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August 5, 2014 1

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 2

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 2

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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