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ISIS Threatens Twitter CEO & Staff, Executes Iraqi Journalist

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Terrorists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week threatened to murder Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and his staff.

The reason?

The social media site shut down terrorists’ accounts for violating the site’s terms of service. Promoting terrorism, and discussions of related criminal activity is a violation of Twitter’s terms of services. When the site shut down accounts that didn’t observe the rules, terrorists threatened to “assassinate” the Twitter staff, Costolo told Vanity Fair.

“It’s against the law in many of the countries in which we operate for them to use it to promote their organization,” Costolo said. “And when we do find those accounts we shut them down. We shut them down quite actively.”

ISIS has used Twitter before. Fighters have posted selfies on the site for various purposes — including matrimonial! — but the group also tweeted a murderous threat against the U.S. in August, taunting, “We are in your cities.”

Meanwhile, Iraqi journalist Ra’ad al-Azzawi was murdered by ISIS on Saturday, according to colleagues who circulated the news on Twitter, including Arab affairs reporter Khaled Abu Toameh.

“This is tragic. Thoughts are with Mr. Al-Azzawi, his family and friends,” tweeted one person. “Being a ‘journalist’ can be seen as being a spy in shariah (sic), so you can’t blame ISIS without understanding #Islam” tweeted another.

Azzawi, a father of three, worked as an Iraqi news cameraman for the local news channel Sama Salaheddin. He was threatened by ISIS after he refused to work for the jihadist organization, and was detained by the group on September 7.

The Iraqi journalist and his brother, as well as two other people were publicly executed in the village of Samra, east of Tikrit, Aljazeera reported. A total of at least 16 victims were executed in northern Iraq on Saturday.

U.S. humanitarian worker Peter Kassig, who converted to Islam in captivity and became Abdul-Rahman Kassig, is now being held by ISIS and is being threatened with execution next.

NBA’ Danny Green Post ‘LOL’ Selfie at Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Friday, October 10th, 2014

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green posted on Twitter a selfie at the Berlin Holocaust memorial along with the caption “LOL” [laughing out loud] in the tweet, “You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust.”

That was the funniest line since someone said that America has gotten past its racist past by choosing a black president to clean up the mess.

After Green laughed all by himself at his selfie, he started reading the complaints and quickly deleted the picture and posted apologies in four tweets:

“Yes, mistakes do happen,”

“I want to sincerely apologize for the insensitivity of my post!

“I have great respect n understanding for this country’s history n wanted to continue chronicling my experience in Berlin.

“But showed poor judgement…sorry once again.”

Poor judgment?

Did he really even judge at all? Did he even consider the insensitivity of laughing at the Holocaust memorial for 6 million Jews gassed and butchered by the Nazis?

Would it have been “poor judgment” if some white basketball player took a selfie at a memorial for Martin Luther King with a caption “LOL My dream came true. He’s dead.”?

Green later changed the caption to read, “A lot of history here, more than you could imagine…very sad/tragic things happened #holocaust #berlin.”

Indeed, sad and tragic things are happening today. People like Danny Green are LOL at memories of the Holocaust.

Dear @IDFSpokesperson – Please Stop with the Moral Platitudes

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We’re all more than a bit angry and sad right now, but I’ve thought it over, and the moral platitudes being published by the IDF Spokesperson on Twitter have been grating on my nerves since they began, and my feelings about them have nothing to do with the deaths of our soldiers today, other than spurring me on to write this post.

Today the @IDFSpokesperson tweeted:

IDF Chief of Staff: “We have a moral obligation to avoid civilian casualties. We also have a moral obligation to defend our people.”

I have a simple question for the Chief of Staff: Which of these two moral obligations takes priority, and which action has higher moral value for you?

It’s a very real question, because it affects the decisions you make.

I know which one I give a much higher priority to, but I can’t tell which one our Chief of Staff considers morally superior, with that morally equivalent statement he’s bantering about.

I’m very much reminded of the 2002 decision to needlessly send a dozen soldiers into a booby-trapped Jenin alley, in a morally corrupt attempt to minimize enemy civilian casualties.

