- Israel's and Mossad's Jewish helpers abroad
Sayanim (sing. Sayan; Hebrew: helpers, assistants) is a term for a Mossad operative recruited
from among the Jewish Diaspora to help the Mossad with operations outside Israel, utilising the capacity of their
own nationality to procure assistance. While not official Mossad agents and sometimes acting without explicit knowledge,
they may work in the capacity of unregistered representatives of the government of Israel in their respective nations.
Generally-speaking, these non-Israeli Jewish volunteers are asked to engage in legal
activities that will not bring them into trouble with the authorities. There are exceptions, however, as for example
in the case of Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. Naval intelligence employee who engaged in espionage on behalf of Israel's intelligence agencies and whose
exposure by the FBI strained relations between the U.S. and Israel.
Victor Ostrovsky, a former Mossad katsa turned author, wrote extensively about activities of the sayanim, as has Gordon Thomas. According Ostrovsky and Thomas, the sayanim provide assistance of various kinds to Mossad officers operating
in foreign countries. This assistance can include facilitating medical care, money, logistics, and even overt intelligence
gathering. They can be Judges, Court Clerks, Expert Witnesses, Child Protective Service Workers, Assistant District
Attorneys, Police Officers, or anyone with a great degree of power over people's lives, and will do anything at the
behest of Mossad case officers (katsa) for the State of Israel against its enemies or those perceived to be unfavorable
politically to Israeli policy. ("By Way of Deception", Victor Ostrovsky). Sayanim are supposedly
not directly involved in intelligence operations, and are only paid for their expenses.
In his book "By Way of Deception", Ostrovsky describes the following examples of
services the sayanim might provide using their citizenship or residency status or occupation:
- The operator of a car rental agency can rent a car without completing the
- An apartment manager can provide
an apartment without raising suspicions.
bank owner or manager can assist in obtaining, exchanging, tranfering or laundering money.
- A doctor can operate on a bullet wound without making a report.
- Merchants can provide large quantities of their wares or help establish
false business fronts.
in high technology can provide direct information on civilian and military technology. Ostrovsky uses the French Exocet missile as an example of military technology that was compromised in this manner.
Sayanim were reportedly vital to the assassinations
by the Mossad in Operation Wrath of God of those responsible for the Black September attacks.
Sayanim must be 100% Jewish. They live abroad, and though they are not
Israeli citizens, many are reached through their relatives in Israel.
Ostrovsky claims that for London alone the Mossad has a list of thousands of recruited and willing sayanim.
Gordon Thomas estimates that in the United States and Britain, there are at least
20,000 sayanim who aid Israel's intelligence agencies in a number of ways.
Katsas are in charge of the sayanim, and most active sayanim will be visited by a katsa
once every three months or so, which for the katsa usually means between two and four face-to-face meetings a day
with sayanim, along with numerous telephone conversations. The system allows the Mossad to work with a skeleton staff.
That's why, for example, a CIA station would employ about 100 people, while a comparable Mossad station would need only
six or seven.
A bodel (plural
bodlim) is usually a young Israeli, often a student, engaged as a gofer by the Mossad after
a thorough check and confirmation of his Jewish parentage and background. His job is to run errands and perform chores
for the Mossad agents when required. He is prohibited from asking any questions and is only given any necessary information
on a need to know basis. In return, he is allowed to live without paying any rent in a Mossad safehouse. The bodel
is not allowed to bring friends into the safehouse, and when visiting agents move in, he has to move out. However,
he can be retained to do the shopping, cleaning and laundry.
Sayanim — Israeli Operatives in the U.S.
By Jeff Gates
July 19, 2010
Americans know that something fundamental is amiss. They sense—rightly—that they are being misled no
matter which political party does the leading.
misinformed public lacks the tools to grasp how they are being deceived. Without those tools, Americans will
continue to be frustrated at being played for the fool.
the “con” is clearly seen, “the mark” (that’s us) will see that all roads lead to the same
duplicitous source: Israel and its operatives. The secret to Israel’s force-multiplier in the U.S. is its use
of agents, assets and sayanim (Hebrew for volunteers).
Jonathan Pollard was arrested for spying in 1986, Tel Aviv assured us that he was not an Israeli agent but part of
a “rogue” operation. That was a lie.
Only 12 years later did Tel Aviv concede that he was
an Israeli spy the entire time he was stealing U.S. military secrets. That espionage—by a purported ally—damaged
our national security more than any operation in U.S. history.
In short, Israel played us for the fool.
From 1981-1985, this U.S. Navy intelligence analyst provided
Israel with 360 cubic feet of classified military documents on Soviet arms shipments, Pakistani nuclear weapons, Libyan
air defense systems and other intelligence sought by Tel Aviv to advance its geopolitical agenda.
