IS ZUCKERBERG FINALLY CLAMPING DOWN ON HATE IN THE PAGES OF FACEBOOK?

First read THIS post from yesterday

Facebook deleted Yair Netanyahu’s posts, prompting him to take to Twitter to criticise the social networking giant, calling it a “dictatorship of thought”.

Hopefully this is the start of a new trend on FaceBook

Facebook blocks Yair Netanyahu after he calls to avenge deaths of Israelis

Social media site censors son of the Israeli prime minister after he called for revenge against Palestinians, as he brands the network the ‘thought police’

Facebook blocked the account of Yair Netanyahu after he shared content banned by the platform that called for avenging the deaths of Israelis killed in recent days by Palestinian terrorists.

Netanyahu, the son of the Israeli prime minister, also called Facebook “thought police” in a post criticising the removal of previous content.

He reposted some of the offensive posts using screenshots, which circumvent the social media site’s controls.

Last week, Yair Netanyahu said in a post that the press, as well as left-wing NGOs and politicians, are “traitors,” and in another post suggested that all Muslims leave Israel.

He has previously been criticised for his boorish social media posts.

ISRAEL LOBBY LEAKS

First see THIS post for background info …..

New leaked excerpts from censored Al Jazeera film reveal The Israel Project’s secretive Facebook influence campaign.

Leaked Clips from Censored Documentary on Israel Lobby Reveal Attacks on US Activists

Excerpts of the censored Al Jazeera undercover film on the Israel lobby in the US have started to be leaked. The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah and the Grayzone Project’s Max Blumenthal explain how these clips show the Israeli government backing attacks on American pro-Palestinian activists and Black Lives Matter.

ZION USES FACEBOOK TO TARGET THE POETRY OF FREEDOM

 Facebook campaigns were run by professional Washington D.C. political operatives who work for a group called the Israel on Campus Coalition, according to promotional materials obtained by ProPublica and the Forward.

 

Pro-Israel Group Secretly Ran Misleading Facebook Ads To Target Palestinian-American Poet

This story was co-published with ProPublica, the investigative journalism organization.

 

In 2016, as Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi performed at college campuses around the United States, his appearances seemed to spark student protests.

Before his visit to John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, a page called “John Jay Students Against Hate” appeared on Facebook with Kanazi’s face next to a uniformed cop, painting Kanazi as anti-police. When Kanazi crossed the country a few days later to visit San Jose State, a nearly-identical Facebook page popped up, this one called “SJSU Students Against Hate,” with Kanazi’s face superimposed over an image of military graves. Paid Facebook campaigns promoted both pages.

Despite their names, the Facebook campaigns were run by professional Washington D.C. political operatives who work for a group called the Israel on Campus Coalition, according to promotional materials obtained by ProPublica and the Forward.

In the materials, which the ICC distributed to its donors, the group describes each of the Facebook pages as an “anonymous digital campaign.” The group says it paid to promote the campaign, which reached tens of thousands of people.

The social media campaigns provide another example of how well-funded advocacy organizations are using deceptive strategies to promote their cause online. The ICC launched these campaigns during the 2016 election season, at the same time that entities linked to the Russian government bought misleading Facebook ads on a range of political issues.

The ICC didn’t respond to requests for comment. The group had a budget of $9 million in its fiscal year ending in June 2017, according to federal tax filings. Its funders include the foundations of billionaire Republican donor Paul Singer and philanthropist Lynn Schusterman.

Asked about the Israel on Campus Coalition pages, a Facebook spokesman said they “violate our policies against misrepresentation and they have been removed.”

In response to criticism of Russia-linked ads, Facebook recently created new rules requiring disclosure of who is paying for political ads on the site. How the company defines what is political remains murky.

Anonymous digital campaigns appear to be a central part of the ICC’s efforts to combat pro-Palestinian activism on U.S. campuses. This past spring, the ICC appears to have set up at least one anonymous website to oppose a George Washington University student government resolution that called on the school to divest its endowment from certain companies that students said were profiting from Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, the Forward reported.

The ICC’s leaders discussed their covert social media tactics in an unaired Al Jazeera documentary featuring hidden camera footage of Washington, D.C. pro-Israel advocacy officials.

“With the anti-Israel people, what’s most effective, what we found at least in the last year, is you do the opposition research, put up some anonymous website, and then put up targeted Facebook ads,” said the ICC’s executive director, Jacob Baime, in the Al Jazeera documentary, which was filmed in 2016. The film was viewed by ProPublica and the Forward.

Baime also said in the documentary that his organization’s work is based on a doctrine used to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban. “It’s modeled on General Stanley McChrystal’s counterinsurgency strategy,” Baime said. “We’ve copied a lot from that strategy that has been working really well for us, actually.”

McChrystal, who led the U.S. military’s special forces and the NATO war effort in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010, emphasized so-called “offensive information operations” to embarrass and discredit violent insurgents.

The Al Jazeera documentary, in which a journalist went undercover as an intern for a pro-Israel advocacy group in Washington, has been the subject of months of international intrigue and has never been aired by the network. Decrying the undercover tactics, pro-Israel groups and members of Congress have pushed back against the documentary series and Qatar, which funds Al Jazeera. The network, which has faced public criticism from its own journalists for not airing the documentary, said in April it did not buckle under pressure from a pro-Israel group in deciding not to broadcast the program. A spokesman didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Footage in the documentary also shows ICC officials describing their working relationship with the Israeli government.

