cta-image

Donate

Donations from readers like you allow us to do what we do. Please help us continue our work with a monthly or one-time donation.

Donate Today
cta-image

Subscribe Today

Subscribe to receive daily or weekly MEMRI emails on the topics that most interest you.
Subscribe
cta-image

Request a Clip

Media, government, and academia can request a MEMRI clip or other MEMRI research, or ask to consult with or interview a MEMRI expert.
Request Clip
Jan 28, 2020
Share Video:

Pres. of Cairo University Calls for Revision, Interdisciplinarity in Religious Sciences, Sheikh of Al-Azhar University Responds: The Conflict between Islam, Modernity Is Made up by the West to Hold Us Back, Control How People View Islam

#7827 | 06:02
Source: The Internet - "Al-Azhar University on YouTube"

Professor Mohamed Othman Elkhosht, the President of Cairo University, said at a January 28, 2020 conference that was streamed live on Al-Azhar University's YouTube channel that the religious sciences are in a state of stagnation, and he criticized the fact that critical analysis, scientific analysis, and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences are not used in this field. He said that Islamic scholarship has failed to enter a new era and called for interdisciplinarity. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, responded that shari'a law, Islamic jurisprudence, and the Islamic heritage that Professor Elkhosht criticized were the same things that united a bunch of warring Arab tribes that "couldn't tell right from left" and enabled them to expand as far as Al-Andalus and China. Sheikh Al-Tayyeb also said that Islamic heritage barely plays a role in people's lives today and that the Arab and Muslim identity is meaningless. He further argued that Western leaders such as Trump and Netanyahu make all the decisions for the Arab world, that the conflict between modernity and the Islamic heritage is made up by the West in order to hold the Muslim world back, and that there is an "accursed and vicious machine" directing the way people view Islam.

Professor Mohamed Othman Elkhosht: "The religious sciences are in a state of stagnation. They are based on copying and reproduction.

[...]

"There is no critical analysis, no scientific analysis, and no use of methodologies from the humanities or social sciences. All the battles of the old days are being repeated. We still live in the times of the fitna of the Caliph Othman. The same old battles are present today. All the battles of ISIS are identical to the battles at the advent [of Islam], because we have been unable to enter a new era. So I call for the development of the religious sciences, and not for their revival, because such revival means to adopt the religious sciences of the past en bloc.

[...]

"Some people accuse Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal of being an extremist. I'm speaking here to very knowledgeable scholars. In most of the matters of jurisprudence that appear in the books of the Hanbali school, Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal had three different opinions for each question.

[...]

"Where did we get this idea of 'single opinion' or 'single truth'? Not from the Imams of the past... If I call for the establishment of new [religious] sciences, it doesn't mean that I treat them with disrespect. I am calling to follow their example rather than their school of jurisprudence.

[...]

"In the framework of the renewal [of religious thought], we must depart from the closed circle [of religion] and open up to other circles of the humanities and social sciences. I also call for interdisciplinary studies rather than viewing religious sciences as a desert island. The jurisprudents and the scholars of shari'a, exegeses, and hadith have become desert islands. We are now in the age of interdisciplinarity."

[...]

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: "Sir, the [Islamic] heritage that is being derided today... We deride it and make people afraid of it... This [Islamic] heritage took a bunch of Arab tribes that used to fight each other and that couldn't tell right from left, and in the course of 80 years, enabled them to place one foot in Al-Andalus and another in China. That is because they focused on the strong points of this heritage. This heritage created an entire nation and coexisted with history. Tell me, sir – and you are our teacher in this field – how did the Islamic world advance before the French invasion [in 1798]? What set it in motion? Wasn't it the shari'a and the [Islamic] heritage?

[...]

"Therefore, describing the [Islamic] heritage as something that bequeathed weakness and backwardness is unfair towards the [Islamic] heritage.

[...]

"Between me and you, do you think that [Islamic] heritage is implemented today? I do not think that our heritage is implemented today. I mean, we eat like the Europeans with a knife and fork using both our hands. We use European and American cars.

[...]

"We think like Europeans. Our school curricula are like theirs. Our policies follow the European-Western way. Islam – and not [Islamic] heritage, to be honest – is implemented maybe in matters of marriage, divorce, inheritance, and nothing else. So where is that... As a matter of fact, I do not see where... On the contrary, I was expecting people to say that the heritage is missing from our lives."

Professor Mohamed Othman Elkhosht: "All of the heritage?"

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: "Our identity has been lost. Tell me, sir, what does our identity as Arabs and Muslims mean today? Nothing."

Professor Mohamed Othman Elkhosht: "Nothing."

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: "Nothing, today. Our matters are decided by others. I was utterly ashamed when I saw Trump with that [PM] of Israel... They are the ones who plan, say, decide, and solve our problems. There is no Arab or Muslim [among them]. That is where we should be fighting. I hope that you are aware of what is going on behind the scenes. This war between heritage and modernity is also made up in order to hold us back. If you asked someone... You must be from a village. Go ask anyone working on his plow if what ISIS are doing is a part of Islam. He will surely tell you that what they do is not a part of Islam. We, as scholars and clerics from Al-Azhar, have said it more than once, and held one, two, or ten conferences. We have said that Islam and the Muslims are innocent of this terrorism. Even so, we had to face constant accusations about the terrorist nature of Islam, and had to hold conferences to say that terrorism is not a part of Islam. There is an accursed and vicious machine that directs the way people think [of Islam]."

cta-image

Donate

Donations from readers like you allow us to do what we do. Please help us continue our work with a monthly or one-time donation.

Donate Today
cta-image

Subscribe Today

Subscribe to receive daily or weekly MEMRI emails on the topics that most interest you.
Subscribe
cta-image

Request a Clip

Media, government, and academia can request a MEMRI clip or other MEMRI research, or ask to consult with or interview a MEMRI expert.
Request Clip
Feb 06, 2020
Share Video:

Turkish Imam Muhammed Hoca: I Am Raising My Son to Be a High-Quality, Fantastic Enemy of the Jews and the Christians

#7826 | 03:28
Source: The Internet

Turkish Imam Muhammed Korkmaz Hoca, also known as Niğdeli Muhammed Hoca, in a video uploaded to the Internet on January 6, 2020, said that he is raising his son to be a “high-quality” and fantastic enemy of the Jews and the Christians.
The video has the logo of the "500 Evler Love Association," which, according to the group's Facebook page, is based in Istanbul. 500 Evler is an avenue in the Gaziosmanpaşa district of Istanbul. A YouTube channel bearing the group's name also features lectures from various imams, as does the group's Facebook page.

