Marketing Terrorism

Hezbollah’s Shi’ite youth movement, “The Imam al-Mahdi Scouts,” has tens of thousands of members

Issued on 12/09/2006 Type Article
Hezbollah’s Shi’ite youth movement, “The Imam al-Mahdi Scouts,” has tens of thousands of members. According to captured documents, they are indoctrinated with the principles of radical Iranian Islam. That indoctrination includes the personality cult of Iranian leader ‘Ali Khamenei and Hezbollah’s “battle legacy;” national Lebanese symbols are minimized.
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Documents captured during the second Lebanon war reveal how Hezbollah raises funds and at the same time furthers its propaganda and indoctrination campaign, stressing the younger generation.

Issued on 30/08/2006 Type Article
Leaflets related to fund-raising for Hezbollah and the organization’s indoctrination of the Lebanese population (particularly the Shi’ite population) were captured from Hezbollah terrorists in the villages of ‘Aita al-Sha’ab and Aita’run during the second Lebanon war. The leaflets and other documents captured were issued by a Hezbollah institution called the Islamic Resistance Support Association.
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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.
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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.
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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 www.qudsway.com, one of the organization’s two leading sites, still had the same Iranian ISP. Three other sites use ISPs in the United States.
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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.

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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.