Marketing Terrorism

The Internet as a battleground used by the terrorist organizations

Issued on 25/07/2007 Type Article
Hezbollah and Hamas are prominent examples of Islamic terrorist organizations which learned to exploit the communications revolution of the last decade. They make extensive use of the media, especially television and the Internet, in the battle for hearts and minds, waged parallel to the fighting on the ground. They use the media to disseminate their ideology and political propaganda, generate public interest in their activities and attempt to win sympathy and support.

Hamas announced its intention to launch a Turkish version of its Website in the near future, the site’s eighth language.

Issued on 24/06/2007 Type Article
Hamas announced its intention to launch a Turkish version of its Website in the near future, the site’s eighth language. It is part of the organization’s efforts to upgrade its Internet network, one of the most important weapons in its battle for hearts and minds.

"Felesteen", a new Hamas-associated daily newspaper

Issued on 14/05/2007 Type Article
“Felesteen”, a new Hamas-associated daily newspaper, was launched in Gaza City. A new weapon in Hamas’s battle for hearts and minds, the newspaper is meant to compete with the three Palestinian Authority dailies controlled or influenced by Fatah and Abu Mazen, and increase Hamas’s influence among the Palestinian public.

Hamas recently upgraded its TV station and Internet sites.

Issued on 24/02/2007 Type Article
Although the Hamas government is bankrupt, the movement has invested massive sums in improving its propaganda assets, aware of their importance in the battle for hearts and minds against Israel and against its opponents in the internal Palestinian arena.

Small Investment and Large Returns: Terrorism, Media and the Economy

Issued on 22/01/2007 Type Article
This study investigates the role of the media to the impact of terrorism on the economy.

The Iranian regime operates many Arabic-language Internet sites to spread its radical Islamic ideology to the Arab and Muslim populations around the world

Issued on 19/12/2006 Type Article
The Iranian regime makes a great effort to export Khomeini’s radical Islamic ideology. One of its objectives is to advance Iran’s aspirations for hegemony in the Middle East and another is to support its political ideology and propaganda campaign against the United States and Israel.
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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.