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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.

British Lawmaker Rankles Jews with Tweet Attacking Ariel Sharon

Monday, January 20th, 2014

British lawmaker David Ward has raised Jewish ire again for tweeting two days after the death of Ariel Sharon. “Sharon’s death makes you think. The brutal, genocidal treatment of Jews must never be forgotten but … the Palestinians were not responsible.”

One tweet in response to Ward, by British Jewish gay rights activist Benjamin Cohen, read, “I’m not sure who has implied the Palestinians were, other than you of course.”

“We are disappointed to see David Ward tweeting about sensitive issues in such a way,” read a joint statement from the Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies of British Jews, the London Jewish News reported. “It raises questions about his motives and his real intentions.”

Ward also tweeted on Jan. 13: “Signed #Holocaust Memorial Book of Commitment in advance of the Holocaust Memorial Day — we must stand up for oppressed wherever they be.”

Previously, Ward had angered the Jewish community on International Holocaust Memorial Day last January when he said he was “saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could, within a few years of liberation, be inflicting atrocities on the Palestinians in the new State of Israel — and continue to do so.”

The controversy was renewed when reports emerged that Ward asked his staff if replacing “the Jews” with “the Jewish community” would mollify his critics, leading to another round of complaints and sanctions including a requirement that he attend language classes.

In July, Ward was suspended from the party for three months after tweeting: “Am I wrong or are am I right? At long last the #Zionists are losing the battle – how long can the #apartheid State of #Israel last?”

Hamas Mad at ‘Pro-Israel’ Twitter for Closing Its Account

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Hamas has castigated Twitter for closing its account, an action that it said “exposes the ‘unprofessional’ policy of the latest, and the total ‘bias’ to the Israeli occupation and real terrorism in the world,” according to the terrorist organization’s website.

Of course, Hamas says Israel is a terrorist organization, while Hamas, in its own words, is on a “humanitarian mission.”

Its charter calls for the destruction of Israel, so if that is its “humanitarian mission,” it has good company with Iran. But if that is the case, why is Mahmoud Abbas trying to bring Hamas back into a unity government with his Fatah party? After all, Abbas wants to make peace with Israel.

And if Hamas wants to destroy Israel, and Abbas wants to join up with  Hamas, why is  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling Abbas a “peace partner”?

It is probably all part of a Zionist plot aimed at mocking Hamas, which said “Twitter seems subordinated to the American- pro-Israel organizations supporting terror against Palestinian people.”

Hamas is against  the Kerry-sponsored talks, so everything Kerry must be a part of plot to prevent Hamas from “exposing Israel’s terror against Palestinian people.” Abbas probably is probably taking orders from President Obama to compromise Hamas’ principles.

But Hamas is optimistic it can succeed without Twitter.

“The big success we achieved in reflecting the real bright image of the Palestinian Resistance to the world pushed the terrorist entity ‘Israel’ and its allies towards the repeated suspension of our accounts on the social networks.

“ Twitter should understand that al-Qassam Brigades will never surrender and will keep exposing the real terrorism of Israel to the world and nobody can prevent us from practicing media activism on social networks because we believe along with millions of free people around the world in right to freedom of speech and expression.”

How can you Tweet that in 140 characters? Simple. “Hamas on humanitarian mission for state of suicide bombers.

Saudi Court Orders Lashes for Man for Posting Insults on Twitter

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to three months in jail, 800 lashes and slapped him with a $2,666 fine for using Twitter and Facebook to falsely accuse a Kuwaiti singer from the United Arab Emirates of immoral behavior. He also posted photos of the singer.

Arab News reported, “Many have welcomed the ruling, saying it protects Internet users from online predators,” and it quoted expatriates as saying court decision will make them more cautious when using social networking.

“It is advisable for us not to post any negative comments on issues that are not clear to us. Let us establish the authenticity of the information that has reached us before sharing it,” Rasol Abbas, a community leader from the Philippines, was quoted as saying.

Arab News, which is based in Saudi Arabia, also cited an expert to tell its readers that “new research that reveals how social media sites negatively affect our sense of connection, decrease productivity, breach our privacy and lead to cyber-bullying in some instances.”

It also quoted Twitter account Judicious Arab as stating, “I hope this will put an end to irresponsible tweets and posts accusing women of adultery over differences of opinions.”

It is no wonder that a recent Pew poll showed that of all allies to the United States, American have the lest favorable view of Saudi Arabia.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/saudi-court-orders-lashes-for-man-for-posting-insults-on-twitter/2014/01/02/

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