 

Muhammed Korkmaz: The other day, somebody said to me: “There are some good Jews.” [I said:] “No, there are not.” He said: “Yes, there are.” [I responded:] “No, there aren’t!” Why not? Because Allah himself said there aren’t any. So how can I say that there are good [Jews]?

[...]

One day, I was waiting at the airport. We have a son, and he was five or six years old at the time.

[...]

Men with yarmulkes came.

[...]

They were fat. They sat across from us. Our son was running around, and they were laughing and making gestures like this. One of them took out 20 [Turkish lira] and gave it to our son. I said: ”Son, come here. I’m going to tell you something. If you go over there, tear up that money, and throw it at their feet, then I will give you 50 lira.”

[...]

He went over to them, tore up the money, threw it at their feet, and ran back to me. I showed them as I gave him 50 lira and I did this. I called my son. [I said:] “You see these dishonorable people? You know those children we see in Palestine who are killed, slaughtered, and raped?” [He said:] “Yes?” ”These dishonorable people are the ones who kill them. Here they give you money to make themselves seem sympathetic, but if they have the opportunity, they will kill you, too. Beware! Do not love them.” I am raising my son to be[[[ a very good, high-quality enemy of the Jews.

Crowd: Praise be to Allah.

Muhammed Korkmaz: I swear by Allah, brother. [He will be] a fantastic enemy of the Jews, and a fantastic enemy of the Christians. [Some say:] “A Muslim cannot raise an enemy.” Well, I am raising one, man! Is my brain not my own? I am their enemy. May the curse of Allah be upon them. When they are slaughtering children in Palestine, when they are raping, killing, slaughtering a million people in Iraq, when they are committing big massacres in Afghanistan, and when America and Israel are the biggest perpetrators of genocide, if I make my child love Jews and Christians, Allah will not say that I am good! Allah will not say this to me. Allah says: “Do not incline toward them.” He says: “Do not resemble them.” [The Quran says:] “The Jews and the Christians will never approve of you until you follow their religion!”

[…]

This is not Muhammad saying this. Allah is saying this! Do not resemble them, do not incline toward them! Allah says: Throw away their praise, their customs, their practices, and their traditions like a rag! Oh Muslims, did we not come into this condition because we resemble them? Our daughters have come to the point of walking in the streets completely naked. In the name of what? In the name of fashion.

[…]

They display their bodies in a way that does not please Allah or His Messenger. Was it not [the Jews] who propagated this? They did! And now am I going to have [my son] take 20 lira [from them]? Tear it up and throw it away! We do not need their money or their love. May Allah grant us hatred of them!

Crowd: Amen.

Muhammed Korkmaz: We cannot love them. We love Muslims, for Allah says that only the believers are friends of one another. Allah says that only the believers are brothers of one another. Allah does not say that the Jews and Christians are our brothers. Why would I love them?

cta-image

Donate

Donations from readers like you allow us to do what we do. Please help us continue our work with a monthly or one-time donation.

Donate Today
cta-image

Subscribe Today

Subscribe to receive daily or weekly MEMRI emails on the topics that most interest you.
Subscribe
cta-image

Request a Clip

Media, government, and academia can request a MEMRI clip or other MEMRI research, or ask to consult with or interview a MEMRI expert.
Request Clip
Jan 31, 2020
Share Video:

Al-Aqsa Mosque Address by Palestinian Cleric Najib Rafat: We Should Respond to Trump Peace Plan by Conquering America

#7825 | 02:00
Source: The Internet - "YouTube channel dedicated to Al-Aqsa Mosque addresses"

Palestinian cleric Najib Rafat said in an address at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that was uploaded to the Internet on January 31, 2020 that the response to the Deal of the Century should not be a cold, muted, worthless, narrow, putrid, nationalist, pan-Arabist, lowly, or defeatist response. Rather, he said that the Islamic nation should respond to President Trump by "preparing the latent resources of the [Islamic] nation," announcing the establishment of a Caliphate, getting rid of sinful leaders, and sending huge armies to invade and conquer America. Sheikh Rafat prayed for Allah to support the Muslims against the evil infidels and to make them worthy of liberating Jerusalem and conquering Rome and the United States. His audience chanted: "Allah Akbar! Glory belongs to Allah!"

Najib Rafat: "Oh, servants of Allah! The response to Trump should not be a cold, muted, worthless response. It should not be a narrow, putrid, nationalist or Pan-Arabist response. It should not be a lowly, defeatist, mute response of negotiations. Yes, oh servants of Allah, the response should be through preparing the latent resources of the [Islamic] nation, announcing the [establishment of] a rightly-guided Caliphate for the nation of Islam, getting rid of the sinful leaders, and sending out huge armies to invade and conquer America. Yes, oh servants of Allah..."

Crowd: "Allah Akbar! Thanks be to Allah! Allah Akbar! Thanks be to Allah! Allah Akbar! Glory belongs to Allah! Allah Akbar! Glory belongs to Allah!"

[...]

Najib Rafat: "Oh Allah, unite us in faith!"

Crowd: "Amen!"

Najib Rafat: "Support us against the evil infidels!"

Crowd: "Amen!"

Najib Rafat: "Oh Allah, make us worthy of bearing witness over Mankind!"

Crowd: "Amen!"

Najib Rafat: "Oh Allah, make us worthy of bearing witness to the good in the [Islamic] nation..."

Crowd: "Amen!"

Najib Rafat: "...by liberating Jerusalem and conquering Rome and America, Allah willing!"

Crowd: "Amen!"

