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Israel tells troops to stop uploading video of themselves looting Palestinians’ property

The most IMmoral army in the world has finally received a wake-up call to the fact that filming its troops committing acts of depravity and posting the images online is not good for its image:

For the last four months the world’s social media feeds have been full of pictures and videos of Israeli soldiers looting Palestinian homes and carrying out depraved attacks on Palestinian civilians.

Israel has finally seemed to cotton onto the fact that this depravity is not good for their propaganda efforts, and makes a mockery of their laughable claims to be “the most moral army in the world”.

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We’ve seen Israeli soldiers posting videos of themselves vandalising and targeting Palestinian homes for no strategic purposedestroying civilian infrastructurerummaging through Palestinian women’s underwearwrecking children’s toysdestroying food, and larking around with the property of Palestinian civilians they’ve displaced and killed.

Now it seems the Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation forces Herzi Halevi has issued an edict warning Israeli soldiers not to film “revenge videos” and stop otherwise documenting their war crimes.

The order comes a little late though, it seems:

This is one instance when “better late than never” won’t ring true.

But what will the Israeli government do about its private citizens who have been trolling Gazans with mocking video clips?

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Social landlord suspends Lord Ian Austin as chair over social media posts

Suspended: Lord Ian Austin.

It couldn’t happen to anyone more deserving:

Social landlord Midland Heart has suspended its chairman, Lord Ian Austin, after he described “Islamist rapists and murderers” in a post on the social media.

The Birmingham-based social landlord said Lord Austin has been suspended from his duties, while a meeting has been arranged for 14 days time, “in line with rules of the association, to discuss his removal from the board”.

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In an email sent to staff and seen by Inside Housing, Midland Heart chief executive Glenn Harris said that “given the impact this has had on the reputation of our organisation and the upset it has caused, especially to our colleagues, the board unanimously feel this is the only course of action”.

In the post on X (formerly Twitter), which has since been deleted, Lord Austin said: “Everyone, better safe than sorry: before you go to bed, nip down and check you haven’t inadvertently got a death cult of Islamist murderers and rapists running their operations downstairs. It’s easily done.”

Following complaints about his use of language, Lord Austin posted on X: “People have complained about a tweet I issued at the weekend about Hamas’ operations centre being underneath UNRWA’s offices.

“It was not my intention to offend anyone and I have deleted it. As I have written and said many times – including in a national newspaper today – the vast majority of Muslims are just as appalled by racism and terrorism as everyone else.”

Austin was a major supporter of Israel within the Labour Party before being ennobled, and was at the forefront of efforts to smear former party leader Jeremy Corbyn with accusations of anti-Semitism.

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If you see any posts attacking Good Law Project soon – bear THIS in mind

Don’t feed the trolls: it seems that a worthy organisation of legal experts are about to face a storm of abuse on the social media – funded by a Tory contractor.

It looks like this plan is about to go south in a big way:

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Already this propaganda scheme is attracting the kind of attention it deserves:

This might help you work out your own position on this matter:

Meanwhile, the Good Law Project continues to provide useful information (with a view to court action) on government misdeeds like the following:

Well, the cat’s out of the bag, so let’s see what happens now.

This Writer’s hope is that nothing happens and Topham Guerin (and Palantir) make big noises about never having wanted to smear Good Law’s good name.

Otherwise, we can all have fun finding out where the money for this little wheeze has come from.

Shall we do that instead, guys?

But here’s a serious question: if this little wheeze has been discovered now, how many other such wheezes have been carried out – successfully – in the past?


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Dis-Influencers: Israel’s secret fifth-column* pushing lying anti-Palestine propaganda

Dis-influencers: they try to flood your social media with falsehoods, to blind you to the facts.

What connects these social media phenomena?

  • A post falsely suggesting that images of parents mourning their babies were of actors with dolls.
  • A clip said to be of a Palestinian nurse in a Gaza hospital, saying that Hamas had a base there and she sympathised with Israel.
  • A clip showing a car doing doughnuts in a US street, the passengers waving what were described as Palestinian flags (there was actually a flag of Cuba).
  • A claim that pro-Palestinian activists planted material on a Canadian university campus to increase anti-Semitic feeling.

They’re all examples of dis-influencer activity, according to Marc Owen Jones, an associate professor in Middle Eastern Studies.

Dis-influencers are people who try to influence others with disinformation – information that they know is false but deliberately present to others as factual in order to mislead.

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The Israeli government and its cheerleaders are heavily involved in dis-influencer activity, it seems – as explained in the following video interview with the UK journalist, also called Owen Jones:

This Writer reckons Marc Owen Jones makes a good point.

