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VIDEOS: The Houthi Ansar Allah Movement In Its Own Words

Yemen | Special Dispatch No. 11303

Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which broke out following the deadly attack perpetrated in Israel by Hamas on October 7, 2023, the Houthi Ansar Allah movement has carried out dozens of attacks targeting Israel and Israeli interests as well as American and other Western marine vessels in the Red Sea, the Bab El-Mandeb Strait, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Severely disrupting global trade, these attacks have drawn the world’s attention to the Houthi movement, which is a proxy of Iran. The Houthis, for their part, are using this attention in a bid to shed their image as an Iranian proxy. They seek to elevate their international stature and position themselves as an influential regional power in their own right, part of the anti-American global axis that comprises Russia, China and the BRICS[1] countries.

Virulent hatred for the U.S., Israel, and the Jews, to the extent of blatant antisemitism, is an integral part of the Houthi identity and is used by the Houthi leadership to gain sympathy and support among the Yemeni population. The most obvious expression of this hatred is the movement’s motto: “Allahu akbar, death to America, death to Israel, cursed be the Jews, victory to Islam.” The U.S., Israel and the Jews are presented as the enemies of Islam and of mankind in speeches and sermons by Houthis leaders and clerics, at mass rallies and in activities for children. Over the years MEMRI has translated dozens of these speeches, sermons and statements from Houthi officials and reported on military parades and rallies in areas under Houthi control.

The following is a review of reports and videos published by MEMRI in this context.


The Houthis Seek To Position Themselves As A Regional Power Opposing The U.S. And The West

On March 16, 2024, Ali Al-Qahoum, a member of Ansar Allah’s political bureau, published a post on X praising the Houthi role in the struggle against the “hegemony” of the U.S., Britain and the West. The post reads: “There is a continuous development in the international relations between Yemen, Russia, China, and the BRICS countries, and an exchange of experience and expertise in various fields. This is due to a common interest in drowning America, Britain, and the West in the swamp of the Red Sea and the high seas. [Our] goal is to make it [the U.S.] sink and disappear, and weaken its unipolarity.

“This is not only an analysis, but rather a clear and present reality. Yemen… entered the equation of supporting Palestine and ably strengthened the equation of the Red Sea, which constitutes a major and strategic equation with major effects and implications on the balance of the military, security, political and economic results. Yemen achieved this with unparalleled vigour and pride thanks to Allah, our brave, wise, and beloved leader, and proud nation, to such an extent that the superpowers began knocking on its [Yemen’s] doors, coordinating and building mutual relations with it, making arrangements for the foreseeable future, and preparing for the historic defeat of America, Britain, and the West, and the collapse of the colonial project and Western hegemony in the region and the world.”

See MEMRI JTTM report, Senior Members Of Yemen’s Iran-Backed Ansar Allah Movement Declare Cooperation With Russia, China; Defend Group’s ‘Right’ To Ally With Countries Hostile To U.S, March 18, 2024.

Houthi Shura Council Member: Everyone Hostile To America Is Our Friend, We Will Welcome Exchange Of Military Expertise

On March 17, 2024, Abdulsalam Jahhaf, a member of the Houthi Shura Council, shared a post on X defending the group’s “right” to establish international relations with countries hostile to the U.S. The post reads: “We have the right to establish relations with Russia, China, Iran, the BRICS countries, Cuba, and [North] Korea. Everyone hostile to America is our friend. We will widely accept alliances and exchange of military expertise and information. This is a natural result of the West’s aggression against us and against our people in Gaza, under the leadership of America.”

See MEMRI JTTM report, Senior Members Of Yemen’s Iran-Backed Ansar Allah Movement Declare Cooperation With Russia, China; Defend Group’s ‘Right’ To Ally With Countries Hostile To U.S, March 18, 2024.

Houthis Hold Military Exercise Simulating Confrontation With U.S., British Forces

On March 15, the group released a photoset documenting a military exercise simulating confrontation with American and British forces.

See MEMRI JTTM report, Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Releases Photos Documenting Military Exercise Simulating Confrontation With U.S., U.K., And Paratrooper Landing, March 15, 2024.

