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Ben-Gurion University students. They, too, may be covert social media ‘diplomats’                   (Photo: Eliyahu Hershkovitz)

Israel’s Public Diplomacy Ministry is closing. Instead, staff at the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) will be directing covert “diplomacy units” from Israel’s top universities to counter the growing threat of isolation, the effects of the global  Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS).  A recent article in Haaretz explained the recruitment was “to combat the boycott of Israel” on the social networks. The “public face” of these units is intended to be “one of an independent student entity.”

Reportedly, investment in the recruitment, training and funding of these covert student units, structured in a “semi-military fashion”, is NIS 3 million.

Haaretz reports Prime Minister’s Office recruiting students to wage online hasbara battles:

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).

………..Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said the main subjects that the campus-based units will deal with are diplomatic- and security-related issues, efforts to combat the boycott of Israel and anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel………

Seaman informed the public tender committee that the Prime Minister’s Office was interested in having the student union recruit up to 550 students with knowledge of foreign languages from Israel’s seven universities. The student union is to publicize the project among tens of thousands of students and be responsible for the screening process, which will include submission of resumes, submitting answers to questionnaires, providing translation samples and participating in individual interviews. It is also the student union that is to provide computers and work space for a project headquarters on each campus…….. “The idea requires that the state’s role not be highlighted…….”

It is apparent from Seaman’s document that a diplomacy group will be set up at each university and structured in a semi-military fashion. The head of the unit will be a student “senior coordinator,” who will receive a full scholarship from the Prime Minister’s Office. Working under the senior coordinator will be three other student coordinators, each of whom will head one of three desks, responsible for languages, graphics and research. These coordinators will get smaller scholarships. A group of student activists, who will receive nominal student stipends, will work under each coordinator. The Prime Minister’s Office will fund a total of NIS 2.78 million in scholarships for the program in the upcoming academic year.

As an aside, last year staff at Mondoweiss became informed/aware one of the posters participating on our forums at that time was using an ip address out of the Israeli PM’s office. One wonders what prompted the open announcement of these “covert” units at this time.

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  1. just
    just
    August 14, 2013, 10:59 am

    More hasbara drones– yeah, that will “help”/not.

    “drone

    drone(n): A drone is someone who follows an ideology or some other form of idealization blindlessly and uncritically.”

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=drone

    I take it as a sign that BDS is working. The Israelis are becoming increasingly desperate as their truth/agenda is exposed.

    Thanks MW.

  2. annie
    annie
    August 14, 2013, 11:28 am

    “The idea requires that the state’s role not be highlighted…….”

    yeah, i think we already sort of know.

  3. amigo
    amigo
    August 14, 2013, 11:46 am

    On the bright side,some of these “covert diplomats” just might be exposed to the other side of the coin.

    Wouldn,t it be a howl if significant numbers decided to switch sides.

    In any case this is David and Goliath at it again.

    Keep up the good work Ziosville.Your contributions have been invaluable to the Palestinian cause.

  4. amigo
    amigo
    August 14, 2013, 11:55 am

    “Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said the main subjects that the campus-based units will deal with are diplomatic- and security-related issues, efforts to combat the boycott of Israel and anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel………”sources in the PMO,S office.

    I would suggest that the way to end Israel,s delegitimization is to end your crimes against your Neighbors.That should also significantly reduce that antisemitism (“legit criticism of Israel” and close down the BDS project.

    It is all in your own hands but as usual , you are going the wrong way about it and are simply increasing hatred for your actions.

  5. Citizen
    Citizen
    August 14, 2013, 11:57 am

    So now the Israeli government is hiring university students so the usual hasbara doesn’t come directly from the horse’s mouth, that is, the Israeli government, in the hopes it won’t be so easily deduced as simple propaganda a la Goebbels. Reminds me of how the former Zionist lobby organization in USA dropped direct pay by Israeli government, and renamed itself AIPAC, to avoid registering as agent of a foreign government.

    Is there any US organization that bills itself something like, “AmericaFirst-Palestine Now”? AFPN? Maybe there should be. The Zionists put “America” or “American” in a vast slew of NGOs dedicated to supporting Israel at all costs, including America’s. How about, too, USUDL? United States Universal Defamation League? As an opponent of the ADL’s bias in the name of America?

