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Monday, July 31

Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers

"While Israel fights Hezbollah with tanks and aircraft, its supporters are campaigning on the internet." According to this story from timesonline, it seems that trained diplomats are tracking websites and posting supportive messages.

"In the past week nearly 5,000 members of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) have downloaded special “megaphone” software that alerts them to anti-Israeli chatrooms or internet polls to enable them to post contrary viewpoints."

"Israel’s Foreign Ministry must avoid direct involvement with the campaign but is in contact with international Jewish and evangelical Christian groups, distributing internet information packs."

The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s public relations director said: “The internet’s become a leading tool for news, shaping the world view of millions. Our problem is the foreign media shows Lebanese suffering, but not Israeli. We’re bypassing that filter by distributing pictures showing how northern Israelis suffer from Katyusha rocket attacks.”

Anyone care to comment, or should we leave this one alone?

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