Hamas Hackers Attempt To Steal Information From Israeli Soldiers Using Infected Dating Apps

February 20, 2020

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor

JTTM subscribers receive daily updates on imminent and potential threats posed by terrorists, extremist organizations, and individuals worldwide.
For subscription information, click here

Death Of ISIS Media Operative Sheds Light On Group’s Nexus Of Media And Intelligence

February 20, 2020

The recent demise of an Islamic State (ISIS) media operative revealed that he played an an important role in the online community of ISIS supporters on Facebook, and actively disseminated its news and propaganda. It was revealed after his death – he had a role in covert ISIS operations, specifically in recruitment, and apparently facilitated the transfer of funds and personnel, among additional tasks he likely fulfilled.

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor

JTTM subscribers receive daily updates on imminent and potential threats posed by terrorists, extremist organizations, and individuals worldwide.
For subscription information, click here
memri
February 20, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8572

In Iraq, At Least 10 Attacks On U.S.- Led Forces Since Soleimani's Killing; Shi'ite Militias Ramp Up Threats

February 20, 2020
Iraq | Special Dispatch No. 8572
Since the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian IRGC Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) deputy commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq have been issuing series of threats against the U.S. and its allies.[1] Following the decision by Iraq's parliament to end the U.S. military presence, the level and frequency appeared to have declined, with Shi'ite militia leaders claiming that they are willing to give the Iraqi government the opportunity to pursue a diplomatic arrangement that would ensure a peaceful exit of U.S. forces from Iraq. However, they warned that if the government's efforts to do so fails, they would not hesitate to resort to military action. Over the past weeks, the U.S. military and Iraqi security acknowledged that there have been several missile attacks on U.S. military targets inside Iraq, along with an IED ambush against a U.S. military supply convoy in south Baghdad. Shi'ite militias denied responsibility for these attacks, saying that they "do not match the magnitude of the crime committed by the U.S." and that such "reckless" acts do not serve their interests because they "could expose PMU leaders to the same fate as Soleimani and Al-Muhandis." It should be noted that even in the months prior to the killing of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis, Katyusha rockets had been fired at U.S. targets. After the February 11 public commemoration marking 40 days since the killing of the two,[2] some Shi'ite militias commanders started to backtrack from their earlier statements that they would allow the government of Iraq a chance to expel U.S. forces diplomatically, and again resorted to threats. The escalated rhetoric clearly underlines their willingness to strike, now that they have absorbed the shock of the initial U.S. response that led to the killing of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis. They also appear to be counting on the recent U.S. Senate resolution to curb President Trump's war powers, thinking that they can continue to get away with "small" rocket attacks. Recent Threats By Shi'ite Militias The Al-Nujaba Movement At a February 15 conference in Tehran, Al-Nujaba secretary-general Akram Al-Kaabi said that after the death of Soleimani, "the resistance has gone from defense to offense in order to show the American forces that the road to Baghdad airport, where Soleimani was killed, is the Americans' road to Hell."  Stating that "the resistance has resumed its covert modus operandi and will once again carry out operations against U.S. forces and document these operations on video," he added that a decisive, high-profile attack would be carried out, that the Americans would lose the upcoming war of attrition, and that the IEDs, rockets, and bullets of the resistance will chase the American forces out of Iraq as they had in 2011.[3] On February 17, Al-Nujaba political council member Haydar Al-Lami said that the Iraqi response to the killing of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis had been postponed due to "logistical matters" but added, "We have targets." He continued: "We have goals and full information about the U.S. presence in Iraq, as well as accurate information about all U.S. travels and their goals, and we have control even on airlines' [flight] path, in which the drones fly. The response to America's crime will be strong and will be announced officially." Furthermore, the group, which appears to be more vocal in issuing threats than other Shi'ite armed factions, tweeted a video on February 14, 2020 titled "We Are Ready For A Great Epic Battle.  The video announced that its fighters are ready to attack U.S. interests in Iraq.[4] Still image from the video, showing Al-Kaabi against a backdrop of signs to Baghdad airport and coffins draped with U.S. flags The same day, Al-Nujaba also tweeted a poster featuring a photo of a U.S. military vehicle at Ain Al-Assad Airbase in western Iraq, where U.S. troops are posted, and that was struck by Iranian missiles on January 8, 2020. The poster, which shows the vehicle in a red circle and notes that the photo, apparently from a night-vision camera, was taken February 14, 2020, stated: "A U.S. Vehicle in Ain Al-Assad – We Are Lying In Wait For You."[5] Al-Nujba' poster (Source: Twitter.com) On February 18, Al-Nujaba released a 16-second video showing a U.S. helicopter landing at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The footage concluded with text stating: "We Are Lying In Wait For You."[6] Footage shows a helicopter landing at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad On February 18, Al-Nujaba media officer Bashar Al-Sa'idi tweeted a poster showing Al-Kaabi in combat uniform at a podium and President Trump sitting next to him in a chair on the stage.  Text on the wall behind the men reads "Zero Hour Countdown." The poster was tweeted with the message "We betray no one, not even our enemy. The Americans must understand that we are drawing very near to them. We have rights, and we shall restore our rights." On February 19, Al-Sa'idi tweeted a quote by Al-Kaabi with a map showing Iran's proxy factions in the region. The tweet reads: "The West Asian region is the battleground of the resistance empire, and its capital is the Islamic Republic [of Iran]."