A recently disclosed list of companies providing service to Hezbollah websites exposed something shocking – 22 out of 25 primary sites for the Lebanese terror group are hosted by U.S. companies.
Internet Haganah, an organization that works to uncover and shut down websites affiliated with the global jihad, says it has been tracking and monitoring 25 major Hezbollah sites and found that, aside from two established in Iran and one in the UK, the rest of the Hezbollah sites are hosted by American companies. Israeli security sources confirmed the organization’s findings.
Seventeen Hezbollah sites, including Nasrollah.net, a Hezbollah site coordinated with Iran, and Aljarha.org, which raises money for the terror group, have obtained their domain names from Bulkregister LLC, a Baltimore company, says Haganah. Domain names are maintained by registrar companies, usually for yearly fees, to lease site names and ensure domains remains available. Other Hezbollah domains registered through Bulkregister include Al-nour.net, Alrassoul.org, Naimkassem.org, Hayaa.org, and Moqawama.net.
OnlineNic in Chicago registers three Hezbollah sites including Wilayah.com, which specializes in religious indoctrination; two Hezbollah sites, Nasrollah.org and Moqawama.tv signed for domains through Register.com in New York; and eNom of Bellvue, Washington, provides domains for Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV sites, which were recently banned in the U.S.
Most Hezbollah websites are also hosted by American companies. Hosting companies provide space on webservers for the actual site content. Alabanza, Inc. in Baltimore hosts three Hezbollah sites, including the Hezbollah news site Intiqad.com. iPowerWeb, Inc. of Santa Monica, California, hosts Nasrollah.net, Naimkassem.org, Moqawama.tv.
Internet service providers often host hundreds of thousands of websites and are not aware of the content of every site.
Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shiite terror organization backed by Iran and Syria that says it formed in response to Israel’s invasion of Southern Lebanon in 1982. The group has carried out over 800 attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers, and was responsible for two explosions in Beirut in 1983 that killed 241 American marines and 56 French servicemen. After the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, Hezbollah announced its intentions to continue its struggle against Israel until the “final destruction” of the Jewish State. Security sources say there is much evidence of coordination among Hezbollah, al-Qaida and Palestinian terror groups.
“Hezbollah sites are mostly ‘brochure sites'” the director of Internet Haganah told WorldNetDaily. “They help promote the organization and its many operations, from medical care to youth camps to religious indoctrination to terrorism and finally martyrdom and making mothers feel good about sending their boys off to die.”
Terror organizations often make use of the Internet for fundraising and communication purposes. In December, WorldNetDaily shut down U.S. hosted Hamas websites following inquiries for an article about the terror group’s online activities in Western countries. Hamas had been using the Internet – through service companies in the U.S., Eastern Europe and East Asia – to maintain communication with its own networks, talk to other terror organizations and spread anti-Israel and anti-American terrorist propaganda to large audiences, intelligence sources said.
Internet Haganah says Hezbollah’s online activities are not as crucial as those of Hamas.
“Hezbollah has better funding and are not outlaws in Lebanon. Hamas really needs their online forums for communication, but Hezbollah has the best satellite communications that Syria and Iran can provide.”