  6. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    August 14, 2013, 12:01 pm

    I am reminded of one particular “pro-Israeli” troll who posted on Mondoweiss without any letup, at any hour of the day or night. Was that an individual? Or was it a committee in Israel?
    If it was a single individual, that person must not have had a job. Unless trolling WAS his job!
    Just asking!

    • annie
      annie
      August 14, 2013, 1:05 pm

      I am reminded of one particular “pro-Israeli” troll who posted on Mondoweiss without any letup, at any hour of the day or night

      we have another new one like that now, and whining about all their comments not getting thru to boot. people complain about moderation but every other comment here would be of the troll variety if they had one whiff of an inclination they could get away w/it.

      sometimes we have to put them on short leashes.

      • MLE
        MLE
        August 14, 2013, 2:29 pm

        fnlevit?

      • annie
        annie
        August 15, 2013, 2:40 am

        you don’t comment much MLE, but you’re observant aren’t you?

  7. seafoid
    seafoid
    August 14, 2013, 12:17 pm

    It’s almost as if the blanket support in the US media is not good enough.
    And it must be very insulting to these people :

    http://www.hasbara.com/v2pages/resources.html

  8. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride
    August 14, 2013, 12:39 pm

    The best way for any nation to undermine its reputation in the world is to run poorly concealed covert ops designed to crudely manipulate public opinion. People tend to bridle.

    (bridle: 1. a raising up of the head, as in disdain 2. to lift the head and draw in the chin as an expression of scorn or resentment 3. to show anger or resentment; take offense.)

    The best way for any nation to improve its reputation is to pursue enlightened and defensible policies and to keep it real.

    • annie
      annie
      August 14, 2013, 1:13 pm

      what i find particularly bizarre is we all know they are here (or there, online) whenever israel is discussed anywhere. but thus far i have never ever encountered even ONE who admitted they were paid or part of a team/group effort.

      i guess they are assuming that will translate into people thinking they are “an independent student entity”..because they say they are! however it doesn’t occur to them it’s more likely readers everywhere will assume just the opposite? that every pro israel poster is a paid troll?

      seriously, what good is it having one of them say ‘no, i’m real, this is just my honest opinion and i am not in an organized army of online warriors’ . i guess there are lots of gullible people out there, but i’m not buying it.

      • Donald
        Donald
        August 14, 2013, 1:18 pm

        I suppose it would be against blog ethics or something to reveal who the poster was who posted from the Israeli PM’s office, but inquiring minds want to know.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 14, 2013, 5:33 pm

      @ seanmcbride

      Re your suggestion: “The best way for any nation to improve its reputation is to pursue enlightened and defensible policies and to keep it real.”

      Neither my country’s government, the USA, nor Israel’s government, have accepted your memo, or most certainly, acted on it. What country are you a citizen of?

      • seanmcbride
        seanmcbride
        August 14, 2013, 7:23 pm

        Citizen,

        What country are you a citizen of?

        The United States, and, yes, I have major problems with several of its policies. But as it turns out the worst of those policies have been engineered primarily by the neoconservative and neoliberal wings of the Israel lobby.

  9. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride
    August 14, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Nothing has done more to increase antisemitism around the world than the dedicated efforts of the worldwide Jewish establishment to strongly associate in the public mind the Israeli government and Zionism with “the Jews” and Judaism.

    It is astonishing that that establishment (largely dominated by billionaires, apparently) chose to go down this path, blind to the likely consequences. The sensible path would have been to emphasize that the reputation of “the Jews” and Judaism does NOT hinge on the behavior of the Israeli government — that “the Jews” are not synonymous with Zionists and Israel.

    At this point, it is probably too late to shift this historical dynamic and to undo the damage caused by all the propaganda from Israeli and pro-Israel sources that has been energetically pushed on the world for decades.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 14, 2013, 5:46 pm

      @ seanmcbride

      Well, if we go by world history, the historical dynamic is that world jewry may suffer from time to time, the biggest example of course is under Hitler, but they always come out on top. So why should any Zionist think differently today? It seems a probable gamble, with much benefit to world jewry–Israel is the state of world jewry buy its own definition, yes?

