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July 5, 2015 / 18 Tammuz, 5775
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Facebook and Alibaba Invest in Israel

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Facebook and the Chinese giant Internet Alibaba companies have expressed confidence in Israel with hiring and investment announcements.

Facebook, which already operates a development center in Tel Aviv, is hiring another 40 people, including 10 in the area of marketing and 30 engineers, product managers and designers,

Facebook has acquired at least three Israeli start-ups in the past four years.

Facebook Israel general manager Adi Soffer-Teeni announced Monday that the Israel branch is carrying out a special operation for training companies how to use Facebook’s platforms, and added, “I believe that other countries around the world will adopt the unique idea devised by our team here.”

Development center manager Roy Tiger said that an Israeli team is involved in a project called Safety Check, “an application that enables people to announce their situation quickly in a disaster, such as an earthquake.” He added that the application “was successfully used in the recent Hurricane Pam in the Asian Pacific region.

Alibaba announced it is investing tens of millions of dollars in the Israel venture capital firm JVP.

Nearly two dozen Alibaba officials are visiting Israel, including JVP’s offices in Jerusalem and its cyber incubator in Be’er Sheva.

Social Media War against ISIS

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The U.S. State Dept. is using more than 300 of its social media accounts to monitor and try to counter the use of Twitter, Facebook and other sites to recruit people, mostly youth, into radical Islam and jihad.

“There are 90,000 pro-ISIL tweets or other social media responses every day,” State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

“We’re definitely beaten by volume, but we don’t believe that ISIL is an invincible force on social media,” she added. “So what we’re working on now is aggregating and curating and amplifying existing content, so that means utilizing the 300-plus State Department social media accounts run by embassies, consulates, and individuals. It means also coordinating that with the social media accounts of other government agencies. It means expanding and giving more tools to the CSCC.

“We have a new head of CSCC who will be leading this effort to continue to improve our coordination and make sure we’re approaching this in the smartest, most strategic way. And as you mentioned, there are obviously best practices that we can learn from other countries. And part of this is not only sharing that but also determining who the right voices are.”

The good news from Foggy Bottom is that the experts understand they cannot use an American approach to counter a Middle East mentality.  Psaki said, “We certainly are not under the illusion that the United States is the best voice in many of these cases.”

If they had taken that approach towards the “peace process” long ago they would look a lot less dumb today.

Pro-Arab Lobby Wants Facebook to Ban Ads for ‘Illegal Settlements’

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The anti-Israel is using the left-wing oriented Avaaz web platform to petition Facebook to ban promotions for homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria based on the claim they are “illegal.”

A Facebook representative told The Washington Post it is “investigating” the claim.

Several promotions on Facebook are sponsored by the Israeli branch of the American real estate company RE/MAX.

“For Palestinians, seeing settlement ads is a reminder of the pain and humiliation they have to endure as a result of these war crimes,” Fadi Quran, Avaaz’s campaign director in the West Bank, said in a statement.

Facebook’s policy prohibits advertising of illegal activity.

The question boils down to whether there is a case that it is illegal for Jews to live in Judea and Samaria as stated, but not decided in any court, by the United Nations and most of the international community.

A committee of three legal experts tabled a report to the Netanyahu government three years ago that not only are “settlements” legal but also that Jews have the right to live anywhere they want in all areas under Israel control.

Israel has passed legislation to put under its sovereignty some areas under Israeli control since the Six-Day War in 1967, namely the Golan Heights and half of Jerusalem, but the United Nations does not accept the Israeli law. Judea and Samaria remain under the authority of the military.

A Washington Post foreign affairs reporters’ article on the petition noted that Facebook previously has banned all advertisements that were in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

If ads for Assad, guilty of war crimes, are banned by Facebook, the implicit and ludicrous conclusion is that promoting homes for Jews should be banned because the Palestinian Authority calls them “war crimes.”

That explains the sudden shift in the Palestinian Authority strategy to accuse Israel of war crimes in the International Criminal Court. Instead of trying to prove Israel committed war crimes against Hamas, whose inhumanity easily could be exposed , PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is headed for the ICC with a sheaf of documents to claim that building homes for Jews are war crimes.

Supporters of the anti-Israeli petition wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:

We were shocked to see ads for illegal Israeli settlements on Facebook. The establishment and expansion of settlements is considered a war crime.

Settlements are a main cause of violence and discrimination in the region. Facebook’s advertising guidelines state that “Ads may not constitute, facilitate or promote illegal activity.” We therefore call upon you to ban all advertisements for settlement homes or settlement based products from showing on Facebook.”

Nearly 30,000 people have signed the petition, and that number is likely to grow geometrically following the free promotion for the petition provided by The Washington Post.

