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July 16, 2014 2

Hamas’s Ongoing Social Media War

Update: July 17 — Since this blog was posted, the Al Aqsa Today, Quds TVandIzzat Al Risheq Face­book pages are no longer available.

As Hamas con­tin­ues to tar­get Israelis with rock­ets from Gaza, the Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion is using a range of Inter­net and social media plat­forms to dis­sem­i­nate its pro­pa­ganda, news and updates.hamas-social-media-twitter-facebook-youtube-rockets

The fol­low­ing is a sam­pling of Twit­ter han­dles, YouTube chan­nels, Face­book pages, Google+ pages and other online plat­forms being exploited by Hamas. While some Inter­net plat­forms have made efforts to cur­tail these efforts in the past by remov­ing Hamas-run accounts, the ter­ror­ist group con­tin­ues to actively engage on all of these sites.

In addi­tion to these accounts, there are count­less oth­ers oper­ated by sup­port­ers of the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion and in var­i­ous languages.

The ADL’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide enables the com­mu­nity to reg­is­ter con­cerns with Inter­net ser­vice providers when they encounter ter­ror­ist con­tent such as this.

 Hamas Media Office

The Hamas press office and Infor­ma­tion Agency. In addi­tion to its web­site, it has active pres­ence on Twitter.

  • Media Office – Hamas The Twit­ter han­dle for the Hamas Media Office.  It is cross-linked with the Twit­ter feeds of senior Hamas polit­i­cal leaders.

Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades

The Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades (short­ened to ‘Qas­sam Brigades’) is the Hamas mil­i­tary wing. This is the wing of Hamas that has stock­piled and devel­oped weapons includ­ing rock­ets and drones and is fir­ing them at Israel. In addi­tion to web­sites in Ara­bic, Hebrew and Eng­lish, the Qas­sam Brigades has active pres­ence on Twit­ter, YouTube and Google+.

  • Qas­sam Media The Twit­ter han­dle for the Qas­sam Brigades. Vis­i­tors are directed to this page via link from the Qas­sam Brigades website.
  • Al-Qassam Brigades The Hebrew-language Twit­ter han­dle for the Qas­sam Brigades. It is also some­times retweeted by the Ara­bic Qas­sam Brigades feed. Vis­i­tors are directed to this page via link from the Hebrew lan­guage Qas­sam Brigades website.
  • Resis­tance MediaThe Google+ Page for the Qas­sam Brigades. It is cross-linked and shares con­tent with the Qas­sam Brigades’ Resis­tance Media YouTube channel.
  • Resis­tance Media– The YouTube chan­nel for the Qas­sam Brigades. The Qas­sam Brigades web­site directs vis­i­tors to this chan­nel via link. Many of the videos have Eng­lish titles.
  • Pales­tine IntifadaYouTube chan­nel appar­ently linked to Hamas and the Qas­sam Brigades. Most, if not all videos on this chan­nel are offi­cial Qas­sam Brigades videos. They have been Tweeted by offi­cial Qas­sam Brigades twit­ter accounts

Izzat Al Risheq

Izzat Al Risheq is a Hamas spokesman and senior offi­cial. There are active Face­book and Twit­ter accounts in his name.

  • Izzat Al RisheqThe Face­book page for Izaat Al Risheq. It fea­tures the same con­tent as his Twit­ter feed.
  • Izzat Risheq The Twit­ter han­dle for Izaat Al Risheq. This is one of only two accounts that the Hamas Twit­ter account follows.

Al Aqsa TV

Al Aqsa TV is a Hamas-run tele­vi­sion sta­tion that pro­motes ter­ror­ist activ­ity and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis. In addi­tion to its web­site, it has active pres­ence on Face­book, Twit­ter and YouTube.

  • Al Aqsa Today – The Face­book page for Al Aqsa TV. The Al Aqsa TV web­site directs vis­i­tors to this page via link.
  • Al Aqsa TV Chanel The Twit­ter han­dle for Al Aqsa TV. The Al Aqsa TV web­site directs vis­i­tors to this han­dle via link.
  • Alaqsa TVChan­nelYouTube chan­nel for Al Aqsa TV. Vis­i­tors are directed to this link from the Al Aqsa TV website.

Al Quds TV

Al Quds TV is a Hamas-run tele­vi­sion sta­tion that pro­motes ter­ror­ist activ­ity and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis. In addi­tion to its web­site, it has active pres­ence on Face­book and YouTube.