Strengthening Relations With Palestinian Factions; Coordination With Hamas Regarding Crew Of Highjacked “Galaxy Leader” Ship

On March 15 and 16, 2024, it was reported that representatives of the Houthi Ansar Allah movement and senior officials from three Palestinian factions – Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestinian (DFLP) – had held a meeting in Lebanon to discuss coordination between them in the context of the war against Israel in the Gaza Strip. The Houthis stressed their willingness to continue with “assistance operations” in the Red Sea, the Bab El-Mandeb Strait, and the Indian Ocean for the next two years.

See MEMRI JTTM report, Palestinian And Lebanese Media Outlets: Representatives Of Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Meet Secretly With Officials From Three Palestinian Factions; Willing To Assist Militarily Against Israel For Coming Two Years, March 18, 2024.

On March 7, 2024, the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera website published an article about the collaboration between the Houthis and Hamas, against the backdrop of the war in the Gaza Strip. The article quoted senior Houthi and Hamas officials who claimed that the two movements had also coordinated the decisions regarding the crew members from the Galaxy Leader commercial vessel that was hijacked by the Houthis on November 19, 2023.

See MEMRI JTTM report, Al-Jazeera: Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades Coordinating With Groups In Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Since October 7; Ansar Allah (Houthis) Put Decision Regarding Crew Of Seized Ship ‘At Al-Qassam’s Disposal’, March 10, 2024.

Video Compilations

The following are seven compilations of videos which present the Houthi threats to the U.S., the Gulf States and Israel, and include displays of Houthi military capabilities. They also reveal the antisemitic aspects of the Houthi ideology, as expressed in statements by Houthi political and military leaders, in sermons delivered by preachers and in speeches at military parades.

Senior Houthi Officials: U.S. Responsible For War In Ukraine, Militarization In Red Sea

The following video compilation includes statements by officials such as Houthi leader ‘Abd Al-Malik Badr Al-Din; Ansar Allah Political Bureau members Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, Abdullah Al-Na’ami and Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Mahbashi; Supreme Political Council members Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi and sheikh Sultan Al-Samie; Information Minister Dayfallah Al-Shami and his deputy Nasr Al-Din Amer, Health Minister Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakkil; Tourism Minister Ahmad Al-Aly; Supreme Revolutionary Council member Khaled Al-Madani; TV host and undersecretary for girls’ education at the Houthi education ministry Boshra Al-Mahtouri, and Ali Al-Halili, spokesman for the Future of Justice organization. These Houthi officials incite against the U.S. and threaten to attack its vessels at sea, while some of the videos were filmed onboard the hijacked Galaxy Leader. Others include antisemitic statements and threats against the UAE.

Houthi Military Personnel: We Have Developed Missiles With A Range Exceeding 2,500 Kilometers

The videos presented below present statements by Houthi military personnel detailing Houthi military capabilities; Houthi claims of responsibility for attacks against Israeli targets since October 7, 2023, claims of responsibility for attacks on the UAE. and threats to attack American forces in the Red Sea.

The following senior Houthi officials appear in this compilation: Brigadier General Abdul Ghani Al-Zubaidi; military expert Muhammad Hussein Al-Mansour; Naval Staff Brigadier General Yahya Saree’; spokesman for the military forces Colonel Mujib Shamsan; military expert and strategic analyst, Brigadier General Abdallah Al-Jafari; and military expert Sharaf Luqman, spokesman for the Houthi forces.

This compilation also includes a report about corporal punishment and executions carried out by the Houthis; a student rally in Hajjah where threats were made to attack Israel and New York; and footage of a rally of Houthi women in Al-Jawf at which they demonstrated against Israel and the West.

Houthi Preachers And Clerics

The following clips present sermons and interviews with Houthi clerics, such as Muhammad Miftah; Shams Al-Din Sharaf Al-Din, the mufti of Yemen; Hamdi Ziad; Ibrahim Al-Ubeidi; Ahmad Al-Shami; and Abdallah Al-Lahji. They threaten and incite against the U.S., the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel and UN agencies, make antisemitic statements, express support for the Houthi military industry and repeat conspiracy theories regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks and the COVID pandemic.

