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March 7, 2018 MEMRI Daily Brief No. 153

Russia-Developed Texas-Based Encrypted Communication App Zello: Growing In Popularity Among Jihadis – And Growing In Usage In Terror Attacks; Zello CEO Declines MEMRI Advice, Leaves Jihadi Content On Platform

March 7, 2018 | By Steven Stalinsky
Russia | MEMRI Daily Brief No. 153
Islamic State (ISIS) supporters and other jihadis from around the world are using the Austin, Texas-based communication application Zello for planning and executing terrorist attacks in the U.S., the U.K., European countries, Turkey, and elsewhere around the world. On January 30, 2018, it was reported that the perpetrator of the April 2017 Stockholm truck attack had used Zello to communicate with other jihadis immediately after he drove the vehicle into crowds on a main street, killing five people and injuring 14. In March 2017, a Texas-based ISIS recruiter who moderated a Zello channel, instructed followers to kill infidels, and personally approved terror attacks was indicted by a federal grand jury. The Zello push-to-talk app can be used on smartphones, tablets, and PCs, and is available for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Windows PC operating systems, and for two-way radios. Users can create private or public channels that allow them to easily chat with others and listen to conversations. The main Zello app is free; the Zello@Work app is fee-based. The Zello website states that the app's "advanced encryption ensures all communications are secure." It adds: "Services may disclose personally identifiable information when it's required to comply with law enforcement requests or subpoenas when you violate the Terms of Service." On September 11, 2017, it announced that all private voice messages on Zello on the version released after June 6, 2017 are end-to-end encrypted.[1] The company states that its app has been downloaded 65 million times. Zello's Russian Connection The technology that would later become Zello, initially developed in Russia by Alexey Gavrilov under the name Loudtalks, was announced at the September 2007 TechCrunch 40 Mobile and Communications Conference.[2] Zello bought the Loudtalks technology, moved its development team to Texas, and brought Gavrilov on as CTO; under CEO Bill Moore, it was rebranded, other apps were added, and its products were announced in June 2012. Moore is also founder and CEO of the TuneIn radio streaming service; Gavrilov and his team created some popular apps for that service as well.[3] Zello's Popularity Increased In U.S. During And After Hurricanes Irma And Harvey In Late Summer 2017 When Hurricanes Irma and Harvey struck Florida, Puerto Rico, and the southern Atlantic Ocean in August and September 2017, over a million new users downloaded Zello. It became the top free download in both Apple's App Store and the Google Play store, after gaining fame as the top communications tool of the "Cajun Navy" Harvey rescuers in Houston. "Over one million people have joined [Zello] in the last day, with most coming from Puerto Rico and Florida," Gavrilov said, but went on to warn users that the app was not designed for disaster communications and required either WFi or a cellular data link, despite online rumors to the contrary. Jihadis Use Zello To Plan Attacks in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia, And Elsewhere Over the past three years, Zello has been at the center of terrorism cases worldwide, as the following example highlights: The Dallas, Texas-based ISIS recruiter Said Azzam Mohamad Rahim, who was moderator of a Zello channel called State of the Islamic Caliphate, told his listeners to kill as many "infidels" as possible with poison, rocks, and trucks, by burning, and by pushing people off buildings.[4] He gave the go-ahead to Salman Abedi, perpetrator of the May 2017 Manchester suicide bombing; in August 2016, Abedi had sought Rahim's approval via Zello, saying: "Sheikh, I live in Manchester, in Great Britain. I live among non-Muslims. I have found work with them. Am I allowed to kill them? Is it permitted to kill them with a bomb?" To which Rahim responded on Zello: "To the boy from Manchester I say, okay, kill them! Show no mercy to civilians."[5]Also receiving instructions from Rahim was Abdulgadir Masharipov, the perpetrator of the New Year's Day 2017 attack at Istanbul's Reina nightclub, in the month preceding the attack.[6] In March 2017, Rahim was indicted by a federal grand jury for making false statements to federal agents about his alleged support of ISIS.[7] According to the indictment, he had posted his support of ISIS on social media, solicited violence, and praised attacks for which ISIS had claimed responsibility – including the Istanbul nightclub attack and the July 2016 Nice, France truck attack.[8] Rakhmat Akilov, who carried out the April 2017 Stockholm truck attack, communicated using Zello following the attack. He wrote on the app: "My trousers are burned. I thought it was going to explode but it didn't... Around ten are dead."[9] Also in April 2017, Italian police arrested a resident of the country who had used Zello to discuss his plans to carry out an attack in Italy. A judge called him "an extremely dangerous subject" who posed a "very high risk of moving on to carrying out series acts of violence." In one Zello message, he had called for "non-believers" to be "roasted on kebab skewers" and fed to dogs.[10] Tajik national and ISIS member Murodbek Kodirov was arrested in August 2017 for posting a voice message on Zello that included "calls for inciting religious hatred." He had been making plans with another individual, "D. Sharipov," to carry out first an ax attack and then a suicide bombing in a crowd.