly posted links to the Pro­to­cols of the Elders of Zion, an infa­mous anti-Semitic con­spir­acy theory.

Accord­ing to his Twit­ter account, McCain con­verted to Islam in 2004, well before he stopped post­ing about rap, sports and his friends and fam­ily on social media.

McCain is the sec­ond Amer­i­can iden­ti­fied as hav­ing been killed fight­ing with a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion in Syria in 2014. In May, Moner Abu Salha of Florida was iden­ti­fied in a Jab­hat al-Nusra (al Qaeda in Syria) video as hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in a sui­cide attack. In addi­tion, an appar­ent Amer­i­can using the pseu­do­nym Abu Dujana al-Amriki was por­trayed in a video posted online as hav­ing been killed fight­ing with ISIS in 2013.

Over 100 Amer­i­cans are believed to have trav­eled to Syria and Iraq to join the fight­ing, and increas­ing num­bers of those Amer­i­cans are choos­ing ISIS as their orga­ni­za­tion of choice.

McCain was born in 1981 in Illi­nois. He later moved to the Twin Cities and then to San Diego. He grad­u­ated high school and, accord­ing to his Face­book pro­file, stud­ied at San Diego City College.

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July 25, 2014 17

Anti-Semitism On Display: Two Weeks of U.S. Anti-Israel Protests

In the 15 days of protests against Israel’s response to the lat­est round of rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza, there have been a total of 134 anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held in cities through­out the U.S. Many of these demon­stra­tions fea­tured anti-Semitism with many com­par­isons made between the State of Israel and Nazi Ger­many. In addi­tion, some of the ral­lies have fea­tured con­tent in sup­port of Hamas and over­all Pales­tin­ian “resistance.”



1. Cal­i­for­nia

The state with the most anti-Israel demon­stra­tions was Cal­i­for­nia where there were 19 dif­fer­ent protests held in cities such as Los Ange­les, San Diego, San Fran­cisco, Chico, and Santa Cruz. Quite a few of these demon­stra­tions fea­tured signs that com­pared the State of Israel to Nazi Ger­many. In San Fran­cisco an Israeli flag was burned. In Los Ange­les, a demon­stra­tor held a sign that read “That Jew-Jew Lame shit I ain’t with it Israel you bet­ter quit it Gaza-za #FreePalestine.”





2. New York

Ten anti-Israel demon­stra­tions have taken place in New York State in cities such as New York, Syra­cuse, and Buf­falo. At these demon­stra­tions, some par­tic­i­pants held up anti-Semitic signs and cer­tain speak­ers called for the destruc­tion of the State of Israel and defended the ter­ror­ist group Hamas.



3. Ohio and Washington

In Ohio and Wash­ing­ton State, there were nine sep­a­rate anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held in cities includ­ing Cleve­land, Toledo, Seat­tle and Olympia. In both states, pro­test­ers held anti-Semitic signs that made com­par­isons between the State of Israel and Nazi Ger­many and alleged Israeli con­trol over the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment. “Die-ins” were also held in both states.




4. Texas

Eight anti-Israel demon­stra­tions took place in cities such as San Anto­nio, Hous­ton, Austin, and Dal­las. Pro­test­ers held signs that read “They’re both the same” (writ­ten next to pic­tures of Adolf Hitler, an equals sign, and Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu), “We’re see­ing Israel’s incre­men­tal geno­cide in the Gaza ghetto,” and “End the Pales­tine Holocaust.”



5. Florida and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Seven sep­a­rate anti-Israel demon­stra­tions took place across Florida and in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Pro­test­ers attended these demon­stra­tions hold­ing signs that read “Adolf Netanyahu Hitler,” “One Holo­caust doesn’t jus­tify another!,” and “Gaza is the real Holo­caust.” A sign that read, “Blam­ing Hamas 4 fir­ing rock­ets @ Israel is like blam­ing a woman 4 hit­ting her rapist” appeared in Miami.