    • ToivoS
      ToivoS
      August 14, 2013, 6:49 pm

      It is not a bug but a feature of Zionism. Antisemitism is good for Israel, it encourages more Jews to move there. That is why the Zionists equate Judaism with Israeli atrocities. Operation Cast Led was, in my opinion, partly designed with that in mind.

      Notice how Western Jews came out in force and defended that atrocity after encouragement from Israel. I noticed a burning resentment against the local temple (that is headed by hot headed Zionist rabbi) by a number of politically active types for a few months after Cast Led.

    • NickJOCW
      NickJOCW
      August 15, 2013, 4:38 pm

      @ seanmcbride

      I believe you hit the target bull’s eye. The whole business of a ‘home for the Jewish people’ has one purpose, somewhere in Palestine; whether it’s this bit or that bit, and whether it is shared with others or excludes them increasingly strikes outsiders as an imponderable matter of tribal differences within a collective purpose. I haven’t seen contributions from him of late but Mooser would know what I mean by this. In the event this gets passed scrutiny, I would also like to add that the exceptional worthiness of the gathering here is in danger of acquiring an odor of self-exorcism which is something that may work in the US but will cut no ice in many other places. No one has ever explained to me how you can have a geographical home for the Jewish people in Palestine without displacing the ci-devant inhabitants, a spiritual home I can understand since Jerusalem is already that to three faiths. But territorial?

  10. MRW
    MRW
    August 14, 2013, 1:32 pm

    annie,

    last year staff at Mondoweiss became informed/aware one of the posters participating on our forums at that time was using an ip address out of the Israeli PM’s office.

    Who was it?

    They’re going to teach them how to cloak their IP address, or use a VPN, and you won’t be able to tell. Much better to do a TinyURL of this article with a custom name and drop it on into threads you participate in.

    • annie
      annie
      August 14, 2013, 2:00 pm

      i can’t even recall. one of the bots. what difference does it make? their comments are streamlined. did you read that “semi-military fashion”? meaning there is some nuance perhaps but it’s all organized.

      they never change policy, just brush up on hasbara. it’s the same ol same ol.

      • Donald
        Donald
        August 14, 2013, 2:03 pm

        “one of the bots. what difference does it make? ”

        Well, it makes a difference to me if someone is a sincere but addled person, as opposed to a cynical propagandist working for a government. If you know a poster is one of the latter, maybe that person should be exposed. Also, it becomes of some interest what sorts of arguments they made–it gives us an inside glimpse into what the Israeli government wants people to think.

      • MRW
        MRW
        August 14, 2013, 9:35 pm

        what difference does it make?

        Well, for me: time and energy, and calibrating my filters. For the site: it’s important to correct the MW record for the archives, and for whoever might use this site in future for historical purposes.

    • MRW
      MRW
      August 14, 2013, 9:53 pm

      Here is a TinyURL, easy to remember, that references this page. Free for anyone to use. Add your own snappy title.

      http://tinyurl.com/IsraeliTrolls

      EDIT: OK, it truncates here. The URL is tinyurl.com/IsraeliTrolls

  11. alfa
    alfa
    August 14, 2013, 2:47 pm

    They have been hitting facebook’s– I Acknowledge Apartheid Exists in little flocks. I wonder how many different identities each of them take on. Most of them clumsily following a hasbara script, which was worn out when they receive their instruction. It’s irritating and easy to spot and quickly loses credibility becoming meaningless. I hope they keep increasing the number of these ziocaine junkies, the more the deeper they dig, the merrier. Nutsyahoo has gone over the megalomania wall like fascist supermen before on their way to failure taking direct control , when Hitler did so it was a complete disaster.. They are slamming the barn door shut after the stock got out. It’s very difficult to fool most of the people, it’s foolish to attempt to fool people because the truth comes out and those fooled are unhappy about it. Bring it on.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      August 16, 2013, 1:52 pm

      That moment when a generally well regarded writer such as David Mamet starts channeling Hophmi – it’s a real eye opener concerning the limitations of hasbara.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        August 16, 2013, 2:35 pm

        David Mamet is channelling me?