[11] Murad Atajev, a Daghestani preacher at a mosque in Berlin attended by Russian-speakers, was arrested in October 2015; he had attempted to recruit ISIS militants, and broadcasts of his sermons were featured on Zello.[12] MEMRI JTTM Research And Analysis Exposes Extent Of Zello's Popularity Among Jihadis A September 7, 2016 MEMRI JTTM report[13] revealed that jihadis, ISIS members, and ISIS supporters from around the globe were using Zello. More recently, on April 28, 2017, a link to the pro-ISIS "Zello Channel" group was circulated on numerous pro-ISIS Telegram channels; the link shows that it has nearly 13,000 subscribers.[14] MEMRI JTTM research over the past two years has discovered a range of ISIS channels in numerous languages on Zello. For example, the Zello "Islamic State channel," which includes "Recruiting new members" in its description, operates in French, Arabic, and Hebrew. It is notable that all the jihadi Zello groups revealed by MEMRI in the report are apparently still active. The accounts are easily identifiable; they have names such as "The Islamic State" and "The State of the Islamic Caliphate." They have avatars of the well-known black jihadi flag, and of jihadi leaders such as Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Osama bin Laden. They share images of weapons, and threatening messages. All of these are easily recognizable, and Zello should be able to flag them as terrorist content if it wants to. Zello CEO Requests MEMRI Reports On Jihadis On Zello – But Won't Shut Down Their Accounts In March 2015, following reports that Zello was being used by ISIS, Zello CEO Moore said that he had not heard that the app was popular among ISIS fighters, and noted, "It's terrible that Zello is used for evil." The company, he said, is putting "a fair amount of effort... into figuring out ways to minimize the app's use by bad guys... so that only healthy conversations can flourish."[15] The first MEMRI report on jihadi use of Zello, published September 7, 2016, showed that jihadi channels on the platform had thousands of subscribers. Shortly after the report's publication, MEMRI received a request from Moore for a full version of the report and also offered him an opportunity to speak with MEMRI staff about the jihadi content on accounts on the app. Moore ignored this offer, and the content was left on the platform. Later that month, on September 26, MEMRI again contacted Moore to offer assistance, and let him know that the jihadi content was still on Zello. He did not reply, and the content remained. A follow-up MEMRI report, published in April 2017, noted that the content still had not been removed. In August 2017, Moore publicly acknowledged that Zello was being used by malicious actors, noting: "Oh, it's used for bad, yes. Cartels, gangs, ISIS, and others. Like any communications tool, it's used for good and evil both... It's a net positive, but it's not without risk. It doesn't replace law."[16] Shortly thereafter, in September, he underlined that even though Zello was available to ISIS and other bad actors, he preferred to take a "libertarian" view regarding policing his users – though, he said, he understands the "moral quandary" that this presents.[17] On February 1, 2018, MEMRI JTTM staff reexamined the accounts and found that most, if not all, remain active. Zello's Leadership Shows Little Interest In The Fact That The Platform Is Becoming Jihadis' Favorite App – What Can Be Done? Zello's failure to take responsible action to remove jihadi content on its platform is reminiscent of other tech companies' similar lack of action. In 2010, MEMRI met with representatives from YouTube/Google about such content on their platforms. At that time, I was told that they were not interested in removing it – yet now they do what was recommended. Twitter too brushed off early MEMRI warnings about the jihadi content on it. Now, Zello is ignoring its facilitation of jihad worldwide. MEMRI's research over the years on jihadi content on these platforms, and repeated attempts to make sure that YouTube and Twitter remained aware of the extent of the problem, contributed to their eventual efforts to remove it. The same can be done for Zello and might compel them to act more responsibly. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), a partnership of Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube for collaboration on the issue of terrorist activity online, works to "forge new partnerships" with small tech companies. Joining it would be a good first step for Zello and could steer them to normal industry standards about removing terrorist content.    *Steven Stalinsky is Executive Director of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).   [1] Support.zello.com, accessed February 2, 2018. [2] Techcrunch.com, September 17, 2007. [3] Techcrunch.com, June 20, 2012. [4] Dallasnews.com, October 30, 2017. [5] Theaustralian.com.au, August 14, 2017. [6] Hurriyet.com.tr, April 25, 2017. [7] Newsweek, August 14, 2017. [8] Dallasnews.com, March 23, 2017. [9] Thelocal.se, January 30, 2018. [10] Thelocal.it, April 25, 2017. [11] En.crimerussia.com, October 11, 2017. [12] Rferl.org, October 16, 2015. [13] See MEMRI JTTM report U.S.-Based Walkie-Talkie Encrypted Chat Application Zello Used By ISIS Members And Supporters From Around The World, September 7, 2016. [14] See MEMRI JTTM report U.S.-Based Walkie-Talkie Encrypted Chat Application 'Zello' Continues To Serve As A Meeting Place For Jihadists; Calls For Attack On France Transmitted On App, April 28, 2017. [15] VOAnews.com, March 17, 2015. [16] Buzzfeed.com, August 31, 2017. [17] Inc.com, September 8, 2017.