 

UPDATE: Social Media Sites Back Up Worldwide – Global Productivity Drops

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

9:12 AM Update Facebook and Instagram have come back online. Response time is still a bit slow.


The Facebook and Instagram social media platforms fell off the Internet worldwide on Tuesday morning.

It is not yet clear if this was caused by hacking, by a central network hub failure, or a global DNS error, but some of the major popular social media platforms are currently unavailable. Instagram is owned by Facebook.

Facebook mobile messaging is still working. Twitter, as it happens, is working too.

There are no reports yet of massive Facebook withdrawal symptoms among users, but with one of the largest social media platforms unavailable, we won’t know about it until later.

On the other hand, we predict productivity might soar for the moment – if people stop pressing refresh on their browsers to see if Facebook is back online.

Facebook says they are working on the problem.

US Shut Down Effort to Help Locate Kidnapped Israeli Soldier

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Who abruptly shut down in-process U.S. assistance to the Israeli government in its effort to locate a missing IDF soldier trapped in Gaza and in the clutches of Hamas? This is a mystery that demands to be answered.

The story first broke on Friday, Oct. 16, when top U.S. terrorism expert Steve Emerson penned a blockbuster report which appeared in his Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Emerson revealed there was an urgent, life-and-death request from the Israeli to the U.S. government for help in tracing the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier who was believed dragged – dead or alive, no one was sure – from a burning personnel carrier in the bowels of Gaza during this summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

The request was coursing through channels when all of a sudden the doors slam shut. An ordinary request that by all rights and beliefs should have been processed swiftly by one ally for another was peremptorily quashed. The request was denied and instead the U.S. prosecutors who had already geared up to assist our ally were told to stand down. Someone, somewhere in the U.S. government had decided instead that a formal, lengthy process was required, one that completely ignored the immediacy of the situation. That message was sent in an email from the FBI.

But the FBI does not make foreign policy decisions. It was not the FBI who yanked the lifeline from the Israeli captured behind enemy lines. So who did?

THE BACKGROUND

On July 20, the second day of the ground offensive during Operation Protective Edge, several members of the famed Golani brigade of the Israel Defense Force traveled into Gaza in an ancient armored personnel carrier.

The APC stalled in a crowded neighborhood and Hamas struck it with an anti-tank missile, causing it to explode. The blast was horrific – a munitions stockpile within the APC must have been hit – and Hamas terrorists fell upon the burning hulk, preventing IDF soldiers from immediately retrieving any IDF wounded or dead within the vehicle.

By the time IDF combat engineers were able to erect a barrier and seclude the APC from the marauding terrorists, one soldier remained unaccounted for. The body of First Sgt. Oron Shaul, 21, was missing. The bodies of six of his comrades were retrieved.

The next day, Hamas announced that it had captured Shaul. The announcement was met by singing and dancing and the distribution of candy in the streets of Gaza.

Hamas suggested that it had captured Shaul alive. It released Shaul’s picture, his army ID number and other of his belongings.

HAMAS POSTED ON SHAUL’S FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

To prove its boast, Hamas hacked into Shaul’s Facebook page and posted claims in Arabic, Hebrew and English that he was being held by Hamas. The posts taunted Shaul’s family and his comrades.

Despite intense efforts to recover Shaul, the IDF was unable to do so and was not even sure if the soldier was living or dead.

But Hamas made a mistake in an effort to broadcast its treachery. By hacking into Shaul’s Facebook account, they left footprints which could be followed to determine their location. Those footprints are known as the Internet Protocol address. Facebook’s servers automatically keep a record of the IP address whenever an account is accessed, and that IP address is accompanied by the physical location, which would show where the Hamas hackers were when they hacked Shaul’s account.

As Emerson explained, “if the Israelis could obtain the Facebook server data as soon as possible, they might have had a chance to find the whereabouts of the terrorists who took Oron.”

US COULD HELP LOCATE SHAUL WITH WARRANT FOR FACEBOOK

To My Facebook Friends: “I Apologize!”

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

If you knew me before the latest war between Israel and Hamas you would know, I was a good Facebook friend, sitting politely and quietly in a corner of your social media cerebral cortex, generally speaking only when spoken to, or when something more interesting or important than what I had for breakfast crossed my mind.  I kept to myself how tasty that hamburger was.  Skateboarding South American monkeys sent my way, stayed on my monitor.  I grumbled, as I am sure many of you have, when one of us just could not help posting one mundane thing after another, cluttering the wall, making it a pain to find what would really be of some significance.  Sure, once in a while I would express pride in my hometown Orioles or Ravens, but for the most part I was a status-hibernating, share-dormant, partner of yours.