        Thanks. I’m significantly to the left of him on this issue.

  12. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 14, 2013, 4:57 pm

    RE: “Israel’s Public Diplomacy Ministry is closing. Instead, staff at the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) will be directing covert ‘diplomacy units’ from Israel’s top universities . . .” ~ Annie Robbins

    I WONDER IF THIS IS THE TYPE OF HASBARA WE SHOULD EXPECT:

    ~ ~ ~ JIDF 4chan operations for Feb 2011 ~ ~ ~
    Jewish Internet Defense Force (offsite)
    http://www.thejidf.org/

    This upcoming February we will be launching our largest operation on 4chan and other popular image boards, our objective is to create an image of Palestinians and Lebanese being virulently anti-American and anti-Western.

    Create threads against Israel and fill them with posts from violent Jihadist Palestinians, claim to want to immigrate into the West to do Jihad, later on in the threads post links to propaganda films like Pallywood.
    ✔ Exploit massive Lebanese immigration into Australia as a reason why the Australian people should support Israel.
    ✔ Claim that Israel helps stop Muslim immigration into the West.
    ✔ Post propaganda threads linking to Palestinian and Lebanese suicide bombers and other Muslim extremism, in these threads also reply as a Jew who has been affected by Jihadist violence, explain to the readers that Muslims are a threat to the West.
    Start threads claiming to be Lebanese-Americans or Palestinian-Englanders, portray yourselves as extremely anti-Israel, later on in these threads claim to be a Jew disgusted by the behavior of the Lebanese/Palestinian man.

    MD5: 98bc2f5ba195396e3958bcec640a4292-7-6-6-2-5-8-2-1-8-9-3-6-7-8-4-5-6

    SOURCE – http://niqnaq.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/amateur-or-professional/

  13. Hostage
    Hostage
    August 14, 2013, 6:08 pm

    As an aside, last year staff at Mondoweiss became informed/aware one of the posters participating on our forums at that time was using an ip address out of the Israeli PM’s office.

    Lol! Those people are presumably already post-graduates. Why should they need to be recruiting under-grads for a job they can’t accomplish on their own? I don’t have much confidence in the Israeli Education Ministry in the first place, but Mondoweiss is a dangerous place to send a hasbarist who has only just received their learner’s permit;-)

    • ToivoS
      ToivoS
      August 14, 2013, 10:18 pm

      Hostage I can understand your amusement with this “challenge”. I suspect that any of their recruits that come to MW have been warned to stay away from Hostage.

      As much as I have respected you, there are times you say things that I have disagreed. Your responses have been so overwhelming that it leaves me with without much response (not that I was convinced but it was clear that I was in over my head and decided to not get in any deeper).

  14. Blank State
    Blank State
    August 14, 2013, 6:57 pm

    The organized Hasbara efforts have utilized college students for years now. This is not a new thing.

  15. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    August 14, 2013, 7:40 pm

    Does this mean we’ll get a better quality of troll here?

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      August 15, 2013, 5:34 am

      All Zionist trolls follow the same script.

      This isn’t hard science. It’s politics. Zionists only have so much crap they can improvise before they become repetitive.

      • Donald
        Donald
        August 15, 2013, 5:42 pm

        “All Zionist trolls follow the same script.”

        I’ve half seriously suggested we gather them up and number them. Then provide the obvious responses and number those (Hostage alone has probably responded to most of them at one point or another.) It would be an effective data compression technique. Phil posts something, and then the thread just consists of a few numbers underneath. Frees up the moderators to do other things, perhaps write new posts. If someone ever trotted out a completely new argument, perhaps some AI researcher could program Phil’s computer to recognize it and alarms would sound.

    • justicewillprevail
      justicewillprevail
      August 15, 2013, 1:01 pm

      If the quality of their posts reflects the quality of the Israeli education system, then they are in even worse shape than I realised. Infantile, ignorant, repetitive, crude, easily dismissed, obviously regurgitating talking points – how inept are these people? What they further fail to realise is that all they are accomplishing is the general perception that all Israel related threads are full of fake posters with grindingly obvious agendas – so no-one takes them seriously. And if there are any genuine posters, they are tarred with the same brush. It’s just an encouragement to ignore and dismiss them – why waste time with their feeble rantings? Hasbara fail, no. 435678. You can’t put lipstick on a pig, but these people are giving it LSD.