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Lebanese Intelligence Reveals Details Of ISIS Plot To Attack U.S. Embassy Using An Improvised Explosive Drone, Use Of Telegram For Recruitment, Planning

February 25, 2020

On February 21, 2020, The New Arab, a pan-Arab media outlet based in London, reported that Lebanon's Directorate of General Security published documents and notes related to an Islamic State (ISIS) plot to attack the U.S. Embassy in Beirut using an improvised drone and improvised explosive devices (IED).

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February 25, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8586

Leading Turkish Journalist Reflects On AKP Government: 'Much That Belonged To Us Is Gone... But, Above All, They Stole Our Faith'

February 25, 2020
Turkey | Special Dispatch No. 8586
In a February 21, 2020 column in the Turkish daily Sözcü, titled "Above All, What Did They Steal?" journalist Bekir Coşkun reflected on the cultural damage that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's AKP government, which has been in power for 18 years, has done: "In the past 18 years they have done what the Crusader armies could not do... Much that belonged to us is gone... But, above all, they stole our faith."[1] Turkish Journalist Bekir Coşkun. After his publication of an article in September 2013, members of parliament representing the AKP filed a criminal suit against Bekir Coşkun, as a result of which he was sentenced to one year, two months, and 17 days in prison. Turkey's Constitutional Court overturned the decision in 2015, calling it "a violation of free expression" and Coşkun was instead fined 5,000 Turkish lira. More recently, Constitutional Court President Zühtü Arslan cited Coşkun's case in a dissenting opinion, news of which was published under the headline: "Bekir Coşkun Has Become A Symbol Of Freedom Of Expression And Of The Press."[2] Following is a translation of Coşkun's article. They Stole "Our Factories, Our Coves, Our Ports, Our Republic... The Legacy Of Our Founder, The Silhouettes Of Our Cities... The Future Of Our Children, Our Modernity... And They Stole Our Faith" "Our factories, our coves, our ports, our republic, our beings, the legacy of our founder, the silhouettes of our cities, our green areas, our oath, our marches, our national feelings, the future of our children, our modernity... They cannot be counted... While maybe we can get some of them back, some will never come back... And they stole our faith... "When I was in third grade, my grandma Emine had taught me my first prayers, and when I recited them correctly, she bought me a pair of blue socks. With my blue socks on my feet, my uncle Osman held my hand and brought me to Friday prayers in Bozova.[3] Then... Then as my little mind matured and I saw the fraudulence committed in the name of religion, those initial feelings of mine began to fly away... The tranquility in my heart abandoned me... "I would really like to know a man of faith in an immaculate house of worship with a wise face, who is far from the grime of the world, who does not reject what is taught to us in school, who can explain to me love, compassion, peace, mercy, and how to be a good person... But it has not happened." "In The Past 18 Years They Have Done What The Crusader Armies Could Not Do, The Annuities, The Looting, The Disgraces In The Dormitories, The Attacks On The Republic, The Murders Of The Law, The Backwardness" "In fact, as I grew up and saw what was hidden under the cover of religion, I thought of my blue socks. The exploiters of religion took naïve people like me who began in a happy way alongside themselves, established congregations, cults, and, indeed, political parties, and made them resemble themselves... Those like me were left out... To not be near them... To not share anything with them... Far away and angry... "Maybe when you read this article, most of you will say: 'He is describing me.' Because it is not just me. It is all of you, too... In the past 18 years they have done what the Crusader armies could not do, the annuities, the looting, the disgraces in the dormitories, the attacks on the republic, the murders of the law, the backwardness, all in the name of religion, turned into an insurrection in the hearts of the faithful... "They took from our hands the only place to which I could close my eyes in the darkness of the night and run with my blue socks to find tranquility... Much that belonged to us is gone... But, above all, they stole our faith."   [1] Sozcu.com.tr/2020/yazarlar/bekir-coskun/en-cok-neyimizi-caldilar-5637512, February 21, 2020. [2] Sozcu.com.tr/2020/gundem/bekir-coskun-ifade-ve-basin-ozgurlugunun-simgesi-oldu-5621875, February 13, 2020. [3] Bozova is a district of the city of Şanlıurfa, Turkey.

