I wanted my readers to know that in addition to the blog posts I publish here, there is much short-form activism which I find more appropriate to post on Twitter or Facebook. I encourage you to subscribe to my Twitter &/or Facebook feeds, where you’ll find material and research which doesn’t make it to this blog.
As an example, yesterday I discovered that David Brotsky (who goes by the pseudonym David Appletree and is the mover and shaker beding the Jewish Internet Defense Force), created a Friendfeed “Traitor” list of Jews who “seem” to support Hamas (not sure what that word “seem” means exactly) or those who voted for “anti-Israel” nominees in the Shorty Awards. Thankfully, I was included in the Traitor list along with some of my friends and allies like Max Blumenthal, and others whose politics I find disappointing like the New Israel Fund, J Street.
JIDF arrogages to itself the critical mission of hacking into social networking and Wikipedia accounts of individuals Brotsky (who refers to himself often as “we,” as he either considers himself divine, royal, or the leader of a mass movement) deems traitors or enemies of Israel. In a Twitter debate last night he even tried to make the argument that being a traitor to the Jewish people is worse than being a Jewish settler terrorist (I’ll spare you the argument, you can imagine how compelling it was). My argument was, of course, that a settler terrorist betrays Judaism and the Jewish people far more profoundly. Brotsky’s is a role without which Israel surely would be destroyed and undoubtedly he’s saving the Jewish homeland and world Jewry in performing this vital task.
I let my 1,500 Twitter followers know about this proud news of achieving the distinction of being labelled a “Traitor,” only to have no other than the manly Zionist man himself, @JIDF reply. His mendacious tweets calling me a supporter of Hamas and anti-Israel traitor drew in a mega-minyan worth of pro-Israel trolls, one of whom told me, literally to “shut up.” Now, what can the only proper reply to such infantilism be? I momentarily sank down to their level and replied: “Nyah, nyah make me.”
The next thing I knew, there was a Twitter troll account, whose spelling was a single letter removed from my actual account nickname, and which had stolen my image. The impersonator had actually wasted his time by following 96 other Twitter accounts including those of individuals who reported what he’d done. The fake account linked to another of the champions of right-wing Israel, Israellycool. This is the guy who permitted a commenter at his site to publish my home address and my wife’s work and phone numbers. You get an idea of the sleaze of which these people are capable.
As soon as the fake account was created it appeared to disappear. I’m guessing that either Israellycool was worried that his association with the account might jeopardize his own Twitter account, or there may be someone on the other side with half a conscience who told the idiot to cease and desist (this possibility is unlikely).
Add to this vandalism, attempts by Israeli hackers to penetrate my Paypal account and use click fraud to get my Google Adsense account cancelled, and you have further evidence of what these junior pogromists are capable.
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Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.