[7] Al-Sa'idi's tweet Hezbollah Brigades On February 18, Hezbollah Brigades Iraq spokesman Jaafar Al-Husseini told the pro-Iran Al-Maydeen TV that leaders of the Iraqi resistance factions had met in Qom and Baghdad to discuss ways of expelling U.S. forces from Iraq. He said: "the preparations for a confrontation with the Americans were completed years ago, and the form of this confrontation is clear to the Iraqi resistance factions, and the timing is to be determined by these factions." Stressing that "the Iraqi resistance factions have the power to drive out American forces in a way that Washington could  never imagine," he added that "the Iraqi resistance has taken some measures on the ground to monitor the U.S. forces and their presence in the country." He also noted: "The Iraqi presence in border cities with Syria is meant to prevent the U.S. forces from moving and establishing military bases."[8] Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq Movement In a February 8 television interview, Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq secretary-general Qais Al-Khazali said: "A decision has been made to postpone the military response [to the Americans]. When we reach [a decision] ... There is no specific time [frame]. It could be a week. It could be a month." Explaining that his armed faction has the missile capability necessary for a war of attrition against the U.S., he added that "the resistance factions will be targeting the U.S. economic interests inside Iraq and the rest of the region."[9] Attacks On U.S. And Coalition Targets As mentioned, along with the threats from the factions, Katyusha rockets are reportedly still being fired at U.S. targets, although no group has so far claimed responsibility for them, and militia leaders are renouncing the firing. It is clear that the firing of the Katyushas is aimed at testing the U.S.'s response. On January 4, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Myles B. Caggins III acknowledged that there had been two rocket attacks near military bases in Baghdad and Balad that host coalition forces.[10] On January 6, two rockets struck near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, hours after the ambassador was summoned by the Iraqi government over a U.S. strike that killed a top Iranian commander.[11]. On January 8, the OIR spokesman tweeted: "the military coalition confirms small rockets impacted near Baghdad’s International Zone, Jan. 8 at 11:45 p.m. (Baghdad Time). No Coalition casualties or damage to facilities." He also quoted a tweet by the Iraqi security account on twitter claiming that "two Katyusha missiles landed inside the Green Zone."[12] On January 14, he tweeted that a "small" missile attack had struck Al-Taji military base, north Baghdad, which hosts coalition forces, but that no casualties were reported. He quoted a tweet by an Iraqi security Twitter account stating that the missiles had been Katyushas.[13] On January 26, five Katyusha rockets crashed into a riverbank near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, according to a statement from U.S. Joint Operations Command. According to an Iraqi security official, one of them landed inside the embassy walls.[14] On January 31, Iraqi security said five mortars had landed near Al-Qayyarah airfield in Mosul, which hosts coalition forces.[15] On February 10, the Lebanese pro-Iranian Al-Mayadeen TV reported that an IED explosion had targeted a U.S. convoy in south Baghdad. The convoy, it said, was carrying military supplies to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. According to the report, one vehicle was damaged and there were no casualties. Al-Mayadeen report (Source: Al-Mayadeen.net) On February 13, the OIR spokesman tweeted: "1 small rocket impacted the Iraqi base hosting Coalition troops in Kirkuk (K1) at 8:14 p.m. (Iraq Time). No casualties or damage to facilities. The Iraqi security claimed that "a missile launcher with 11 unfired missiles were found nearby the base."[16] OIR spokesman's tweet The OIR spokesman also tweeted, on February 15, about another "small" missile attack against a military base hosting coalition forces that is located inside the international green zone in Baghdad.[17] A tweet about the same attack by Iraqi security explained that three Katyusha missiles had fallen inside the International Green Zone and another had missile landed on PMU headquarters in Baghdad. No casualties were reported, it said.[18] Iraqi security tweet     [1] See MEMRI Dispatch No. 7542, Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Threaten To Respond To Attack On Their Forces At Iraq-Syria Border: We Can Fire Missiles At The U.S. Embassy, U.S. Forces In Iraq, June 28, 2018. [2] See MEMRI Dispatch No. 8552, At Baghdad Commemoration For Soleimani And Al-Muhandis, Commanders of Iraqi Militias Refrain From Threatening U.S. – But In The Streets, President Trump, U.S. Soldiers Are Hanged In Effigy, February 11, 2020. [3] See MEMRI Clip No.7808, Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi: We Have Resumed Covert Operations against U.S. Forces; Our IEDS, Rockets Will Chase America out Once Again; February 15, 2020.  [4] Twitter.com/Basharsaad19851/status/1228769077281333249, February 15, 2020. [5] Twitter.com/Basharsaad19851/status/1228727897516642306; February 15, 2020. [6] Twitter.com/Basharsaad19851/status/1229806373032079360, February 18, 2020. [7] Twitter.com/Basharsaad19851/status/1230112347936755713, February 18,2020. [8] Aalmayadeen.net, February 18,2020. [9] See MEMRI Clip No. 7795, Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Qais Khazali: We May Target U.S. Economic Interests Outside of Iraq; We Have the MIssile Capability Needed for War of Attrition Against U.S.; Feb 08, 2020. [10] Twitter.com/OIRSpox/status/1213607230538502148, January 4, 2020. 12 Ii24news, January 26, 2020 [12] Twitter.com/OIRSpox/status/1215050589140373505, January 8, 2020. [13] Twitter.com/OIRSpox/status/1217179133677113345, January 14, 2020. [14] Aljazeera.com, January 26,2020. [15] Twitter.com/SecMedCell/status/1223344663102468096, January 31, 2020. [16] Twitter.com/SecMedCell/status/1228031749550223360, February 13, 2020. [17] Twitter.com/OIRSpox/status/1228076054729891840, February 13, 2020. [18] Twitter.com/SecMedCell/status/1228031749550223360, February 13, 2020.