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February 25, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8584

Al-Arabiya Director: U.S. Democrats' Defense Of Slain IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Has Crossed The Line

February 25, 2020
Saudi Arabia | Special Dispatch No. 8584
In an op-ed in the Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Mamdouh Al-Muhaini, director-general of the Saudi Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath media outlets, criticized U.S. Democrats who opposed the January 3, 2020 U.S. killing of IRGC Qods Force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani. He wrote that the harsh criticism of the killing had gone so far as to depict President Trump as a warmonger and to defend "a despicable terrorist whose hands were stained with the blood... of Americans." The following are translated excerpts of his op-ed: [1]   Mamdouh Al-Muhaini (Source: Alarabiya.net) "U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted a controversial tweet that included a photo of Democratic [Party] officials wearing Iranian turbans, expressing their stance on the killing of Qassem Soleimani. The tweet was mocking and biting, but there is a shred of truth in it. The Democrats wanted to depict Trump as irresponsible, impulsive, and hankering for a new war. But they shot themselves in the foot, because in [their desire] to tarnish their rival's image, they became the defenders of a despicable terrorist whose hands were stained with the blood not only of women and children in Iran, Syria, and Iraq, but also with the blood of Americans... "There is a difference between an inter-party squabble and defending murderers. But these lines have been blurred in recent weeks. The reciprocal mudslinging in the [current presidential] election [campaign] can make people take irrational stands in order to gain popularity – but defending Soleimani was shameful. There is no difference between Soleimani, [the late Al-Qaeda leader] Osama bin Laden, and [the late ISIS leader] Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi; they all murdered innocent people in cold blood in the service of a political agenda and plans for a Shi'ite or Sunni caliphate. There is close cooperation and mutual strategic understanding among these extremist leaders in the service of the same goal – but despite all the similarities [among them], Soleimani was depicted [by these Democrats] as a peace dove who was mercilessly hunted down. "The killing of Soleimani mobilized [the entire Democratic party], even the pensioners among them. Even former secretary of state John Kerry – known as 'Mullah Kerry' for his desperate defense of the Iranian regime – appeared many times on television echoing the words of [Iranian President] Hassan Rohani and [Iranian Foreign Minister] Javad Zarif. Also Ben Rhodes, national security advisor [sic; Rhodes was deputy national security adviser for strategic communications] to President Barack Obama, has in recent months become a front for bashing every one of the new administration's Iran positions, and guardian of the previous president's legacy... After Soleimani's killing, criticism intensified to the point where he [Soleimani] was portrayed as working for a humanitarian organization... and not as someone who mercilessly piled up white-shrouded bodies of children. What escalated the rage of the Democrats was the American administration's united position vis-à-vis the great operation [i.e. Soleimani's assassination] and Trump's declarations that in the Iranian issue, he is acting in a way that is completely in line with the positions and language of the members of his administration.  "The Democrats' downward slide into defending Iran and Soleimani reflects deep divisions in the Democratic Party, between the old school that sees preservation of the liberal regime as an American role and the new, extremist school that acts irresponsibly and is not only drawn into abandoning political and moral responsibility but is becoming a propaganda arm for defending figures and regimes with a dark, blood-daubed history. "Let it not be forgotten that the Democratic president Franklin Roosevelt saved the world from the Nazi evil, and that his Democratic successor Harry Truman established the backbone of the new world order under the shadow of which we have been living for the past 70 years. [Recent] Democratic [presidents] such as Bill Clinton... adopted a policy of active and correct intervention. We heard similar echoes of this old Democratic ideology in statements by Jim Jones, [national security] advisor to President Obama, when he welcomed the assassination of Qods Force commander [Soleimani]. "This [old Democratic] school was weakened with the takeover of foreign policy decision-making by a handful of young people during the era of the last president... What we are witnessing now is a direct continuation of, and the triumph of, this team's approach, encouraging the emergence of sharp-tongued individuals on social media who do not hesitate to reveal their connections with extremist organizations and who sow fear and horror in the hearts of the veterans of the party... [They] see Soleimani as a commander who inspires respect... [and are using] words that differ very little from statements made by [Iranian Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei in his most recent Friday sermon – in which he threatened vengeance, and to destroy the world, as tears flowed from his eyes." [1] Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), January 23, 2020.

