Israel recruits 'army of bloggers' to combat antiZionist Websites
Israel's Immigrant Absorption Ministry is putting together an "army of bloggers" to represent Israel in "anti-Zionist blogs" in English, French, Spanish and German.
What constitutes an "anti-Zionist blog"? All to often I see and hear legitimate criticism of the State of Israel labelled anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic. Over the past few weeks I've seen the anti-Semite slur bandied about dozens of times on NowPublic. Could NowPublic, which is essentially a network of bloggers, potentially be labelled "anti-Zionist"?
This development could also be viewed as an acknowledgement by Israel that it lost the the New Media Information War.
19 Jan 2009
The Immigrant Absorption Ministry announced on Sunday it was setting up an "army of bloggers," to be made up of Israelis who speak a second language, to represent Israel in "anti-Zionist blogs" in English, French, Spanish and German.
The program's first volunteer was Sandrine Pitousi, 31, from Kfar Maimon, situated five kilometers from Gaza. "I heard about the project over the radio and decided to join because I'm living in the middle of the conflict," she said...
..."During the war, we looked for a way to contribute to the effort," the ministry's director general, Erez Halfon, told Haaretz. "We turned to this enormous reservoir of more than a million people with a second mother tongue." Other languages in which bloggers are sought include Russian and Portuguese.
Halfon said volunteers who send the Absorption Ministry their contact details by e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org, will be registered according to language, and then passed on to the Foreign Ministry's media department, whose personnel will direct the volunteers to Web sites deemed "problematic."
Within 30 minutes of announcing the program, which was approved by the Foreign Ministry on Sunday, five volunteers were already in touch, Halfon said.