Baime says in the documentary that ICC officials “coordinate” or “communicate” with Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, an Israeli government department that has become the hub of the Israeli government’s overt and covert efforts against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement in the U.S. and around the world. A spokesman for the agency didn’t respond to requests for comment.

In the same hidden camera footage, Ian Hersh, the ICC’s director of operations, said that the Ministry of Strategic Affairs participates in the group’s “Operations and Intelligence Brief,” a regular strategy meeting.

In recent days, some aspects of the Al Jazeera documentary as well as a short clip have been posted on the website Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian news site whose executive director, Ali Abunimah, appears as an interviewee in the film.

Baime and Hersh didn’t respond to requests for comment about the footage of them in the documentary.

The ICC’s online efforts against Kanazi, the Palestinian-American poet, began in November 2016 while he was touring college campuses to promote his book, “Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine.”

According to the ICC’s donor materials, the group identified and worked with a non-Jewish military veteran and San Jose State University student to write a blog post critical of Kanazi. The precise nature of the group’s work with the student is unclear from the donor materials, and the student did not respond to requests for comment.

The ICC then created and paid to promote the “SJSU Students Against Hate” page, which linked to the blog post.

“Kanazi preaches hate on the campuses he visits,” the student wrote in the post, which appeared on the website Medium and has since been deleted.

Kanazi said that he does not recall being aware of the anonymous Facebook pages at the time. “These insidious tactics are part of a larger campaign to smear students, professors, and anyone who dares speak up for Palestinian human rights at universities,” he said in an email.

Here is but one example of Remi’s ‘threat to zion’

Remi Kanazi – Normalize This!

OK FACEBOOK ….. YOU WIN!

Finally gave in and activated my FaceBook account. Seems it’s the only way to communicate with LAZY people who don’t check their email!

BTW …. don’t try to ‘Friend’ me, except if you know me already.

UPDATED ~~ MORE IMAGES OF THE DAY ~~ FACEBOOK DELETES PALESTINE YET AGAIN

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Deleting FB posts, pages & accounts of Palestinian media professionals restricts the exercise of freedom of opinion

Deleting FB posts, pages & accounts of Palestinian media professionals restricts the exercise of freedom of opinion

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Bowing to zionist pressure

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Facebook censors Palestine according to an agreement with Israel as it removes the posts that expose the Israeli crimes

Facebook censors Palestine according to an agreement with Israel as it removes the posts that expose the Israeli crimes

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The agreement between Facebook & Israel is a blatant violation of codes of international law and freedom of opinion

The agreement between Facebook & Israel is a blatant violation of codes of international law and freedom of opinion

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Palestine will be free. Mark Zuckerberg, you teamed with the wrong side.

Palestine will be free. Mark Zuckerberg, you teamed with the wrong side.

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 Deactivate your accounts and Explain your reasons for this

Deactivate your accounts and Explain your reasons for this

Related posts by Ali Abunimah (Click on links)

Facebook disables accounts of Palestinian editors

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Facebook apologizes for disabling Palestinian journalists’ accounts

BUT ….

Palestinians remain concerned over Facebook’s power to censor their voices.

Palestinians remain concerned over Facebook’s power to censor their voices.

TOON OF THE DAY ~~ FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP HITS A NEW LOW

Image by Carlos Latuff

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FACEBOOK JOINS THE CENSORSHIP WAR AGAINST LATUFF

“We were also suspended and got a couple of videos removed over a month ago. The new thing we have noticed is that pictures/videos can now be removed by Facebook even if they follow the so called community standards. This is scary because soon we will not be able to post anything, it seems. So yes we do believe Facebook’s pro-Israel policy is tightening the noose around our freedom of speech.”

Facebook censors cartoon critical of Israel

The Palestine Information Center (PIC), an independent Palestinian news website and network had their Facebook page temporarily suspended for publishing a 2009 cartoon by Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff. The graphic shows a woman walking and carrying a wounded child in front of an Israeli flag with one of the blue banners of the flag covering her mouth. Latuff’s text issued a warning:  “SHHHHHHHHHH!!! Denouncing Israeli War Crimes Is Anti-Semitism“.

This is not a far flung radical concept since criticism of Israel and/or issues relating to the U.S. relationship to Israel, including criticism or mention of the Israel lobby are continually lambasted as anti-Semitic. The examples are endless, even President Obama was accused of anti Semitism.

Recalling the war crimes committed during those gruesome 22 days in the winter of 2008-2009, when Israel pummeled the Gaza Strip, killing more than 1,300 people, including over 300 children — articulated in the Goldstone Report (pdf) released in September 2009 — I asked Latuff if there was a specific incident that prompted him to draw the cartoon in 2009. “Nope, not a specific incident, just to highlight the censorship often found on Internet related to everything critical to Israel”.

