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Students paid to spread Israeli propaganda

The Israeli government has launched a new program to promote the Israeli agenda on Facebook and internet chatrooms.


Students participating in the program will receive a two thousand dollar stipend from the Jewish Agency to spend five hours a week online promoting talking points provided by the Israeli government. The Jewish Agency is a quasi-governmental organization. While it does not receive funding from the Israeli government, it does enjoy a great amount of political support from and closely coordinates work with the Israeli government.

According to the National Union of Israeli Students, which is a partner in the program, it is aimed at quote “deepening and expanding hasbara activities of students." Hasbara is a Hebrew word that means, literally, explanation but, in this context, it implies propaganda. Hasbara efforts usually consist of framing the illegal occupation of the West Bank as security-related and depicting Palestinians as terrorists who are uninterested in peace. Among other tactics, those who engage in hasbara typically say that Israel was founded by Holocaust survivors, ignoring that the Zionist movement and settlements began in the late 1800s.


Critics of the new program say that the information provided to student participants does not make any distinction between anti-Jewish statements and legitimate criticism of the Israeli government’s policies. Instead, program organizers say that all criticism of Israel constitutes ‘anti-Semitism’ and should be combated using cyber-warfare and propaganda.
To that end, they will be sending hundreds of self-proclaimed ‘student missionaries’ to colleges around the world to promote the online propaganda program and to encourage students to support the Israeli government’s agenda.

To be eligible for the program, students must have lived in Israel for three years and consider themselves active Zionists, as well as having served in the Israeli military.

It should be noted that there are a number of organizations dedicated to turning university students into hasbara agents, such as the Hasbara Fellowship that offers American Jews a deeply discounted trip to Israel on the contingency that participants return to the US and push the right-wing Israeli narrative on college campuses.
http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/economy-of-the-occupation/4038-students-paid-to-spread-israeli-propaganda


Added: Jan-25-2012 Occurred On: Jan-25-2012
By: kanns01
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  • Fantastic! I love it when countries know how to spend their 3-billion a year aid from the United States.

    I hope all the Israeli Zionist children send postcards to taxpayers in America, thanking them for the $2000 to spread propoganda. What better way to educate their young ones!

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    • @mphatik
      Most of that aid goes back to America.....seems like your the one that needs education.

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    • @Freejay

      In what way Freejay? By Israel BUYING American made guns, weapons, jets? So you're saying that the Zionist Jews built up Herzylia, Netanya, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa, etc. with your own money? LOL......get real man. You have roads, Palestine has dirt. You have street lights, Palestine has non. You're so biased it's disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      For such a small country that always says it's "defending" itself, you seem to be invading everyone around More..

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    • @Freejay
      No it doesn't, i already proved this to you and you still parrot this lie

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    • @Catalytic
      You proved nothing to me, except that you are a Jew hater.

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    • @Freejay
      No I proved how Defense contractors are forced to buy from Israel a la extortion while Israel takes American aid and competes with American defense contractors on the world stage. THAT is what i proved

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  • No amount of propaganda is going to make me change my opinions on Israel. good luck though!

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  • Whatever they do will come back to their face, this is exactly how they ve been kicked out of...everywhere in the world the past 3000 years.

    You don't need any propaganda against them, just let them be themselves time will do the rest, sit and watch...

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  • The $2000 is a waste because no one believes their bullshit anymore lol.

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  • "Hasbara efforts usually consist of framing the illegal occupation of the West Bank as security-related and depicting Palestinians as terrorists who are uninterested in peace. Among other tactics, those who engage in hasbara typically say that Israel was founded by Holocaust survivors, ignoring that the Zionist movement and settlements began in the late 1800s."

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  • Not to detract from legitamite criticism from abroad, a lot of is convoluted with racist sentiment which is probably what this organization is meant to combat. From what I gather there is more constructive debate within Israel than outside.

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    • @sp0ke

      That is correct. I have no info about this org. but racist sentiment towards Israel and Jews is way much bigger then regular criticism.

      Most of the replies even in this item alone are a very good example...

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    • @aydeo I can imagine your frustration. Rest assured not everyone shares these racist views and loud doesn't mean right. Cheers.

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  • LOL

    So THATS where all the new retardbots on LL are coming from!

    Bring it on.

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    • @wargypzy
      I try but Israelis always come out with more

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    • @wargypzy here is one of my favorite qoutes on this issue,

      "Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves ... politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country."
      -- David Ben Gurion, 1938.

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    • @wargypzy you forgot to add this to the list of key words "The country is theirs"

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  • In other news the Israeli's just killed an innocent Palestinian mother walking her son to school. It's OK guys they were aiming for Hezbollah but misfired.

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  • That explains why i haven't met a leftist Israeli.

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  • You don't have to worry about people being paid to do this. Many do it for free. We've seen the videos of the training courses for pro-israel bloggers that have been shared on here before.

    At least Free Jay isn't getting paid.

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  • Fucking get off the israel shit, they are the source of evil in the world.

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  • AL the fag and his ilk ?

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  • Ta'amolah is Hebrew for propaganda.....this article is bullshit propaganda in itself....look at the sources!

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