Israel to hire pro-Israel “Internet Warriors”

Israel, upon seeing that its war crimes are decidedly unpopular, has decided to fight back by hiring people to go into the blogosphere and make comments supportive of Israel’s tactics.…

The Foreign Ministry unveiled a new plan this week: Paying talkbackers to post pro-Israel responses on websites worldwide. A total of NIS 600,000 (roughly $150,000) will be earmarked to the establishment of an “Internet warfare” squad.

Gotta love that, a “warfare” squad.  Sure, it’s a war.  It’s a war against the truth, that is.

The article continues:

The sad truth is that had Israeli citizens believed that their State is doing the right thing, they would have made sure to explain it out of their own accord. Without being paid.

Foreign Ministry officials are fighting what they see as a terrible and scary monster: the Palestinian public relations monster. Yet nothing can be done to defeat it, regardless of how many foolish inventions will be introduced and how many bright communication students will be hired.

The reason is that good PR cannot make the reality in the occupied territories prettier. Children are being killed, homes are being bombed, and families are starved. Yet nonetheless, the Foreign Ministry wants to try to change the situation. And they have willing partners. “Where do I submit a CV?” wrote one respondent. “I’m fluent in several languages and I’m able to spew forth bullshit for hours on end.”

Here we call that “putting lipstick on a pig”.  

I wonder what term they have for it there.

I would like someone to post this over at Dailykos and watch the heads explode of the dozen or so noise-makers who already seem to be doing this there.   You know who they are if you’ve ever seen any comment that in any way DARES to criticize the actions of Israel, no matter how godawful those actions may be.


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    • Inky99 on July 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    who paid people to go on talk shows, and elsewhere, to talk up the Greatness of Bush.

  1. on-line jobs, etc and ran into a place, might have been Mechanical Turk, were someone was looking for people to post on blogs to get messages across. Sounds like the same thing.

    How low can you go?

    Nothing really surprises me when it comes to Israeli gov’t. They need all the good PR they can get.

    It’s a waste of time to post it ‘over there’, to most of them Israel can do no wrong.

  2. I think everyone is working for someone now. Well, not yoos guys!  

  3. Howsabout we peace activists kick the PR ball back into Israel’s hasbara court:  help me develop the idea somehow —

    Israel’s “security barrier” as a tennis net, volley ball net, soccer goal …

    Across the globe, players for peace serve up, kick, spike, slam, drive the ball back and forth until the ball looks like one united world with no barriers…..

    help me…. turn this ugly ad into IDF and Palestinian children as partners for ping pong diplomacy or something….  

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