Share this Report:

memri
February 20, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8571

As Syrian Rebels Lose Territory, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Al-Joulani Provides Interviews Defending Turkish Presence In Idlib, Responding To Criticism By Rival Rebel Factions

February 20, 2020
Syria, Turkey | Special Dispatch No. 8571
The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. Since the beginning of February 2020, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani has dramatically increased his appearances in the media. Al-Joulani, the leader of the largest jihadi faction in Syria's last remaining rebel stronghold, the Idlib region, appeared in an official HTS video released on February 5, 2020, followed by two video interviews with pro-jihadi journalists in Idlib, both provided on February 15, 2020. Prior to these media appearances, Al-Joulani had appeared in an HTS video on December 25, 2019 and before that at a press conference held in August 2019.[1] The increase in Al-Joulani's media appearances comes as rebels in the Idlib region face a relentless campaign by the Assad regime, backed by its Russian and Iranian allies, to regain control of the area. In recent weeks, regime forces have made significant advances in the countryside southwest of Aleppo and southeast of Idlib, finally gaining control of the entire strategic M5 highway, which runs from Damascus to Aleppo, on February 11, 2020. Ebaa News Agency, an official HTS media outlet, released a short video clip on February 1, 2020, that portrays members of the HTS Red Headbands elite forces as they are about to carry out an inghimasi (raid behind enemy lines) attack on regime forces. In the presence of Al-Joulani and HTS chief religious official 'Abd Al-Rahim 'Atoun, they vow to fight to the death.[2] An HTS video clip released on February 5, 2020, shows Al-Joulani delivering a message to a group of Red Headbands fighters, urging them to fight bravely to the death, and declaring that the Assad regime is weak and would be swiftly vanquished by the mujahideen if Russia and Iran stopped supporting it.[3] On February 15, 2020, Syrian pro-jihadi journalist Tahir Al-'Umar published a 12-minute video on his Telegram channel in which he interviews Al-Joulani.[4] Later that day, Turkish pro-rebel journalist Abdussamed Dagül released a five-minute YouTube video featuring Al-Joulani answering his questions concerning the reason for recent regime advances in the Idlib area, and the HTS attitude toward the presence of Turkish forces in the area.[5] While both interviews discussed many of the same topics, such as legitimizing the presence of Turkish troops in the Idlib area, different issues were stressed in each. It appears that Dagül's interview, which was subtitled in English and opened with an English-language introduction, was geared toward an audience outside of Syria, while Al-'Umar's, which was completely in Arabic and included a response to accusations made against HTS by rival rebel factions, was aimed at the local population. The above poster promotes an interview HTS leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani (right) gave to Turkish pro-rebel journalist Abdussamed Dagül (left). This report focuses on the interview with Tahir Al-'Umar, in which Al-Joulani discusses recent rebel losses of territory and the Turkish presence in the Idlib area, and responds to criticism raised by some of the group's detractors, such as accusations that HTS has seized other factions' weapons, prevents its rivals from fighting the regime, and has imprisoned members of rival factions. The above screenshot from a video published by Syrian pro-jihadi journalist Tahir Al-'Umar shows Al-'Umar (left) interviewing HTS leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani. Recent Rebel Losses Of Territory Were Due To Russian-Iranian Intervention; Today We Are Fighting Occupation; We Need Unified Military Leadership To Prevent Further Losses In response to Tahir Al-'Umar's question, "What is the reason for the leaders' absence from the media?" Al-Joulani says that the leaders of the rebel factions are unable to speak to the media because they are in their operations rooms occupied with the defense of the Idlib area. However, recognizing the people's right to clarification of the military situation, he promises that military commanders will speak to the media whenever they have a chance. The HTS leader then explains that the reason for the mujahideen's withdrawal from large areas and their capture by the Assad regime is due to the Russian-backed Astana and Sochi agreements, which allowed the regime to focus its offensives on one area at a time. Al-Joulani warns rebels against believing that any area, even one that appears calm at the moment, such as the northern regions controlled by Turkish and Kurdish forces, are secure and will not eventually be attacked by the regime and its Russian allies. It should be noted that although Al-Joulani condemns the Astana and Sochi talks, he refrains from criticizing Turkey, which is one of the powers that backed the Astana talks.[6] Al-Joulani reiterates an assertion he has made several times in the past few months, namely, that the regime's military successes are due only to the backing of Russia and Iran, and that without their help the regime would be easily defeated. "Today we do not speak about the regime that was in the past. Today we speak of Russian and Iranian occupation, because if the Russians and Iranians abandoned this criminal regime, within two weeks, perhaps, all the Syrian lands would be liberated […] Consequently, today we fight against occupation. The revolutionary cause has changed now from a popular revolution against a tyrannical regime into confronting occupation." The HTS leader declares that fighting these "occupying" forces requires patience and persistence, as well as the formation of better trained elite forces. Another reason for recent rebel losses, according to Al-Joulani, is the rebel factions' lack of organization. Admitting that "all the military factions, including Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham, need additional organization," the HTS leader estimates that some rebel factions are 60%, 70%, or 80% organized in terms of their control over their fighters and those fighters' levels of training, while others are only 10% or 20% organized. Al-Joulani claims that while HTS is one of the better organized factions, estimating its level of organization at 70%, he acknowledges that this is not sufficient to allow the group to equally defend the approximately six fronts in the Aleppo area and the five southeast of Idlib, which has led to the capture of some of these areas. However, Al-Joulani reassures his audience that the factions have increased their coordination and strengthened their lines of defense, asserting that "all these factions need […] correct military organization and there should be a unified military leadership controlling all the soldiers and equipment located in this arena […] Afterwards, Allah willing, we will repel the largest offensive that can come