Beware of Blogaganda

Israel recruits bloggers for Gaza aftermath

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:20:56 GMT Israel’s Immigrant Absorption Ministry says it is recruiting an “army of bloggers” in the aftermath of the military operation in Gaza.

According to Haaretz, the team will consist of Israelis who speak a second language — English, French, Spanish or German — to represent Israel in “anti-Zionist blogs”.

The aggression against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the Hamas resistance movement left at least 1,300 people dead, and thousands others wounded.

According to the Gaza-based Palestinian center for human rights, only 95 resistance fighters were among the casualties of the 23-day war.

The massive number of civilian casualties in the densely-populated coastal sliver sparked worldwide condemnation. A fierce controversy was also provoked over the alleged use of white phosphorus, also known by the military as WP or Willie Pete, by the Israeli army in Gaza.

According to the Israeli Immigrant Absorption Ministry, Tel Aviv has sought to negate the bad publicity of its actions in Gaza with the help of an online team.

“We turned to this enormous reservoir of more than a million people with a second mother tongue” to contribute to this campaign, the ministry’s director general, Erez Halfon, said.


Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers

WHILE Israel fights Hezbollah with tanks and aircraft, its supporters are campaigning on the internet. Israel’s Government has thrown its weight behind efforts by supporters to counter what it believes to be negative bias and a tide of pro-Arab propaganda. The Foreign Ministry has ordered trainee diplomats to track websites and chatrooms so that networks of US and European groups with hundreds of thousands of Jewish activists can place supportive messages.

In the past week nearly 5,000 members of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) have downloaded special “megaphone” software that alerts them to anti-Israeli chatrooms or internet polls to enable them to post contrary viewpoints. A student team in Jerusalem combs the web in a host of different languages to flag the sites so that those who have signed up can influence an opinion survey or the course of a debate.

Jonny Cline, of the international student group, said that Jewish students and youth groups with their understanding of the web environment were ideally placed to present another side to the debate.

“We’re saying to these people that if Israel is being bashed, don’t ignore it, change it,” Mr Cline said. “A poll like CNN’s takes just a few seconds to vote in, but if thousands take part the outcome will be changed. What’s vital is that the international face of the conflict is balanced.”

Doron Barkat, 29, in Jerusalem, spends long nights trawling the web to try to swing the debate Israel’s way. “When I see internet polls for or against Israel I send out a mailing list to vote for Israel,” he said. “It can be that after 15 minutes there will be 400 votes for Israel.

Keep in mind a war has been waged on the media. points out in the below video NPR was hammered for not favoring Israel when covering the Israeli Palestinian conflict.  NPR became silent on Zionist human rights abuse.

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