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August 5, 2014

New ISIS Video Recruits Westerners

Following reports that between 70 and 100 Americans have travelled to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a new video released by ISIS’s Al-Hayat media wing has allegedly featured an American calling for others to join.isis-terrorist-targets-video

The video, “Eid Greetings from the land of Khilafah,” was released on August 2 and features video of children praising the organization’s governance interspersed with video of fighters from around the world. The alleged American is a man called Abu Abdurahman al-Trinidadi who is apparently of Trinidadian origin. Other militants featured  allegedly came from Great Britain, Finland, Tunisia, Indonesia, Belgium, Morocco and South Africa. All praise ISIS and encourage Muslims from around the world to join the organization and to establish themselves in the territory it holds.

For more background on ISIS’s media savvy and recruitment of foreign fighters, see ADL’s report “Hashtag Terror: How ISIS Manipulates Social Media.”

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December 6, 2013

Educator’s Lesson Plan: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Many educators want to incorporate the passing of significant figures into their classroom discussion. ADL’s Education Division provides resources to educators about contemporary issues and current event topics to help make classroom learning more dynamic forums for critical thinking.

In celebration and memory of the life of Nelson Mandela, this special edition of The Current Events Classroom provides students the opportunity to learn, in several ways, more about Nelson Mandela and his extraordinary life.

Nelson Mandela, former South African President and a courageous leader, dedicated his life to ending apartheid and building a free, multiracial and democratic South Africa.  He led by example to inspire a more equal world.  Nelson Mandela will be long remembered as one of the greatest figures of his generation and one of the most inspirational and effective freedom-fighting figures in modern history.  Get classrooms to discuss Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy here: Download the lesson plan (PDF).


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April 15, 2013

New Black Panther Party Returns From Africa With New Goals And Same Message

The New Black Panther Party(NBPP), the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in America, has announced plans to expand its international activity and outreach after a delegation of its leaders returned from a March trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Malik Zulu Shabazz and New Black Panther Party in Africa

In the group’s online radio broadcasts on Black Power Radio in April, the NBPP leadership discussed the trip and their plans to increase membership through additional outreach in South America, the Caribbean, Canada and the rest of Africa.

In South Africa, the delegation met with members of the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania, a minor pan-African political party, and in Zimbabwe they met with President Robert Mugabe’s cabinet (Mugabe did not attend the meeting). NBPP National Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz later made his support for the Zimbabwean dictator clear, offering to have a webcast up on the NBPP website “within 60 days” in support of Mugabe in the upcoming elections. He also hopes to have the webcast shown on the Nation of Islam (NOI)’s website.

Shabazz also said that over 200 Black organizations from around the world will convene in South Africa for a conference focusing on pan-Africanism on June 16, 2014, the anniversary of the Soweto Student Uprising that took place on the same day in 1976. Shabazz explained that Africa should be as central to African-Americans as “Israel is to the so-called Jew and all over the so-called Jewish Diaspora.”

Membership reports on the recent trip to Africa on Black Power Radio have frequently devolved into hateful rhetoric against whites, Jews, and other groups. National Spokesman Chawn Kweli referred to the NYPD as the “Jew York Police Department” and to the “Zionist-Jewish controlled media outlets.” National Field Mar­shal King Samir Shabazz, prone to often violent racist rants, called on NBPP members to shine their boots and press their uniforms, adding that the “crease should be able to cut that cracker’s throat in half and watch his head roll down the street.”

Samir Shabazz also called on Black Muslims to make their Hajj to Africa instead of to Mecca. “I hate to say this but Mecca is not my home. I’m a Muslim but…I can’t see myself walking around no black stone with those Goddamn crackers anyway.” Instead of participating in the ritual act of throwing stones during the pilgrimage to Mecca with “smelly Arabs and crackers,” he indicated that he would rather go to Africa and “throw some stones at six white peckerwoods.” Samir Shabazz also went on a homophobic rant, expressing dismay at seeing same-sex couples in Africa.  He said that it “blew his mind” since he didn’t know that “the white man got Africans faggin’ and saggin’ like they do in America.”

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