Accusations of anti Semitism are, arguably, the very first line of defense by Israel’s ardent defenders. But draw or publish a cartoon about it? Censored on Facebook:

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Rami Salaam, an administrator of PIC’s English Facebook page told Mondoweiss “Cartoons are usually targeted by Facebook more than anything else. Maybe because they appeal to people everywhere. Latuff’s cartoons are widely shared on our page and maybe that is why it was removed.”

PIC was not warned or notified prior to the removal of the cartoon. “It just disappeared” according to Salaam. He continued, “When we tried to login we got a message saying that that cartoon was removed because it violates Facebook polices and that our account that posted the cartoon is suspended for 3 days. – The reason for the deletion and suspension is fickle and meaningless because the cartoon is not graphic nor does it incite any kind of violence. The reason given is “We removed the post below because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.” They also threatened to delete the whole page.”

I asked Salaam if this was an isolated incident and he mentioned PIC was suspended for a day two weeks ago for posting this photograph of “an Orthodox Jew and his daughter both carrying guns.” He sent me this screenshot:

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“We were also suspended and got a couple of videos removed over a month ago. The new thing we have noticed is that pictures/videos can now be removed by Facebook even if they follow the so called community standards. This is scary because soon we will not be able to post anything, it seems. So yes we do believe Facebook’s pro-Israel policy is tightening the noose around our freedom of speech.”

Facebook Community Standards can be viewed here.

During her trip to the U.S. in November 2015, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely met with representatives of YouTube and Google to discuss ways her ministry could “cooperate” against “inflammatory material” she claimed was inciting violence and terror attacks. Curiously, recently I searched for current videos of Israeli violence against Palestinians on both Google and Youtube and the only videos readily available dated back to last October, nothing current. Strange.

The only vulgarity about this cartoon is the truth it helps expose. Responding to the news Facebook had removed his cartoon Latuff tweeted “This censorship proves EXACTLY the point of cartoon“. How ironic.

 

IS FACEBOOK ABOUT TO RECOGNISE PALESTINE?

Strange happenings at the zionist controlled social media …..

New map shows West Bank and East Jerusalem as outside of Israel

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Facebook Redraws Israel’s Borders

New advertising settings place Judea-Samaria, parts of Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights as ‘outside Israel,’ according to Israeli media.

Facebook not only considers Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria (Shomron), but also parts of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, as outside of Israel, according to exposé published Sunday.

The social network updated its advertising system recently allowing editors of popular pages the chance to gear their posts toward a specific geographical location.

However, a great deal of the State of Israel is not considered within Israel’s borders, according to Channel 2. 

Areas within the desired country are usually shown ‘highlighted’, whereas areas outside that country’s borders are greyed out, they explained.

Channel 2 tested the new system to aim posts in eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, for example, and saw that the rest of the State of Israel became automatically “greyed out.” The same happened during any attempt to aim posts toward areas over 1949 Armistice lines or in the Golan Heights.

The news site notes that, as of right now, the posting system merely becomes burdensome; whereas choosing “Israel” should aim the posts to all of the State of Israel automatically, separate settings are required to specify areas Facebook apparently deems as outside its borders.

Facebook did not respond to the channel’s requests for comment.

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ISRAELI GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO SPREAD RACISM ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s supposed apology for his incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel during Israel’s recent election campaign, his government continues to spread anti-Arab hatred.

Israel’s verified Arabic-language Twitter account and Facebook account, titled “Israel speaks Arabic,” published the caricature below on Sunday, which asks “Which is better, relying on yourself, or relying on someone else?”

It includes two stereotyped and demeaning figures, one representing a Japanese person, and the other an Arab. The headline says “Attitudes to work.” The text next to each figure, respectively, states: The Japanese attitude to work: “If there is someone else who can do a job, then I can do it too. And if there is no one else to do the job, then without doubt I will do it.” The Middle Eastern attitude to work: If there is someone else to do a job, then let them do it. And if no one else can do it, then dude, how do you think I can do it?!”

It includes two stereotyped and demeaning figures, one representing a Japanese person, and the other an Arab.
The headline says “Attitudes to work.” The text next to each figure, respectively, states:
The Japanese attitude to work: “If there is someone else who can do a job, then I can do it too. And if there is no one else to do the job, then without doubt I will do it.”
The Middle Eastern attitude to work: If there is someone else to do a job, then let them do it. And if no one else can do it, then dude, how do you think I can do it?!”

Israeli government spreads racist caricature of Arabs on Facebook, Twitter

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It’s one thing for an Israeli soldier to post his venom on FaceBook or Instagram …. BUT when a Palestinian speaks his piece, that’s a different story …

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An Israeli court in Petah Tikva extended the detention of Suhaib Zahida, 31, until Sept. 4, after he was arrested on Thursday for creating a page on Facebook called “the Intifada of Hebron” in addition to leading a campaign for the boycott of Israeli products.

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Israel extends detention of Palestinian for Facebook posts

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HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Friday extended the detention of a Palestinian activist who was detained for political activities on Facebook for a week, a Ma’an reporter said on Saturday.

An Israeli court in Petah Tikva extended the detention of Suhaib Zahida, 31, until Sept. 4, after he was arrested on Thursday for creating a page on Facebook called “the Intifada of Hebron” in addition to leading a campaign for the boycott of Israeli products.