These last few weeks, however, I have at times inundated you with posts and shares about Israel’s latest war with Hamas.  Day after day, as the conflict went on.  And I apologize to you, my Facebook friends, you who run the gamut, from “You are preaching to the Choir,” to “Wow, I didn’t know that,” to “Typical Shia,” to “I didn’t know he thought like that,” to “But what about the people in Gaza?” to “I really don’t care,” to “Let ‘em kill each other, now get me a beer.”

I must admit, I am ashamed to say, I had second thoughts.  I was worried about what some of you might think.  No, not those of you who already knew my views, whether in agreement or not, but those of you who may not have been aware, who I may need one day for one reason or another, and who may have wondered or winced as my thoughts were laid bare.  But I should not have hesitated even for a moment.  It is not just because I worry day and night for those I hold dear who race to bomb shelters, or are wearing the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) uniform and hunting down terrorists.  It is because, although it should not matter what people think when it comes to an existential threat to Israel, the war of public opinion is important.

With so much anti-Israel and yes, anti-Jewish, media out there, with so many Jew-haters taking to the streets, at times violently, and with unfortunately so many timid Jews staying silent, I along with others had to speak up.  People are being murdered, hundreds of thousands of them all around the world, all the time, many of them Muslim in fact, by Muslim dictators and terrorist states and groups.  And heaven-forbid a tiny Jewish nation dares to fight back, and the world goes nuts.  “It’s genocide!”  Really?  If Israel wanted to, it could have flattened Gaza in less than an hour and killed everyone there.  “Gaza is occupied and needs to be free!”  True.  Gaza is occupied, by Hamas terrorists who enslave their own people.

Here is the history.  To try and make peace, and with much consternation, Israel pulled out of Gaza, every soldier, every Jew, in 2005.  Thriving multimillion dollar businesses in open land on the Gaza Strip, businesses purchased by philanthropic Jews to give away to Gaza, were left for the Palestinians there to take over and work.  Millions and millions of dollars in aid from all over the world flooded into Gaza so it could jumpstart its economy and make life better for its people.  There was no occupation, no embargo, no blockade, no incursions into Gaza from Israel.  What happened?  The businesses were destroyed and the money was pocketed by corrupt terrorist overlords.  The Palestinians elected Hamas as their leader, and being it is sworn to destroy Israel and kill Jews – this is in the official charter, rockets and missiles and terrorism began nearly immediately after Israel’s withdrawal.  And it hasn’t stopped.

EXCLUSIVE: MK Ayelet Shaked Exposes Daily Beast Reporter’s Deliberate Distortions

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Israel is under attack. Since last week, Hamas terrorists have fired more than 1000 rockets at our civilian centers, launching those rockets from residential enclaves, kindergartens and hospitals, exposing their own children to harm as they try to kill our children.

There’s no ambiguity among our allies as to Israel’s right to defend her citizens. In fact, many Arab voices, in Egypt and elsewhere, have condemned Hamas, blaming it for the tragedy it is bringing on the heads of its own people.

Sadly, the militant, leftist propaganda machine has not changed its tune, looking for every opportunity to make Israel the culprit in a war she did not desire and which she entered reluctantly, after days of increasing provocation.

I refer specifically to “Daily Beast” writer Gideon Resnick, who so misrepresented the facts in one of my recent Facebook posts, one has to wonder if his hatred for my country hasn’t rendered him outright useless to his website and his readers.

In a story headlined “Israeli Politician Declares War on the Palestinian People,” Resnick actually suggested I compared Palestinian children to “little snakes,” and accused me of fomenting Palestinian genocide. This vilification was later picked up by several bloggers and reporters, all of whom were convinced of this frightening notion, without even a scrap of fact or truth.

Let’s start with my July 1 Facebook post. It was written some 12 years ago, but never published, by a dear man, the recently departed journalist Uri Elitzur. The gist of his article was that once one side in a war attacks the other side’s civilians, they can no longer morally claim a special status for their own civilians.

Go ahead, ask a Hebrew speaking friend to translate it for you, they’ll confirm this is what my Facebook post was about. But you’ll find not a trace of that in Resnick’s account. Perhaps it’s his own ignorance of the Hebrew language. After all, he got the text from Electronic Intifada, a website dedicated to daily and hourly vilification of my country.

All Resnick had to do to make Elitzur’s sober, legally minded discussion sound like a speech made by Hitler himself, was to cherry pick words out of context. A call for the indiscriminate killing of children is a terrible thing. But what if the statement was that any time you attack our children, you’re exposing your own people to the same fate? Still unsettling, but rational when you consider their civilian population is actively supporting and participating in their war and terror efforts. It’s not a call for indiscriminate murder.