The ‘doll’ story was picked up and published as factual by the Jerusalem Post, which subsequently published this retraction:

… as spotted by Marc Owen Jones:

Look at the comments by the reporter, quoted below. Totally unrepentant. I wonder whether this person has changed their tune now:

The claim in the video was that we can’t tell who starts these falsehoods because they are picked up and spread by so many mouthpieces. This seems to be borne out by the following:

I’m sure you get the point.

The argument put forward by Marc Owen Jones – and Owen Jones – is persuasive.

So next time you see someone making bold claims about the depravity of Palestinians, Gazans, and/or Hamas… don’t be too quick to believe it. And see if it isn’t debunked within days – or even hours.

*For clarity, I’m aware that a fifth column is actually “a group within a country at war who are sympathetic to or working for its enemies”, but it seems the closest description of what these people are. Is there a word for a group within one country who spread lies in order to further another country’s interests?


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We have to respond to the pro-Israel bile on the social media

Apologists for Israeli genocide: every day, ordinary people take to their keyboards and turn themselves into trolls, propagandists and antagonists in favour of more killing in Gaza. They must be opposed.

Another day – another flood of bile from supporters of Israel.

This Writer responds to the posts that I see, and I try to do so from a rational perspective, even in the face of what seems to be outright lunacy.

Here are some of the messages I’ve seen today, with my responses.

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Please – if you see any of these hate-filled messages, make a response to it. Make it thoughtful and civilised, but make the point that they are distorting or ignoring the facts.

Thankfully there are an increasing number of reasonable, pro-peace posts appearing:

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Are we seeing through the nonsense about Israel/Gaza on the social media?

The nonsense is stacking up on social media servers across the world – but it seems our tolerance is wearing thin, as is that of the more professional public representatives.

For example:

Then there’s this:

The question is understandable, when faced with comments like this – and see my response also:

I wasn’t trying to make Hamas look better than Israel, of course; I was simply pointing out that neither side can take the moral high ground.

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I was making much the same point here:

Meanwhile, Israel’s representatives continue to make themselves look oppressive and unreasonable.

Here, one called Simcha Rothman suggests that the United Nations has kept refugees in Gaza for 75 years without finding a new home for them, in order to hurt Israel.

He wants them to be resettled elsewhere – but seems oblivious to the fact that the best place to resettle them is in the Palestinian land from which they were removed by Israelis; the land that was taken from them illegally. In fact, it is the only place to which they should be returned.

Here’s Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, explaining how he manipulates foreign governments by pretending to support treaties and agreements, while actually finding loopholes that allow him to do only a fraction of what is expected of him:

Here’s a response, looking at the UK’s perspective on all this:

Look at the racism in the following tweet, based on a tweet purporting to show anti-Israel protesters telling the police they can ignore what the police are telling them.

Watch the video and you’ll see that police officers were trying to stop the protesters from using the “From the River to the Sea…” chant. But they admitted that it isn’t illegal, meaning there was no reason for the protesters to comply. So in fact, they paid attention to the police, comprehended what was being said to them and chose to ignore the request.

An IDF representative tells us that the handover of Israeli hostages was “heavily choreographed and rehearsed” – but why could the hostages themselves not say this? Where are they? Did they all want to be kept away from the media? Did none of them want to speak up for the record?

Here’s an American politician lying about the way Israeli hostages were treated while they were in Hamas captivity. Note that they ate the same food – in the same amounts – as their captors; if you starve a whole region, you starve everybody in it, including your own people:

Here’s more of the same kind of thing. Notice that the original posters don’t respond to criticism of their claims?

More usefully, efforts to prosecute Israelis for war crimes are moving forward. Here’s a surgeon who just got back to the UK from Gaza, describing his experience:

And here he is after meeting Scotland Yard’s war crime unit (wow – I didn’t know it had one) to give evidence of war crimes in Gaza to the authorities. Hopefully this will be passed to the International Criminal Court, which is already investigating.

And here’s Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon, making a strong point about the way Gaza is being deprived of food by going on hunger strike herself – (presumably) to pressure US President Joe Biden to influence Israel to reverse that decision:

More to follow (inevitably. And more. And more…)


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Israel supporters attack hostage exchange plan for Gaza ceasefire

Social media demon: ‘X’ seems to be full of pro-Israel liars at the moment, filling up the platform with provable falsehoods. Block them.

Supporters of Israel are undermining a plan for a hostage exchange during a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that was announced overnight (November 21-22) – and they all seem to be reading from the same script.

Odd, that.

It seems the deal to pause fighting will allow 50 hostages to be released from Gaza and 150 Palestinians to be released from Israeli prisons.

The ceasefire will begin at 10am on Thursday (November 23) and will last for four days.

A further number of hostages may be released – up to 150 Palestinians and 50 Gaza hostages – after the four-day pause.

This Writer will be very interested to know the condition in which the Israeli hostages arrive back in their own country. If they have been well-treated, what will this tell us about the words of people like Israeli government spokesman Eylon Levy, who was whipping up fear about Hamas “rapists” only days ago?