Agents differ from assets and sayanim. Agents possess
the requisite mental state to be convicted of treason, a capital crime. Under U.S. law, that internal state is what
distinguishes premeditated murder from a lesser crime such as involuntary manslaughter. Though there’s a death in
either case, the legal liabilities are different—for a reason.
Intent is the factor that determines personal culpability. That distinction traces its roots to a widely shared
belief in free will as a key component that distinguishes humans from animals.
Agents operate with premeditation and “extreme malice” or what the law describes
as an “evil mind.” Though that describes the mental state of Jonathan Pollard, Israeli leaders assured us
otherwise—another example of an evil mind as the U.S. was played for the fool.
Played for the Fool, Again
Pollard took from his office more than one million documents
for copying by his Israeli handler. When those classified materials were transferred to the Soviets, reportedly in
exchange for the emigration of Russian Jews, this spy operation shifted the entire dynamics of the Cold War.
To put a price tag on this espionage, imagine $20 trillion in U.S. Cold War defense
outlays from 1948-1989 (in 2010 dollars). The bulk of that investment in national security was negated by a spy working
for a nation that pretended throughout to be a U.S. ally.
was sentenced to life in prison. Israel suffered no consequences. None. Zero. Nada. Not then. Not now. Then as now, we
were played for the fool.
At trial, Pollard claimed
he wasn’t stealing from the U.S.; he was stealing secrets for Israel—with whom the U.S.
has long had a “special relationship.” He thought we should have shared our military secrets with them.
That’s chutzpah. That also confirms we were played for the fool.
Looking back, it’s easy to see how seamlessly we segued from a global Cold War to a global War on Terrorism.
In retrospect, the false intelligence used to induce our invasion of Iraq was traceable to Israelis, pro-Israelis
or Israeli assets such as John McCain (see below).
while in prison, Pollard’s iconic status among Israelis played a strategic role. Was it just coincidence that Tel
Aviv announced a $1 million grant to their master spy less than two weeks before 911? Is that how Israel
signaled its operatives in the U.S.?
Did that grant
have any relationship to the “dancing Israelis” who were found filming and celebrating that mass murder as both jets smashed into the World Trade Center?
Absent that provocation, would we now find ourselves
at war in the Middle East? Surely no one still believes that America’s interests are being advanced in a quagmire
that has now become the longest war in U.S. history.
know what America is,” Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of Israelis in 2001, apparently not knowing his words were
being recorded. “America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction.”
Let’s face it: the U.S. was again played for the fool.
With oversight by Israeli case officers (katsas),
Israeli operations proceed in the U.S. by using agents, assets and volunteers (sayanim). Let’s take
a closer look at each.
sayan) are shielded from conventional legal culpability by being told only enough to perform their narrow
role. Though their help may be essential to the success of an Israeli operation, these volunteers (sayanim also
means helpers) could pass a polygraph test because their recruiters ensure they remain ignorant of the overall
goals of an operation.
In other words, a sayan
can operate as an accomplice but still not be legally liable due to a lack of the requisite intent regarding
the broader goals—of which they are purposely kept ignorant. Does that intentional “ignorance”
absolve them of liability under U.S. law? So far, yes.
like military reservists, sayanim are activated when needed to support an operation. By agreeing to be available
to help Israel, they provide an on-call undercover corps and force-multiplier that can be deployed on short notice.
How are sayanim called to action? To date, there’s been
no attempt by U.S. officials to clarify that key point. This may explain why Pollard was again in the news on July 13th
with a high-profile Israeli commemoration of his 9000th day of incarceration.
To show solidarity with this Israeli-American traitor, the lights encircling Jerusalem
were darkened while an appeal was projected onto the walls of the Old City urging that President Obama order Pollard’s
release from federal prison.
Pollard has long been a rallying
point for Jewish nationalists, Zionist extremists and ultra-orthodox ideologues. In short, just the sort of people
who would be likely recruits as sayanim. The news coverage given this Day of Adoration may help explain how
Israel signals its helpers that an operation is underway and in need of their help.
Are pro-Israelis once again playing Americans for the fool?
When not aiding an ongoing operation, sayanim gather and report intelligence useful
to Israel. This volunteer corps is deeply imbedded in legislative bodies, particularly in the U.S.
Thus far, this Israeli operation has advanced with legal impunity as the Israel
lobby—though acting as a foreign agent—continues even now to pose as a “domestic” operation.
Morris Amitay, former executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,
explains how this invisible cadre aids the Israel lobby in advancing its geopolitical agenda:
“There are a lot of guys at the working level up here [on Capitol Hill]…who
happen to be Jewish, who are willing…to look at certain issues in terms of their Jewishness…These are all
guys who are in a position to make the decision in these areas for those senators…You can get an awful lot
done just at the staff level.”
are not told by their katsas is that an Israeli operation may endanger not only Israel but also the broader
Jewish community when these operations are linked to extremism, terrorism, organized crime, espionage and treason. Though
sayanim “must be 100 percent Jewish,” Ostrovsky reports in By Way of Deception (1990):
“…the Mossad does not seem to
care how devastating it could be to the status of the Jewish people in the Diaspora if it was known. The answer you
get if you ask is: “So what’s the worst that could happen to those Jews? They’d all come to Israel.