Zahida had previously participated in several nonviolent campaigns opposing the Israeli occupation and was an active member of groups working to oppose the recruitment of Palestinian citizens of Israel to the Israeli military.

Palestinians inside Israel have been previously detained for short periods of time and questioned regarding their political activities on Facebook, but such arrests rarely occur in the West Bank.

In October, Israeli authorities arrested Palestinian citizen of Israel Razi al-Nabulsi, 23, for a week as a result of Facebook posts they argued constituted “incitement.”

NETANYAHU TWEETS FOR VENGEANCE ~~ SOLDIERS DO THE SAME AND GET PUNISHED

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RABBI CALLS FOR MORE BLOODSHED VIA FACBOOK

VIRTUAL HATRED GOING VIRAL ON THE NET

 

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Screenshot of Noam Perel’s Facebook status Photo: screenshot

The head of the World Bnei Akiva youth movement called for the “blood of the enemy” in revenge for the murder of Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Fraenkel and Gil-Ad Shaer on Facebook post he wrote after the discovery of the slain teenagers.

In a post written on Monday, World Bnei Akiva secretary general Rabbi Noam Perel wrote: “Three corpses of our youths were found cast on the field, an entire nation and thousands of years of history demands revenge, the government of Israel is convening for a revenge hearing which is not about mourning, the master of the house has gone crazy at the sight of the corpses of its sons, a government which will turn the army that was searching into vengeful soldiers, soldiers that will not stop at 300 Philistine foreskins.”

The last line referring to “Philistine foreskins” is a biblical reference to the book of Samuel in which the future King David wages war against the ancient Philistines killing 200 of them and bringing back their foreskins as proof for King Saul.

Perel concluded his post writing “The humiliation will be atoned by the blood of the enemy and not by our tears.” (FROM)

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Responses to Perel’s post on his Facebook profile were predominantly negative, with many expressing their disappointment that the leader of the youth movement they were once a part of espouses such views, including the views of Israel’s Chief Rabbi — 

Chief Rabbi David Lau speaks out against calls for revenge, says it goes against Judaism in terms of morality, values, and Jewish law.

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He subsequently deleted the post and then issued an apology, saying his comments were misunderstood.

“My words have been misrepresented due to their biblical and poetic style. I deeply and unreservedly apologize for the anger that this has caused,” Perel wrote on Thursday.

“Particularly in times of national tragedy it is incumbent upon leaders and educators to be more precise and careful in words than I have demonstrated.” (Also FROM)

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As can be seen in my Previous Post, the damage from such sentiments began before his post was deleted on FaceBook.

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Another Report from HaAretz also dealt with this …

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World Bnei Akiva chief calls for price of ‘blood’ for Israeli teens’ murder

Rabbi Noam Perel, secretary-general of world youth movement since 2012, urges government to turn IDF into an army of avengers, ‘which will not stop at 300 Philistine foreskins.’

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The rabbi’s hatred apparently inspired the creation of a new FaceBook page …

Israelis launch Facebook campaign calling for ‘revenge’ of teens’ murders

Facebook group named ‘The people of Israel demand revenge’ rakes in over 35,000 members in two days, many of whom are soldiers; Israeli army: Commanders will take a heavy hand against soldiers involved in this serious incident.

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This hatred is going viral in the Western Media as well as on the Net …. but no attempts to remove this type of virtual terrorism on FaceBook can be found.

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Ma’an reported the following on this …

 

Thousands of Israelis join online hate campaign

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BETHLEHEM – Thousands of Israeli soldiers and civilians have joined social media campaigns calling for the murder of Palestinians since the discovery of three missing Israeli youths on Monday.

Hundreds of photos have been posted on Facebook accounts and Twitter calling for revenge following the killing of three Israeli teens who went missing on June 12.

A Facebook page entitled “The People of Israel Demand Vengeance!” gained over 36,000 likes in just under two days before being removed, as users posted pictures of themselves holding signs demanding revenge.

Israeli soldiers, some of whom may currently serve in the occupied territories, posted pictures online calling for the death of Palestinians.

“Let us mow them down!”

“We will not forget and not forgive. We want revenge.”

“Revenge!”

“Blood=blood, we want revenge. Give the army the chance to win.”

A screenshot taken from a Facebook page calling on Israeli
authorities to kill Palestinian “terrorists” every hour.

The online incitement campaign is the latest in a series of social media movements in Israel defending or promoting violence by Israeli forces.

In April, a Facebook page created to support an Israeli soldier who cocked his gun and aimed at Palestinian teenagers in Hebron received over 60,000 likes.

The soldier, from the elite Nahal infantry unit, was suspended after video footage of the incident emerged.

Following the disappearance of three Israel teens on June 12, over 10,000 people joined an online campaign to kill a Palestinian “terrorist” every hour until the teens were returned to their families.

The online campaigns have manifested into brutal attacks on Palestinians.

Late Tuesday, a Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped in Shufat and his body was later found in west Jerusalem.

The murder is suspected to be a “revenge” attack by Israeli settlers.

Earlier Tuesday, hundreds of Israelis marched through Jerusalem’s town center chanting “Death to Arabs!”.

