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March 18, 2014 0

New Terror Magazines Highlight Al Qaeda Commitment To Recruitment In U.S.

Inspire 12 back imageAl Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP)’s March 15 release of a new issue of its English-language pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine, Inspire, cou­pled with Al Qaeda’s March 9 announce­ment of its new English-language mag­a­zine, Resur­gence, demon­strates ter­ror­ist groups’ per­sis­tent com­mit­ment to rad­i­cal­iz­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of home­grown Islamic extrem­ists through its online initiatives.

The Spring 2014 issue of Inspire pro­vides detailed instruc­tions on how to build a car bomb, with sug­ges­tions of loca­tions to plant them in New York City, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., North­ern Vir­ginia, Chicago and Los Ange­les, as well as in the UK and France. “Many Feisal Shahzads are resid­ing inside Amer­ica,” explains the edi­tor refer­ring to the man who attempted to det­o­nate a bomb in Times Square in 2010, “and all they need is the knowl­edge of how to make car bombs….The Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment was unable to pro­tect its cit­i­zens from pres­sure cooker bombs in back­packs [a ref­er­ence to the Boston marathon bomb­ing], I won­der if they are ready to stop car bombs!”

As in the past, the new issue is replete with anti-Semitic state­ments and high­lights the sup­posed exis­tence of a “Jew­ish enemy” to recruit terrorists.

The lat­est issue of Inspire also refers to sev­eral home­grown Islamic extrem­ists that the pub­li­ca­tion claims to have influ­enced, includ­ing the Tsar­naev broth­ers who were respon­si­ble for the Boston Marathon bomb­ing; Nidal Hasan of the Fort Hood shoot­ing, and Feisal Shahzad, the attempted Times Square bomber.

Shortly before the release of this newest issue of Inspire, As-Sahab, the media arm of Al Qaeda’s cen­tral orga­ni­za­tion, released a slick video pro­mot­ing a new ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine called Resur­gence on March 9, 2014. The new mag­a­zine is likely mod­eled after Inspire, which has influ­enced numer­ous home­grown Islamic extrem­ists since 2010, includ­ing the Boston bombers.

The pro­mo­tional video for Resur­gence, cre­ated in “kinetic typog­ra­phy” designed for Eng­lish speak­ing audi­ences, includes a voiceover from a Mal­colm X speech on vio­lence. Over video footage of the Boston Marathon bomb­ing, the voiceover says: “They only know one lan­guage,” allud­ing to vio­lence. “You can’t ever reach a man,” the voiceover con­tin­ues, “if you don’t speak his language.”

A new ADL report, Home­grown Islamic Extrem­ism in 2013:The Per­ils of Online Recruit­ment & Self-Radicalization ana­lyzes the rise of such online pro­pa­ganda and its effects and impact on domes­tic secu­rity. In addi­tion, the report looks back at 2013, when 14 Amer­i­can cit­i­zens or per­ma­nent res­i­dents were impli­cated in the U.S. on terror-related charges, rang­ing from domes­tic plots and con­spir­a­cies to pro­vid­ing mate­r­ial sup­port to ter­ror­ists abroad. Many were directly influ­enced by pro­pa­ganda eas­ily acces­si­ble online, includ­ing the Boston bombers.

As Inter­net pro­fi­ciency and the use of social media grow ever more uni­ver­sal, so too do the efforts of ter­ror­ist groups to exploit new tech­nol­ogy in order to make mate­ri­als that jus­tify and sanc­tion vio­lence more accessible.

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February 11, 2014 1

Iran’s Islamic Revolution: 35 Years Of Hate

Today marks the 35th anniver­sary of the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion. More than three decades on, the author­i­tar­ian Iran­ian regime has indoc­tri­nated gen­er­a­tions of its cit­i­zens with anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-Western pro­pa­ganda through state-controlled media.

These themes con­tinue to dom­i­nate Iran’s media, which also pro­vides a plat­form for Iran’s lead­er­ship to glo­rify ter­ror­ist groups such as Hezbol­lah in Lebanon to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

Iran’s tele­vi­sion, news­pa­pers and film indus­tries are all under the com­mand of Iran’s Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei. Through these medi­ums the peo­ple of Iran have been receiv­ing a steady dose of the regime’s ide­ol­ogy and hatred.

Tele­vi­sion and Film 

Tele­vi­sion shows reg­u­larly fea­ture anti-Semitic ani­mated car­toons depict­ing Jews and Israelis as blood thirsty mur­der­ers of Pales­tin­ian chil­dren. These graphic ani­ma­tions, which are also aired on pop­u­lar children’s shows, often incor­po­rate anti-American imagery that implies an Amer­i­can hand aid­ing Israel’s crimes.