Great!” [Mossad is the intelligence and foreign operations directorate for Israel.]
Assets, Agents and Sayanim
Assets are people profiled in sufficient depth that they can be relied upon to perform
consistent with their profile. Such people typically lack the state of mind required for criminal culpability because
they lack the requisite intent to commit a crime.
assets are critical to the success of Israeli operations in the U.S. They help simply by pursuing their profiled personal
needs—typically for recognition, influence, money, sex, drugs or the greatest drug of all: ideology.
Thus the mission-critical task fulfilled by political assets that the Israel lobby
“produces” for long-term service in the Congress—while appearing to represent their U.S. constituents.
Put a profiled asset in a pre-staged time, place and circumstance—over which
the Israel lobby can exert considerable influence—and Israeli psy-ops specialists can be confident that, within
an acceptable range of probabilities, an asset will act consistent with his or her profile.
Democrat or Republican is irrelevant; the strategic point remains the same: to ensure
that lawmakers perform consistent with Israel’s interests. With the help of McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform,”
the Israel lobby attained virtual control over the U.S. Congress.
of assets in the political sphere can be anticipated with sufficient confidence that outcomes become foreseeable—within
an acceptable range of probabilities. How difficult was it to predict the outcome when Bill Clinton, a classic
asset, encountered White House intern Monica Lewinsky?
Senator John McCain has long been a predictable asset. His political career traces its origins to organized crime from the 1920s. It
was organized crime that first drew him to Arizona to run for Congress four years before the 1986 retirement of Senator
By marketing his “brand”
as a Vietnam-era prisoner of war, he became a reliable spokesman for Tel Aviv while being portrayed as a “war
hero.” No media outlet dares mention that Colonel Ted Guy, McCain’s commanding officer while a POW, sought
his indictment for treason for his many broadcasts for the North Vietnamese that assured the death of many U.S. airmen.
As a typical asset, it came as no surprise to see McCain and Connecticut Senator
Joe Lieberman, a self-professed Zionist, used to market the phony intelligence that took us to war in Iraq. McCain’s
ongoing alliance with transnational organized crime spans three decades.
His 1980’s advocacy for S&L crook Charles Keating of “The Keating 5” finds a counterpart
in his recent meetings with Russian-Israeli mobster Oleg Deripaska who at age 40 held $40 billion in wealth defrauded
from his fellow Russians.
McCain conceded earlier this
month in a town hall meeting in Tempe, Arizona that he met in a small dinner in Switzerland with mega-thief Deripaska
and Lord Rothschild V.
For assets such as McCain to be
indicted for treason, the American public must grasp the critical role that such pliable personalities play in political
manipulations. McCain is a “poster boy” for how assets are deployed to shape decisions such as those that
took our military to war. In the Information Age, if that’s not treason, what is?
The predictability of a politician’s conduct confirms his or her qualifications as an
asset. They are routinely developed and “produced” over lengthy periods of time and then—as with John
McCain—maintained in key positions to influence decision-making as key junctures.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was candid in his assessment four weeks after
911. He may have been thinking about John McCain when he made this revealing comment:
“I want to tell you something very clear, don’t worry about American pressure
on Israel, we, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it.” [October 3, 2001]
Indictments for Treason
Are assets culpable? Do they have the requisite intent to indict them for treason?
Does John McCain possess an evil mind? Did he betray this nation of his own free will or is he typical of those assets
with personalities so weak and malleable that they can easily be manipulated?
As federal grand juries are impaneled to identify and indict participants in this trans-generational operation,
how many sayanim should the Federal Bureau of Investigation expect to uncover in the U.S.? No one knows because
this subtle form of treason is not yet well understood.
Ostrovksy, a former Mossad katsa (case officer) wrote in 1990 that the Mossad had 7,000 sayanim in London
alone. In London’s 1990 population of 6.8 million, Israel’s all-volunteer corps represented one-tenth
of one percent of the residents of that capital city.
Washington, DC is ten times more critical to Israel’s geopolitical goals (an understatement), does that mean the
FBI should expect to find ten times more sayanim per capita in Washington?
What about sayanim in Manhattan, Miami, Beverly Hills, Atlanta, Boston, Charleston,
Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia,
Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Toledo?
No one knows. And Tel Aviv is unlikely to volunteer the information. This we know for certain: America has been
played for the fool. And so has our military.
duplicity dates back well before British Foreign Secretary Alfred Balfour wrote to an earlier Lord Rothschild in 1917
citing UK approval for a “Jewish homeland.” In practical effect, that “homeland” now ensures
non-extradition for senior operatives in transnational organized crime.
