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Israel tech site pays “interns” to covertly plant stories in social media

Israel21c Israel tech site pays interns to covertly plant stories in social media

Israel21c is registered in the US as a 501(c)(3) — a tax-exempt non-profit organization. Its information returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service show it to be registered in San Francisco, in an office only a five minute walk away from the Israeli consulate. The forms also show they have an office in Israel, with registered operating expenses of $131,307 in 2010 and $129,484 in 2011. Between 2008 and 2012, Israel21c raised a total of $3.2 million in revenue. The forms disclose that between 2010 and 2012, $347,099 of this was in “government grants.” Israel21c did not reply to an email asking which government departments had given this cash. Continue reading ‘Israel tech site pays “interns” to covertly plant stories in social media’

The children in Gaza have names

B’Tselem learned from the media today that the Israel Broadcast Authority (IBA) had rejected an appeal against IBA Radio’s refusal to air a spot in which the names of Gazan children killed during Operation Protective Edge were read out. In response, B’Tselem posted the censored spot on Facebook. Within hours, almost 300,000 people had been exposed to the names and the post was shared more than 900 times.

Gaza truce: Is there a winner?

Israel and Hamas agree an indefinite ceasefire but discussions on key demands are delayed. Laura Kyle speaks to Gil Hofman – chief political correspondent for the Jerusalem Post; Samer Badawi – a contributor to +972 Magazine, and a former executive director of the United Palestine Appeal; Daniel Levy – director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Jerusalem unrest prompts fears of third Intifada

Jerusalem unrest prompts fears of third Intifada Jerusalem unrest prompts fears of third Intifada

Fears grow over Jerusalem unrest
Source: Financial Times

With the world’s attention focused on the war in the Gaza Strip, another front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is quietly heating up in Jerusalem, one of the few places where Israelis and Palestinians – elsewhere divided by walls or fences — mingle and meet.

Since the killing last month of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager, by Jewish extremists, the city has seen protests and rioting nearly every night — usually clashes between Arab youths and Israeli police or soldiers. It has accelerated this week, when more than 100 young Palestinians were arrested over two nights. Continue reading ‘Jerusalem unrest prompts fears of third Intifada’

Israeli settlers: Patriots or invaders?

A UN report says Israeli settlements violate human rights and could be prosecuted as war crimes, but many Israeli settlers consider themselves patriots. So what hope is there for peace in the Middle East?In a country where settlers are now one of the biggest and strongest political movements, Dani Dayan, a Netanyahu advisor and the outgoing chairman of the Yesha (Settlers) Council, says there is no two-state solution to the conflict and that he is happy with the status quo.Dayan has been a major in the Israeli army, a successful IT entrepreneur, and a University lecturer. Continue reading ‘Israeli settlers: Patriots or invaders?’