For exam­ple, a children’s car­toon aired in Sep­tem­ber 2012 titled, Yek Vajeb-e Azadi [An Oblig­a­tion of Free­dom], directly aimed to por­tray Israelis as child-killers by depict­ing an Israeli sol­dier killing inno­cent Pales­tin­ian chil­dren while they played.

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Yek Vajeb-e Azadi car­toon — Sep­tem­ber 2012

In Novem­ber 2012, Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB) aired Sat­ur­day Hunter, an Iranian-made anti-Semitic film about a rabbi teach­ing his grand­son to kill Pales­tini­ans in accor­dance with Jew­ish law. This film and oth­ers like it are aired dur­ing the month of Ramadan.

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Anti-Semitic Iran­ian film “Sat­ur­day Hunter” — Novem­ber 2012

Print Media

State-run news­pa­pers are a pri­mary tool used by the Iran­ian regime to pro­mote hos­tile anti-Israel and anti-U.S. sen­ti­ments, and to pro­vide hard­line con­ser­v­a­tives a plat­form for anti-Semitism and Holo­caust denial.

Kay­han, a news­pa­per known to be the mouth­piece of the Supreme Leader, reg­u­larly pub­lishes edi­to­ri­als pro­mot­ing con­spir­a­cies alleg­ing that the U.S. and Israel are plot­ting to take over Iran and arti­cles deny­ing the his­tor­i­cal facts of the Holocaust.

Another semi-official pub­li­ca­tion which is close to the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps (IRGC), Fars News Agency, reg­u­larly pub­lishes anti-Semitic car­toons liken­ing Jews to unclean ani­mals and insects.

Israeli termite to the Saudi termite: “Don’t fret… I’m telling you we will eat and destroy it…!”

Israeli ter­mite to the Saudi ter­mite: “Don’t fret… I’m telling you we will eat and destroy it…!”

Fri­day Sermons

The pul­pit has become a polit­i­cal tool for the manip­u­la­tion of the Iran­ian pub­lic by the aya­tol­lahs. Tra­di­tion­ally held at Tehran Uni­ver­sity, fire­brand cler­ics give Fri­day ser­mons con­demn­ing the U.S. and the West as untrust­wor­thy pup­pets under the con­trol of Zionists.

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Wor­ship­pers chant “Death to Amer­ica” dur­ing Fri­day prayer and ser­mon in Tehran.

Fri­day ser­mons are also used by the regime to dis­cuss its  for­eign poli­cies. For exam­ple, shortly fol­low­ing the end of the brief Israel-Hamas war in Novem­ber 2012, Supreme Leader Khamenei and Aya­tol­lah Ahmad Khatami both use their Fri­day ser­mon to laud Hamas’s fight against Israel. Fur­ther­more, sev­eral high-ranking offi­cials pub­licly acknowl­edged that Iran had sup­plied Hamas and Islamic Jihad with the Fajr 5 mis­siles that were fired into cen­tral Israel.

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Supreme Leader Khamenei praises Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their fight against Israel in Novem­ber 2012.

 

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January 3, 2014 0

WhatsApp Hezbollah?

Hezbollah’s media arm, Al Manar TV, which is listed as a “Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist Entity” is exploit­ing yet another Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy com­pany to reach and inter­act with audi­ences around the world.whatsapp-hezbollah

Al Manar is using the ser­vices of a California-based instant mes­sag­ing ser­vice called What­sApp to deliver “break­ing news” via text and to allow its sup­port­ers to inter­act with the station.

Al-Manar broad­casts Hezbollah’s mes­sages of hate and vio­lence, dis­sem­i­nates anti-Semitic and anti-American pro­pa­ganda and glo­ri­fies sui­cide bomb­ings to mil­lions of view­ers in the Arab world, Europe and South East Asia for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Al Manar web­site has already pub­lished selected mes­sages sub­mit­ted by users of What­sApp from around the world; some of the mes­sages include state­ments express­ing loy­alty and alle­giance to Hezbol­lah Chief, Has­san Nas­ral­lah.Hezbol­lah, a U.S. des­ig­nated For­eign Ter­ror­ist Orga­ni­za­tion, has increased its pres­ence on var­i­ous inter­net plat­forms includ­ing social media net­works such as Twit­ter, Face­book and YouTube, in recent years. This exploita­tion of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy has enabled Hezbol­lah to dis­sem­i­nate its mes­sages more broadly and quickly than ever before.

In July of 2012, ADL exposed Al Manar’s efforts to cre­ate free appli­ca­tions for smart­phones avail­able through iTunes and other online stores. The appli­ca­tion was removed from the iTunes store and Hezbol­lah issued a state­ment blam­ing ADL for the removal of its applications.

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