To date, America has blinded itself even to the possibility of such a trans-generational operation inside our borders and imbedded inside our government. Instead the toxic charge of “anti-Semitism” is routinely hurled at those chronicling the “how” component of this systemic treason.
Making this treason transparent is essential to restore U.S. national security.
That transparency may initially appear unfair to the many moderate and secular Jews who join others appalled at this
systemic corruption of the U.S. political system.
they are also concerned that somehow they may be portrayed as guilty by association due to a shared faith tradition. That would be not only unjust to them but also ineffective in identifying and indicting
This much is certain: a Democrat as president offers no real alternative to a Republican on those issues affecting U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Today’s corruption predates the duplicity in 1948 that induced Harry Truman to extend recognition to this extremist enclave as a legitimate nation state. Our troubles date from then.
That fateful decision must
be revisited in light of what can now be proven about the “how” of this ongoing duplicity—unless Americans want to continue to be played for the fool.
at work. Copy of a page from www.israpundit.com, freely available on Internet,
in the public domain. I'm sure they won't mind my copy here; they claim to have come under Internet attack and to have been
almost destroyed by hackers, so here's a copy, I hope secure, of just one page. It is unaltered, apart from removing pleas
for money, advertisements, simple pictures, and other junk. Dated 2013; gives a fascinating, but depressing, picture of
how Jewish liars view themselves and view the goyim. Study the mutually-interlinked systems of lies, fake history, fake
emotions, and simple deception systems.
I've left original links to the site unchanged; they may or may
work: they may be removed, edited, or completely changed. Please bear in mind that vast atrocities, wars, cruelties, frauds
and deception have been carried out by these simple-minded group-obsessed psychopaths and their ancestors.
Frequency of word-use of 'Sayanim' in English, according to Google
(I'm told) means something like 'explanation': imagine an entry in an Israeli encyclopedia, for example, or in Jewish media.
Hasbarat seems to be the plural.
told) means something like 'helpers' and is a collective noun for the people engaged in putting out their hasbarat lies.
Sceptics/ skeptics who find this hard to believe might like this View inside Jewish Wikipedia on English-language Metapedia, which has detailed accounts of Wikipedia's funding origin (by porn), methods of editing,
'rouge [rogue] admins', and resulting quality of content.
[ big-lies.org ]
IDC comment ‘war room’ (Photo: Oren Kochavi)
all that, here's an overview of how a few thousand jews can ruin a country.
From Goran Lind, in facebook:
What Is A Sayanim ?
The Sayanim is any Jewish person, that can be called on to assist another Jew in any cause. Since birth, the Jewish people
have been taught of their superiority... and need for cohesion. The Sephardic Jews are the upper level of the race, and the
Ashkenazim, which constitute 95% of all Jews, are the worker parasites of the race. Since the Sephardics first converted the
AshkeNAZI, they brainwashed them into the idea that the world is their enemy and their fellow Jew is a "Quiet Guardian".
Is A Sayanim?
Every Jewish person is expected to be a potential
agent (spy/sayanim), in varying degrees.
What Will They Do?
If the Jewish people sense a potential threat, the Jewish Sayanim is authorized to commit
anything from simple harassment to business ruin, and even multiple murders. The Columbine Massacre was a perfect example.
The police knew there were seven people involved, but five students, two sets of parents, one employer and psychiatrists,
provided alibis and corrupted evidence.
Your Jewish accountant will relay any private bookkeeping info to a Jewish competitor, your friendly Jewish
pharmacist will assist your Jewish doctor to poison you, a clerk at VISA will supply your private credit information to anyone,
the list is endless.
Sayanim Indoctrination Starts At Childhood:
Jewish children rarely are allowed
to play with the gentiles. Around the house the child is constantly bombarded with the word Goy.
(goyim means cattle/animals), relates to menial occupations.
The family maid, nannies, gardener, plumber, etc are referred to as "The Goy or goyim".
A public Jewish school will receive grants,
and the best teachers are put in the district. 6th graders at these "Magnet schools" are the equivalent of an 8th
grader at a normal school. Jewish kid's will always be eligible for the "Gifted Programs". Exceptional Jewish
children are turned over to the Rabbi for future guidance.
In heavily Jewish communities the public schools will always have a "Gifted program". For those
with the resources, they will attend exclusive schools.
Here is the big payoff. Entrance into the finest schools is assured.
All the larger Universities have Sayanims placed in key locations from the Dean to the Admission Officers, to the loans, and
the scholarship personnel. Societies, such as Hillel, will shepherd a young Jew throughout his college career.
Jewish professors will always favor the Jewish student. Jewish students make up 30% of the Ivy League, which they
credit to their extraordinary IQ's, which is a myth. Law schools, such as Yale, can have an enrollment of 60% +.
In any Jewish controlled company, a Jew
is given first preference in job interviews. If a Jew is a businessman, he gets preferential treatment on contracts where
another Jewish person is involved. Getting a bank loan is a cinch if he is a Jew.