Military Parades And Displays

The clips in the compilation below document military parades organized by the Houthis, displays of Zilzal missiles, simulated attacks against Israeli and American targets, and demonstrations of armed women who support the Houthis.

Reports In Houthi Media: U.S. Is Behind September 11 Attacks

This compilation includes articles that appeared in the Houthi media which claim that the American government planned the September 11 attacks, and an animated film screened in the Houthi media which contends that the U.S. and the Jews deceive and harm Arabs.

Indoctrination Of Children

The videos below present the values and concepts taught to the younger generation in areas controlled by the Houthis, and includes footage of a show of support for the residents of Gaza in which children are seen bearing arms and shouting slogans against the U.S. and Israel. Also presented are conspiracy theories regarding the September 11 attacks and material glorifying martyrdom.

Expressions Of Support From Houthi Allies

The following videos present expressions of affinity and support from members of the resistance axis led by Iran and Hizbullah: from Iran, Iraq and Gaza, as well as Houthi support for the Lebanese Hizbullah. The videos include footage of Iraqi Hizbullah Brigades launching a campaign to fund Houthi drones; a rally in Gaza in support of the Houthis; statements from Iranian General Gholmani Rashid, commander of Khatam Al-Anbiya central headquarters; a Houthi donation drive for Hizbullah, and statements from Iranian cleric Mehdi Taeb, advisor to Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei.

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[1] BRICS is an intergovernmental organization comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates

REUTERS: Iranian and Hezbollah Commanders Help Direct Houthi Attacks in Yemen

NEWSRAEL: It is time that the West – and first of all the USA stops treating Iran proxies as if Iran has nothing to do with them. There are no attacks without Iranian hands funding, training and ordering them!


DUBAI, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Commanders from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group are on the ground in Yemen helping to direct and oversee Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping, four regional and two Iranian sources told Reuters.

Iran – which has armed, trained and funded the Houthis – stepped up its weapons supplies to the militia in the wake of the war in Gaza, which erupted after Iranian-backed militants Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, the four regional sources said.

Tehran has provided advanced drones, anti-ship cruise missiles, precision-strike ballistic missiles and medium-range missiles to the Houthis, who started targeting commercial vessels in November in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, the sources said.

IRGC commanders and advisers are also providing know-how, data and intelligence support to determine which of the dozens of vessels traveling through the Red Sea each day are destined for Israel and constitute Houthi targets, all the sources said.

Washington said last month that Iran was deeply involved in planning operations against shipping in the Red Sea and that its intelligence was critical to enable the Houthis to target ships.

In response to a request for comment for this story, the White House pointed to its previous public comments about how Iran has been supporting the Houthis.

In his weekly news conferences, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani has repeatedly denied Tehran is involved in the Red Sea attacks by the Houthis. The IRGC public relations office did not respond to request for comment.

NEWSRAEL: FACT: There is only ONE nation that does not play “Blind Man’s Bluff” with Iran — Israel!

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Are we toast? Saudi king is dead; ISIS expands; we’re abandoning Yemen and Iran has a missile launcher

On Tuesday evening President Obama stated, “the shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the union is strong” — and of course the blind followers cheered.

Obama also hinted that we had “turned the page” on our fight against terrorism. Remember his unilateral declaration at the National War College that the war on terror had ended — and of course he has commanded that combat operations end in two theaters of operation; Iraq and Afghanistan.

But nothing could shine the light on President Obama’s naiveté (or approval?) more than the fact that just 48 hours after he dismissed the “shadow of crisis,” we are evacuating yet another U.S. Embassy — this time in Yemen.

It’s the same Yemen that just last fall, Obama referred to as the model of his success — just like Vice President Joe Biden once chimed that Iraq would be one of Obama’s greatest successes. When Obama said the shadow of crisis has passed, we had three U.S. Naval warships off the coast of Yemen ready to evacuate the embassy.

And if you’ve forgotten, this is the second U.S. Embassy to be evacuated in less than a year — the other being Libya…y’all remember the swan diving jihadists? This hardly reflects a state of the union that is strong. What it does reflect is a foreign policy of abject failure, resulting from the Obama “pivot” away from the Middle East.