      • seanmcbride
        seanmcbride
        August 15, 2013, 5:05 pm

        justicewillprevail,

        If the quality of their posts reflects the quality of the Israeli education system, then they are in even worse shape than I realised. Infantile, ignorant, repetitive, crude, easily dismissed, obviously regurgitating talking points – how inept are these people? What they further fail to realise is that all they are accomplishing is the general perception that all Israel related threads are full of fake posters with grindingly obvious agendas – so no-one takes them seriously. And if there are any genuine posters, they are tarred with the same brush. It’s just an encouragement to ignore and dismiss them – why waste time with their feeble rantings? Hasbara fail, no. 435678. You can’t put lipstick on a pig, but these people are giving it LSD.

        Here’s the problem with ethnic and religious nationalists in general — they all sound alike. They are all reading from the same script/catechism. They are all replaceable clones of one another. One especially notices this phenomenon with the leading neoconservative “intellectuals.” Their “thinking” consists of a few simplistic propaganda talking points that they repeat endlessly.

        Original minds are very rarely attracted to narrow ideological cults. And that is why pro-Israel activists are being overwhelmed by more skeptical and more original minds in every forum in which open and free debate is permitted on Mideast politics. And that is also why pro-Israel activists need to lean so heavily on intimidation and censorship to try to control the conversation.

  16. Blank State
    Blank State
    August 14, 2013, 7:44 pm

    “Nothing has done more to increase antisemitism around the world than the dedicated efforts of the worldwide Jewish establishment to strongly associate in the public mind the Israeli government and Zionism with “the Jews” and Judaism”

    If our government’s subservience to the zionist agenda, AIPAC, and the various Jewish lobbies is an effort to win “the Jewish vote”, then doesn’t it follow that American Jews must shoulder some of the responsibility for our continued unconditional support of Israel’s policies, crimes, and human rights abuses?? Isn’t their (American Jews) vote and thier campaign contributions the primary incentive for our politician’s continued effort to dance to the Israeli/zionist tune????

  17. Xpat
    Xpat
    August 14, 2013, 9:07 pm

    Folks, I knew Daniel Seaman many years ago. He’s been doing hasbara for decades. Trust me on this, if this is his project, he is going to provide us with a lot of fodder.

    • Hostage
      Hostage
      August 15, 2013, 4:54 am

      P.S. See Is an abusive racist the best Israeli PR can produce? http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/diplomania/.premium-1.541269
      and: Hasbara chief told to cease activity over offensive Facebook remarks
      http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.541580

      A senior official at the Japanese Embassy contacted the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem asking for clarifications regarding the anti-Japanese remarks on the Facebook page of Daniel Seaman, outgoing director-general of the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, which is being closed.

      On August 8, Seaman condemned the memorial ceremonies for the victims of the World War II atom bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying, “I am sick of the Japanese, ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Peace’ groups the world over holding their annual self-righteous commemorations for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims. [The bombings of] Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the consequence of Japanese aggression. You reap what you sow … Instead, they should be commemorating the estimated 50 million Chinese, Korean … and other victims of Japanese imperial aggression and genocide.”

      A Foreign Ministry source in Jerusalem said the Japanese official wanted to know whether Seaman is indeed a civil servant employed by the Prime Minister’s Office.

      The Japanese diplomat expressed his dissatisfaction with the comments and wanted to know whether they represent the position of the Israeli government.

    • Denis
      Denis
      August 17, 2013, 8:16 pm

      We’re missing Danny’s most onerous quote, folks:

      “The Palestinians commemorated the Naqba with a 65 second siren in Ramallah. That’s not nearly enough time to stop and pause to think about how stupid they are.”

      http://logophere.com/Topics/13-08/13-08-16.htm

      Read the guy’s bio on Wiki — he’s as toxic as they come.