And then Resnick turned to character assassination. He cited an attack on me by Haaretz. They said I was “representative of an ideology unembarrassed by its racism.”

Haaretz, unfortunately, may look like the NY Times, but it is far from being a liberal, curious newspaper in the Anglo Saxon tradition. Expecting Haaretz to write about a political opponent like myself in an honest, informative—if critical—manner, is a little like expecting Gideon Resnick to offer an unbiased, honest citation from a pro-Zionist post.

And so, when Haaretz, read by a mere 30,000 Israelis, give or take, says I’m racist – I’d look for a more reliable source.

Then, in a second article, Resnick also sneaks in the dumb female bit: “the 38-year-old Shaked is also frequently the target of subtle sexism, at best referred to as ‘a young and pretty secular woman.’” And the citation is from – you guessed it, Haaretz. In fact, Electronic Intifada and Haaretz are Resnick’s only sources, other than his brutalization of the Elitzur piece.

Resnick’s distortions aside, the fact is that international pressure on Israel has not yielded peace because Israel is not starting the wars.

1. Hamas and the Palestinian Authority are engaged in terrorism, one overtly, the other in a supportive role. Money is being transferred from the PA to the families of suicide bombers and convicted murderers in Israeli jails. The pay is actually based on the number and severity of the murders committed. The more gruesome the murder, the larger the number of Israeli victims, the higher the monthly reward.

Can anyone deny it?

2. Palestinian education today is based on violence and incitement against Israelis and Jews. Palestinian textbooks and Palestinian media ceaselessly promote Jew hatred. They praise Jew murderers. Their heroes and celebrities are Jew killers. They name streets and traffic circles after killers of Jewish children.

Can anyone deny it?

At the same time, the murder of Jerusalem teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir was immediately condemned by all of Israel’s society.

As a Knesset Member, I can assure you his murderers, once convicted for their terrible crime, will remain in prison for the rest of their lives.

We will certainly not name streets after them.

3. In Israel we protect our citizens from incoming Hamas missiles.

Hamas, on the other hand, positions its missile launchers in the midst of civilian enclaves, using women and children as human shields against Israeli raids.

Just the other day, the world watched a Hamas spokesman admitting they instructed civilians not to leave their Gaza homes during air strikes, in order to protect those arsenals of weapons.

Each Palestinian rocket coming out of Gaza represents two separate war crimes: one for purposely targeting a civilian population in Israel, the other for launching from within their own civilian population.

Not many journalists bother to share this information with their readers. It confuses the narrative, messes with the David and Goliath scenario.

Our residents in southern Israel have endured these missiles for more than 14 years. Many children and teens have known only life in a war zone. This past week, all our urban centers were targeted. How would you expect our government to react? How would you want your own government to deal with a similar onslaught on your neighborhood? What do you want us to do? Lie down and die?

The late Uri Elitzur wrote so eloquently in the article I cited on Facebook:

“The laws of war acknowledge that it is impossible to avoid hitting enemy civilians. Those laws did not condemn the British airforce for firebombing and completely destroying the German city of Dresden, or US planes for wrecking the cities of Poland and half of Hungary’s Budapest, whose residents had never done anything against America. Those sites had to be destroyed in order to win the war against evil.”

Israel’s fight against Hamas terrorism is similar to NATO’s war on Al-Qaeda terrorism. Moreover, Israel is the only state who is notifying civilians to leave their homes before an attack by texting them.

Israel has no agenda against Arab civilians in Gaza, just as the US has none against Arabs in any of the countries where it’s conducting its now 13-year war to preserve civilization from violent barbarism.

We want a good life, with peace and prosperity for all the eight million plus people living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Indeed, if the Arab society enjoys prosperity, so will Jewish society, and vice versa. let me be very clear I condemn any kind of assault against innocent civilians, whether they are Jews or Arabs.

But in order to get there, they must stop firing rockets at us.

The madness of Hamas continued yesterday after Israel embraced an Egyptian call for a ceasefire. Hamas rejected the offer, and as of now has been shooting at all over Israel with renewed vigor.

Israelis are so used to the scene where we offer our hand in peace and the other side reacts by trying to cut it off, that we’re not even surprised. What does surprise us, time and again, are the voices in the West, like Resnick’s, which pin the blame for this madness on us. As in that famous quip: “It all started when Israel retaliated.”

As an aside, I’ll point out that a week later The Daily Beast finally removed one blatant lie from Resnick’s original article, where he accused me of being the author of statements I never made.

But this correction is too little, too late, the damage has already been done.

And so, you must ask yourselves, do you really want to continue getting your news reports about my country from writers who view the truth as little more than a needless inconvenience?

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