to the liberated areas." Al-Joulani's reference to a "unified military leadership" obviously refers to one led by HTS, as the most powerful rebel faction in Idlib today. Al-Joulani rejects the allegation that the factions, or Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham, "does not throw all its military forces into the current battle with the enemy," asserting that at least 75% of the current battles are being fought by HTS, which he says is active in at least eight of about ten sectors where battles are currently ongoing. Al-Joulani also claims that "the operations rooms meet every day once, twice, or three times." Turkey's Presence In Idlib Is In The Legitimate Interests Of The Turkish People In response to the query: "Have the Turks actually entered the line of the confrontations?", the HTS leader responds that Turkey has observation points in the Idlib area, which were attacked by regime forces, and stresses that Turkey has a legitimate interest in the situation in Idlib, since this situation directly impacts the Turkish people economically, politically, security-wise, and militarily. Al-Joulani alleges that "the Russians have never been friends of the Turkish people," explaining that the millennium-old rivalry between Turkey and Russia has led the Turkish people to oppose the Russian presence in Idlib. Al-Joulani predicts that the success of the rebels in Idlib will have a positive impact on all nations in the region, particularly on Turkey. This analysis, which legitimizes Turkey's presence in the region and refrains from criticizing Turkey, which provides support to HTS, was also provided by Al-Joulani in his interview with Dagül. HTS Has Not Taken Rival Factions' Weapons, Imprisoned Their Fighters, Or Prevented Them From Fighting The Regime Al-Joulani also responds to accusations leveled against HTS by rival rebel factions, particularly those associated with the National Liberation Front (NLF), which is part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The HTS leader denies the allegation that his group has "taken the factions' heavy weapons,"[7] saying that in the past, HTS and the NLF had some disagreements on this issue, and the two sides came to an agreement that the heavy weaponry would be under the control of the NLF official in charge of defense, on condition that it would be employed only against the regime and not against HTS. However, Al-Joulani asserts, since fighting has broken out, all the factions have taken back their weapons. Al-'Umar mentions another accusation against HTS: "Some say there are thousands of prisoners from the Free Army in the prisons of Hay'at [Tahrir Al-Sham]." Vehemently denying this charge, Al-Joulani responds: "God forbid! My dear brother, there is not a single prisoner [in the custody of] the Security Apparatus or the Criminal Apparatus, for instance, from the Free Army factions. Not at all." The HTS leader claims that all inmates in the group's prisons are either criminal cases; security cases, such as ISIS operatives; or collaborators with the regime. Al-Joulani denies that HTS is currently preventing any rival factions from entering the Idlib area to help fight the regime, declaring that all factions that want to defend Idlib are present in the area and are participating in the area's defense. The Jihad In Syria Is A Battle For All Sunnis In an apparent attempt to gain additional support from Muslims outside of Syria, Al-Joulani concludes the interview with a message to "the mujahideen at the fronts and to our steadfast people and displaced persons in the liberated areas," emphasizing the importance of the jihad in Syria to all Sunnis worldwide and asserting that the battle will soon be over. The HTS leader declares: "I say that this battle, the battle of the people of Syria, is the battle of the Sunnis in general in the entire region. This is a battle in which a very high price was paid. More than a million people were martyred in this land, half of the nation – about 12 million people – were displaced or became refugees, and there are terrible calamities that took place. However, now we are at the end of it. [...] We need more patience and steadfastness, because if this battle is settled – God forbid – not to the benefit of the Sunnis, the Sunnis in this region will become a kind of minority, after they had been the majority of the population in this region." Al-Joulani reminds the mujahideen fighting in Idlib of their great responsibility to the local population: "We must be patient and steadfast, and the mujahideen must realize that they are fighting while there are millions of people behind them who will be harmed by their retreating and benefited by their advancing. We must know that the responsibility is very great, and we must offer whatever we can, our most valuable possessions, toward the goal of Allah bringing about victory at our hands."   [1] See MEMRI JTTM Reports: Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham Leader Al-Joulani: We Fight The Russian And Iranian Occupation For The Islamic Ummah; Attacks On The Syrian Regime's Economic And Military Targets Must Continue, December 26, 2019; Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader ‎Al-Joulani Declares Rebel Victory In Campaign In Idlib; Insists Regime Will Be Defeated Through Armed Jihad, Not Negotiations, August 5, 2019. [2] See MEMRI JTTM Report: In The Presence Of HTS Leader Al-Joulani, Elite Fighters Pledge To Fight To The Death Prior To Operation In Aleppo, February 3, 2020. [3] See MEMRI JTTM Report: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Video Features Al-Joulani Urging Mujahideen To Fight Fearlessly, Says If Russia, Iran Abandon Regime, Mujahideen Will Capture Damascus In One Week, February 6, 2020. [4] Telegram, February 15, 2020. [5] See MEMRI TV Report: HTS Leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani: Mujahideen Forces Are Withdrawing in Order to Reorganize in Face of Overwhelming Russian Military Force; We Will Return to Liberate Syrian Land, February 15, 2020. [6] The official stance of HTS has been to reject the Astana and Sochi agreements. However, it has offered little concrete resistance to the terms of the agreements, such as allowing Turkish forces into the Idlib area. See MEMRI JTTM Reports: Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Leader Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani Condemns Syrian Factions Involved In Astana Accord, Urges Jihadi Groups To Unite, January 16, 2018; Following Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Decision To Grant Turkey A Military Presence In Idlib, Al-Qaeda Supporters Accuse It Of Abandoning Its Principles, Seeking To Ingratiate Itself With The Enemies Of Islam, June 7, 2018; Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Statement On Sochi Talks Affirms The Group's Commitment To Jihad And Its Refusal To Surrender Weapons, October 15, 2018. [7] Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria made a similar accusation against HTS in January 2019; see MEMRI JTTM Report: HTS Is "Killing The Jihadist Spirit" Claim Al-Qaeda Leaders In Syria, January 31, 2019.