Perhaps I am being too harsh right now, and speaking out of the loss we all feel, but didn’t we learn from Jenin that it is morally and tactically superior to remotely soften and even destroy known dangerous zones, even with civilians present, before putting feet down on the ground?

Are there other factors in his decision? Could be, and in fact there probably are, such as world opinion, or US pressure.

But we can’t know if those factors actually enter into his calculations, as this moral platitude is the only one the Chief of Staff actually bothered to share with us on the subject.

Perhaps it would be simply better if he didn’t tweet moral equivocations like that in the first place, which lead me to conclusions I don’t want to believe are true.

And then we have:

IDF Chief of Staff: “We will continue offering help [to Gaza]…Even as we fight the enemy, we are transferring humanitarian assistance.”

So, even as we fight the enemy, we provide that same enemy with assistance?

Has he forgotten that before their violent and murderous coup, Hamas won 60% of the Parliamentarian seats in Gaza in open elections? Don’t Hamas’s citizens bear any responsibility for their actions and choices?

Don’t their cheers and chocolates after terror attacks on Jews, indicate some inkling of shared complicity on their part with their leadership?

It appears the IDF Chief of Staff doesn’t think so.

Don’t get me wrong. I am sure there are innocent civilians among them, but to brag that we are supporting an enemy population even as they attack us, which also enables them to attack us for longer? There’s something very unhealthy about that.

And finally we have:

IDF Chief of Staff: “There are no militaries like ours. There are no militaries that drop leaflets and telephone civilians before a strike.”

I hope he doesn’t break his arm patting himself on the back. But the world really doesn’t care about Israel’s “moral” acts as much as he thinks it does.

In fact, it is Israel who keep inviting the world in to criticize us, by looking over our shoulder every two seconds to make sure the world still likes us (and some of it does, and some of it doesn’t).

Sending out tweets like that, invites closer scrutiny and investigation into our actions, if for no other reason than to prove it wrong that we are “morally superior”.

Pro-Hitler Tweets Trending Aided By Misreporting of Gaza Conflict

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

In the world of Twitter, where everything is fast and immediate, so is the hatred.

Over the past few days and in response to the mainstream media coverage of Operation Protective Edge and the hundreds of rockets indiscriminately fired at Israeli civilians, new hashtags have been trending. Because so much of the reporting emphasizes Gazan casualties and use Palestinian Arab statements casting blame on Israel, casual observers believe Israel started the conflict, believe that Israel is waging a disproportionate response to Gaza rockets, and believe Israel is guilty of war crimes and humanitarian violations.

When a critical mass of tweets all contain the same phrase following a hashtag (#) sign, it is considered “trending.”

On Tuesday, July 15, the phrase #IfHitlerWereAlive was trending in certain parts of the world. Here are a few examples:

* #IfHitlerWereAlive the Jews would have been killed and Muslims in Gaza would live peacefully.

* #IfHitlerWereAlive could’ve learn more tactics from Israel. #GazaUnderAttack.

*  #IfHitlerWereAlive  this world would be a better place. Clean from Jews! And another popular trending phrase has been #HitlerWasRight. Here are some examples of that one:

* #HitlerWasRight I would have killed all #jews in the world but some of kept alive [sic] to show the world why i killed them…….#HitlerWasRight

*  If #Hitler was left to finish em all #Israel the world wud b happier n safer #HitlerWasRight #HitlerDidNothingWrong @IsraeliPM

* Jews are responsible for all wars! #MelGibsonWasRight #HitlerWasRight

* Photo: #hitlerdidnothingwrong #HitlerWasRight #jews 卐卐卐 tmblr.co/ZYhQZu1LHKesL

*   #HitlerWasRight , #Zionist must be erased pic.twitter.com/El00E0FjqW

* This is what we are identifying today :/ sorry #Hitler you were right #HitlerDidNothingWrong #HitlerWasRight #Gaza pic.twitter.com/2LdfefkpCM

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And this person tweeting cannot figure out if Hitler was good or bad:

* “Right to defend responsibly”, #Netanyahu, ure #Hitler reincarnated, except #HitlerWasRight. #GazaUnderAttack #Israel
 

No, #Dimona Nuke Plant NOT Leaking

Friday, July 4th, 2014

The IDF Spokeperson’s twitter account was hacked last night.

