The internet and the Zionist diaspora

07/06/2012 15:10


The internet is arguably one of the most important tools for pro-Palestinian groups, terrorists and the Left, all of whom are working hard to wage a Kulturkampf (“culture war”) on Israel.

Israel’s critics and enemies are very adept at using the internet as a tool for spreading disinformation, anti-Semitic conspiracies and organising anti-Zionist activities. Unable to defeat Israel militarily or through terrorism, the internet is deemed the best place to carry out attacks on Israel – a kind of electronic intifada.

Israel’s enemies also use the internet to hack into Israeli security and banking systems, although the Jewish state now seems to be taking the initiative and launching pre-emptive cyber-attacks on Iran.

So much for the downside of the internet.

For Israel advocates who do not reside in the Jewish state, the internet is an important medium for the development of transnational Zionism, allowing us to create a kind of virtual Greater Israel.

Unable to meet in person, the internet allows Zionists – Jews and non-Jews – to converse, swap ideas, locate information and openly challenge and subvert the media war against Israel. In short, the internet allows us to be unofficial Israeli diplomats and ambassadors.

As Amir Gissin, the Israeli public relations guru, said: "The internet's become a leading tool for news, shaping the world view of millions.”

Zionists have got to make sure the internet does not become  the property of Israel bashers but is an instrument for  lovers of Zion to put the record straight and dismantle anti-Israel propaganda.