Share this Report:

memri
February 20, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8570

Egyptian Regime On Restoration Of Alexandria Synagogue: An Expression Of Egyptian Tolerance And An Important Tourism Enterprise; Muslim Brotherhood: A Waste Of Money And Pandering To Jews

February 20, 2020
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 8570
On January 10, 2020, the Eliyahu Hanavi (Prophet Elijah) Synagogue in Alexandria was reopened following comprehensive restoration and renovation lasting over two years and costing some 70 million Egyptian pounds (~ $4.5 million). The synagogue was built during the reign of Ottoman ruler Muhammad Ali Pasha in the late 19th century, over the ruins of a 14th century synagogue that had been destroyed following Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798. In 2018, after years of neglect that caused parts of the building to collapse, the Egyptian government decided to restore the synagogue and reopen it.[1] The restoration of the Alexandria synagogue serves two of Egypt's goals: first, it presents Egypt to the world as a tolerant and open country which respects all the religions and their places of worship. At the inauguration of the renovated synagogue, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anany stressed the importance that the Egyptian government attributes to the heritage of all religions, noting that he had also participated in inauguration of churches, monasteries, and mosques.[2] Magda Haroun, head of the Jewish community of Egypt – which numbers only a handful of people – reinforced this message in her speech at the ceremony. She praised the efforts of the Egyptian government to renovate the synagogue, as well as other synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, saying that it demonstrates the extent to which the Jews were an integral part of Egyptian society and culture.[3] This goal is in line with objectives set out by Egyptian President 'Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi, who since coming into office has been calling for "a renewal of the religious discourse"[4] and has acted to establish Egypt as a civil state belonging to Egyptians of all faiths, not only Muslims. The second goal of the renovation project is to establish the synagogue as a tourist attraction, as noted by Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Engineering Affairs Hisham Samir, in statements he made to the Al-Masri Al-Yawm daily. The article, titled "After Its Restoration, Will the Alexandria Synagogue Become a Tourist Attraction?", also quoted a source in the Jewish community in Egypt, who said that "the synagogue is a historic site belonging to all Egyptians," and called to open all of Egypt's synagogues to the general public and to renew prayers at the restored Alexandria synagogue.[5] The reopening of the synagogue was widely covered in the Egyptian press. Reports about it featured photographs of the renovated synagogue, and briefly described its history, structure and contents. Assistant Tourism and Antiquities Minister Hisham Samir boasted that the synagogue holds "important Torah scrolls," as well as menorahs and extravagant ornaments.[6] Other  articles in the Egyptian press praised the restoration of the synagogue and stressed that it was a sign of the openness and tolerance of the Egyptian regime, and that it would promote tourism to Egypt. Conversely, news websites of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which opposes the regime, criticized the restoration project, calling it a waste of public funds and an act of pandering to the Zionists and Israel. The restored synagogue (Source: Al-Masri Al-Yawm, Egypt, January 12, 2020) This report reviews the reactions in the Egyptian media to the renovation and reopening of the Prophet Elijah synagogue: Articles In Egyptian Press Welcome The Restoration Of The Synagogue As 'Expression Of Egyptian Tolerance' Articles in the Egyptian press, most of which supports the Al-Sisi regime, praised the restoration of the synagogue, describing it as an important step in preserving Egypt's Jewish heritage, which they claimed formed an integral part of Egypt's heritage, and as an expression of Egypt's tolerance towards all religions. Many of the articles also emphasized the synagogue's potential as a tourist attraction and therefore as a significant source of revenue.    Former Editor Of Government Daily: Jewish Heritage Is Part Of Egypt's History; The Opening Of The Synagogue Is An Expression Of Its Tolerance Gallal Dowidar, former editor of the Egyptian government daily Akhbar Al-Yawm, wrote: "The civilized character of peoples and countries is measured by the extent of their commitment to the divine directives that are based on tolerance, coexistence and acceptance of the other… Over the years, Egypt has been a meeting point of the monotheistic religions and a safe haven for Allah's prophets, [shielding them] from the oppression and tyranny of their opponents. It is only natural that the houses of worship belonging to these religions should be part of Egypt's heritage, which is rich in cultural tolerance. In this spirit, Tourism and Antiquities Minister Dr. Khaled Al-'Anany called last Friday [January 10, 2020] to celebrate the completion of the renovation of the Jewish synagogue in Alexandria, which took two and a half years... "This synagogue, believed to be one of the oldest in Alexandria, was built in 1850 on the orders of and in cooperation with the family of Muhammad 'Ali [Pasha, the Ottoman governor of Egypt]. [It was built] over the ruins of an ancient Jewish synagogue that was destroyed during the French attack on Egypt [in 1798]  and was known as one of the most ancient synagogues in the Middle East.  What Egypt has done and continues to do in this context, with the aim of preserving its heritage, demonstrates its grandeur and the grandeur of its people.  Its efforts in this domain are not confined to [sites belonging to] any particular religion, but encompass all the monotheistic faiths: Islam, Christianity and Judaism… Nobody disputes that the activities of the antiquities ministry, including excavations and new discoveries, are among the main factors that attract the culture-seeking tourists who flock to Egypt. Linking tourism and antiquities is an important step…"[7] Egyptian Journalist: In Addition To Renovating The Synagogue, There Is Need To Open A Museum Of Jewish History In Egypt Fathiyya Al-Dakhakhni, a columnist for the independent Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Yawm, wrote: "In an effort to demonstrate that Egypt is the land of tolerance and the cradle of the monotheistic faiths, Tourism and Antiquities Minister Dr. Khaled Al-'Anany made a four-hour tour last Friday [January 10], during which he inaugurated a historical ancient mosque in Cairo, the royal Al-Fath Mosque in 'Abdeen Palace; visited St. Mark Church in Alexandria, the most ancient Church in Egypt, and then crossed the street to attend the main event of the day: the inauguration of the Prophet Elijah Synagogue in Alexandria… "[The message of tolerance] is perhaps the main and overt message [that was meant to be conveyed] by scheduling all three events in the same day. However, I think there is another reason [the authorities] did not suffice with inaugurating the synagogue [on that day], namely [their desire] to preempt any pointed criticism that might be leveled against the investment of 65 million [Egyptian] pounds in the renovation of a synagogue that will not [even] host religious ceremonies on a regular basis because there aren't enough Jews [for that] in the city [of Alexandria] or in Egypt as a whole. [Minister] Al-'Anany preempted any attack by saying: 'This is a message to the world that Egypt cares for all [aspects of] its heritage: Pharaonic, Islamic, Coptic or Jewish.' Whoever attacks [the renovation] of the synagogue forgets that it is part of Egypt's heritage. The fact that no prayers are held there does not mean that it should be neglected. This synagogue, and the other 11 synagogues in Egypt, can be tourist sites that will narrate and document an important chapter of Egyptian history and welcome those who are interested in this type of heritage. "The attack [on the renovation of the synagogue] reminds me of what happened in the era of Farouk Hosny, who was culture minister [under president Mubarak], when the renovation of the Moshe ben Maimon Synagogue in Cairo began. This triggered a similar attack [by people questioning] the benefit of the renovation and its cost. But Farouk Hosny, known for his boldness, not only renovated the synagogue but also called to establish a Jewish heritage museum in Egypt, which prompted an attack on him, on the grounds that Egypt does not have enough [Jewish] exhibits for such a museum.  