Jews have lined all government's offices around the planet with their people. (parasitic infestations) !
Student loans get erased if they are a Jew or Jewess. A non-Jew business competitor can have a regulatory agency put on
him by these parasites. The Judicial is 40% Jewish and another 35% are minorities they control.
So What Is Expected Of A Sayanim?
The standard Sayanim
routine is basically favoring other Jews in ordinary transactions, but the sayanim can be called on to protect any criminal
enterprise. From the traffic court Judge to an Appellate Judge - fellow sayanims receive special treatment. The special Sayanim
(200,000 of them worldwide but there are probably a lot more now) will be expected to cooperate in any Israeli Mossad (Israel's
Secret Service) enterprise including murder, sabotage and any form of Fifth Column activity (does 9/11 ring a bell?). A division
of the Mossad ( Katsas) keeps records, and stays in active contact with this group, the Mossad.
The Sayanim (sleeping cells who spy/act for Mossad in the host nation they live in, sometimes pretending to be
Christians, Moslems, Israelites, etc.)
"The individual is handicapped by coming
face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists". J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director 1924-1972, quoted
in The Elks Magazine (August 1956).
"All Jews are provocateurs in Peacetime,
saboteurs in Wartime, and subversives all the time." 24 December at 04:05
September 19, 2013
Online battle for Israel’s hasbara
By Eyal Lehmann, YNET
pages are fighting ring where Israel supporters try to ward off millions of pro-Palestinian posters. In hectic, viral world
of talkbacks, every photo is replied, every reply is commented on, every comment has minute-long shelf life before it is
challenged by rivals
On July 11, the Middle East
made headlines in Italy again. Not one missile fell in Israeli territory, nor was a terrorist killed in Gaza. Still, for
24 hours, one feature did not escape the headlines on the La Repubblica website, one of the two most popular news sources
in the country: “Israeli soldiers,” the website reported with a video, “arrested a five-year-old Palestinian
boy in the West Bank for throwing rocks.” The IDF maintained that the boy was merely detained and then released back to his parents, but many Italian surfers saw enough
“They should be annihilated,” surfer
Fabrizio posted on the La Repubblica Facebook page, which attracts over 1.2 million readers. “Hitler should come back
and destroy you, dirty fascists,” surfer Salvino added. Surfer Fabio posted “Israelis are doing to the Palestinians
what the Germans did to them,” while surfer Terry posted a response reading “these are the Nazis of the third
millennium, but because they have money and American friends, the Palestinians are the ones seen as terrorists.” A
particularly active poster named Viviana wrote: “Israel is a murderous country! It’s committing an unprecedented
ethnic cleansing! Poor Palestinians.”
Some 600 comments
pile on the website; bold, poisonous, at times succinct and often not. Suddenly, someone raises a challenge. “What
are you talking about?” Ehud wards off Viviana in fluent Italian. “Ethnic cleansing? Daily injury of women and
children? Do you have proof or are you just firing slander? Remember reality is not black and white, and that one must always
study things before taking such a stark stand.” A Palestinian named Mussa replies: “Ehud, why doesn’t Israel
restore the ’67 lines instead of building in settlements, considering Palestinians have acknowledged its existence?
Under what right did Israel take away my country?”
Ehud replies politely, “before we can talk about borders, one real development must occur—the realization of
both nations that the country will have to be shared. I’m afraid that realization has not yet taken place. Hamas crying
out against Israel’s existence and Israel building new settlements both testify to that.”
Ehud Assoulin is a 26-year-old from Ramat Hasharon who has been living and studying
in Rome for the past four years. “I started posting comments in Italian for Israel during Operation Cast Lead,”
he said, “when Italian media was turbulent, and I saw an array of media distortions and prejudice about Israel. It
made me angry on the simplest and most moral level and I felt that I couldn’t stay indifferent.”
Since then, unusual news regarding Israel set him at the computer screen: “My goal
is to make Italians think and go past the ordinary and simplistic patters they are mostly captive in, to make them realize
that in reality things are much more complex.”
Assoulin is one of many Israelis, Jews and Zionists
abroad who take part in the most informal and quiet hasbara war in recent years: The war of comment posters.
Dubbed “Talkbacks” in Hebrew, comments first appeared in the bottom of news
websites, where they were carefully screened for swear words and racism, but recently they’ve wandered to the news
Facbook pages, which attracts hundreds of thousands if not millions of followers. There, under a full name and without masks,
Now, in the Israeli-Palestinian battle for world opinion, comments are an unusual battlefield: They are the only arena in virtual space that creates a
direct, real-time and active conflict between Israel’s supporters and its opponents. Here, cleaver illustrations of
missiles or a screen caption of a mother shielding her children from missiles will not do; in the neurotic world of talkbacks,
every photo has a reply, every reply has a comment, and every comment has a minute-long shelf life before it too is debunked
by rivals. Which truth will eventually win â€“ the Israeli one or the Palestinian one? Much of it depends
on comment posters’ perseverance and their devotion to the battle of the minds.