And so now we have the Houthis, whose slogan is “Death to America, Death to Israel” by the way. We reported on them late last year, of course no one cared. Just the same as a year ago this week, when President Obama referred to ISIS as a “jayvee” team. The al-Houthi Islamist group is Shiite and backed by — yep, you got it — that nondescript country called Iran about whom Obama threatened a veto if Congress passed legislation restoring sanctions.

Let me put this all into perspective.

Yemen is home to the most vicious al-Qaida affiliate — yeah I know, they’re decimated and on the run – al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). This is the same group which claimed responsibility for the recent Paris Islamic terrorist attack.

There are now reports that ISIS is expanding into Yemen and as we reported last year, AQAP was seeking a pledge of alliance with ISIS. Yes, the Houthis and al- Qaida don’t exactly get along — but the Houthis are backed by Iran — who we are assisting the fight against ISIS in Iraq, along with their support to Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

And the Obama administration just announced it would send 400 advisors/trainers to Syria. But we’re allowing Iran to pursue its nuclear program, 10,000 centrifuges,– and the Washington Post just gave President Obama three more Pinocchios for his SOTU assertion that Iran’s nuclear program has slowed down. And as you know, Obama threatened to veto congressional action to sanction Iran.

Why should we kinda care? The Yemeni government was pro-American and was aiding in the fight against Islamists within their borders. Now, not only has the Yemeni government been toppled, it has been replaced with the specter of Iranian influence in the vicinity of a chokepoint entering the Red Sea — and not far from Somalia — yet another hot bed of Islamism.

Now, add on top of this hot fudge sundae the fact that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia just passed away. Yemen is the southernmost country on the Arabian Peninsula where chaos now abounds at a time of a transition of leadership in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis are Sunni and cannot be too happy with the Obama administration’s lack of focus and resolve in the face of Iranian regional hegemonic designs. So what does Saudi Arabia do? In concern for their own existence will the Saudis provide material support to Sunni Islamic terrorists in order to defeat the Iranian-backed Houthis?

And there is another wild card to this equation, as reported by The Algemeiner, “The Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat released images from Iran revealing a new nuclear development site. The images show what appears to be a new missile launcher that stands 89 feet tall and is capable of launching a nuclear missile to Israel or Europe, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 2.”

“Among the new nuclear developments pictured was a large long-range missile, never seen before in the West. The missile is powerful enough to launch a satellite or a manned spacecraft, the report said.”

Now does this sound like someone with whom we should — or even can – be negotiating?

Ladies and gents, I know some of you may feel, who cares, let them all kill each other. Yes, to a point they will, but the shadow of crisis will not pass that easily.

From Libya extending all the way to Pakistan, and probably beyond, militant Islam has taken root and is exporting its terror and hatred all over the globe. And the policy of this administration is to remain in a state of denial. America sides with Turkey and Qatar. America is releasing Islamic terrorists back onto the battlefield. All the while w’re told move along, nothing here to see.

There’s lots to see, and my greatest concern is that the situation only worsens in these final two years of the Obama reign.

What can we do? Well, first we gotta pray — and I am serious folks. The situation in which we find ourselves is a perfect storm benefitting the Islamic fascists. Not only are they on the move and consolidating their gains while increasing recruitment, we are enabling it by decimating our own military capacity.

We must develop a strong, potent, expeditionary and lethal strike operations-oriented force for the 21st century battlefield. And I’m not talking about any “smart power” or nuanced rhetorical response, but rather a deterrent force capable of deployment and employment in any geographical contingency area.

This is not about nation building. And at some point in time we will have to combat the enemy’s ideology — we must defeat his belief system in order to delegitimize him. Challenge the enemy and make them own their actions — and stop being Islamapologists.

The crisis has not passed; it’s right here and all over the globe — heck, there’s even a Russian naval warship docked in Cuba while our state department bureaucrats are there to discuss opening up diplomatic and travel relations.

Can we really say that the state of our union is strong? If you believe that then you’re in a state of delusion. And remember, weakness is enticing.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on AllenBWest.com.