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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 11:40 AM
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Israel's Internet intifada
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Online political activism has hitched its battlewagon to the stars of social networking, leading to warfare over Israels legitimacy on sites like Facebook and MySpace.

The struggle for the Holy Land may be the worlds most ancient conflict. But in one respect, at least, the weapons and the battleground could not be more cutting-edge.

This is the realm of the virtual intifada, digital combat played out in cyberspace by intensely partisan pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli activists-cum-hackers, or in the vernacular of the Information Age, hacktivists. One incarnation of this online political activism has hitched its battlewagon to the stars of social networking, taking advantage of the runaway popularity of sites like Facebook and MySpace.

At the forefront of pro-Israel hacktivists are the shock troops organized as the Jewish Internet Defense Force, a group best known for its activities against anti-Israel groups on Facebook, the social networking colossus whose members may establish and join network groups based on a wide variety of interests. The JIDF made headlines in August by executing a takeover of a popular anti-Zionist Facebook group called Israel is not a country! Please Facebook delete it.

http://www.haaretz.com/ga/israel-s-internet-intifada-1.394381
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