4% write, 30% read
Dr. Tzvi Reich
from the Department of Communication in Ben-Gurion University took part in a thorough international study where Internet
surfing and comment posting habits were studied on 24 leading news websites in the world, from the US to France, from Germany to Estonia. He said the comment posters’ ability to control discourse compared to their size in the population is
simply enormous. Studies in the world and in Israel, he said, show that only 4%-7% of news website surfers post comments,
and a much larger percent reads them: 30%-40% of surfers.
small group of comment posters who are skilled and devoted can monopolize an article, such as a political item in Israel,
and appear as a majority, or at least larger than it is,” he said. It is clear to him that comments posted on news
websites have psychological effects as well: “A surfer can read a comment on an article and understand they’re
in the minority and feel bad about it, like they’re on the wrong side.”
That is the exact reason why some try to show surfers “the right side”. Avishai Bitton,
a 24-year-old student from Rishon Lezion, is another Israeli web warrior. As a child, he came to Israel from New York, where
he lived right across from the UN Headquarters. During his military service, a while after the operation in Gaza in 2009,
he went to visit family in the US and passed by a pro-Palestinian rally in the Big Apple. The chasm between the signs reading
“Israel is a murderer” and his experiences as a soldier in the most moral army in the world, as he continuously
calls it, jolted him. Since then, he has been there: Morning, noon, night, whenever is needed. Coffee on the table, laptop
in his hands, looking for virtual battles around the world.
isn’t a day when I don’t visit an international news website,” he says. “Some days the world is merciful
and focuses on Syria and I can sleep. But you find yourself awake at night, and it’s not just due to empathizing with
the State, it’s because of wanting justice. You write ten lines in a comment just so you can go to bed at night and
say, ‘I did what I could, I showed the other side of the story as much as possible.’ There were days when I
spent 12-14 hours in front of news site. I got up in the morning, I sat at the computer; and only went to sleep when I could
no longer write.”
Comment posters, he knows well, are cruel. Next to
legitimate criticism about Israel, in the bottom of the world’s news websites, he and his peers have seen the most
blatant of lies. When surfers see a Palestinian’s body, they start chanting lies: That the Israelis drink Arabs’
blood and rape women at checkpoints.
They share experiences
from their latest visit to the Gaza Strip and talk about Israeli soldiers who torture children for fun while drinking and
laughing. It is unclear how many of them know that other than in special operations, there have been no Israeli soldiers
in Gaza for eight years. It does not matter: Comment posted, damage done. Bitton tries to beat them with words and images:
Strives to expose hasbara lies by the other side, prove commenters’ ignorance, and raise questions that could dent
their absolute faith.
“When you’re fluent in a
language and know local customs, it gives you another perspective,” he said. “Surfers think, here is a person
who is from my country and is out there and telling us what he’s experienced. Knowing Americans, for example, I don’t
comment on a news item the same on the Republican Fox News website as I do on the liberal CNN website. I can appeal to emotion
on Fox News since its surfers are predisposed to support Israel, CNN’s liberal readers need more logic and data. They
want to know how and why; you have to show them less familiar angles.”
‘Like teaching cows to read’
war suggests that maybe we do not suffer from a persecution complex; that maybe Israel is covered not proportionally to
its size. Dr. Reich said that editors of news websites around the globe who took part in his study all said one issue makes
their comment system spin more than any other: “Editors all over the world, from the Washington Post, from the Guardian,
from Die Welt, from La Figaro, all talk about an influx of comments on any item related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“In the comments for any item, the discourse deteriorates to hate speech. Website
editors described the experiences saying,’you posted an item about the Mideast? You won’t get any sleep.’
They map out organized pro-Palestinian and Palestinian communities on one side, and pro-Jewish or Jewish communities on
the other, that fight between them and ravage any new item published.”
But Israelis and Jewish communities in the Diaspora are not alone in the fight. “The majority of the people
writing pro-Israel talkbacks are not Jewish,” said Philip Fabian, a 32-year-old German from Berlin. “I never started to write pro-Israeli talkbacks consciously. I am a classic news-junkie, and the internet
contributed a lot in developing my political conscience, starting in the post 9/11 world and the Intifada of the last decade.
It made me realize the obvious shortcomings of mainstream media news outlets, especially when it comes to Israel.”
The experience he describes sounds thoroughly Israeli: “With many people, after
discussing and repeating the same things again and again, you realize that you are in a loop with no way out, and you know
that trying to explain Israel or anti-Semitism to them is like trying to teach a cow how to read. But sometimes, you realize some people start to change bit by bit, because
they admit to themselves that you are right in some points, or because they get a point of view on things that they haven’t
His comment activism came at a
cost: “At times, the urge to argue about Israel was very strong, and it became an extremely time-consuming activity,”
he said. “I wouldn’t let go of an online argument, even late at night or even during work time, and I lost a
few friends who thought I was obsessed, but I don’t regret it. Advocating for Israel introduced me to new friends.”