  • Quds TVThe Face­book page for Al Quds TV. The Al Quds TV web­site directs vis­i­tors to this page via link.
  • Quds TVSatYouTube chan­nel for Al Quds TV. Vis­i­tors are directed to this link from the Al Quds TV website.

Alray Media Agency

The Alray Media Agency is a Hamas affil­i­ated media agency owned by the Gaza-based Infor­ma­tion Office of the Pales­tin­ian Gov­ern­ment. In addi­tion to its web­site, it has active pres­ence on Face­book, Twit­ter and YouTube as well as an appli­ca­tion avail­able on ITunes and Google Play.

  • Alray Media AgencyThe Face­book page for Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media web­site directs vis­i­tors to this page via link.
  • Alray Media AgencyThe Twit­ter han­dle­for Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media web­site directs vis­i­tors to this page via link.
  • AlraypsenThe YouTube chan­nel for Alray Media Agency. The Alray Media web­site directs vis­i­tors to this page via link.
  • AlRay Pales­tin­ian Media Agency – An appli­ca­tion for ITunes and Google Play devel­oped by the Hamas Min­istry of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy. The appli­ca­tion claims to be for “a Pales­tin­ian media agency speak­ing in the name of the Pales­tin­ian gov­ern­ment, it expresses the opin­ion of the glo­ri­ous Pales­tin­ian peo­ple, deals with their con­cerns and adopts their causes and posi­tions.” It is adver­tised on the Alray website.

Min­istry of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (MTIT)

The MTIT is a Gaza-based Pales­tin­ian gov­ern­ment agency. Due to its loca­tion in Gaza, its pri­mary affil­i­a­tion is there­fore assumed to be to Hamas (despite the recent Pales­tin­ian unity pact).

  • Elec­tronic Infor­ma­tion –An appli­ca­tion from the Hamas Min­istry of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (MTIT) that “allows gov­ern­ment employ­ees in Gaza to inquire about mail pay­ments, salaries and other ser­vices.” It is adver­tised on the MTIT website.
  • Dalely-Palestinian Orgs Guide –An appli­ca­tion from the Hamas MTIT that pro­vides a direc­tory to com­mu­ni­cate with var­i­ous gov­ern­men­tal and non-governmental orga­ni­za­tions in Gaza includ­ing Hamas gov­ern­ment apparatus.

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May 21, 2014 1

Holocaust Denial Movement Welcomes New Eric Hunt Film

Eric Hunt, a Holo­caust denier known for attack­ing Nobel Peace Prize win­ner Elie Wiesel, released a new Holo­caust denial film on May 11 titled The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax. eric-hunt-holocaust-treblinka-archaeology-hoax

Hunt’s new film, avail­able on YouTube, is a sup­posed “debunk­ing” of the doc­u­men­tary Tre­blinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine, which aired on the Smith­son­ian Chan­nel in the U.S. and Chan­nel 5 in the UK.

In The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax, Hunt uses clips of Holo­caust sur­vivors’ tes­ti­monies from the USC Shoah Foun­da­tion Insti­tute for Visual His­tory and Edu­ca­tion (estab­lished by Steven Spiel­berg in 1994) to make his claim that gas cham­bers at Tre­blinka and Maj­danek, two camps Hunt vis­ited in mak­ing his film, were not used to sys­tem­at­i­cally kill Jews but rather were used as “life-saving shower rooms.”

Hunt sim­i­larly used such clips from sur­vivors in his pre­vi­ous films, includ­ing The Jew­ish Gas Cham­ber Hoax, which cre­ated buzz within the Holo­caust denial move­ment in March. He describes the USC Shoah Foun­da­tion Insti­tute for Visual His­tory and Edu­ca­tion as a “trea­sure trove for revisionists.”

Hunt pro­moted his film on the April 27 episode of Spin­gola Speaks, an online radio pro­gram hosted by anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist Deanna Spin­gola. Hunt elab­o­rated on claims he pre­sented in The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax, stat­ing that the Holo­caust is “a bla­tant hoax…a damned dirty hoax; it’s a big lie.”