A mob of young Israelis then tried to attack a Palestinian worker at a McDonald’s restaurant in Jerusalem while a young Israeli was arrested for spraying pepper spray at a Palestinian taxi driver.

Numerous racist attacks were reported across Jerusalem and Israel.

Israeli minister of justice, Tzipi Livni, on Wednesday condemned the social media campaign.

Days earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on his official twitter account: “Vengeance for the blood of a small child, Satan has not yet created. Neither has vengeance for the blood of 3 pure youths who were on their way home to their parents who will not see them anymore.”

 

HACKING AWAY AT ZION ON FACEBOOK

The ‘bug’ is biting ….
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Arab Hackers Target Israeli Facebook Users

Hackers from Tunisia and Gaza break into the Facebook accounts of some 13,000 Israelis, make public a list of usernames and passwords.
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 Channel 10 News reported on Monday that Arab hackers had broken into the Facebook accounts of some 13,000 Israelis.

The hackers, from Tunisia and Gaza, made public on Monday evening the usernames and passwords of the accounts which they had broken into. In some cases they changed the profile pictures of the users in question.

Victims of the hacking attack confirmed to Channel 10 that their Facebook account was hacked, with some saying they had thought the attack was a prank by their friends.

The channel named the group that carried out the attack as Demons of Hack. The group’s page is filled with anti-Semitic pictures. One of the hackers in the group, which Channel 10 contacted through Facebook, said the attack was an “act against the Israeli occupation.”

Facebook told Channel 10 that it was working to ensure the continued online security of all users, and urged users whose accounts were compromised to change their passwords.

There have been several hacking attacks targeting Israelis over the past year or so.

In January, a person who claimed to be a Saudi hacker published the credit card information of some 400,000 Israelis. It was later revealed that the number of charge card accounts that had been hacked is about 15,000.

Israeli hackers later “returned the favor” by publishing a list containing the names and credit card details of citizens of Saudi Arabia.

In a subsequent “hacking war”, the websites of Yeshiva Machon Meir,the Israel Fire ServicesEl Al and the Haaretz newspaper were among those attacked by Arab hackers.

The Israeli Defense Ministry has established a special cyber warfare administration, which coordinates the efforts of security agencies and the Israeli defense industry in developing advanced systems to deal with cyber warfare.

 

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MY PERSONAL VIEW OF THE ‘ANTI’ SOCIAL MEDIA

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LATUFF’S TAKE ON FACEBOOK’S GLOBAL BUG

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BUILDING WALLS OF APARTHEID AT FACEBOOK

Still another attempt of the ‘Chosen’ to ghettoise themselves …. This time on the Internet

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The next stage of the website will implement functions like online charitable funds, crowd-funding, homes exchange, travelling together and an idea incubator, among other resources. It will also be involved in organizing professional conferences, forums and seminars.
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Jewishnet: A Facebook for Jews

With up to 80,000 daily visitors, jewishnet.ru aims to increase number of followers to 18 million, become voice for international Jewish community

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The birth of Facebook radically reinvented the way we socialize and interact with each other.

In fact, while many critics condemn the social networking site, blaming it for the loss of personal interaction, lack of privacy and developing socially inept individuals, Facebook has proven successful at uniting communities and cultures, establishing solidarity amongst various groups, and even finding long lost friends.

The popularity of Facebook has, naturally, brought about the rise of many similar social networking sites that are tailor made to cater to the needs of various kinds of population and cultures.

One such website is Jewishnet.ru – a Jewish social platform of the new generation targeting to create integrated information space for Jewish users and organizations. It is currently is in the alpha version stage.

With up to 80,000 daily visitors (and counting), Jewishnet.ru aims to preventing assimilation and stimulate Jewish self-education as well as to connect fast-assimilating Jews across the Russian-speaking world.

The idea of the project was born in Ukraine in 2011 when Roman Gold, along with Igor Kozlovskiy, Co-founder of Jewishnet.ru, felt that Russian-speaking Jewry had no platform to connect and share news and interests.

“The Jewish community faces several problems today in terms of Jewish identity due to stereotypes of Israel and Jewish people, low prestige level of Jewish education, intermarriages and conversion to other religions, etc.,” Kozlovskiy tells Shalom Life.

“With this website, we are trying to help find a solution to these problems,” he adds. “Jewishnet.ru is now a universal platform for Jewish users and Jewish communities. It’s a communication tool with unaffiliated audiences and leaders of opinion in the Jewish world.

“We try to encourage education through an unobtrusive format. We also have open discussions, a business platform, clubs, start-up support and charity initiatives.”

‘Jewish voice for the whole world’

Jewishnet.ru also has segments dedicated to couch surfing, dating and travel buddies.

Currently, the site is among the three leading Jewish Russian-speaking recourses in the former Soviet Union.

“Its brand is well-known for its quality and as a professional and successful Jewish resource playing an important role in the life of the Jewish communities, supporting and objectively covering events from around the world,” says Kozlovskiy.

“We have supported the organization and mass media coverage of more than 30 successful conferences in Israel, Ukraine, Russia, Belorussia and the USA,” he adds.

“We have also held over 10 rallies in support of the State of Israel around the world gathering more than 500 people. Two MASA Programs – ‘Mabat-Media’ and ‘Art Tel New Media’ have been launched successfully.”