The most skilled comment posters know to characterize
other comment posters according to their land, and describe Latin America as one of the most problematic zones for Israel:
“There’s a horrible knowledge base there,” a senior comment poster said, “Sometimes people write
about Israel like they used to talk about the world being flat, showing false data and ‘facts’ that make us
cry and laugh simultaneously.”
Trying to set the record
straight is Nissim Tarrab, a 20-year-old fromVenezuela who is studying for his bachelor in communication in Israel. Every day he logs on to the biggest Spanish news sites: From
papers of his own country, to the Argentinean Clarin and the Spanish El Pais.
“There have been a lot of changes in Latin America recently, and common financial interests with Arab countries
cause South American countries to side with the Palestinians,” he said. “From there it sometimes looks like
Israel is a dictatorship where Arabs have no rights. I read the news in Spanish every day, and when I find a story that
sheds a negative and unjustified light on Israel, I’m moved to clarify the situation based on facts.
“It’s often frustrating, and some comment posters are not worth the debate.
We got used to anti-Semitic remarks glorifying Hitler and denying the holocaust, but I’ll never forget seeing comment
posters who justified the Fogel family massacre, who said that Palestinians experience that everyday. I was shocked, I couldn’t
A lost cause in the comment war is the Arab arena,
but even there, it turns out, there are those who maintain the wellbeing of Zionism. A few Arab Israelis who were part of hasbara efforts during various wars refused to be interviewed, but young Saudi Hussein,
resident of Riyadh, is proud of his work. He started posting comments supporting Israel four years ago.
“I admit that I used to hate Israel because of the propaganda in the Arab and Muslim
world,” he said, “And I even thought any dialogue with Israelis is treason. But as time passed, my opinions changed,
and the Israelis I talk to helped me see the facts.” Hussein saves Israel’s face on Arab websites and on Facebook.
More than once, he said, he has received hateful comments from extreme Islamists, as he calls them, who were enraged about
his support of Israel’s existence and about negative comments he made regarding Hamas and Hezbollah.
“I write that I’m a good friend of Israel and Israelis and I’m proud
of it,” Hussein said. His Saudi friends are aware of his odd hobby, and he said some support him and some do not care.
He is not afraid of the Saudi regime, either: “I know the red lines in my country. If you attack religious symbols
like Muhammad, you’re in trouble, but if you praise Israel â€“ there’s nothing to worry about.
Many Saudis support peace with Israel, and many famous Saudi individuals, like the manager of Al-Arabiya, said wonderful
things about it without anything happening.”
Hussein’s work, naturally, is especially difficult: “Lies
in the Arab media are many and big, and anything negative relates to Israel. The latest lie is of course by Assad supporters,
who accuse Israel of aiding Jihadists in Syria. To those who call Israel a criminal I explain that Arabs in Israel live
a much better life than Arabs in Egypt,Lebanon, Syria or Jordan, and that Israel is a democratic country that doesn’t discriminate. I emphasize that Israel must blockade
Gaza to protect itself from terror organizations, and that food and medicine are always being sent to the Gaza Strip.”
But it works the other way, as well. The Israeli army of comment posters is made up of
idealists driven by a sense of calling who want to prove the world wrong, but some of them say they themselves sometimes
are faced with complex reality, and enemy comments seed doubts in them. Some incidents are hard to justify, some killing
is avoidable, and sometimes they too are convinced that Israelis can do more for peace.
“I’m generally very convicted of the importance of Zionist work,” said Assoulin,
“So there isn’t a comment poster who made me question the idea that Israel is based on, but such massive exposure
to opposite opinions has made me see the reality in a more balanced way. I also don’t rush to justify everything Israel
does. When soldiers in the West Bank detained the five-year-old, I clarified in my comments that I think the soldiers were wrong, and focused on explaining
the context, the fact that what happened was a detainment and a slap on the wrist, not an arrest, and that it’s not
a game of good vs. bad.” Many comment posters also say that the building in the settlements is an action they find
difficult to explain.
The most successful attempt to raise an army of comment posters was during Operation Cast
Lead, when the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya started a round-the-clock “war room”, where 1,600 multilingual
students, mostly foreign students who were studying in Israel at the time, commented on major news websites. Three teams
focused on posting comments to websites in 34 languages and 61 countries, and reached, they estimate, 20 million computer
screens. Other than comments in English, Spanish and Russian, they made sure to leave pro-Israeli comments on websites in
Georgia, Turkey, South Korea and other arenas not considered “classic”, all in the country’s native tongue.
