"Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception." Psalm 12:2

The Battle over Israel on the Internet

Jew Hatred and Israel hatred on the Internet

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It is not difficult to find Anti-Semitism on the internet web sites.   Anti Jewish hate from Nazi sites is linked up with Palestinian propaganda and terrorist sites.  Crude MP3 jingles like, "Cook a Jew"  live near pages selling Nazi and SS insignia and medals.   (The "shark" message suggests failing to indoctrinate your children against Jews is comparable with encouraging them to swim with misunderstood "man-eating" sharks.)

The fear that Zionists plan to take over the world, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and its derivatives is pushed hard, perhaps based partly on the Jewish origin of Carl Marx.  (The right wing fear of Communism dating back to the Cold War era?)  The Blood Libel is also endlessly reinvented.

The Internet lends itself very well to campaigning, whether promoting the truth or otherwise. The number of web sites devoted to demonizing Israel and promoting a fictitious history. Internet web sites have enormous potential for influencing young people, who gain much of their knowledge from web searches.

Web sites are ideal for organizing opposition to Israel. 

It is interesting to ponder the value of the Internet in this context.   It is easy to find web sites which provide valuable material to increase your understanding of your faith or political persuasion, which is a good thing; assuming you are on the right track.  

If you are heading down a wrong road of Anti-Semitism (or other forms of racial hatred), sexual perversion or witchcraft, it is just as easy to find the sites which will fuel your views and encourage you further down that road.    It is the responsibility of the individual to decide what is true and what is false.   Wildolive, obviously, advocates weighing everything against the Bible.

Incidentally, the term Euro-American and "euro" references in which you will come across in  American far-right sites  appears to be a more acceptable label for white supremacist nationalism in the U.S.A.   ("U.S.A. should be only for people of European origin")

 

"Facebook, YouTube and How Social Media Outlets Impact Digital Terrorism and Hate,"

Wiesenthal Center reports hike in 'online hate' - - Jerusalem Post (extracts)

"I could have wiped out all the Jews in the world, but I left a few of them so that you would understand why I would have destroyed them," reads the Arabic text on a Facebook group page praising Adolf Hitler.
A shadowy portrait of the Nazi leader stands off to the side, and at the bottom of the page "Hitler" is scrawled in English, in a font reminiscent of a Disney advertisement, as if the group were discussing Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck and not a genocidal dictator.

This example of online hate is just a sample of similar content revealed in a new report from the Simon Wiesenthal Center titled "Facebook, YouTube and How Social Media Outlets Impact Digital Terrorism and Hate," which details the size and scope of Internet hate and terror sites in 2009 and was presented to Foreign Ministry officials on Monday.

The report says some 10,000 hate sites, games and other online postings now call the Internet home. Given the difficulty of monitoring and tracing communications in cyberspace, the report makes the case that the Web is an essential tool for extremists and terrorists worldwide - from Hayden, Idaho, to Karachi, Pakistan.

"The Internet is becoming a great validator of hatred," the Wiesenthal Center's Rabbi Abraham Cooper told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. "You can't credit the Internet with turning someone into a bigot - that's absurd - but you can credit the Internet with accelerating and incubating their hatred."

In 2006, the Wiesenthal Center listed 6,000 Web sites it deemed to be hateful in nature, with that number nearly doubling by 2009.

Today, the report says, the greatest increase of digital hate has emerged from sites such as Facebook and YouTube, which have seen a proliferation of extremist use - 30 percent of new hate postings come from Facebook alone - with the greatest increase from Europe and the Middle East.

The Wiesenthal Center is quick to point out that Facebook officials have met with their representatives and pledged to remove postings that violate their terms of usage. But with more than 200 million users, "online bigots" have begun to outpace Facebook's efforts to remove them, the report states.

"Some sites have thousands of 'friends,' thus enabling the message of hate to spread virally," the report reads. "These social networking sites have become so prevalent that some traditional hate groups have begun to develop their own versions, such as New Saxon, 'a Social Networking site for people of European descent' produced by a traditional American neo-Nazi group (National Socialist Movement)."

One of the more chilling examples brought to light by the Wiesenthal Center report shows how Holocaust-deniers have used YouTube to spin WWII-era Nazi propaganda as "proof" for their cause. Drawing on a 1944 German movie, Terezin: A Documentary Film of the Jewish Resettlement, in which the Theresienstadt concentration camp was used for a film made to dispel rumours of the extermination of Jews by the Third Reich - Holocaust-deniers have posted part of it on YouTube, under the title, "Real Nazi Holocaust Death Camps." The clip portrays the Jewish inmates as happy, healthy inhabitants of a model community, even though in truth, nearly the entire "cast" was deported to Auschwitz and gassed after the filming concluded. But that doesn't stop the altered message from getting out.

BBC Web Site

In 2007 the BBC was refusing to remove a posting, by someone known as "Iron Naz", from its Radio 4 web site which read,

"Zionism is a racist ideology where jews[sic] are given supremacy over all other races and faiths. This is found in the Talmud. There is a law called Baba Mezia which allows jews to lie as long as it is to non-jews. Many pro jewish supporters will cringe at this being exposed because they know it exists, yet they keep quiet about it......The law of Baba Mezia!! Tsk tsk tsk! It's in the Talmud" - -

The BBC said "We have decided that it does not contravene the House rules and are going to leave it on the site."