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Meanwhile, the usual suspects have been trying to undermine the hostage exchange. Here’s what they’re saying:

It’s as though someone has told these people what to say, isn’t it?

Especially as it seems their claim about the Palestinians is not true:

Again, I would suggest that if you want your social media feeds to be free of fake news, lies and/or propaganda, you would be well-advised to block the accounts of those making the apparently-false claims above.


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How could Johnson have become Prime Minister? | Mainly Macro

The Johnson ministry in a nutshell: and he was helped all the way by a right-wing press. Were he and they suppressing dissenting voices on the social media?

Boris Johnson is unhappy.

Apparently he thinks the Covid Inquiry has turned into a witch-hunt against him, because it is demonstrating that – as Professor Simon Wren-Lewis states in his latest Mainly Macro column – he was “hopeless and harmful” and “the combination of refusing to delegate and being completely indecisive was a disaster”.

Prof Wren-Lewis goes on to ask the relevant question, which is: how was Johnson allowed to get into a position where he could do so much harm?

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His answer is that the right-wing press put him there:

Johnson’s premiership was the point at which the right wing press gained maximum influence. They knew Johnson would give them that, which is the main reason they boosted his career for so long. Prime Minister Johnson was in good part the result of a few press barons having immense power with little responsibility. The same press that was critical in giving us Brexit was also critical in giving us such a hopeless Prime Minister, and it was their influence that helped delay lockdowns leading to tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths.

In any assessment of how our political system could have allowed someone like Boris Johnson to become Prime Minister, the role of the right wing press should play a prominent part.

That arm of the media did indeed have immense power to put Johnson in his place. While I disagree with him about the drawbacks of Jeremy Corbyn’s period as Labour leader (we now know the anti-Semitism “crisis” was manufactured by bad-faith actors, purely to keep transformative change for the better out of the corridors of power), Prof Wren-Lewis is right that the incessant concentration on Corbyn, coupled with flag-waving, tub-thumping trumpeting of Brexit (which has proved worse than useless in practice) put Johnson in charge during the Covid crisis:

[Corbyn] was preferable to Johnson… for two clear reasons. The first is that some form of hard Brexit was inevitable under a Johnson administration, but far from inevitable under a government led by Corbyn. The second was that there is no way Corbyn would have ever suggested that Covid was nature’s way of dealing with old people. Tens of thousands less people would have died if he had been PM. Now perhaps Corbyn would have done worse things than Johnson, outweighing the economic costs of hard Brexit and tens of thousands of UK lives lost to Covid indecision, but I have yet to hear any suggestions of what that might be that are at all convincing.

In months before the election the media … spent plenty of time discussing Corbyn’s mistakes, particularly over the issue of antisemitism, but much less time talking about Johnson’s record, racist comments and past failures. If there were extensive discussions about how illegally proroguing parliament signalled an authoritarian style and a threat to parliamentary sovereignty I missed it. I also missed the constant questioning of whether you could trust someone who in the past had made stories up and had lost two jobs through lying.

The analysis Prof Wren-Lewis was missing was available – on the left-wing, social media. This Site published multiple articles on the subject.

Who read them?

All right, put your hands down; you were in a minority then and there are fewer of you now.

The reason there are fewer of you reading This Site now is the purpose of this article.

Prof Wren-Lewis states that the right-wing press has grown to be hugely influential. It is possible that this influence has extended to a point where it is able to suppress opposing voices, by influencing the platforms through which we reach our audience.

And it is possible that the Tory government that won a landslide victory with the help of these press barons has been helping out.

That would be political interference with free speech and free discourse, which is, at the very least, a violation of our human rights.

It makes sense, doesn’t it?

If a right-wing regime, together with its helpers in the right-wing media, wanted to install a complete liability as a national leader, it would do all it could to stifle voices of reason, wouldn’t it?

I have a Freedom Of Information request lodged with the government at the moment, on this very subject.

What do you think the response will be?

Source: mainly macro: How could Johnson have become Prime Minister?


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Tories try to use Russell Brand to cancel dissenting political views on social media

Big Brother: do you really want the government to censor what you can see on the social media – or anywhere else on the internet?

“There is a war for your attention. Don’t give it to the wrong people.”

Those aren’t my words and, to be honest, I’m paraphrasing. They weren’t even spoken about the Russell Brand affair, which – in This Writer’s opinion – adds veracity to them.

You’ll be aware – who isn’t? – that Russell Brand has been accused of sex crimes, and the mainstream media have subsequently decided – without trial – that he’s guilty.

Now we learn that the chairperson of the House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport committee, the Tory MP Dame Caroline Dinenage, has been writing to social media platforms, asking them to cut off any supply of funds to Brand.

