In the image, Hafiz Sa‘id (or Saeed), leader of Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT) and its front, the charity organization Jama‘at al-Da’wa, is seen on the far right, at a rally held in Lahore on 13 June 2010 to protest the Israeli response to Mavi Marmara flotilla ships bound for Gaza.

The image incorporates a number of motifs familiar in jihadi imagery. For instance, the American flag, or parts thereof (such as the stars and stripes), are widely used in jihadi propaganda to evoke negative sentiments towards U.S. foreign policy and military campaigns. The stars and stripes are also used to color other symbols in an image, thereby linking the symbols to U.S. foreign policy and military intervention in the Muslim world. Here, the U.S. flag appears in combination with the Israeli flag, and both are portrayed as part of a sleeve or armband on a male arm that is swooping down to clutch the Dome of the Rock. Thus, the flags represent a political protest against the close cooperation between the U.S. and Israel against Jama‘at al-Dawa, which has been banned in the U.S. The combination of the flags is also an expression of oft-repeated sentiments and conspiracy theories regarding Jewish world domination. Also significant is the image of the Dome of the Rock (symbol of Palestinian nationhood) bound with barbed wire. The barbed wire serves a dual purpose: it is a political protest against Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount and Jerusalem in general, and may also be perceived as an anti-Semitic comparison of Israeli Jews to German Nazi occupiers during World War II.

Finally, the LeT flag is on the right side of the image, against a blue background. The white banner of the LeT finds its roots in the Islamic tradition, where the Prophet Muhammad is said to have used a white flag to represent both the leader of the Muslim army and the first Muslim state.

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Group Name Jama`at al-Da`wa Pakistan/ Lashkar-e Taiba
Group Type nationalist, religious
Dominant Colors Orange, Yellow, White
Secondary Colors Black, Red, Blue
Language Urdu
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
13/06/2010Visual reference to LeT leader Hafiz Sa`id speech in Lahore rally on 6/13/2010
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Shahada
Image Number 0255
Groups Region of Operation South Asia
Groups Country of Operation Pakistan
Date Image Created Online 17/08/2010
Weapons Cold Weapons and Defensive Armor, Barbwire/ Chain Link Fence
Body Parts Face / Bust
Air Analysis Sun
Air Celestial Bodies, Sky
Geopolitical Symbols Non-country Flag, Symbol of party, movement or company, Slogan
Geopolitical Analysis LeT group flag. Y, LeT logo - white banner, black and white stripes at the bottom, calligraphic representation of the shahada over a sword on top.
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Spiritual Leader / Idealogue, Man / Men
People Analysis Hafiz Sa`id, LeT leader
Religious Textual References Shahada, Use of Calligraphy
Religious Textual References Analysis La ila illa Allah, Muhammad rasul Allah
Religious Symbols Holy Site, Black / White / Green Banners
Religious Symbols Analysis Dome of the Rock. White.
Topography Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Domed mosque

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