      This guy was the Minister of Internet Propaganda before Haaretz outed him for being the racist pig he is and he got fired suspended. But he’ll be back. Soon as the non-peace talks end and the lights go dim all the kitchen cockroaches will come out again.

  18. Hostage
    Hostage
    August 15, 2013, 4:10 am

    Folks, I knew Daniel Seaman many years ago. He’s been doing hasbara for decades. Trust me on this, if this is his project, he is going to provide us with a lot of fodder.

    Looks like he already has:

    PM’s Social Media Director Suspended Over ‘Offensive’ Posts

    Danny Seaman, head of Israel’s on-line communications activities, claims he is the victim of a vendetta by left-wing newspaper.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/170942

    • Xpat
      Xpat
      August 15, 2013, 8:52 am

      Thanks, Hostage. That link also includes an admission of Israeli government control of the Palestinian press:
      (Recently fired PM Office senior official Danny) Seeman said: “I am the one who withheld press passes for Palestinian reporters.”

  19. mcohen
    mcohen
    August 15, 2013, 4:35 am

    Even trolls like to rock and roll
    the problem is that most of the people we are spending so much time trolling for whether it be the israeli or palestinian,do not undestand english
    no that is funny
    just imagine,some guy out there is shouting words of encouragement and itzik and abdul
    think he is asking for skinny milk double decafe
    latte .
    now if this website was tri lingual that would
    1.encouage people to learn the basics language-wise
    2.give the people who pay the real price in blood and treasure a say on this great site
    3.once the language barrier is broken the tower of babel comes crashing down and thats a good thing

  20. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    August 15, 2013, 9:20 am

    This is not the first time that Israelis leaders have launched an initiative to try to improve their image abroad. For example, 8 years ago (!!) back in 2005…

    According to the Jewish Daily Forward, in 2005 The Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Finance Ministry concluded three years of consultation with American marketing executives and launched “Brand Israel,” a campaign to “re-brand” the country’s image to appear “relevant and modern” instead of militaristic and religious.

    Where did I find this gem? On Mondoweiss, two years ago!
    click here!

    And there are TONS of other examples: Israel’s leadership is aware of their PR problem, but absolutely unwilling to change the policies.

  21. Pamela Olson
    Pamela Olson
    August 15, 2013, 5:32 pm

    Something truly “laughable” and “ineffective” would probably not merit a multi-million-shekel response…

  22. August 16, 2013, 9:29 am

    This is another example of how Israel functions. See belo a copy of another e-mail I got calling for an action. REad and THINK. No comments/replies please, unless containing new info, no just anti Israeli venom. Here it is :

    Women in Green to the Knesset members: Act for the fast and just release of Boaz Albert

    “Women in Green ” strongly condemn the scandalous arrest of Boaz Albert, a resident of Yitzhar, a father of six, who was arrested last night in a violent military operation in which security forces shot him and his brother with iron arrows from a Taser gun and wounded him. All this because of Albert’s “crime” of refusing to obey to the immoral and anti-democratic edict of expulsion from Judea and Samaria that was given out to him with no explanation and no ability to fight in court. These expulsion orders are used solely against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and not against Arab stone-throwers nor against the European anarchists that attack soldiers.

    We call upon the Land of Israel Knesset members to intervene immediately for the release of Boaz and to enable him, after medical treatment, to go back to his family at his home in Yitzhar.

    From the security forces we expect to stop harassing Jews and start to address what is expected of them: to protect the citizens of Israel against Arab terrorists, among them the terrorist murderers who, to our horror and shame, were released just two days ago.

    • annie
      annie
      August 16, 2013, 1:31 pm

      actually there was a video and no iron arrows, it was a taser

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/170980#.Ug5gdbwZyXI

      and the court has already ordered his release after a few hours http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/170985#.Ug5gTLwZyXI

      so he’s arrested for violating an administrative order on thursday night and released hours later. big deal. as opposed to palestinians who are thrown in jail all the time w/no charges and not released.

      why do you read that garbage from the women in green?