To Dr Theo Bertram, TikTok’s Director of Government Relations, Europe, she wrote:

“While we recognise that TikTok is not the creator of the content published by Mr Brand, and his content may be within the community guidelines set out by the platform, we are concerned that he may be able to profit from his content on the platform.

“We would be grateful if you could confirm whether Mr Brand is able to monetise his TikTok posts, including his videos relating to the serious accusations against him, and what the platform is doing to ensure that creators are not able to use the platform to undermine the welfare of victims of inappropriate and potentially illegal behaviour.”

Here’s a copy of the letter, along with a response from ‘Viva Frei’ on ‘X’. Do you think the respondent makes good points?

“Acquire total control over dissenting voices on the internet”?

As one of those voices, This Writer might want to have a say about that!

To Chris Pavlovski, chief executive of Brand’s main platform, Rumble, the Culture, Media and Sport committee chair wrote:

“We would like to know whether Rumble intends to join YouTube in suspending Mr Brand’s ability to earn money on the platform.”

Mr Pavlovski’s response was not limited to MPs, though. Outraged, he has made it public. Reading it, you may agree with his points:

“Today we received an extremely disturbing letter from a committee chair in the UK Parliament.

“YouTube announced that, based solely on these media accusations, it was barring Mr Brand from monetizing his video content. Rumble stands for very different values. We have devoted ourselves to the vital cause of defending a free internet – meaning an internet where no one arbitrarily decides which ideas can or cannot be heard, or which citizens may or may not be entitled to a platform.

“We regard it as deeply inappropriate and dangerous that the UK Parliament would attempt to control who is allowed to speak on our platform or to earn a living from doing so. Singling out an individual and demanding his ban is even more disturbing given the absence of any connection between the allegations and his content on Rumble. We don’t agree with the behaviour of many Rumble creators, but we refuse to penalize them for actions that have nothing to do with our platform.

“Although it may be politically and socially easier for Rumble to join a cancel culture mob, doing so would be a violation of our company’s values and mission. We emphatically reject the UK Parliament’s demands.”

Here’s the response, plus the letter from the CMS committee:

As I mention above, This Site is one of the “dissenting voices” on the internet over which it seems the UK’s Tory government is trying to gain control – and by “control”, I think we all know I’m referring to censorship; restricting or blotting out altogether the ability of members of the general public to see content that I post to the social media.

I’m concerned that this censorship is already taking place.

Vox Political began at the very end of 2011, with just 11 readers on its first day. By March 2020, in a single day, the site was read 178,888 times. And then – with no change in content, or the way it was supplied – readership started slipping off. Yesterday (September 24), I had around 1,700 hits.

You may want to suggest that the mood of the public has changed and people don’t want to plough through hundreds of words on a screen any more.

But that doesn’t explain the multiplicity of responses, whenever I ask Facebook who has seen my links to articles published on any particular day, saying they haven’t. Many respond by saying my query is the first post they’ve seen in weeks or months.

It seems to me that Facebook (and possibly Twitter/X) have already implemented policies to restrict or silence the voices of people whose political beliefs differ from… someone.

Is it Facebook/X executives censoring their platforms, or the Tory government?

And should they not publish notices warning us that their platforms are politically biased, if this is what they are doing?

The big question, of course, is: how can we get an honest answer out of any of these people?


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Online Safety Bill may fail – because it won’t recognise harm, let alone stop it

Social media demon: UK judges have already shown they don’t recognise how these people harm others – so is the new Online Safety legislation nothing more than a dead letter?

The father of a girl who took her own life after viewing content that may be described as harmful has said a new law to police the internet will fail if it does not stop this material being seen.

In that case, it seems doomed to be a dead letter.

Molly Russell took her own life after viewing suicide and self-harm content that induced her to harm herself. A coroner concluded that she died while suffering from the “negative effects” of online content.

So Molly died under the influence of what other – irresponsible – people published on the social media.

The Online Harms Bill is intended to prevent people like them from publishing material that could cause such harm to other impressionable viewers.

But how can it do that when some harms are not acknowledged by UK law?

I was involved in a court case in which an argument between a TV celebrity and a young girl with anxiety-based mental illness led to the girl receiving a high volume of abuse that caused her extreme distress.

She was pushed into an extreme emotional state under the influence of what other – irresponsible – people published on the social media. You comprehend the similarity, I hope.

She was not induced into self-harm, but she was put in fear of being harmed by others.

But the court case showed that the law does not recognise the potential for harm in what happened to this girl.

Her dialogue with the TV celebrity was labelled as nothing more than a misunderstanding, and the threatening messages she received were said to have had nothing to do with that contact.

So it seems to me that, even after this Bill becomes law, vulnerable people will still be in danger of distress, torment and ultimately harm – because my case has created a precedent for judges to ignore the connections between what is posted online and the effect it has on real people.

I dread the day my fear is proved accurate.

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