Author Jeff Weyers, IBRABO.COM
Taking a playbook page from ISIS, Al-Qassam has found some renewed vigour in pushing out new social media content. Seen below their “We are all Al-Qassam” slogan is a replica of the “We are all ISIS” campaign that was very successful for ISIS this past year. While the rockets of Al-Qassam appear grounded for the moment the group continues to develop and grow its social media capacity online. An examination of related Al-Qassam sites quickly reveals that in many ways Al-Qassam has generated more support in the last three months than any other similarly designated terrorist organization. Its organizational page on facebook alone has over 32000 “likes” and it has further launched an additional seven pages on Facebook since July of 2014.
The Facebook site القسا ميون (below) which has been active since July 9th, 2014 contains many photos of fighters, weapon capabilities, targets and statements from Al-Qassam leadership. The page also contains two videos featuring attacks by Al-Qassam Brigade fighters including one on an Israeli outpost and the killing of an IDF tank soldier.
Even the Al-Qassam Brigades Electronic – كتائب القسام الالكترونية (above) recently launched its own facebook page within which they refer to themselves as the “Special Hackers Elite” branch of Al-Qassam. On their site they list a host of websites that the group has penetrated including a Chinese government website http://www.stzsj.gov.cn/Qassam.html (WARNING: Virus Risk) illustrated in the screenshot below. On twitter both of Al-Qassam’s accounts, @Qassamfeed and @Qassam_Arabic, were removed by Twitter during the recent conflict. There are, however, two additional accounts primarily associated with the group @QassamEnglish (official) and @Qassam_English (unofficial) that have taken over in representing the group.
As we have seen with so many other extremist organizations, social media is likely to continue to play an important role in the development of Al-Qassam. Internally the medium allows them to maintain their legitimacy and demonstrate their capacity to wage war with Israel. Externally they can recruit, create fear in the minds of their enemy and promote their own perspectives on the conflict.
We are all Al-Qassam – https://www.facebook.com/WeAreAllAlQassam
Al-Qassam Brigade Electronic Wing – https://www.facebook.com/AlQassamBrigadesElectronic
عزالدين القسام (Al-Qassam Brigade Fan Page) – https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D8%B9%D8%B2%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%85/915881661759386 – Inactive
Other related Al-Qassam sites:
كتائب عز الدين القسام :: Ez al-deen al-Qassam – https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D9%83%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%A6%D8%A8-%D8%B9%D8%B2-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%85-Ez-al-deen-al-Qassam/1515512891993579
Briged Al-Qassam – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Briged-Al-Qassam/742617475794630
كتائب القسام Al Qassam Brigade – 5 – https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D9%83%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%A6%D8%A8-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%85-Al-Qassam-Brigade-5/703650726374292
Al-Qassam English (Unofficial) – https://twitter.com/Qassam_English
Al-Qassam English (Official) – https://twitter.com/qassamenglish
Al-Qassam SMS (Official) – https://twitter.com/qassamsms
Al-Qassam PS – https://twitter.com/AlQassamPS
Al-Qassam Arabic – https://twitter.com/qassam_arabic2