The above libel comes from the classic anti-Semitic publication, " The Talmud Unmasked" by 19th century Father Justin Praniatis. Praniatis argued that the Talmud advocated ritual murder, but he was revealed by Jewish and Christian scholars to be a charlatan with no knowledge of the Talmud. The book was popularised in the UK in the 1990s in mass mailings by dowager Lady Jane Birdwood. She was eventually convicted of distributing "threatening, abusive and insulting material."

Google Earth

As explained on Replacement Geography, Google Earth was misused to convey the Palestinian narrative of the “Nakba” and delegitimize Israel. Locations in Israel were/are linked to Wikipedia information carrying the Palestinian misinformation.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia is the enormously popular on-line encyclopedia, to which anyone may contribute. While Wikipedia has many high ideals and guidelines, there is ultimately no control over the truthfulness of the content. Those who feel that Wikipedia has serious shortcomings include the encyclopedia's cofounder Larry Sanger, who described the encyclopedia as "part anarchy, part mob rule," and former Encyclopedia Britannica editor in chief Robert McHenry, who has said that Wikipedia is the source of "some very, very bad stuff."

Thus it was easy for Palestinian activists to publish dishonest and Anti-Israel information within sections about Israel and get them picked up by the user of Google Earth, as well as normal search engine enquiries.

Since Wikipedia is open to anyone to edit, the obvious thing is for honest people to correct the wrong information. CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) has set out to do this. However, the Palestinian side did not take correction but escalated the conflict by setting up the pro-Palestinian advocacy group Electronic Intifada. They published selected posts attributed to CAMERA to build the picture of CAMERA as running a Zionist conspiracy. (the selected quotes included items from people who were not even CAMERA workers.

CAMERA continues to urge people to follow Wikipedia's guidelines and work toward improving the flawed Wikipedia experiment.

Search Engines

Search Engines, such as Google, are enormously powerful tools for finding information. Therefore, web designers spend considerable effort to get their content found by the search engines. The enemies of Israel are skilful and media savvy, and devote themselves to propagating their message to search engine users.

The challenge to those of us who seek to defend Israel is to work as hard and as effectively.

Facebook

Facebook is a social networking site that spreads as users add their friends. Facebook informs someone how many of their friends have joined a group or cause and the result can create social pressure among young people, among whom it is very popular .

Information on Facebook spreads as fast as a virus as users join groups, write messages to mutual friends, and support campaigns.

The power of Facebook can easily be abused to spread demonization, conspiracy theories, Holocaust denial and classical anti-Semitic thought and make them socially acceptable.

Facebook Antisemitism

It is reported that results from searches for "Zionism" are bringing up groups with a Palestinian flag as their logo, connect to the "Israel is not a state" Facebook group. The text links to further anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic sites.

Group Takeovers

There are currently seventy-five groups that have been taken over, ranging from birthright Israel groups to movie-appreciation groups. They have all been taken over by the same person who remains as the new owner of these groups. Some original members remain in the groups and have failed to notice the change.

YouTube

YouTube is an online video-sharing application that allows users to upload their videos, view other people's videos, comment on and discuss videos, join groups, and designate people as friends so they can view "private" videos. You Tube is enormously popular with young people seeking amusing or exciting material to share with friends. Videos can be rated and the site provides a search. Once a video has been selected, similar videos are also suggested.

Some users are using YouTube to post anti-Semitic material targeted specifically at those seeking information; it is not simply being shared among existing anti-Semites but seeking to influence others.

Twitter

#FreeHasbara how effectively the Free Gaza campaigners used the power of Twitter to get their message out to the world at almost zero copt while Israel has expended considerable amounts and achieved little.

Hacking by Israel's enemies

Every day HonestReporting.com is targeted by hackers whose attacks on their wesbite have become more frequent and sophisticated than ever before. Click here to hear an urgent message from HonestReporting's CEO Joe Hyams about this threat. (Sept 09)

Israel's enemies are not engaged in civilised debate!

The Implications of Internet for Jews and Israel

The enormous power of the Internet can be used for good or evil as it spreads thoughts, concepts and schemes, unhindered by distance, time or familiar forms of control.

The main threat to the Jewish people is the increasing social acceptability of anti-Semitism (anti-Israelism) particularly among young people.

The promotion of conspiracy theories, the demonization of Jews, propagation of new Blood Libels and delegitimisation of the Jewish state fuel terrorist violence against the Israelis and advance the agendas of organizations friendly to Palestinian groups that sponsor terrorism.

Just think of the effects of the Mohammed al Dura story (a recent Blood Libel that kickstarted the 2000 "Intifada").

See www.zionismontheweb.org/internet_warfare and www.zionismontheweb.org/antisemitism for exhaustive studies of the implications of the Internet.

The Jewish Internet Defence Force is seeking to combat Internet Hate against Israel and the Jews.

www.thejidf.org

Updated 09/06/10

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