Marketing Terrorism

Hamas’s new satellite television channel: a step forward in Hamas’s battle for hearts and minds

Issued on 18/10/2006 Type Article
A Hamas-operated satellite broadcasting station named “The Light of Al-Aqsa” (Saraj al-Aqsa ) started broadcasting on October 15 in the afternoon. For the time being, the station airs archive footage of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and songs of religious character. The station will broadcast from Dubai (where the station manager, Ziyad al-Hasanat, is based) and the content will originate from Gaza

Hezbollah publications found during the second Lebanon war in south Lebanon inculcate the radical ideology of the Islamic revolution in Iran

Issued on 10/10/2006 Type Article
Hezbollah publications found during the second Lebanon war in south Lebanon inculcate the radical ideology of the Islamic revolution in Iran, and glorify jihad, shahada (death as a martyr) and the personality cults of the Ayatollah Khomeini and ‘Ali Khamenei.

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.


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.

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.
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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.