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February 25, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8585

Senior Saudi Journalist 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed: French President Macron Is Right To Fight Islamic Extremism In His Country; Istanbul Is The Extremism Capital Of The World

February 25, 2020
Saudi Arabia, Turkey | Special Dispatch No. 8585
On February 18, 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron visited the French city of Mulhouse, which has a sizable Muslim population, and where a large new mosque is currently being built with foreign funding, mostly from Kuwait and Qatar.[1] During the visit, Macron outlined his government's new strategy to fight Islamic extremism and separatism in France. The strategy calls for curbing a program that allows foreign countries to send imams and teachers to France to operate exempt from all oversight by the authorities, and to replace them with French-speaking imams trained in France who do not spread extremist ideas.[2] In an op-ed titled "Macron and Muslims" in the Saudi English-language daily Arab News, senior Saudi journalist 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, former editor of the Al-Sharq Al-Awsat daily and former director of Al-Arabiya TV, defended Macron's recent statements about Muslims in France who refuse to conform to the basic values of the French republic. While expressing reservations about some of Macron's comments, 'Abd Al-Rashed wrote that he fully supports his struggle against extremist and separatist Islamic movements hostile to French society and French law. Macron, he stressed, is right to combat these groups, which have ties to dangerous elements in the Middle East and are directed and funded from abroad – especially by Istanbul, which he called "the extremism capital of the world." Criticizing Europe for allowing these movements to exploit Western freedoms to operate against freedom itself and against their host countries, he concluded that "banning these groups will save Muslims in the West, and the West from itself." 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed (Source: aawsat.com) The following are excerpts from Macron's statements during his February 18, 2020 visit to Mulhouse, followed by Al-Rashed's op-ed: French President Macron: We Will Not Allow Islamic Separatism And Extremism In France; Turkey Is The Only Country That Refused To Cooperate With Our Efforts To Oversee Islamic Education During his February 18, 2020 visit to Mulhouse, a city with a considerable Muslim population, Macron outlined his government's new strategy to fight Islamic extremism and separatism in France. He said: "...For several decades now, we have felt in our country – and this feeling is justified – that rifts have taken hold... We also feel that parts of the Republic want to separate... in the name of Islam... The Republic must demand that all its citizens... respect the law... For several decades, in the name of religion, in addition to religious observance, there is a desire to no longer respect the law... Our enemy is therefore separatism, meaning the phenomenon that we have been witnessing for decades: a desire to leave the Republic, to no longer respect the laws... "In the Republic, we cannot accept that some should refuse to shake hands with a woman just because she is a woman. In the Republic, we cannot accept that some should refuse to be treated or educated by someone because she is a woman. In the Republic, one cannot accept that one should quit school for religious reasons. In the Republic, one cannot demand a certificate of virginity in order to marry. In the Republic, one must never accept that the laws of religion should be considered superior to the laws of the Republic... "This strategy of fighting Islamic separatism must be built around four guidelines. The first is to regain control and fight against foreign influences, especially at schools and in places of worship... The second is to promote better organization of Muslim worship in France, with respect for secularism, and to ensure compliance with all the laws of the Republic. The third guideline is to fight with determination against all manifestations of Islamic separatism... And the fourth guideline is to reinstate the Republic everywhere it has somehow given up... "We have more and more teachers who do not speak French, who don't speak it at all, and we have more and more teachers over whom the Ministry of Education has no oversight... and neither do we have control over the programs they teach. Which is a problem... And here, for example, in the Haut-Rhin district [of France], we have more than 2,000 pupils... who are interested in learning Turkish, and 14,000 in the whole country... [The lessons] are given here by teachers from Turkey designated by the Ankara government, and we have no oversight over them... And so, we proposed to all of these nine countries from where we receive teachers of foreign languages and cultures to transform the ELCO programs [unsupervised teaching of foreign languages and cultures] into EILE programs [French-supervised teaching of foreign languages]. We have been successful with all these countries except for Turkey... "What I can tell you with great clarity and strength today is that from the start of the new school year in September 2020, teaching in the language and culture of origin [ELCO programs, as opposed to the French supervised programs] will be terminated everywhere on the soil of the Republic.... "I am aware of all the difficulties that were encountered with the construction of the An-Nour mosque, a few kilometers from here... Concerns about its funding gave rise to... controls that are underway today... We regularly import, every year, imams who are appointed and trained by other governments. We have this relationship mainly with three countries, Algeria, Morocco, and Turkey, who send us these people who are going to officiate... Those who arrived in 2020 will be the last generation to be so numerous [300 imams], and we will gradually stop bringing in new ones..." 