Jewishnet.ru is currently supported by a variety of outstanding Jewish figures, including Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky; Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich; Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky, chief rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk region (Chabad); Moscow’s Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt; Kenny G, one of the most famous musicians in the world; and many others.

The website has also created an impressive pool of journalists and public figures of more than 600 people, who help develop a strategy for objective coverage of all things Jewish, Israeli-reality and to fight all kinds of anti-Semitism.

Jewishnet.ru has presented exclusive content from some of the most currently renown Jewish authors including Kseniya Svetlova, Dr. Zoya Kopelman, Dina Rubina, Evgeniy Satanovskiy, Zeev Chanin and many others.

“Over 1,200 Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and structures all over the world are our partners at the moment,” Kozlovskiy says.

The next stage of the website will implement functions like online charitable funds, crowd-funding, homes exchange, travelling together and an idea incubator, among other resources. It will also be involved in organizing professional conferences, forums and seminars.

Jewishnet aims to approach the global market and become a multilingual platform, targeting English at first and then trickling into other languages.

Kozlovskiy is ambitious and has huge plans for Jewishnet.ru besides increasing its unique users per day to 12-18 million.

“In six years, we want the platform to become a de facto role model for managing social, educational and other activities for Jewish and non-Jewish organizations interested in strengthening cooperation with Israel and/or Diaspora,” he says.

“We would like to see our platform become a global influential and well-known Jewish resource in the world, so that every Jew, in any corner of the world, would have an opportunity to find something useful, meaningful and needed on our resource,” Kozlovskiy adds.

“We would like to become a Jewish voice for the whole world, uniting the world Jewry in one community.”

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TWEETING FOR ZION

“In light of the success in the battle for awareness during the Pillar of Defense Operation [the Israeli military operation against the Gaza Strip in November of last year] and the experience gained in activating a large number of situation rooms on university campuses and work with students in general, it was decided to establish a permanent structure of activity on the Internet through the students at academic institutions in the country.”
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Israel setting up “covert units” to tweet, Facebook government propaganda

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Screenshot shows Israelis in an organized digital “war” room posting tweets against the flotilla to Gaza in the summer of 2011. (Source)

The Israeli prime minister’s office is organizing Israeli students in “covert” and “semi-military” style units to tweet and post pro-Israel messages on social media without revealing they are doing it as part of a government propaganda campaign, Israeli media reported today.

But as The Electronic Intifada has previously revealed, this effort is not entirely new.

Haaretz reports today:

The Prime Minister’s Office is planning to form, in collaboration with the National Union of Israeli Students, “covert units” within Israel’s seven universities that will engage in online public diplomacy (hasbara).

The students participating in the project, who would post on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter on Israel’s behalf, will be part of the public diplomacy arm of the PMO [prime minister’s office], but would not identify themselves as official government representatives.

It is clear that the Israeli government views universities and students as tools in its international propaganda, as a government document, cited by Haaretz, reveals:

“In light of the success in the battle for awareness during the Pillar of Defense Operation [the Israeli military operation against the Gaza Strip in November of last year] and the experience gained in activating a large number of situation rooms on university campuses and work with students in general, it was decided to establish a permanent structure of activity on the Internet through the students at academic institutions in the country.”

Haaretz adds that it is apparent from the document “that a diplomacy group will be set up at each university and structured in a semi-military fashion.” The person in charge of the initiative is Daniel Seaman, former director of the Government Press Office, who has used his personal Facebook page to post racist, Islamophobic and violent material.

Israel’s covert use of social media not new

But this effort is not new. Last year, The Electronic Intifada revealed that the National Union of Israeli Students was already a full-time partner in Israeli government propaganda and set up a project to pay Israeli university students up to $2,000 to spread propaganda online.

As The Electronic Intifada also reported, the National Union of Israeli Students sent its members for government propaganda training and described students as Israel’s “pretty face,” to be deployed as a propaganda auxiliary force.

The union set as one of its organizational goals, working “in cooperation with government ministries and additional organizations, to improve the explanation [hasbara] of Israel’s position around the world.”

At the time, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Jillian C. York compared Israel’s online propaganda efforts to those of China, Syria and Bahrain.

“I have seen considerable efforts, both by Israeli companies like Ahava and–apparently–government-supported groups, to utilize some of the same techniques as Syria and Bahrain, particularly on Twitter,” York also previously wrote.

Such Israeli government efforts, which attempt to disguise official propaganda as the work of ordinary concerned citizens and students, date back at least to December 2008, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead assault on Gaza.

Every computer user is a “kind of soldier”

At that time Israeli social media strategist Niv Calderon wrote that he was hired by the foreign ministry for a first of its kind effort to create a digital “war room” to promote Israel’s propaganda message internationally.

Calderon was later involved in similar organized social media efforts to discredit the Gaza flotillas, and in one report on Israeli TV from June 2011, Calderon can be seen managing a social media “war room” working against that summer’s flotilla to Gaza

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“There is a media war here,” Calderon explains, “and every citizen, every computer user, is a kind of soldier.”

“Equipped with laptops and iPhones,” the report says, government social media propagandists go to war using “tweets as their weapons.”

