Marketing Terrorism

The Hamas civilian infrastructure in PA territories

Issued on 09/07/2006 Type Article
During Operation Summer Rains the IDF has carried out intensive activities against more than 40 institutions and offices belonging to Hamas’s civilian infrastructure (da’wah) in Judea and Samaria. Materials have been confiscated from those offices and institutions that are outlawed by Israel, including Hamas documents, materials inciting hatred and violence, and documents dealing with the transfer of money from Hamas-affiliated funds and foundations abroad.

Terrorism and Internet: an examination of Hamas’s websites and the hosting providers used by them

Issued on 12/06/2006 Type Article
The Hamas movement places significant importance on disseminating its messages through the Internet. These are distributed to various target audiences in the Palestinian Authority administered territories and across the Arab/Muslim world. Over the years, the Hamas invested large sums of money into the creation of an extensive Internet infrastructure, which includes over 20 websites in eight languages (Arabic, English, French, Russian, Persian, Malay, Urdu, and Indonesian). According to our assessment, the infrastructure is run by Nizar Hussein, a member of Hamas who works on behalf of the Hamas information bureau in Damascus and operates from the office of Osama Hamdan, the Hamas representative in Lebanon.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Internet sites and their Internet providers

Issued on 24/05/2006 Type Article
An updated examination of the organization’s sites, which often appear and disappear, showed that today the PIJ has a network of six main Internet sites. The survey, which was conducted on May 22, found that only four of them were active. A comparison with the previous survey, held in December 2005, showed that, one of the organization’s two leading sites, still had the same Iranian ISP. Three other sites use ISPs in the United States.

Funding terrorism: Yasser Arafat ordered financial aid funds transferred to the Palestinian Authority by the international community, as well as tax money transferred by Israel, to be used to purchase significant amounts of arms and ammunition

Issued on 19/05/2006 Type Article
Funding terrorism: Yasser Arafat ordered financial aid funds transferred to the Palestinian Authority by the international community, as well as tax money transferred by Israel, to be used to purchase significant amounts of arms and ammunition. Some of these arms and ammunition were provided to Palestinian terrorist groups. The information came from the Israel Security Agency interrogation of Fuad al-Shobaki, formerly Arafat’s confidant and the finance chief in the Palestinian Authority. Also revealed in the interrogation were details on the key part played by Iran in the Karine-A arms ship deal.


Hamas launches “Al-Aqsa,” an experimental TV channel

Issued on 23/01/2006 Type Article
On January 7, 2006, Hamas launched its experimental TV channel, “Al-Aqsa” (also the name of its radio station). Hamas places great importance on its war to capture the hearts and minds of the Palestinian people and other target audiences in the Middle East and all over the globe. For that reason, Hamas invests large resources, both human and financial, to exploit its mass media network

The fight against Hezbollah’s inciting broadcasts: the French authorities reject Al-Manar’s request to allow the resumption of its broadcasts in France

Issued on 16/01/2006 Type Article
France’s Conseil d’État (a legal body assisting the French government with legal advice) decided to reject an appeal submitted by the Lebanese Communication Group—Al-Manar (i.e., the operators of Hezbollah’s television channel) to revoke the decision of the Supreme Audiovisual Council (December 17, 2004). The decision bans the station’s broadcasts in France (AFP, January 6, 2006).
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Information on Marketing Terrorism
The Palestinian and Islamic terrorist organizations make extensive use of the written and electronic media to market and encourage terrorism. Every organization has its own media developed to market terrorism. They have radio and TV stations, newspapers and online capabilities. Hamas and Hezbollah are prominent in the field and have satellite TV channels. Al-Qaeda also has a well-developed media network.
Al-Qaeda, and in the Middle East Hezbollah and Hamas, are the organizations which have best learned how to exploit the communications revolution, using the media both to market terrorism and for terrorist activities on the ground.
The terrorist organizations around the globe have become adept at using the information revolution of the past decade and make massive use of the Internet to market terrorism. They can market terrorism without fear of censorship, using laws of freedom of expression, overcome geographic obstacles and circumvent the difficulties raised by various governments. Using the Internet to market terrorism enables them to achieve many objectives. They explain and justify their terrorist activities, collect and transmit information, increase their organizing capabilities, glorify their image, recruit and instruct operatives, etc.