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed: After Allowing Extremist Islam To Spread In Its Territory, Europe Has Finally Realized Its Mistake And Begun To Fight It In a February 18, 2020 op-ed published following Macron's statements in Mulhouse about efforts to curb Islamic extremism and separatism, Saudi journalist 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed expressed his support for the French president's opposition to extremism: "When dealing with disruptive, potentially dangerous individuals or groups within society, the dilemma lies in differentiating between the sheep and the wolves. This is what President Emmanuel Macron is trying to do in France. "Muslim citizens in France are not the problem – the extremists are. The same applies to the wider population of the country; there are extremist, hostile racist groups in other sections of French society, but the peaceful majority of people from these communities are not subject to suspicion and persecution to the degree that Muslims are. "Macron visited a mosque last week,[3] where he addressed the Muslim community and made comments that did not appeal to some. He said he would not allow separatist movements to flourish in France, as the country is one Republic and everyone should coexist and accept its laws. He denounced, for example, those who refuse to shake hands with women, who shun modern medical treatments or who will not allow their children to study in public schools, describing these acts as cultural separatism. "The truth is that some behaviors are personal choices. The state cannot force any man to shake hands with women, for example, but it does have the right to take action against parents who try to limit their children's education or keep them at home. The authorities can intervene in this type of cultural separation, backed by the force of law, and punish parents for it. "Like many European politicians, Macron is in favor of respecting freedom of religion and worship as these rights are enshrined in the constitution. However, he complains that some groups are trying to mobilize the large Muslim community in France to achieve political goals. Some French Muslims have suffered from intellectual and religious extremism, in the same ways that Muslims in their countries of origin suffered. These are not merely extremist ideas that spread as people move from country to country, or are transferred through travel and mixing with others; they are mostly organized activities directed by groups with political agendas and goals in mind. "Macron in particular issued a warning to Turkey, accusing it of being a source of financing, support and organization of extremism. This is indeed part of the problem; Istanbul is the world capital of extremism today. It is the official destination of choice for Islamist groups fleeing from Egypt, Gulf nations, Sudan, Syria and other countries. "The true problem, however, lies not with Turkey but Europe. It has allowed these groups to exist and create legal, economic and political entities, even when it became evident that they are affiliated with dangerous groups in the Middle East, and operate according to a political agenda that is hostile to the regimes that harbor them. "The concept of Western 'freedom,' which these groups use as a cover under which to operate, contradicts their core beliefs. The founder of one of these groups stated publicly in London that the West is like a toilet in which he takes a dump. These groups were established easily, taking advantage of the freedoms of expression that exist in countries such as France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Now they have become a source of concern and a security threat to Europe, which is faced with a complex problem: How can it prohibit the expression of objectionable ideas while still sanctifying the concept of freedom? "The second problem is that Europe has other groups to deal with that are no less dangerous to society. These include far-right fascists, Nazis and left-wing extremists. How can Europe ban Islamist organizations when their members have learned the rules of the legal and political games and enjoy the rights of acquired citizenship? "What makes these extremist groups affiliated with Islam more dangerous than other extremist organizations is that they are against society as a whole. They target Muslims with their messages of change and use them, almost isolating them, leaving them at their mercy. "In addition, these groups are backed by overseas benefactors with huge financial resources, and are also managed and directed by foreign interests. So how should we view them: As puppets under the control of others, or as dissidents in their new host societies? "After a long slumber, Europe has awakened to the problem and started to take action, very slowly, either as a result of electoral pressures or shocking information such as that published by the French press about the people and financiers behind these groups. "Banning these groups will save Muslims in the West, and the West from itself." [4]   [1] Le Parisien, February 18, 2020. [2] France24.com, February 19, 2020. [3] According to Le Figaro, "during his visit to Mulhouse, Emmanuel Macron will avoid the An-Nour mosque under construction, [as it is] managed by the Association of the Alsace Muslims, close to the Muslim Brotherhood." Le Figaro, February 17, 2020. [4] Arab News (Saudi Arabia), February 22, 2020.

