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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Video sharing, 'Palestinian' style

The Hamas terror organization has opened its own version of YouTube. Called AqsaTube, it provides an opportunity for terror operatives to upload videos sharing techniques and propaganda on the Internet. Miraculously, upon being notified of what AqsaTube is, Google AdSense took away the advertisements from which Hamas was actually making money on its jihadi videos (Google AdSense threw me out two years ago when my traffic spiked during the month of the Lebanon War - they accused me of clicking my own ads). But as you have all seen before, AqsaTube is far from being Hamas' only use of the web.
AqsaTube joins more than 20 Web sites, in eight languages, managed and directed by Hamas.

The ITIC says AqsaTube is registered under the name of Abu Nasser Skandar from Dubai, and its Internet service provider is the French firm, OVH. E-mails to OVH were not returned by press time.

The overwhelming majority of AqsaTube videos come from Hamas, but it is possible to find those of other Palestinian terrorist organizations. The videos are divided into categories: the Hamas movement, Fatah, the children of Al-Aqsa (i.e., children motivated by Hamas ideology), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and others.

The site has many videos produced by the information office of Izzadin Kassam, Hamas's "military wing," documenting terrorist attacks and training. They include masked operatives firing rockets and training with weapons. One is devoted to one of Izzadin Kassam's special units, and is accompanied by a song encouraging suicide attacks: "Oh suicide bombers' unit, oh heroes of the attacks. Our great hope is death for the sake of Allah."

AqsaTube, until Tuesday, sold advertising space to commercial companies through Google's AdSense advertisement serving program, which automatically displays ads according to page content. Some of the ads were for Israeli companies.

After being contacted by The Jerusalem Post for a comment, Google removed its software from AqsaTube and told the Post in a statement: "Google employs strict terms and conditions when it comes to the content of our Web site partners. If we discover our ads are showing on sites that violate our policies we will remove them from our content network and the ads will no longer show."
Anyone know how to put some pressure on OVH?

What's astounding about this is that a bunch of 8th century terrorists know how to take advantage of the Internet, while 'sophisticated' Israel, the technology leader, is still trying to get a clue.

By the way, I have not tried this site out. I would be wary of malicious software being placed on my computer by it.


At 12:51 PM, Blogger The Lone Cabbage said...

They are registered at godaddy.com, which has a notorious policy for freezing domains on if they get even a whiff of misbehavior.

A write in campaign to GoDaddy should get them shut down.

Also they are registered by http://domainsbyproxy.com/, if aqsatube is found guilty of promoting terrorism, domainsbyproxy can be prosecuted as abetting illicit activity.


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