While Hunt claims the Holo­caust is a “hoax,” he describes the death camps as “work camps” where the Jews got what they deserved. Hunt states that the Jews in the camps “were liv­ing off inter­est rates, usury, etc. and if you read Mein Kampf, of course, basi­cally Hitler said that they should be work­ing. They shouldn’t be liv­ing off peo­ple they’re scamming.”

In the inter­view, Hunt also calls for action against “the Holo­caust indus­try,” stat­ing, “I don’t under­stand why we don’t sue some of them. Why don’t we bring them to court and have them stand trial, have them explain them­selves?” He claims he has “actu­ally sued Spiel­berg over his Holo­caust lies.” Hunt also asks lis­ten­ers to con­tact Car­o­line Sturdy Colls, the foren­sic arche­ol­o­gist who appears in Tre­blinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine, and to “hold her account­able for her hoaxing.”

In both The Tre­blinka Archae­ol­ogy Hoax and in his inter­view with Spin­gola, Hunt alleges the sup­posed Jewish-controlled media has manip­u­lated pub­lic opin­ion to believe in the Holo­caust hoax as part of a larger con­spir­acy. Hunt also said that his next “doc­u­men­tary” will likely focus on this alleged Jew­ish con­trol of the media and will “blow the lid off of this Jew­ish Hol­ly­wood mafia involved in a lot of this propaganda.”

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September 18, 2013 3

Iran’s Hispan TV Follows Press TV’s Footsteps With Live Stream On YouTube

Update — Sep­tem­ber 20, 2013: After ADL con­tacted YouTube regard­ing His­pan TV’s use of YouTube to live stream the Iran­ian network’s per­va­sive anti-Semitism, the stream fea­ture was dis­abled.  

His­pan TV, the Iran­ian government’s Spanish-language satel­lite news net­work, began a live stream of its net­work on YouTube one week ago. Like its English-language sis­ter sta­tion Press TV, His­pan TV reg­u­larly broad­casts anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist con­spir­acy theories.hispan-tv-iran-youtube

His­pan TV’s use of YouTube to live stream its broad­cast, which orig­i­nates from the offi­cial His­pan TV Nexo Latino net­work, fol­lows the dis­abling of Press TV’s live stream on YouTube.

ADL exposed Press TV’s YouTube stream in July, a day after it was launched. ADL also con­tacted YouTube regard­ing con­cerns about Press TV using YouTube as a con­duit for the per­va­sive anti-Semitism the Iran­ian media out­let is known for.

As E.U. and U.S. sanc­tions have increas­ingly tight­ened on Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Iran’s state broad­caster that pro­duces His­pan TV and Press TV, has tried to bypass sanc­tions by pro­vid­ing live feeds of its net­works through YouTube. At present, YouTube lacks an effec­tive flag­ging sys­tem for live feed technology.

Increas­ing its influ­ence in Latin Amer­ica has been a strong fea­ture of the Iran­ian government’s for­eign pol­icy in the last decade, and His­pan TV serves as a plat­form to spread Tehran’s con­spir­acy the­o­ries, Holo­caust denial and anti-Semitism.

A July 29, 2013, arti­cle on a speech made by Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad, quoted the out­go­ing pres­i­dent as hav­ing “Two ques­tions regard­ing the sup­posed ‘Holo­caust’” and “Why don’t they [the Jews] allow an inves­ti­ga­tion about the Holo­caust and why not indi­cate where the Holo­caust occurred?”

Con­spir­a­cies alleg­ing the undue power of the pro-Israel lobby are also fre­quently fea­tured by His­pan TV. In an arti­cle pub­lished on July 30, 2013, at the height of the New York City may­oral race, the “Jew­ish lobby” is char­ac­ter­ized as seek­ing out a can­di­date who can rule the city for the Jew­ish lobby. “Is Anthony Weiner only a prod­uct of his time, like Clin­ton, or was he valu­able ‘dam­aged goods’ for the Jew­ish lobby who thought of him as the per­fect con­trol­lable asset to gov­ern the city of New York for them?” 

A June 2013 arti­cle posted on the His­pan TV web­site pro­motes a con­spir­acy that Israeli sci­en­tists fal­si­fied Jew­ish genetic ances­try to jus­tify Israel’s cre­ation. “They com­mit­ted this fraud only to sup­port the false claim to bib­li­cal Pales­tine, which was rooted in the idea of being a sep­a­rate peo­ple… With this DNA test, they secured a pass­port bar­code to Pales­tine,” the arti­cle claims.

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