The following message was sent out to their 252,000 Twitter followers:

IDF @IDFSpokesperson 03/07/14 23:15 #WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility

Once the IDF spokesperson’s office realized they’d been hacked, they blocked it and sent out the following statement:

IDF @IDFSpokesperson We apologize for the incorrect tweets Our twitter account was compromised. We will combat terror on all fronts including the cyber dimension

So don’t worry. Hamas terrorists haven’t hit Dimona, yet, but not necessarily for lack of trying.

Their blog is currently down too (8:00 AM), hopefully just for upgrading its security.

We hope that the IDF Cyber Unit has a little chat with the IDF Spokesperson’s office about Internet security.

Increasingly Autocratic Turkish PM Bans Twitter

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Within hours after making the threat, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan closed the curtain on Turkish residents’ ability to engage in the social media known as Twitter.

It happened by midnight (6:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, March 20.

A 26-year old woman in Istanbul for whom anonymity was requested relayed to The Jewish Press that when she attempted to use her twitter account tonight, this message popped up: “FORBIDDEN.”

The justification given by Erdoğan for taking the extreme step was that Twitter officials refused to follow orders from Turkish courts to “remove some links” as requested by certain Turkish citizens, Turkey’s Hurriyet reported.

The Turkish agency responsible for communications, the Communications Technologies Institution (BTK) was invested with enormous powers under the recently passed Internet law. It listed the three court rulings and a prosecutor’s decision on its website as the reason for the shutdown.

Matters within the formerly prosperous and increasingly modernized country began taking a dramatic turn for the worse over the past few years. Vigorous distrust of the government began to be publicly expressed, such as during the Gezi Park protests in the spring of 2013, and later in the wake of the government corruption probes that are still continuing. These ongoing distractions have dragged the current administration into a vortex of endless internal criticism, economic instability and external contempt. Erdoğan responded to the unrest by blaming Twitter as the source of his problems.

YouTube has been banned repeatedly by Turkey over the last number of years.

Earlier this month the Turkish prime minister threatened to shut down Facebook and YouTube.

Belgian Group Mulls Legal Action over Anti-Semitic Twitter Joke

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism warned it was preparing to take legal action against online propagators of a new anti-Semitic joke about the Holocaust.

The Belgian League against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, issued the threat regarding a photograph of an oven with paper money inside, bearing the caption, “The Jew trap is set.”

The photo surfaced earlier this month. One of its early disseminators was a Twitter user from Belgium using the handle Simree Dikule. The picture was re-tweeted by thousands of additional users and also posted on Facebook by a student of the Bracops Lambert high school near Brussels, the La Capitale daily reported Tuesday. The student, who was identified only as “M.,” wrote on Facebook: “It’s racist, but it’s funny.”

“This disgusting and unacceptable new joke has a double insult,” said LBCA President Joel Rubinfeld. “It alludes to the anti-Semitic stereotype that Jews are greedy and to the crematoria that Nazis used to burn Jews during the Holocaust.”

The tweet and the Facebook post have been removed, though it is unclear whether the users or the companies removed them.

Last year, a French court forced the California-based Twitter social network to divulge information on users who had disseminated anti-Semitic jokes. Twitter was sued by the UEJF French Jewish student union after the hashtags #unbonjuif (“a good Jew”) and #unjuifmort (“a dead Jew”) became hugely popular because they were used in what Le Monde termed “a competition of anti-Semitic jokes.”

Twitter argued that, as an American company, it adhered to U.S. laws on hate speech, which are far more liberal than those of France and many other European countries.

But the French court ruled that the French blogosphere and online interaction between French residents constituted French public space, where French legislation against hate speech applies.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/belgian-group-mulls-legal-action-over-anti-semitic-twitter-joke/2014/03/18/

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