By Jonathon Blakeley
November 22, 2011
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Jonathon Blakeley: A guide to Hasbara trolls
Introduction by Gilad Atzmon: We are all aware of the Hasbara trolls, the Wikipedia Jews and the Israeli Neocon smear outlets. In the following important piece internet expert Jonathon Blakeley explores the vile and destructive impact of Sayanim and Hasbara agents on the social networks. What we really see is a surge of Zio-centric anti- social behaviour in our midst. They are united against humanity, humanism, pluralism, freedom of expression and tolerance basically all those things that are precious to the rest of us.
Hasbara is an Hebrew word defined as explanation. The purpose of Hasbara is to explain and educate western people about the Israeli mission. Hasbara can take many forms, adverts, websites, comments on blogs, letter writing, protests and so on. For a fuller idea of the depth of Habsara check this tool-kit from the We Believe in Israel Website. (made by BICOM). The difference between propaganda and hasbara? I would say Hasbara is more of a soft sell at first, it seeks to inform, influence and educate the ignorant to the Israeli cause. The narrative of Hasbara has a victimized quality underpinning it, a very passive-aggressive approach, Israel is always defending not attacking. They play the mis-understood victim and invite their critics to attack them. The sub-current being that Israel's message is not understood. Israel views that the reason for this is either lack of education or stupidity. So the Hasbara agents explain until they realise that they are getting nowhere and then respond with disdain and disgust.
Social StrategiesKey individuals are identified, some support Israel others oppose. These are the influencers, on Twitter they are people with over 1 000 followers and over 1 000 tweets. By seeking to influence and control these key individuals, Hasbara agents can influence many many more. Hasbara trolls on twitter try to act as shepherds for the tweeps, making them go this way or that. A troll traditionally on the Internet is someone indulges in off-topic abuse.
I believe that calling someone - anti-semite or neo-nazi or racist is inflammatory, unless that is their actual beliefs.
- a troll is someone who posts inflammatory
- extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response
- or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
Hasbara TacticsBy controlling information one can control people and the social networks. Hasbara volunteers help to police social networks for Israel. The big media are dealt with through BICOM and AIPAC, whilst the social media are policed unofficially by the Hasbara troll brigade. Priority is to stop influencers being compromised by anti-Israel sentiment.
Hasbara Troll brigadeHasbara Trolls are generally quite polite at first. They pop up when someone is critical of Israel and it's policies or interests. They target, write, engage, educate and insult. From my research it seems that there is some kind of hierarchy of trolls, they have leaders who tell them targets and guide them with their spin. Most work voluntarily but some are paid for by wealthy sponsors. They track topical keywords and persons using public websites such as topsy.com. Problems arise if one rejects the explanations being offered by the trolls, then their troll nature becomes apparent very quickly as they resort to smears and abuse.
Hasbara Troll attributes
Hasbara trolls use internet alerts to warn them when hot keywords are mentioned. Keywords such as Israel, Jewish, Judaism etc. When those words are mentioned they are alerted and they go to investigate who is talking about what. I have seen this happen many times with Gilad Atzmon, someone will post something from Gilad, shortly afterwards they are bombarded by hasbara trolls. Initially they explain where they had gone wrong and try to 'educate' people with their ideology. Usually they say something like
- Supreme point of view
- The Hasbara troll knows best
- Condescending & Patronising
- Socialist (Smart and 'caring')
- Do not have to be Jewish but Pro-Israel
- Internet experts
- Like to ask the questions, not answer questions
- Control freaks
- Inflamed by anyone being critical of Israel
- 'Moral' Guardians
- Classic insults: Anti-semite, Neo- Nazi, White Supremacist, Holocaust denier
- Adept with social networks well trained on IT"Do you know Gilad Atzmon is a notorious... anti-semite? neo-nazi, holocaust denier. etc.. etc."The way to spot the troll is the inflammatory language. If Gilad was a anti-semite it should be self evident, but he says quite clearly in his book "The Wandering Who" ."In this book I will try to untangle the knot. I will present a harsh criticsm of Jewish politics and identity. Yet it is crucial to mention at this early stage that there will be not a single reference to Jews as ethnicity or race. In my writing, I differentiate between Jews (the people), Judaism (the religion) and Jewish-ness (the ideology). This book does not deal with Jews as a people or ethnicity. If anything, my studies of this issue suggest that Jews do not form any kind of racial continuum. In short, those who are searching for blood or race-related interpretation on Zionism will have to look for it in someone else's work." Gilad Atzmon P15 Chapter 1 -The Wandering Who.
