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July 1, 2014 4

CAIR’s Nihad Awad Blames “Israeli Lobby” For Florida Terror Trial

Nihad Awad, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can Islamic Rela­tions (CAIR) blamed “the Israeli lobby” for the suf­fer­ing of Sami Al-Arian, a for­mer Uni­ver­sity of South Florida pro­fes­sor who pleaded guilty in 2006 to con­spir­ing to aid the Pales­tin­ian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).nihad-awad-cair-israel-lobby-sami-al-arian

On June 27, Awad tweeted, “Happy News: The gov­ern­ment of the United States of Amer­ica dropped all charges against Dr. Sami Al-Arian after 11 years of suf­fer­ing because of the Israeli lobby. Con­grat­u­la­tions to him and to the lawyers team.”

A crim­i­nal con­tempt indict­ment against Al-Arian, who was pre­vi­ously sen­tenced to 57-months in prison for his role in con­spir­ing to aid PIJ, was dropped Fri­day. Al-Arian, who has been fac­ing these addi­tional charges for the last 11 years, will now likely be deported as a result of the orig­i­nal charges.

Awad has pre­vi­ously made state­ments blam­ing Israel sup­port­ers for the suf­fer­ing of Mus­lims in the U.S.  In an inter­view with Al Jazeera in August 2012, Awad claimed that Mus­lims and Islam in Amer­ica face ide­o­log­i­cal and polit­i­cal attacks pri­mar­ily from groups that sup­port Israel.

In another inter­view with Egypt­ian daily Al Masry Al Youm, in Sep­tem­ber 2010, Awad stated, “There is no doubt that the pro-Israel orga­ni­za­tions have worked exten­sively over the years in pro­mot­ing a cul­ture of hos­til­ity towards Islam, sup­port­ing anti-Islam activists, hold­ing recep­tions for them, assist­ing and fund­ing them.”

Awad’s views not only feed on the con­spir­a­to­r­ial nar­ra­tive of undue Israeli influ­ence over the Amer­i­can judi­cial sys­tem, but also ignore the active role played by sev­eral pro-Israel groups, includ­ing ADL, in fight­ing against hate that tar­gets Amer­i­can Mus­lims.

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June 27, 2014 0

ISIS Propaganda Campaign Threatens U.S.

Friday image one graphicThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced a new social media cam­paign this week designed to threaten the U.S. and warn it against send­ing mil­i­tary assis­tance to Iraq.

The cam­paign, “Warn­ing to the Amer­i­can Peo­ple,” is being orga­nized on social media around the hash­tag #Calami­ty­Will­Be­fal­lUS and is being directed through one of the many Twit­ter han­dles pur­port­edly belong­ing to ISIS. Par­tic­i­pants are encour­aged to tweet using that hash­tag in Eng­lish or Ara­bic, although “tweet­ing in Eng­lish is pre­ferred.” Par­tic­i­pants are also encour­aged to repost offi­cially sanc­tioned tweets that appear on the ISIS “union page” and use “pho­tos of signs or designs with warn­ing to Amer­i­cans” when possible.

A num­ber of images and slo­gans were pre-released begin­ning on June 24. These include images of the falling World Trade Cen­ter, quotes by the Amer­i­can Al-Qaeda pro­pa­gan­dist Anwar al-Awlaki, and pic­tures of advanc­ing ISIS fighters.

The offi­cial slo­gans fea­ture threats against Amer­i­can inva­sion and a range of par­tic­u­larly inflam­ma­tory mes­sages, including:

  • “If the United States bombs Iraq, every cit­i­zen is a legit­i­mate tar­get for us.”
  • “This is a mes­sage for every Amer­i­can cit­i­zen. You are the tar­get of every Mus­lim in the world wher­ever you are.”
  • “For every drop of blood shed of the Iraqis, Amer­i­cans will shed a river of blood.”
  • “Every Amer­i­can doc­tor work­ing in any coun­try will be slaugh­tered if Amer­ica attacks Iraq.”
  • “Don’t come to Iraq unless you want another 11th Sep­tem­ber to happen.”

ISIS is par­tic­u­larly adept at har­ness­ing the power of social media. The orga­ni­za­tion main­tains a vari­ety of Twit­ter accounts in mul­ti­ple lan­guages and sev­eral ISIS regional groups main­tain Twit­ter feeds as well. ISIS also runs an app that auto­mat­i­cally directs its pro­pa­ganda onto sup­port­ers’ accounts, sig­nif­i­cantly aug­ment­ing its mes­sage and reach.Terrorist exploita­tion of online forums has become an increas­ingly impor­tant ele­ment of the rad­i­cal­iza­tion process in recent years.