Now, after the renovation of the Prophet Elijah Synagogue, I think it's time to revive this idea, and I already discussed [it] with some members of the Jewish community at the periphery of the [inauguration] ceremony. They said there were rare books and artefacts that could form the nucleus of a museum that can be established in the basement of the [Gate of Heaven] Synagogue on Adly Street in Cairo. The establishment of such a museum may be a clear response to those who attack [the restoration of the synagogue], for it will place the synagogue on the tourism map and will make it possible to capitalize on this important [Jewish] heritage in the spheres of tourism and culture."[8] Tourism and Antiquities Minister Al 'Anany at the inauguration of the renovated synagogue(Source: Al-Yawm Al-Sabi', Egypt, January 10, 2020) Egyptian Columnist: The Renovation Of The Synagogue Should Have Been A Global Celebration 'Alaa 'Uraybi, a columnist for the Al-Wafd Party newspaper, expressed disappointment that the inauguration of the synagogue had not been an international ceremony that could have demonstrated Egypt's tolerant character to the entire world. He wrote: "The opening of the Prophet Elijah Synagogue should have been a global celebration attended by [many figures]: rabbis from numerous countries; Jewish authors, artists, media figures, politicians and businessmen from countries with large Jewish communities; officials from religious institutes in those countries as well as some of their ambassadors in Cairo, and Egyptian Jews. True, Egypt's Jews number about five, and most of them are bedridden on account of their age, but the presence of some of them at the inauguration, even in wheelchairs, would have been very meaningful[9]… "We should take every opportunity to project an image of tolerance and showcase Egypt's tourism sites… Egypt should focus on religious tourism, especially since it has many unique Christian and Jewish sites… Jews can visit the sacred valley in Sinai where Allah the Almighty spoke to the Prophet Moussa [Moses]; in Cairo is the tomb of rabbi and philosopher Moshe ben Maimon [the Rambam], who was Saladin's Jewish physician; and the rabbi and philosopher Saadia Al-Faiyoumi [Saadia Gaon]… was [also] of Egyptian origin and lived in the city of Faiyoum…"[10]       Muslim Brotherhood Website: Al-Sisi Is Sacrificing The Egyptian People For The Sake Of His Friends, Family and Tribe – The Zionists Unlike the Egyptian government press, websites of the MB, which opposes the Al-Sisi regime, criticized the decision to renovate the Alexandria synagogue. Over the past year, as the renovation of the synagogue took place, the website of the MB's Freedom and Justice party, a party which is identified with the movement's old guard, posted several reports claiming that the restoration was a waste of public funds at the expense of the destitute Egyptian people. For example, in March 2019, the website posted a report claiming that social media users were complaining that the project was wasteful and unnecessary.[11] Another report, from November 7, 2019, made similar claims. It stated that the project lavished tens of millions of Egyptian pounds on a community numbering a handful of people, while Egypt's infrastructures suffered ongoing neglect, a fact that became especially noticeable following floods and caused tangible suffering to the common Egyptian citizen.[12] On December 23, 2019, after the renovation of the synagogue was completed, the MB party website claimed in an article that Egyptians on social media had reacted with rage to a Facebook post by the Israeli embassy in Cairo that had welcomed the tourism minister’s upcoming visit to the synagogue.[13] On January 10, 2020, the day of the opening ceremony, the website posted a sarcastic article titled “The Pandering Campaign of the Synagogue’s Opening: Al-Sisi Gives His Family and Tribe 67 Million Pounds.” The article, whose title hints at the claim made by the  MB that Al-Sisi serves Israel and is even of Jewish origin, stated: “’Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi, the leader of the blood-soaked coup [against the MB regime], continues to pander to the Zionists in every domain: in politics, economy, culture and even archeology… The synagogue’s opening ceremony and that media hype surrounding it prove that Al-Sisi is willing to sell Egypt and sacrifice its people for the sake of his Zionist friends, family and tribe, so that they will support his remaining forever in the seat [of power that he won by means of his] blood-soaked coup, and in order to gain the American’s approval by means of the Jewish lobby.”[14] The website of Qatar’s Al-Jazeera channel, which supports the MB, posted a similar article which claimed that, while the Alexandria synagogue was being opened, Egyptian citizens were demonstrating against the closing of mosques in the country.[15]     [1] Al-Masri Al-Youm (Egypt), January 12, 2020. [2] Al-Yawm Al-Sabi (Egypt), January 10, 2020. [3] Misralnharda.com, January 12, 2020. [4] The term "renewal of the religious discourse" was first coined by 'Adly Mansour, acting president of Egypt (2013–2014) following the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in the country. It refers to rectifying the misunderstanding of the meaning of Islamic law in Egyptian society, in order to stop the spread of extremism and terrorism. See MEMRI reports: Inquiry & Analysis No. 1265, Three Years Into Al-Sisi's Rule: Difficult Challenges At Home And Abroad, August 16, 2016; Special Dispatch No. 6114, Egyptian Columnists On Al-Sisi Regime's Campaign For 'Renewal Of Religious Discourse' As A Way Of Fighting Terrorism, July 23, 2015; Inquiry & Analysis No. 1326, In Egypt, Clashes Between The Institution Of The Presidency And The Institution Of Al-Azhar, August 21, 2017. [5] Al-Masri Al-Yawm (Egypt), January 12, 2020. [6] Al-Masri Al-Yawm (Egypt), January 11, 2020. [7] Akhbar Al-Yawm (Egypt), January 12, 2020. [8] Al-Masri Al-Yawm (Egypt), January 13, 2020. [9] It should be mentioned that the head of the Jewish community in Egypt, Magda Haroun, attended the ceremony along with some elderly Jewish women. [10] Al-Wafd (Egypt), January 11, 2020. [11] Fj-p.com, March 4, 2019. [12] Fj-p.com, November 7, 2019. [13] Fj-p.com, December 23, 2019. For the Israeli embassy’s post, see Facebook.com/IsraeliinEgypt, December 23, 2019. [14] Fj-p.com, January 10, 2020. [15] Aljazeera.net, January 12, 2020.

Share this Report:

ISIS Media Operative Shares Material From Insurgency In Philippines; ISIS Claims 12 Soldiers Killed In Recent Attack

print
February 20, 2020

The full text of this post is available to subscribers.
Please login or register to request subscription information from MEMRI

.

The Cyber & Jihad Lab

The Cyber & Jihad Lab monitors, tracks, translates, researches, and analyzes cyber jihad originating from the Middle East, Iran, South Asia, and North and West Africa. It innovates and experiments with possible solutions for stopping cyber jihad, advancing legislation and initiatives federally – including with Capitol Hill and attorneys-general – and on the state level, to draft and enforce measures that will serve as precedents for further action. It works with leaders in business, law enforcement, academia, and families of terror victims to craft and support efforts and solutions to combat cyber jihad, and recruits, and works with technology industry leaders to craft and support efforts and solutions.

Read More

Pro-ISIS Media Group Seeks Recruits For Media Team

February 20, 2020

Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor

JTTM subscribers receive daily updates on imminent and potential threats posed by terrorists, extremist organizations, and individuals worldwide.
For subscription information, click here

Pages