Types of Jewishness
Despite Gilad Atzmon making a clear and unequivocal point above, it has not stopped many zombie zionist hasbara trolls from accusing him time and time again and many others of anti-semitism or being a neo-nazi. What is wrong with these pathetic and misguided people? Can't they read, or have their brains just curdled in their own cranium. The truth is they choose not to read or listen or debate.
- Jews (the people) - born a jew, being jewish.
- Judaism (the religion) - Jewish beliefs.
- Jewish-ness (the ideology) - Jewish ideas'I would actually say, those people who advocate every interventionalist war in the name of freedom of speech, democracy and pluralism, are operating in the west as gatekeepers, censors and resent any form of intellectual debate' - Gilad AtzmonThese people are the new Book burners, those that oppose freedom in all its forms. These Hasbara trolls oppose free speech and try to suppress open and free debate and instead replace it with their own hasbara wash & spin. It is astonishing the amount of times I have seen trolls warning people not to read this book or that book. Why do we have all these twitter trolls trying to influence what people choose to read?'Are they the people of the anti book?'- Gilad Atzmon
We must unite to name and shame these despicable individuals as they try to suppress free and open debate. These people pose a great threat to our political systems and must be identified to stop them spreading their vile mis-information far and wide.
Here are some of the most active hasbara trolls.
Luther BlissettsJeffrey Goldberg
Adam HollandNick Lowles
After repeated attempts to indoctrinate you, I mean educate you, the Hasbara trolls then resort to name bombing. Mentioning a persons name as many times as possible on social network sites to create negative report with strong SEO. Basically using the internet to smear people to the maximum. Hasbara Trolls are well organised and have links they point to to prove their flaky points. Although the links these trolls cite are often from their own hasbara chums and the blogs they reference do not have original source, material just second hand re-cobbled quotes.
- Turn up randomly asking question about Israel, trying to engage/educate.
- Guilt by association, they point to some source your are linked to as being anti-semitic or neo-nazi.
- Opportunity to redeem - the offer chance to recant from your naive ways.
- Smears and insults - if the top 3 fail then it's just character assassination.
- Name bombing - using seo in blackhat ways to denounce and smear people. ie website with 37 mentions of someones name will prob get a Page one on Google.
- Hasbara trolls generally follow the rules of social networks, because they want to continue to influence people and subvert open and free debate.
Gilad Atzmon is not an anti-semite or a Holocaust denierbut there are many who would like us to think so. The question is why? To dis-credit him and his ideas. But it is not just Gilad Atzmon who is the target of the Hasbara trolls. The list is long and growing. To the right are a series of tweets from #Joe86pw, I have observed him part-time trolling on many occasions. Here he spots that Tom Watson famous Labour MP is thinking of buying a new book by Mearsheimer. - "Why leaders Lie" . Joe spots this tweet and shortly after is tweeting a helpful warning to Tom Watson MP (Hackgate MP) about that dangerous book. In these following tweets we see the "Emma Rosenthal" guiding a troll. @johne326 got upset when I placed him on my troll list. I asked him why he was trolling Gilad Atzmon and he responded to me that it was clear to him that Gilad Atzmon is an anti-semite. All I want to say is this John, " look up the definition of trolling". I have never been into politics, but sure enough, the lovely open-minded "Emma Rosenthal" wastes no time at all in denouncing me as a "White supremacist".
'emma_rosenthal 2:09pm via Web .@jonathonblakele @johne326 by trolling they mean disagreeing, adding to the discourse? oooh wow sensitive white supremacists aren't they?'
'emma_rosenthal 2:11pm via Web .@johne326 you don't get it. it's ruder to actually oppose racism than to advocate it. don't be so sensitive!'
Just mentioning Gilad Atzmon on twitter is sufficient to attract the Hasbara vermin within a very short time. They all know each other as well and they enjoy bullying dissenters with their chums. Really, it is just like being back at school being bullied by the school gang. Usually the lead bully goes in to attack, whilst others stand by making encouraging noises. We are 'told' that we live in a free society, but we don't! Free speech and debate are being squashed by the likes of BICOM, AIPAC and a small army of annoying Hasbara trolls. We must work together to stop them.