In addi­tion, ISIS reg­u­larly takes advan­tage of hash­tags that enable ISIS’s mes­sage to trend on Twit­ter. It also main­tains a Twit­ter feed ded­i­cated to inform­ing sup­port­ers of trend­ing hash­tags. Sup­port­ers can then tweet ISIS mes­sages that will be viewed by any­one look­ing at a trend­ing topic (for exam­ple: an ISIS user might post a pro-ISIS ISIS hashtag usemes­sage along with the hash­tag “#world­cup” as demon­strated by the image at right).

The cur­rent cam­paign marks a depar­ture from stan­dard ISIS pro­pa­ganda. The major­ity of ISIS’s past atten­tion has been geared to bol­ster­ing its image and recruit­ing fight­ers; sur­pris­ingly lit­tle has been directed against the U.S. But ISIS has nonethe­less always expressed anger and sus­pi­cion about U.S. pol­icy. An April 2014 speech by the group’s main spokesman, for exam­ple, con­flated the U.S. with Satan, say­ing, “Yes, ver­ily the plot of Shay­tan [Satan] is weak. Amer­ica came to Iraq lead­ing a fren­zied crusade….The Cru­saders thought that no one would be able to over­come them; how­ever Allah the Mighty and Majes­tic dis­graced them and showed us the weak­ness of their plot.” In the same speech, he claimed that ISIS “is America’s tough­est enemy.”

In addi­tion to Twit­ter, the “Warn­ing to the Amer­i­can Peo­ple” cam­paign is being posted on Face­book, in YouTube videos, and on var­i­ous extrem­ist forums.

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June 3, 2014 0

New Terrorist Video Rails Against Jews

The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion in Syria and Iraq pre­vi­ously asso­ci­ated with Al Qaeda, released two videos and a mag­a­zine in the last sev­eral days aimed at recruit­ing ter­ror­ists. These media, which were first made avail­able via Twit­ter, are the lat­est exam­ples of a fast-growing trenRabbis are humiliatedd involv­ing ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda online that is aimed at west­ern­ers.

One of the videos, titled “Ya Junud Al-Haqq Hayya,” which trans­lates as “Sol­diers of the just cause, let’s go!” is par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy for its use of threats against Jews and Chris­tians to rally the troops.

Against a back­drop of pic­tures of ISIS mil­i­tants, the video fea­tures an Ara­bic song while the Eng­lish trans­la­tion splashes in red against the images. After a call to “rally all the troops,” the first verse con­cludes with the line, “Wher­ever our war goes, Jew­ish rab­bis are humil­i­ated.” Fol­low­ing a cho­rus, the sec­ond verse then begins, “Break the crosses and destroy the lin­eage of the grand­sons of mon­keys,” prob­a­ble ref­er­ences to Chris­tians and Jews.

The video comes at the same time as French offi­cials claim that Mehdi Nem­mouche, the alleged per­pe­tra­tor of a shoot­ing at the Jew­ish museum in Brus­sels that killed three peo­ple, may have fought with ISIS while in Syria last year.

The other video released fea­tures an ISIS mem­ber who is appar­ently a Euro­pean recruit singing in Ger­man about vic­tory for ISIS and the impo­si­tion of Islamic law on an Islamic state. It claims to be the first of a series of short videos aimed at West­ern­ers called “Mujatweets.”

Anti-Semitism is often used by ter­ror­ists groups in their pro­pa­ganda to appeal to and rad­i­cal­ize fol­low­ers. For exam­ple, Inspire mag­a­zine, the Eng­lish lan­guage mag­a­zine released by Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula, is filled with either direct threats against Jews and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions or dia­tribes against Jews and Israel.

The mag­a­zine released by ISIS is in Eng­lish and is designed as a news mag­a­zine, fea­tur­ing images of recent ISIS accom­plish­ments in Syria along with cap­tions and brief descrip­tions. All three releases high­light ISIS’s con­tin­ued attempts to attract and recruit West­ern­ers and demon­strate the inte­gra­tion of West­ern recruits in their orga­ni­za­tion, while simul­ta­ne­ously high­light­ing the organization’s strength.

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