maandag 20 oktober 2008

Franse internetprovider haalt Hamas website offline


The Jerusalem Post
Oct 16, 2008 11:34 | Updated Oct 16, 2008 18:06

French ISP takes Hamas website offline

Following a report in The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, the Jihadist website AqsaTube, a video-sharing platform modeled on the popular YouTube, has been taken offline by its French internet service provider OVH.

AqsaTube ( featured videos inciting against Israel, glorifying terrorism (the "resistance") and preaching the doctrines of radical Islam.

According to the BBC, OVH initially denied hosting AqsaTube, but later confirmed that the website had been hosted by them and had now been taken offline.

The disappearance of AqsaTube follows Google's removal of their AdSense program from the website following a request filed by the Post to Google Israel.

According to the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), who tracked the site and alerted the 'Post to its existence, the Hamas version of YouTube was devoted entirely to propaganda and incitement.

Reuven Ehrlich, the head of the ITIC, said, "Israel can't fight Jihadi websites themselves, but it can fight their service providers."

According to Alexa traffic statistics, most AqsaTube users came from Saudi Arabia, followed by Iraq and Germany.

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