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The Jewish Internet Defense Force

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The Jewish Internet Defense Force is a collective of Jewish activists led by David Appletree with the stated goal of fighting anti-Semitism and terrorism on the web. They are present on most major social media websites, but Facebook and Twitter seem to be their main areas of focus.

After only a few minutes of research I learned that the JIDF will use any means necessary to censor opinions they disagree with, even opinions with a firm factual foundation. In 2008, they hacked a Facebook group called, “Israel is not a country!… … Delist it from Facebook as a country!” And proceeded to delete all of the members of the group. Soon after, the JIDF released a statement proclaiming the hacking of the group a “major victory against Jew haters,” and that “despite tens of thousands of complaints, Facebook wouldn’t remove it, as they claimed that this incitement to murder was ‘legitimate political discourse’ – Facebook’s negligence and abdication of responsibility gave us no option but to take matters in our own hands…..”

Here we have the JIDF hacking a Facebook group not because the members are anti-Semitic or are terrorists, but because they disagree with the name of the group and the opinions of the members; many of whom have a very legitimate gripe as it was their homeland that was stolen in order to make the creation of a “Jewish homeland” possible. Isn’t it perfectly fair for them to ask who the real terrorists are? As Facebook correctly stated, their group was a forum for “legitimate political discourse.”

The JIDF is also very active on Twitter; just recently they organized a campaign to raise awareness about Gilad Shalit, an Israeli prisoner of war in the custody of Hamas. The goal was to make the hashtag #GiladShalit a trending topic, and they were successful; his name was the number two trending topic for about a day. What they failed to mention leading up to and during the campaign though, is the enormous difference between the number of current Israeli political prisoners and Palestinian political prisoners. The JIDF decries the lack of mainstream media coverage of Gilad Shalit, and uses his situation as just another excuse to label all Arabs and Muslims as terrorists, while completely denying the well documented fact that Israel kidnaps Palestinians almost every single day. Again, who are the real terrorists?

There are many more examples of the activities of the JIDF on the internet, but they are just more of the same of what was already covered; see for yourself and Google the JIDF. Their main tactic is playing the victim in order to attempt to increase their power over free speech, so they can pick and choose what can and can’t be said. If they don’t like what you write they label you either anti-Semitic or a terrorist, or both. The funny thing is though, even former Minister of Education in Israel, Shulamit Aloni, admits calling people anti-Semitic is a trick that is used all the time.

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Written by crimethink3r

September 5, 2009 at 1:09 am

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  1. Thanks for posting this. I’ve been following David Appletree’s campaign of intimidation and distortion around the web since June.

    More juicy details, including his belief that Obama is really a secret terrorist, are compiled in my last blog on him: http://jewschool.com/2009/06/29/16815/facebook-holocaust-denial-and-jewish-haters/

    Kung Fu Jew 18

    September 8, 2009 at 10:55 am

  2. Yeah, David Appletree is a real piece of work, isn’t he?

    crimethink3r

    September 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

  3. […] } The Jewish Internet Defense Force, an internet collective of Jewish activists that I recently wrote about, has embarked on yet another Twitter campaign. This time the stated goal is to raise awareness of […]

  4. […] their previous Twitter campaign which managed to make #GiladShalit, an IDF prisoner of war who has been in the custody of Hamas […]


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