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July 6, 2016

Animated Video Enacts Killing of Knesset Member Yehuda Glick by Palestinian Terrorists

Following the spate of gruesome Palestinians terror attacks which took the lives of Hallel Ariel and Rabbi Miki Mark (whose killing was glorified on Arabic-language social media), a video has surfaced on social media calling for the killing of Israeli Knesset Member and Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick. Glick, like the late Rabbi Mark, lives in the settlement of Otniel. He is best known for surviving a Palestinian assassination attempt in October 2014 in reaction to advocating that Jews be allowed to visit the Temple Mount.

The two-minute long animated video shows Palestinian terrorists infiltrating the settlement of Otniel, and shooting Glick to death outside his home. It ends with a voiceover in broken Hebrew saying “Jews are forever forbidden from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque. One who violates this should come with Jewish burial shrouds (“Tachrichim”), for his fate is that of Yehuda Glick, only this time we kill.”

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July 5, 2016

Arabic-Language Social Media Glorifies Killing of Israeli Rabbi

On July 1, Rabbi Miki Mark was murdered by Palestinian terrorists who shot him from their vehicle as he was driving with his wife and three of their ten children in the Hebron area, near the settlement of Otniel where he headed the local Yeshiva. His wife and two of their children were wounded in the attack.

As was the case in the recent Tel-Aviv shooting, hash tags glorifying the attack began appearing on Arabic-language social media. They included #thehebronoperation, #theramadanjihad, #road60 (the highway where the shooting took place), as well as #thequickresponse, implying that this attack was in revenge for the killing of Sara Al-Hajjouj earlier that day, who according to reports, had attempted to stab Israeli Border Police soldiers at a checkpoint near the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Glorification of the attack was also referenced under hash tags relating to the ongoing wave of Palestinian terror which began in September of 2015, including #thejerusalemintifada and #theintifadacontinues.

Images posted on Twitter in aftermath of the attack showed the wrecked car (below) with the caption “A Settler is Killed and Three Others Wounded in a Heroic Shooting Operation in Hebron”, with the hash tags #road60 and #thequickresponse, along with the icon of the current wave of terror at the bottom left corner. Also appearing below is the caption “Your blood was not shed in vain. Blessed be your right hand, you who were quick to respond”. This refers to the killing of Sara Al-Hajjouj earlier that day.

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A cartoon links the attack to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by showing the rifle against the backdrop of a crescent, with the headline “Operation in Hebron in Retaliation for the Martyrdom of a Woman near the Cave of the Patriarchs.”

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Notably, Facebook pages claiming affiliation with Hamas student cells of Palestinian universities also circulated similar images. One proclaiming to be Al-Quds University’s Hamas student cell posted (July 1) an image of the attack’s aftermath, with the caption “This is the Pure Weapon … the Weapon of the Resistance: a settler is killed and three others wounded in a shooting operation on their vehicle near Hebron.”

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The same picture was posted (July 1) by another Facebook page proclaiming to be part of the Hamas student cell, this time of Hebron University. It also posted the following image, with the caption “The Month of Ramadan.. a Month in which the West Bank’s Men Recorded a Fierce and Heroic Battle.” Below appears the caption “A Settler is Killed and Three Others Wounded in a Shooting Operation on their Car near Hebron.”

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A Facebook page presenting itself as that of the Hamas student cell of Bir Zeit University in the West Bank posted (July 1) a picture of late Rabbi Mark with the caption “Crushed”. The picture even specifically states that represents the Bir Zeit University Islamic Bloc of Hamas.

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June 27, 2016

New AQAP Publication Encourages Additional Attacks Following Orlando

AQAP Inspire pamphlet encourages attacks following Orlando

Cover of the AQAP pamphlet, featuring an image of Omar Mateen

Al Malahem media, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)’s propaganda wing, released a pamphlet on June 23 that praised the Orlando shooting and provided suggestions for copying it and making additional attacks both more lethal and better suited to AQAP’s propaganda aims.

The four-page PDF pamphlet, which was released on Telegram, was titled “Inspire Guide: Orlando Operation,” and included multiple references to Inspire magazine, AQAP’s English-language propaganda magazine.

The pamphlet indicated that its goal was to “[provide] guidance to the Lone Mujahid (fighter)” and to “follow-up, guide, put right and correct Lone Jihad operations in order to realize the best military and political results that serve the general policy of the Mujahidin (fighters) in our war with America.”

This follows in the path of recent issues of Inspire magazine, which have focused on small scale attacks that can be conducted by individual supporters of AQAP.

The pamphlet praised the fact that the shooting was against a large public gathering in an enclosed area, and that the perpetrator, Omar Mateen, owned his gun and had prior firearms training. It suggested as well that Mateen was able to cause more destruction because, it claimed, “those present in the nightclub were drunk.”

However, the pamphlet suggested that it would be best for future perpetrators not to target specific groups in society, such as Latinos or the LGBT community, because the focus of news coverage would then be on the group targeted, rather than on the overall terrorist element of the attack.

Despite its suggestion to target more heterogeneous groups for strategic purposes, the pamphlet did not shy away from anti-LGBT incitement. Rather, its critique was couched by the statement that “the killing of such people is the most binding duty and closer to human nature, but better than this is to avoid targeting areas where minorities are found.” ADL recently published an analysis of anti-gay rhetoric in Inspire and in ISIS’s English-language magazine, Dabiq.

Interestingly, the pamphlet nods to the fact that Mateen indicated support for ISIS, not Al Qaeda, while conducting the attack, stating, “Lone Jihad is not monopolized by al-Qaida (sic) or any other group, therefore we call upon all active Jihadi groups, to adopt and build upon the idea of Lone Jihad and call towards it.” However, it encourages would-be future perpetrators to refer to bomb-making instructions in past issues of Inspire magazine to make their attacks more deadly. An attack with weapons clearly taken from Inspire magazine’s suggestions would enable AQAP to claim some degree of credit.

To date, the Boston Marathon bombing is the only domestic attack that was fully carried out that utilized directions from Inspire magazine. However, the magazine has played a role in the rad­i­cal­iza­tion of mul­ti­ple domes­tic extrem­ists, includ­ing the Tsar­naev broth­ers of the Boston Marathon bombing, Jose Pimentel, who attempted a bomb­ing in New York, and Abdel Daoud, who attempted a bomb­ing in Chicago.

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