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February 25, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8583

Nation Of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan: 'Mr. Trump Killed My Brother Soleimani, Mrs. Clinton Killed My Brother Qaddafi'; America 'The Habitation Of Devils' Will Be Destroyed By The Mahdi

February 25, 2020
Special Dispatch No. 8583
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan delivered a three-and-a-half-hour keynote speech at the Saviors' Day conference in Detroit, Michigan on February 23, 2020. In his speech, Farrakhan spoke about the killing of IRGC Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani by U.S. forces. Farrakhan said that he thinks he had met him during his visit to Iran. Farrakhan said that President Donald Trump killed his "brother Soleimani," whom he called a "bad man" for killing Americans. Farrakhan questioned the U.S. presence in the Middle East, suggesting this was in order to protect its "little flunky nations" against Iran. He added that Soleimani was no terrorist, he was a "brother from Iran," who was helping the people of Iraq rid themselves of an occupying army. Farrakhan added that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had also killed his "brother," Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, and this is the reason he did not support her or vote for her. Farrakhan recounted that he told Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei that he represents the Mahdi, who said that "America is number one on his list to be destroyed" and that it can be destroyed within 12 hours. In a "message for the Jewish people" he said that he is "not a hater" and that he has never given an order to "hurt a Jewish person" but he is going to "put a little truth on you, today." Farrakhan continued to say that America is falling because it has become "the habitation of devils, the hole for every foul person, a cage for every hateful bird." He asked: "Have you become a nation of devils?" Farrakhan shouted at President Trump, quoting from the Ten Commandments: "You shall not commit murder," referring to the killing of Soleimani. He added, "Murder is your modus operandi [...] you want me dead and after today you might want to speed it up [...]." Several mayors of Michigan towns attended the event as well as the Chief of Staff of Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who read a message of support to the Nation of Islam on stage. Nation of Islam's new mosque is a former Jewish synagogue that was called Congregation Beth Moses.[1] Farrakhan said in a June 23, 2019 speech[2] that the property was purchased by a supporter of Nation of Islam who "loved the teachings so much that he put up $300,000 of his money so that we could purchase this former Jewish synagogue." For clips from the 2019 Nation of Islam Saviors' Day convention see MEMRI TV clips #7025, #7024, and #7023. To view the clip of Louis Farrakhan on MEMRI TV, click here or below. "Qassem Soleimani, I Think We Met Him When We Were In Iran... Mr. Trump Killed My Brother Qassem Soleimani; Mrs. Clinton Killed My Other Brother Muammar Qaddafi" Louis Farrakhan: "You know America is going to go to war. They killed Qassem Soleimani, and America is so powerful she has the right to define others. This Qassem Soleimani, I think we met him when we were in Iran. [...] "Mr. Trump killed my brother Qassem Soleimani. Mrs. Clinton killed my other brother Muammar Qaddafi. That's why I couldn't support Mrs. Clinton. And some of my little black friends [were] angry with me because I wasn't going to vote for Mrs. Clinton." [...] "Mr. Trump... You Said That My Brother [Qassem Soleimani] Is A Terrorist... You May Call Me A Terrorist Tomorrow To Justify What The Government Is Planning To Do To Me And The Nation Of Islam" "See Mr. Trump, I respect you because you're the president of the United States of America. And you said that my brother is a terrorist. And you got the power to define people. Well you may not like me, so you may call me a terrorist tomorrow to justify what the government is planning to do to me and the Nation of Islam. But I'm just inviting you, I'm inviting you to sit down and talk because I have a message for you from God. In fact, I'll give it to you today. Let me tell you something brothers, the Quran asks a question – Do you wonder that a man born from among you has been selected by God, to be a messenger of His to the people, and a warner to the world and the nations? Yeah, that's who I am. You may know me as Louis Farrakhan. I didn't know what I was going to become as a student of Elijah Mohammed. But I'd like to tell you what my assignment is. "See, Qassem, President Trump said, killed a lot of Americans – he's a bad man, so I killed him, he's bad – where was a man that he killed? Did he kill him in New York? Did he kill him in Philly? Did he kill him in Colorado, or California, or Florida? Where did he kill them!? He killed them in Iraq! What the hell were you doing in Iraq!? [...] "That man was no terrorist. He was killing members of an occupying army on the territory of Iraq. And he as the brother of them from Iran was trying to rid them of an occupying army. Now I'm naming you, and I got weight with God. An occupying army. What are you doing in the middle east? Soldiers everywhere, who sent for them? Protecting your little flunky nations? So now if I speak like I speak, and you know I'm telling the truth, this is not hyperbole, truthful hyperbole, this is the real actual fact. You went there, not to save the Iraqi people. You went there and spent [a] trillion dollars to make Iraq a bulwark against Iran." [...] "When I Spoke To The Supreme Leader... I Told Him What The Mahdi Told Elijah – America Is Number One On His List, To Be Destroyed" "So, when I spoke to the supreme leader, I said: 'You're looking for the mahdi.' This whole nation of 90 million people is born, and are willing to die, serving the mahdi. I said: 'You are looking for the mahdi, but the mahdi came to us. And I am here representing him.' Did you hear what I said? I told him what the mahdi told Elijah – America is number one on his list, to be destroyed. [...] "He can take America out in 12 hours." [...] "America Has Become A Habitation Of Devils, And A Hole For Every Unclean Spirit In A Cage, For Every Hateful Bird" "I have a message for the Jewish people. I'm not a hater. You can't find one word in the millions of words that I've spoken that I've ordered somebody to hurt a Jewish person. No, that's not me. But to tell the truth, I'm going to put a little truth on you today, and then I'm going to close it out – you've been such a beautiful attentive audience. Now, look at the scripture: 'Babylon is fallen, is fallen...' [Revelation 14:8]. Substitute America for Babylon. She [America] is unraveling. America is falling, is falling. Why are you falling America? Because you have become the habitation of devils. A hole, for every foul person. A cage for every hateful bird. Have you become a nation of devils? [...] "Mr. Trump, this nation has become a habitation of devils. Everybody rebelling against God. [...] "Oh Mr. Trump, you shall not commit murder. You took credit – ah yeah, I had the boys kill Qassem... Sent the drone after him – how many have you killed? How many are you planning to kill? See, murder is your modus operandi. See here I am now. You want me dead. And after today you might want to speed it up. I don't know. But Mr. Trump, America has become a habitation of devils, and a hole for every unclean spirit in a cage, for every hateful bird. Hateful birds mean those that are in foreign countries. You're in Wuhan province, I didn't know you were there. Now you have a little something that you want to bring home to America. You're everywhere."   [1] Detroit Free Press, February 23, 2020. [2] Finalcall.com, July 9, 2019.