6. Penn­syl­va­nia and Massachusetts

There were six anti-Israel protests held in both Penn­syl­va­nia and Mass­a­chu­setts in cities such as Philadel­phia, Pitts­burgh, and Boston. At these demon­stra­tions, par­tic­i­pants were seen with signs that read “Not even the Holo­caust gives you the right to do this!” and “Do you think that Israel is a vic­tim? Zion­ism = Nazism.” The sign “Blam­ing Hamas for fir­ing rock­ets is like Blam­ing a woman who punches her RAPIST” also appeared at a rally in Philadelphia.




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January 8, 2014 1

U.S. Based Islamist TV Station Disseminates Anti-Semitism

Ahl-e-Bait TV, a San Diego-based Islamist satel­lite sta­tion fix­ated on attack­ing main­stream Sunni Islam, has been pro­mot­ing con­spir­a­cies that include anti-Semitic alle­ga­tions of a Sunni-Jewish alliance.hassan-allahyari

Ahl-e-Bait TV, the only satel­lite sta­tion of its kind based in the U.S., is avail­able through mul­ti­ple satel­lite providers around the world. The sta­tion, report­edly founded in 2009, has seen its pop­u­lar­ity grow in the Arab and Mus­lim world as a result of its provoca­tive mes­sages, which can be accessed through mul­ti­ple online plat­forms as well.

The bulk of the station’s broad­cast fea­tures live dis­cus­sions between callers from the Mus­lim and Arab world and the California-based Sheik Has­san Allah­yari, a Shi’a cleric orig­i­nally from Afghanistan whose reli­gious views and pub­lic crit­i­cism of promi­nent Mus­lim fig­ures has increased his pro­file in the Mus­lim world in recent years.

In an episode that was posted online on Decem­ber 13, 2013, Allah­yari accused one of the most revered Sunni fig­ures, the sec­ond Mus­lim Caliph, Umar ibn Al-Khattab, of sup­port­ing Jews. Allah­yari said, “This man [Umar ibn Al-Khattab] deeply loves the Jew­ish nar­ra­tives and the satir­i­cal reli­gious sto­ries and hereti­cal lies which Jews claim about sev­eral of God’s prophets, such as Joseph, Lot and Abra­ham.” Allah­yari also sug­gested that ibn Al-Khattab loves “the fal­si­fied Torah” and that he was mar­ried to a Jew­ish genie.  

In a live dis­cus­sion in Novem­ber with a caller from Alge­ria about ibn Al-Khattab’s deci­sion to allow Jews to remain in their homes fol­low­ing the Mus­lim con­quest of Jerusalem, Allah­yari accused ibn Al-Khattab of “serv­ing the Jews by let­ting them live in Pales­tine.” Allah­yari added that Umar ibn Al-Khattab pre­ceded con­tem­po­rary Israeli lead­ers in the effort to estab­lish a Jew­ish pres­ence in Palestine.

Although the station’s pri­mary tar­get is gen­er­ally Sunni Mus­lims, Ahl-e-Bait TV has also attacked Chris­tians, Jews and other Shi’a Mus­lims in the past who dis­agree with their views. In a March 9, 2012 broad­cast, for exam­ple Allah­yari ridiculed an Iran­ian Chris­t­ian caller for believ­ing in the trin­ity. Allah­yari con­cluded his con­ver­sa­tion with the caller by telling him, “If you had any intel­li­gence, you wouldn’t be a Christian.”Allahyari has also attacked con­tem­po­rary Sunni states for seek­ing sup­port from Chris­tians and Jews in their con­flicts, claim­ing that Saudi Ara­bia forged alliances with Jews and Amer­ica against Sad­dam Hus­sein dur­ing the 1991 Gulf War. 

In recent years, the Sunni-Shi’a schism in the Mus­lim world has sparked anti-Semitic alle­ga­tions, with each side accus­ing the other of affil­i­at­ing with Jews.

Ahl-e-Bait TV describes its goal as to “expose the ene­mies of the Prophet and his fam­ily (p) with­out pan­der­ing to any­one…” and “to show the true Islam which has been hid­den from the com­mon people.”

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