Twitter, that artificially intelligent monolith, has denied my appeal to regain access to my account. I have begun turning to other resources to exert pressure on Twitter to use a bit of human intelligence to end this free speech debacle.
Tonight, I’d like to lay responsibility for this escapade on a few zio-juveniles, David Lange and Shawn Eni. Andy Warhol once said everyone is entitled to fifteen minutes of fame. Not these nitwits. Let’s give them their 90 seconds of internet in-fame-y.
Lange runs Israellycool, a niche in the zio-sphere with a small but zealous following. Lange specializes in all manner of online zio-fraud. He’s impersonated people on social media. He’s invented accounts. One of his specialties is creating supposed anti-Zionist sites, then posting anti-Semitic material to it; and then turning around and exposing the fraud he created. A year or so ago, he released a press release naming a settler rabbi who declared he had poisoned the wells of Palestinian villages. Then he sent the story to the Andalou News Agency, which dutifully published it without doing any due diligence. That was followed by Mahmoud Abbas denouncing the supposed rabbi.
It was all great zio-fun for Dave. The rabbi doesn’t exist. He made him up. All in the name of smearing Palestinians, making them look like fools, and all with the assistance of a Turkish news outlet (they hate Israel anyway!). He once published a false charge that my brother was arrested for welfare fraud. Yup, it’s still up there on his site. Not a whit of conscience in this jackass.
A few years ago when Semion Kras, a Russian Israeli network administrator for IBM Israel hacked my website, he coordinated his efforts with Lange and another Lange capo, Brian Thomas, who encouraged him.
Lange’s LinkedIn profile shows he is the marketing and communication manager for SAP Israel. Apparently, his employer doesn’t know, doesn’t care, or supports his marketing of fraud, hoax, and hate on behalf of his perverted notion of a settler state. He lives in the Anglo-Orthodox ghetto in Beit Shemesh, which is also home to a peculiar ultra-Orthodox sect known as the Jewish Taliban.
He once succeeded in getting Twitter to suspend my account because I tweeted that he lived in Beit Shemesh, a fact he’d revealed publicly himself. Lange falsely claimed I’d revealed private information about him. It took about a day to get the account restored that time. Now the Israel Lobby and its two-bit cowboys like Lange and Eni have cowed the social media companies more thoroughly and these things take longer.
Dave gleefully took credit for helping organize the latest assault on my Twitter account.
The other jackass inducted into the Hall of Shame tonight is Shawn Eni, a former Canadian accountant who made aliyah. He lives in the town of Modiin, one of whose neighborhoods in beyond the Green Line, and hence not recognized by the EU and other international bodies as being in Israel.
Eni also prides himself on being a merry zio-prankster. The Israeli media flatters him with profiles, thinking his mock-Mossad account, @themossadil, the height of wit and hilarity. In truth, it’s a sophomoric pastiche of bad and boorish jokes. Eni tweeted to his groupies inciting the attack on my site. That’s when the onslaught began. No doubt he’s pleased with himself too.
It’s no secret that Gilad Erdan’s anti-BDS ministry has developed an aggressive campaign to subvert and sabotage Palestinian activists around the world, including anyone guilty of delegitimizing Israel (at least their uber-nationalist, theocratic definition of Israel). His activities are both public-facing and overt; but he has farmed out many covert operations to what’s known in the intelligence field as cutouts. When you intend to do something so nasty and underhanded that you don’t want the government’s official fingerprints on it, you delegate it to a sleazy backroom operation. If the job is important enough you might contract with a well-connected outfit like Black Cube or NSO Group (if it involves hacking an adversary’s computer communications). If it’s run of the mill shit, you could farm it out to amateurs like Eni and Lange.
My guess is that there’s slot machine out there with their names on it. Though I have no idea these zealots would do it for little or nothing. I’m sure they’d be pleased to earn a few shekels for their dirty ops activities.
I’m afraid it’s a bit of a Pyrrhic victory for them. In the two days since my Twitter account was blocked it has gained 60 Followers. Please follow me at @richards1052 and my alt-Twitter account @richards105. Donations have poured in (please make a Paypal donation here or a tax-deductible donation via Network for Good in the sidebar). Further, these geniuses didn’t harm my ability to reach my audience. In fact, other social media platforms draw far more readers to my blog than Twitter. Nor has it impacted my freelance journalism as a regular contributor to Middle East Eye; my latest publishing venue was The Nation.
An old line from Star Trek used to say “resistance is futile.” Not at all. Resistance is imperative. We must take back social media. We must expose the machinations of these fools. We must make our voices even better heard. Speak louder. They will not win. Just as the cause of a settler theocratic state will eventually self-destruct; so will these petty juveniles.