      • Hostage
        Hostage
        August 16, 2013, 4:46 pm

        All this because of Albert’s “crime” of refusing to obey to the immoral and anti-democratic edict of expulsion from Judea and Samaria that was given out to him with no explanation and no ability to fight in court. These expulsion orders are used solely against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and not against Arab stone-throwers nor against the European anarchists that attack soldiers.

        That’s nonsense, Palestinians are deported, forcibly transferred to Gaza, or denied reentry and residency all the time. It’s happened to hundreds of thousand of them, e.g. Israel admits it revoked residency rights of a quarter million Palestinians http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-admits-it-revoked-residency-rights-of-a-quarter-million-palestinians-1.435778

        so he’s arrested for violating an administrative order on thursday night and released hours later. big deal. as opposed to palestinians who are thrown in jail all the time w/no charges and not released.

        Correction: These are the settlers who are suspected of conducting the price tag terror campaigns. If he were a Palestinian that the Israelis “suspected of being suspicious,” I’d give you even odds that he’d be thrown in jail or targeted for an extra-judicial killing.

      • just
        just
        August 16, 2013, 5:16 pm

        “If he were a Palestinian that the Israelis “suspected of being suspicious,” I’d give you even odds that he’d be thrown in jail or targeted for an extra-judicial killing.”

        He and his children, his friends, his wife, his larger family would also be harassed or terrorized or worse……..

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      August 16, 2013, 5:11 pm

      “No comments/replies please, unless containing new info, no just anti Israeli venom.”

      That’s a bit presumptious, isn’t it? You can spread your filth — using racist code words like “samaria” and “judea” — to describe the slow motion genocide being perpetrated by criminals like Albert and his fellow “settlers”, and yet you expect to control how people react to it? I think not. ALL of these israeli/zionist criminals who are in the West Bank must be removed and the land liberated from the tyranny that is presently poisoning it.

    • just
      just
      August 16, 2013, 5:14 pm

      “Shame” on, fnlevit. Israel is the country that released the prisoners. Take your “horror and shame” to them……..

      “REad and THINK. No comments/replies please, unless containing new info, no just anti Israeli venom.”

      Please don’t dictate to us your silly rules while you post your screed and tripe. Thank you in advance. Oh, and your ‘Women in Green’ email is ludicrous.

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      August 16, 2013, 7:11 pm

      @Perfesser Bigot
      Yitzhar. An illegal outpost on stolen Palestinian land. Populated with extremist, militant, violent Jewish settlers who constantly attack the neighboring Palestinians in their attempts to steal yet more land. I’m sure Annie could find the posts there’ve been on MW about their arson attacks on Asira easier than I can, but here’s one from elsewhere:
      http://palsolidarity.org/2013/05/arson-attack-on-asira-village-by-illegal-settlement-of-yitzhar/
      Or the attack on an “Arab Israeli truck driver”:
      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4391025,00.html
      Maybe a pdf from OCHA about the Palestinian villages targeted by Yitzhar’s extremist residents – not by any stretch of the imagination normal, law-abiding citizens (at least, not to maximalist, miitant zionists, who by definition aren’t normal folks):
      http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_yitzhar_map_february_2012_map_english.pdf

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        August 16, 2013, 7:31 pm

        (at least, not to maximalist, miitant zionists, who by definition aren’t normal folks) – should read except to maximalist, militant zionists, who by definition aren’t normal folks.

  23. hophmi
    hophmi
    August 16, 2013, 1:57 pm

    I think it’s silly for Israel to publicize programs like this, but they’re common enough. Presumably, students are not going to sign up unless they believe in the cause. And presumably, they’re using students, because the kids use social media more effectively than the adults do. This is another one of those I-wish-our-side-did-this=better moments, and if it’s not, it should be.

    The fact of the matter is that Israel is probably the most covered country on the face of the earth. There are more journalists there than everywhere else, and as a result, there is an inordinately disproportionate amount of time and space spent on Israel coverage in the international press. Journalists don’t usually focus on positive news. So it’s natural that Israel would try to combat the narrative that comes from this obsessive coverage by telling a different story.

    In the Arab world, where the media is largely state-run, and there is not much press freedom, so controlling the narrative is much easier. But if you really believe that Arab countries do not have covert representatives arguing their case, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

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