TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for
Holocaust Studies (FSWC) has succeeded in removing the latest terrorist
website from Canadian cyberspace.
The Arabic language website, Detachments of Martyr Ahmed Abualrish, was
discovered by Wiesenthal researchers compiling the Center's
soon-to-be-released CD-ROM Report, Digital Terrorism & Hate 2007; its annual
report on Internet extremism.
"One didn't need to be an Arabic speaker to realize that this website was
disseminating terrorist propaganda," said Leo Adler, FSWC Director of National
Affairs. "The website's banner featured a masked gunman alongside the map of
Israel superimposed on rifles and a rotating image of young men who 'martyred'
"Our investigative research revealed that this site was registered to an
individual living in Khan Younis, Gaza, but hosted on a Canadian server," said
Michael Ettedgui, FSWC Education Associate. "Our translation of the website
then exposed the group as a military faction of Fatah in Gaza dedicated to
'the liquidation of the Zionist entity - (Israel) politically, culturally,
militarily and economically.'"
The group also proclaimed that the 'armed revolution is the only way to
free Palestine' and its 'activities would only end when the Zionist entity is
"We contacted Montréal based Groupe iWEB Technologies Inc., the website
host, with our findings. They quickly responded to our request and removed the
terror site," said Adler.
"We commend Canadian Internet Service Providers for their ongoing support
of our efforts and we will continue to work closely with them and law
enforcement agencies to ensure such content is kept off Canadian servers, he
About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian
human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding
through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. With
over 25,000 members of all faiths around the world, it confronts important
contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide.
Friends is affiliated with the world-wide, Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal
Center, an accredited Non-Government Organization with status at international
agencies, including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of
Europe, with offices in New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, and
Toronto. Simon Wiesenthal died in 2005 after devoting his life to preserving
the memories of the victims of the Holocaust, while simultaneously seeking
justice for the war criminals.
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