A website with a domain name similar to a known Middle Eastern terrorist group is being hosted by a U.S. company based in Chicago that says, despite the content on site, the firm can’t shut it down arbitrarily.

The site, located at JihadIslami.com, has a URL similar to the name of a known Palestinian terrorist group, Islamic Jihad. The U.S. State Department, under Executive Order 13224, issued by President Bush Sept. 23, has identified the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and 152 other groups and individuals as terrorists.

Specifically, the order “blocks the assets of organizations and individuals linked to terrorism.” Although the term “jihad” is Arabic for “struggle,” its usage in today’s world by radical elements of Islam denotes “holy war.”

The site’s administrative, technical and billing contact is SiteProtect Services of Chicago. It is registered to an individual in “Palestine,” but the IP address is owned by Hostway Corporation, which has a different Chicago address.

A representative told WND that his supervisors “say it’s basically an informational site; it was checked out before” it was allowed to launch.

“Because of that, we can’t shut it down,” he said, adding that consumers who take offense to the content could contact Hostway via e-mail.

Doug Fogwell, vice president of marketing and sales for Hostway, told WND that if the content was found to violate the company’s illegal-use policy, “we would likely take it down from our servers.”

That policy, in part, states: “Transmission, storage, or distribution of any information, data, or material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material; trademarks; trade secrets or other intellectual property rights used without proper authorization; material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes an illegal threat, or violates export control laws …”

The site, written in Arabic, prominently features Palestinian flags and images of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

According to a WorldNetDaily translation of Thursday’s headlines, the site featured stories about a renewed Islamic vow to fight the “Christian enemy,” which mentions Mujahadeen; one where the secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, refuses to consider Hamas and the Islamic Jihad as terrorist organizations; a story claiming the “Christian enemy” is killing civilians in Afghanistan and one about a Palestinian who smuggled machine guns into northern Israel.

On Thursday, WorldNetDaily reported that Israeli security officials believe members of the militant Islamic Jihad group staged a suicide attack in Gaza against civilians near a Jewish community yesterday, shortly before another attack against a busload of passengers.

A spokesman at the State Department told WND he knew of no websites that were deemed “assets” covered by Bush’s executive order.

According to Bush’s order, EO 13224 also pertains to “persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, to be owned or controlled by, or to act for or on behalf of those persons listed” as terrorists or terrorist groups.

The order also applies to those who “assist in, sponsor, or provide financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, such acts of terrorism.”

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control determines who and what entities qualify as terrorist assets, as per Bush’s order. Calls to officials there were not immediately returned.

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