Avishai Bitton at IDC online comments war room
“The idea we worked by was that we are not official representatives of the country,
but simple people writing about our personal feelings living under fire, and that’s how we achieved what we did,”
said Yarden Ben-Yosef, who started the war room. “I remember that on a news site in Denmark, comment posters promoted an anti-Israeli protest, and our posters developed a dialogue with them and showed them, in Danish,
the Hamas Charter that calls to destroy Israel and links to Hamas summer camps that teach Palestinian children hate. Remarkably,
a comment poster who was so active in promoting the protest suddenly admitted he never saw those things before.”
The problem is, comment posters say, that on regular, days Israel doesn’t hold an
army of commenters. During a military operation, a force like that may be started ad hoc, but the comment war is a long-term
war and it is daily events—from the killing of terrorists depicted as innocent citizens to releasing Palestinian murderers
depicted as “political prisoners”—that keep it in motion. World opinion, therefore, continues to form
in the war between the wars.
IDC comment war room (Photo: Oren Kochavi)
Firing online comments in 34 languages to 61 countries (Photo: Oren Kochavi)
Four years ago, it was said that the Foreign Ministry was starting a division of paid comment
posters to increase Israeli presence online, but the idea never took off. The Foreign Ministry explained that not only questions of cost went into
the process, but questions of morals and reliability. A country that pays people, regardless of their opinion, to market
it to the world, guised as independent surfers, is playing a very dangerous game.
“Even in the hasbara war, not all means are ‘kosher’, let alone if we consider
ourselves to be the good side,” said Foreign Ministry’s Department of Digital Diplomacy Director Yoram Morad.
“I’ve heard of programs that can flood pages with pro-Israeli messages, we could open fictitious profiles, but
beyond the fact that such deceit is easily exposed these days—it’s just not the way.” Although comments
are the only arena of direct conflict, the Foreign Ministry believes they are of less importance than viral posts on Facebook
and Twitter or presence in the radio, television and printed press.
The keyboard fighters attest almost unanimously that in the visibility fight on comment pages, the Israeli defeat
is absolute; according to numbers alone, we are David all over again, and the Arabs â€“ Goliath. Israel
is a melting pot with a huge potential of bilingual and multilingual comment posters, but in certain countries in the world,
blue-and-white comments that question the news report itself or the comments on it, are mere isles in a sea of pro-Palestinian
Yarden Ben-Yosef said that in this war, numbers
matter as much as words. “Even if the most intelligent writer writes a comment rich with data and historical facts,
no one will read it because it’s too long. Ten pro-Palestinian comments that simply say “murderers” or another emotional word will win the battle for the readers hearts and
on public opinion, and we should strive to balance the playing field, numbers-wise.”
Avishai Bitton disagrees with him. He calls those comments “copy-paste hatred” and in
that game, if you ask him, we lost before the starting shot was even fired. A billion and a half Muslims sprinkled with
anti-Israeli European sentiment leave no room for several dozens of millions of Israel-supporting Jews and Christians. “I
don’t deny the fact that when the layman reader sees that about 90% of comments slander Israel they tend to adopt
the position, but I think we shouldn’t focus on those readers, since it’s a lost cause. We should focus on intelligent
readers who are genuinely interested in the conflict, who in 10 or 20 years will be leaders in their countries. It’s
better to lose a thousand students on a campus in the US but gain the sympathy of one honors student of international relations,
the one who will one day be a UN diplomat and have much more impact on our fate.”
Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem believes that institutional focus on comments is unrealistic, and the strategy of “pressure
on the whole field” (investing in relations with pro-Israeli organizations, universities and key communities abroad)
is the right way to create meaningful hasbara leverage, which will vicariously move the wheels of pro-Israeli comment posts.
Until then, they’re relying heavily on independent initiative.
“We won’t find four million state workers who will post comments,” said Morad, “and that’s
why Israelis need to understand that in that area, things depend on them much more than on the government. We can each do
something, even if it’s educating two surfers, and the ministry’s job is to make sure there are no Israelis who
wish to join the effort and find they have no one to turn to for tools and information.”
Roi Kais contributed to this report
IN FRANCE 2014 is a long video, a 'documenterview', including Jacob Cohen, described as a
Moroccan Jew novelist, who more-or-less speaks English. It's produced by META in a deliberately amateurish style. It's on
my bitchute site, at least while that lasts, but is too long for easy handling. It's in the fake revelations genre. Jacob
Cohen presumably was selected for his Chomskyesque bumbling appearance. No doubt the thing is intended to help put the word
'sayanim' into circulation. There are segments on Paris, forced immigration, Jews and puppets of Jews and puppets of puppets.
Vichy of course, bombing of France, the Holohoax. Dieudonné is there. But of course the full impact of Jewish control
of money, of Freemasonry, of control of media, education, and spying, false flags and all the rest is omitted..
Vanunu and his multiple siblings was from Morocco: see Vanunu: Media Disinformation Campaign Pretends That Israel Is Nuclear Armed for a laugh.