From Truth comes Peace. #FromTruthcomesPeace \\\
5 Responses to “A guide to Hasbara trolls”
- Internationalist says:
All of your comments on hasbara trolls ring true.
We have to develop thick skins, accept that they will call us and everyone who disagrees with them an antisemite or a nazi.
We accept it because it is the proof that they are deceitful and unpleasant bullies. And they must be exposed as such.
- JB says:
Thanks for your feedback. I wanted to identify the tell tale signs to help others in identifying and dealing with these pests. They can be thoroughly unpleasant if not psychotic in some cases. Their strength is that they largely go un-noticed and that allows them to get away with their mischief making. I wish no harm on anyone, but I think their behaviour is toxic to free speech and thinking. As such we need to work together to root these trolls out.
Will the responders who are hired for this also present themselves as “ordinary net-surfers”?
“Of course,” says Shturman. “Our people will not say: ‘Hello, I am from the policy-explanation department of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and I want to tell you the following.’ Nor will they necessarily identify themselves as Israelis. They will speak as net-surfers and as citizens, and will write responses that will look personal but will be based on a prepared list of messages that the Foreign Ministry developed.”
- Internationalist says:
What you write also reflects my experience at Harrys Place. When I first wandered onto that site and posted a couple of comments, the editors were at first very friendly and accommodating. David T even charmingly offered me the opportunity to post a guest article.
But in the mean time a lot of their regular commenters got extremely abusive calling me all kinds of unpleasant things (including antisemitic/Nazi of course). The HP moderators just allowed them to get on with this vile abuse, even when it got personal and threatening. In fact, this made me think they were just the same as the suited BNP leaders doing nothing to control the party Stormtroopers.
When it was clear that I was not going to soften my criticism of Israel, the editors themselves got nasty. Very nasty.
Then when it became clear that I could not be pigeonholed as a Hamas supporter or a leftist, i.e. they could not even begin to deal with a univeralist/internationalist perspective, they banned me.
That was a few months ago and I have noticed that in the meantime, there are fewer and fewer dissenting voices at HP. The only ones there are SWP lefties who can be dealt with easily.
The good news is that this means they are just talking to themselves and losing touch with reality – unless it really is the case that 99.99% of the world is “antisemitic”, and that the only thing we goyim are allowed to say about the Jews is what wonderful people they are, without exception.
Anyway, after this experience and digging deeper into Israel lobbyists tactics, The Wandering Who made total sense to me. I hope it is read widely. This lobby is trying to provoke a war that could have disastrous consequences for humainty. To exploit the Holocaust to justify such a war is the ultimate wickedness. These people must be stopped.
Just a thought, why is there no equivalent word to “antisemitism” for what these people say and think about the goyim?
Should we give the word “goyophobia” currency?
- JB says:
Hi Ed again…. Harry’s place..words fail me, It is not good. Interesting to hear your experiences. Unfortunately there are quite a few of these websites that purport to be open-minded but really when you scratch beneath the surface are home to some of the worst bigots I have come across on the internet. Harry’s place is a classic example of this, and should be renamed the Anti-Atzmon site, because they are so obsessed with smearing him at every opportunity.
In my experience I have found that sites that declare their anti-racist anti-semitic credentials are nearly always in reality being run by Hasbara agents.
The thing is if someone denounces a person as a racist, neo-nazi or anti-semite, they are in fact inciting hatred towards that person. Plain and simple. Unless it can be proven that a person is a racist, neo-nazi or anti-semite. So people who smear, denounce and defame in this manner are in fact inciting hate crimes.
I have been trying to understand the Israel problem for some time, I had struggled with all the complexities, But Gilad’s book “The Wandering Who” for me was ground breaking. For the first time here was someone who described the conundrum in great detail without slipping over the line into racism and sweeping generalizations.
We can not allow another war to take place and we must help each other to overcome this terrible mess we are all in. I think that the same social revolutions that have taken place in Egypt may spread world-wide and hopefully come to unravel this vast Zionist Empire. We should try to encourage this process to counter their hasbara tactics.
According to the “Joys of Yiddish” by Leon Rosten
“some jews use goy in perjorative sense” P 144
Jewish Hatred for Non-Jews (Gentiles)
I like goyophobia
Maybe #goyophobia could be good on twitter…
I feel a blog coming on… thanks…
Pleasure to read your comment..
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