The report even shows social media propagandists being trained to find random images of market places in Gaza to post online to obscure the fact that Israel’s siege has caused severe hardship to the civilian population there.

Calderon has also previously worked on the social media campaigns of the anti-Palestinian group StandWithUs.

Desperate

The new “covert” social media push comes as surveys confirm Israel’s status as one of the most negatively viewed countries in the world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shrugged off these findings, declaring, “it’s not about the facts, it’s about the defamation of Israel and our portrayal as peace rejecters, war mongers instead of an enlightened nation that is fighting against aims to destroy us.”

Netanyahu, like the Israelis behind these various covert schemes, seems to think Israel can still market, sell, cheat and tweet its way out of being seen, rightly, as an apartheid-practicing, colonizing occupier, violently depriving millions of Palestinians of their most fundamental rights.

One obstacle the Israeli campaigns must overcome is the fact that Israel’s biggest social media hits have been entirely negative – a result of the tendency of many Israelis, especially soldiers, to post violent, hateful and outright racist material on their social media accounts, especially on Facebook and Instagram.

Strengthens case for academic boycott

The recruitment of universities and their complicity in government propaganda efforts aimed at justifying Israeli violations of Palestinian rights will likely strengthen arguments in favor of the Palestinian call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

This call received a boost this week – unrelated to these social media campaigns – from dozens of international faculty calling on their peers to boycott an upcoming conference on oral history at the Hebrew University.

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SOLDIERS DESECRATE THE MEMORY OF RACHEL CORRIE

Israeli soldiers had a “fun” time making what they called “Rachel Corrie pancakes.”

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Israeli soldiers have depraved “fun” making “Rachel Corrie pancakes”

Ali Abunimah 

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Israeli soldiers had a “fun” time making what they called “Rachel Corrie pancakes.”

Photos of the event were posted on the Facebook page of the “Heritage House,” a settlement in occupied East Jerusalem that houses so-called “lone soldiers,” men recruited from overseas to join the Israeli occupation forces.

Nesim Pesarel, one of the “Heritage House” residents, seen in a photo from his personal Facebook page.

Above the photos of young men, some in Israeli army fatigues or apparently carrying guns, is the caption “Afternoon of ‘rachel corrie’ Pancakes and fun!”

Rachel Corrie is the young American woman murdered by an Israeli soldier who crushed her to death with a bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family home in the occupied Gaza Strip on 16 March 2003.

The depraved joke that these men were presumably making is a play on the English idiom “flat as a pancake.” Their celebration and joking about Rachel Corrie’s death is utterly vile and reflects the culture of dehumanization inculcated into Israeli soldiers.

Ben Packer, the director and rabbi of “Heritage House,” hit back at some negative comments about the images, posting this response:

In honor of the all the hate messages from the anti-Israel/Jewish crowd, one of our supporters has pledged $5 towards Israeli settlements (maybe for additional bulldozers) for each additional comment. keep’em coming anti-semites! We love our Israeli soldiers and will not back down in the face of those who attempt to endanger them!

Packer added, “Anti-Israel activists are all in a tizzy about these pictures! makes them even funnier!!!”

The page also appeals for donations “to support our guests and ‘lone soldiers.’” Residents of the “Heritage House” settlement also take part in colonization activities in other parts of the occupied West Bank, including Hebron.

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Alex Winston is the “den mother” of The Heritage House men’s dormitory. Alex Winston is a member of the Israeli army’s Givati Brigade.

Nesim Pasarel (right with weapon) and Jonathan Leibovits (seated)

 

(Update: The gallery was removed shortly after the publication of this post.)

The true face of the “IDF”

In recent months, The Electronic Intifada has highlighted incidents of Israeli soldiers using social media to advocate brutal violence, and acts of sadistic torture and murder of children.

The Electronic Intifada also revealed images soldiers posted on the photo-sharing site Instagram of nudity, drug use and violence and most notoriously of a Palestinian child seen through the scope of a sniper’s rifle.

This week, the army began investigating a video posted online of Israeli soldiers frying a small bird alive, an act that had no purpose but gratuitous animal cruelty.

Israeli army attempts to halt social media scandals

The “Rachel Corrie pancakes” photos provide yet another window into the Israeli army’s culture of violence and come just as the occupation forces have tried to staunch the flow of embarrassing incidents on social media that have hurt its propaganda efforts.

The campaign, which includes this YouTube video, urges soldiers to “improve their image online.” 

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The voiceover in the video commands:

Soldier! Improve your appearance! Always remember: You are the face of the IDF. So improve your appearance – online!

The IDF is glad to invite you to get connected, share, love, tweet, respond, and show the pretty face of the IDF.

So go into the official pages and send us pictures, videoclips, and stories. The IDF on the Internet. One army, everybody’s face.

The “lone soldiers” at the Heritage House settler-colony have clearly not got the message.

With thanks to Dena Shunra for assistance with research and translation and Benjamin Doherty for assistance with research.