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On February 22, 2020, Palestinian ambassador to Iraq Ahmad 'Aql said in a statement aired on the Iraqi Al-Etejah TV and Al-Ahd TV said that the Trump or Netanyahu Deal will not succeed because the Palestinian people has men who are prepared to wage resistance and to make sacrifices. He added that a Palestinian child takes a kitchen knife, kills three armed Israeli soldiers, steals their car, and continues to kill and wound other soldiers somewhere else. He said: "A people who has such children will never be defeated". He said that the Palestinians will resist the Deal of the Century and the American and Zionist enemy until the last drop of a Palestinian child's blood.

Ahmad 'Aql: "[Even] if the Balfour and the Sykes-Picot conspiracies were destined to succeed, Trump, the Trump Deal, or the Netanyahu Deal will never be destined to succeed, because our people have become more aware, and because amongst our people there are men who wage resistance, who are up for the confrontation and are prepared to make sacrifices. A child takes his parents' kitchen knife, walks up to soldiers armed to their teeth, kills three of them, takes their car, and then he goes to another place and kills and wounds other soldiers... A people that has such children will never be defeated, regardless of the weakness that is now apparent.

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"We promise you that we will resist the Deal of the Century with everything we've got and that we will remain steadfast, embedded in the Holy Land, and that we will resist this enemy – the American enemy and the Zionist enemy – until the last drop of a Palestinian child's blood."

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan delivered a three and a half hour keynote speech at the Saviors’ Day conference in Detroit, Michigan on February 23, 2020. In his speech, Farrakhan spoke about the killing of IRGC Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani by U.S. forces. Farrakhan said that he thinks he had met him during his visit to Iran. Farrakhan said that President Donald Trump killed his “brother Soleimani”, whom he called a “bad man” for killing Americans. Farrakhan questioned the U.S. presence in the Middle East, suggesting this was in order to protect its “little flunky nations” against Iran. He added that Soleimani was no terrorist, he was a “brother from Iran”, who was helping the people of Iraq rid themselves of an occupying army. Farrakhan added that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had also killed his “brother”, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, and this is the reason he did not support her or vote for her. Farrakhan recounted that he told Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei that he represents the Mahdi, who said that “America is number one on his list to be destroyed” and that it can be destroyed within 12 hours. In a “message for the Jewish people” he said that he is “not a hater” and that he has never given an order to “hurt a Jewish person” but he is going to “put a little truth on you, today.” Farrakhan continued to say that America is falling because it has become “the habitation of devils, the hole for every foul person, a cage for every hateful bird.” He asked: “Have you become a nation of devils?” Farrakhan shouted at President Trump, quoting from the Ten Commandments: “You shall not commit murder,” referring to the killing of Soleimani. He added, “Murder is your modus operandi […] you want me dead and after today you might want to speed it up […].” Several mayors of Michigan towns attended the event as well as the Chief of Staff of Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones , who read a message of support to the Nation of Islam on stage. See MEMRITV clips #7025 #7024 #7023 from the 2019 Nation of Islam Saviors’ Day convention.

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