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THE ISRAELI ‘PORNO BRIGADE’

They used to say …. “When they are marching they are not fighting.”
Today in Israel they are saying … “When they are dancing naked they are not fighting.”
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Truth is, I’d much rather see scenes like this from Gaza …
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Than this ….
Kids killed by Israeli army in Gaza
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But …. the powers that be seem a bit embarrassed by the dancing (not by the massacre of children) as can be seen in the following;
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Video of naked soldiers goes viral

After naked photos of IDF soldiers gain global fame as ‘Gaza Strip,’ new video of soldiers dancing naked made public

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התמונות שחוללו את הסערה

After last week’s photos and ensuing media hubbub, the IDF hastened to denounce the photographs as contrary to IDF code, but various media outlets worldwide picked up the story, dubbed it “Gaza Strip” and merrily published the photographs, unblurred.

 

 

In these photos, which promptly turned viral, the soldiers were seen clad in nothing but underwear and their weapons.

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Read the full report (including video) HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDF EMBARRASSED BY SOLDIERS’ ABUSE OF FACEBOOK/TWITTER

Code of ethics being drawn up for the most unethical army in the world?
Who are they trying to kid??
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An Israeli soldier has written “there is nothing better than a dead Arab” on his Facebook page, the second IDF soldier to post strongly anti-Arab sentiment on social media in as many months.

“The Arabs are the cancer of this country and must be dealt with,” wrote the soldier, a member of the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani Brigade. “There is nothing better than a dead Arab.”

The soldier also referred to a bus crash in Jordan last week in which Palestinians died. “I’m glad Arabs were killed,” he wrote. “I”ll be happy if not one Arab remains here, and I’m sorry only 14 were killed.”

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Racy, or just racist? Israel cracks down on social networking in uniform

by Annie Robbins
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The Israeli military is now drawing up a “social networking code of ethics.” Haaretz says that the reason the soldiers need a code is because of an international story you may have seen: “Female soldiers post racy photos“. Female soldiers posted photographs of themselves disrobed but bearing arms. 

I’m not buying it. I don’t think the nudity is the real reason for the new policy (Heck, Israel could use racy photos to pornwash its image as cruel occupier; it wouldn’t be the first time). I bet the new policy reflects concerns about the unbridled racism that Israeli soldiers have often expressed in social media. 

You may remember that last February a soldier posted an Instagram photo of the crosshairs of his gun on a Palestinian boy’s head. The picture went viral, damaging the country’s image. Then just two months back, Haaretz exposed an Israeli soldier on Facebook, writing, “There’s nothing better than a dead Arab:”

An Israeli soldier has written “there is nothing better than a dead Arab” on his Facebook page, the second IDF soldier to post strongly anti-Arab sentiment on social media in as many months.

“The Arabs are the cancer of this country and must be dealt with,” wrote the soldier, a member of the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani Brigade. “There is nothing better than a dead Arab.”

The soldier also referred to a bus crash in Jordan last week in which Palestinians died. “I’m glad Arabs were killed,” he wrote. “I”ll be happy if not one Arab remains here, and I’m sorry only 14 were killed.”

Also this spring, Ali Abunimah reported on murderous racist statements that Israelis posted on Facebook when asked what should happen to Palestinian boys who were protesting the occupation. A few of those comments were from Israeli soldiers:

Ohad Halevy, another soldier in the Kfir Brigade, simply wrote“Slaughter them!”…. Kfir Infantry Brigade member David Kozolovski justifie[d] violence against Palestinian children.

Abunimah noted previous soldier racism:

In at least one case we know of, an Israeli soldier, Maxim Vinogradov, announced on Facebook his intention to assist in the “annihilation” of Arabs just days before he shot father of two Ziad Jilani in the head as he lay on the ground in Jerusalem in 2010.

And I have no idea if “Kimberly Rothschild” is really an Israeli soldier or if she just really likes Israeli uniforms. Whoever she is, she’s been posting vile tweets and identifying her feed with the Israeli army. Her feed says: “Zionist – anti-Obama – Capitalist – IDF”:

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Some of the tweets follow:  

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Screenshot posted by Palestina Summer 
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For an ideology to die; people must die! Its only logical.

— Kimberly Rothschild(@KimbRothschild) May 18, 2013

Just erase them! Everyone! Good or bad it’ll be for the best.

— Kimberly Rothschild(@KimbRothschild) May 27, 2013

Can Muslims really claim to the title of being human? With the things they do, i’d say its very debatable!

— Kimberly Rothschild(@KimbRothschild) May 18, 2013

An old testament bloodbath is coming! Mark my words! Best you take sides now! #tcot

— Kimberly Rothschild(@KimbRothschild) May 18, 2013

Arabs need to Realise their days are numbered! #Israel

— Kimberly Rothschild(@KimbRothschild) May 18, 2013

How do you killpeople who do not exist ? And how do you “occupy” a land given to you by God ? #Israel

— Kimberly Rothschild(@KimbRothschild) May 12, 2013

If killing terrorists is a crime , then I am a f*cking proud criminal ! #IDF

— Kimberly Rothschild(@KimbRothschild) May 12, 2013
She claims to be familiar with occupied territory:

God !! I just saw the hottest “palestinian” man ever !!!! #hebron

— Kimberly Rothschild(@KimbRothschild) May 13, 2013
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Somehow I think Israel has a lot more to worry about than naughty bits.
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